Have you ever noticed how some people seem to have effortless, relaxed mornings while the rest of us run about in a whirl of bleary-eyed chaos? These tips from experts in the field of organization can help you have a stress-free and efficient morning.
Get up and shine!
Are you looking to improve your morning routine? Take note of these highly structured people’s morning routine routines, and then apply them to your own life. From sunrise to sunset, you’ll soon be living your own version of a highly ordered life.
They try to be the first one up.
Jodie Watson, founder and president of Supreme Organization, suggests in an article on MyHomeIdeas.com that waking up 10 to 15 minutes before the rest of the house will make a difference. Having a few moments to yourself before being pulled in a million directions is a great way to get a head start on the day. If you’re having trouble sleeping at night, make sure you’re aware of the 8 surprising reasons why you can’t sleep at night.
They participate in a few activities that they enjoy.
“In the morning, I give myself permission to do the things I want to do—like meditation, yoga, or music—in very limited increments of time, for five to ten minutes,” Wolf says. She stays responsible by using the free Insight timer for meditation and a phone timer or a yoga app for stretching. She’ll use Tomato-Timer.com to concentrate for 25 minutes on things she’ll be doing later in the day.
They do it in the same order every time.
According to blogger Casey Osmundson of PrettyOrganized.com, this is similar to building muscle memory for your chores. When you brush your teeth or shower, you probably adopt a routine because it’s second nature to you. On his blog, Osmundson says, “It’s the same idea for the rest of the routine.” “The more you practice finishing a job, the less you’ll have to think about each step consciously. What was once a difficult task would soon become second nature.”
When it comes to exercise, Richard Branson, Sheryl Sandberg, and Mark Zuckerberg all emphasize it first thing in the morning. “No matter where I am in the world, I try to regularly wake up at about 5 a.m.,” said Richard Branson. I will get some exercise and spend time with my family by waking up early, which puts me in a good mood before getting down to work.”
Exercise is one of the most important behaviors to develop because it helps to enhance many other aspects of your life. People who exercise on a regular basis have been shown to be happier and more efficient, according to studies.
They are reading a book.
“I enjoy reading nonfiction books with a candle lit for one or two hours before the sun rises,” Jenny Blake, author of Pivot, said. I meditate for 30–45 minutes after that before beginning the day.”
Every book you read gives you more lessons and knowledge, allowing you to become a more professional person. And when you start your day by reading nonfiction books, you are providing your mind with high-quality feedback, which leads to fresh ideas, breakthroughs, and increased encouragement, all of which will help you during the day.
They are focused on their top priorities.
“First thing in the morning, your mind is open, the office is quiet, and you haven’t been pulled in six different directions — yet,” said Gina Trapani, founding editor of Lifehacker.com. It’s your one chance to focus on what matters most to you before your phone rings and your inbox fills up with messages. You gain energy and a sense of achievement before 10 a.m. by doing something significant on your to-do list first.”
Being busy and doing a lot of things is not synonymous with productivity. Rather, it’s about concentrating on the most important things that add the most value to you or your company on a daily basis.
No one understands this better than the most popular people. As a result, they set aside time in the mornings to focus on their top goals.
Now go ahead and do it.
Remember that a good start to the day sets the stage for a productive and fruitful day ahead. This is why almost every top performer follows a morning routine.
Modeling the popular habits of the most successful is the best way to develop and reach higher levels of success, so try at least three of these habits yourself!
To Your Personal Growth,
Ronda R. Felder