Are you a morning person or a night person? What are your most productive hours?
Some people feel more productive at night, but I am not going to talk about them now. I am going to talk about people who are more productive in the mornings.
I like the early morning hours. I find them more productive and pleasurable. At this time of the day, it is quieter, and there are almost no external disturbances or noises. It feels great, when you have already accomplished something important before the hustle and bustle of the day began.
The early morning is most important for everyone, and especially for busy people, who cannot afford to have some free time to do what they really want to do.
It is so easy to waste the morning on checking your email, talking, and doing all kind of small or meaningless activities that lead to nothing.
Getting busy with unimportant maters first thing in the morning leaves no energy and motivation for greater things. How you start you day sets the mood, motivation and attitude for the rest of the day.
It is more useful to start the day with a few important matters, tasks or goals, and when other people have hardly done anything, you have already accomplished much.
- You can read an inspiring book, take a walk, go to the gym, write a few pages of a book, learn a few words of a foreign language or meditate.
- You may carry out some unpleasant tasks that you have to do, study for an exam, cook dinner or work on your goals.
- Do something that gives you satisfaction after doing it. You will then feel happy and satisfied for the rest of the day.
Start your day doing anything that takes your forward in your life.
Remember, success requires that you go forward, not in circles.
Being busy, and spending a lot of energy, does not necessarily take you forward and help you arrive anywhere. Most often, it is like sitting on a merry-go-round that just goes in circles. Success requires that you get off this merry-go-round and start moving forward not in circles.
The things you focus on in the morning set the mood for the day.
If you accomplish in the morning something that makes you feel good and proud, you will feel so for the rest of the day. This feeling would also motivate you to do more and better things during the whole day.
It is easier to do anything that requires discipline in the morning, than latter, when there are more temptations, laziness or tiredness. This means that it is preferable to do in the morning the unpleasant tasks and the things that require more attention, willpower and discipline.
When you wake up and start answering emails, texting, and looking at your Facebook, you are far more likely to lose focus and waste energy.
It is much healthier to take those precious first moments of the day to do something relaxing, which gives a positive tone for your day.
What Successful People Do in the Morning?
Most of them wake up early in the morning, so they can do a few important things.
They might do one of the following:
- They exercise their body
- They go for a walk
- Read a few pages of an inspiring book
- Make plans for the day
- They eat breakfast
These are simple things anyone can do, and you can too, do the same things. Actually, it does not matter what each successful person does. You do not need to imitate others. What you need to do is to find what is important to you, and start with it in the morning, before everything else.
The things you do in the morning need not be “big things”. These could be small things too, which give you sense of happiness and satisfaction.
Yes, you might need, at least in the beginning, some willpower, self-discipline and motivation, but they are not hard to get. There are simple ways to develop these skills, and with a little training, you will soon see results.
Actually, it might be a good idea to add developing these skills to your early morning routine. They would soon add inner strength and power into your life, helping you to carry out decisions, tasks and goals, better and more efficiently.
“Some people dream of success, while other people get up every morning and make it happen.”
– Wayne Huizenga
“The sun has not caught me in bed in fifty years.”
– Thomas Jefferson
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