Being a ‘morning person’ really means that you enjoy starting the day early on a positive note. You are filled with excitement and enthusiasm as open your eyes when the alarm rings knowing that you have a clear objective for the day. People often say “I’m not a morning person so I can’t do that” or things like “I don’t do anything before 10-11am”. That may be true in your life, but what it really comes down to is choice. You can choose to start your day strong with energy and optimism. Alternatively, you can decide to have a lie-in everyday knowing that you’ll never get those wasted hours back again. Whoever you are and whatever position you are in, here are some suggestions on how to become a morning person and start the day strong.
- Get enough sleep
Nowadays many of us overlook the power of sleep. You hear it time and time again “get at least 8 hours of sleep” but why is resting actually good for us? Well, first of all, when you are sleeping your body goes into growth and repair mode. Hormones are released which encourage us to become taller and stronger, and our batteries are also recharged giving us brainpower and the energy we need for the day. This is particularly important if you play a sport or exercise regularly. Secondly, sleep is like a really amazing massage. I remember when I was really young, about 4 years old, I peed myself in school. I was so embarrassed and ashamed – the struggle was real – and I cried so hard until my headache nearly made my brain explode! When I got home that day I went straight to bed and was conked out for hours. Can you guess what happened when I woke up? I grew wings and I flew straight to Disneyland. Ha ha, just kidding. No, but seriously. I woke up feeling refreshed and I completely forgot about having sprayed the classroom with my piss. And I think that story doesn’t need to go on any further. Moving on swiftly… A lack of sleep is linked to a number of health issues including diabetes, poor immune system, heart disease and even strokes. If you want to have good health for the rest of your life, you have to take care of your body now and give it the proper TLC it deserves so get enough sleep!
- Focus on your goals
This point is vital because it gives you the drive and the determination to get up and do the things you need to do during the day. I always start my day reading through my top goals for 2016 as well as my positive affirmations, taking the time to visualise them all. Because I can clearly see my success in my mind, I’m instantly filled with excitement and determination. I know and I truly feel that the attainment of my goals is possible. Immediately I begin to smile, I feel optimistic and joyful and that is the mood I’m in for the rest of the day. This is a very powerful tip and I can guarantee that if you own it and commit to it for 30 days you will see big changes in your life.
- Create a to-do list
To-do lists are great because it gives you purpose and clear directions for the day. We all know it’s so easy to feel like you’ve accomplished nothing in the day, and that typically happens when we don’t have a plan. There’s nothing wrong with a day-off once in a while, but what I’m specifically talking about are the days when we do nothing and are completely lazy because we have no plan or objective. To avoid this from happening, I would suggest writing down a list of all the things you need to do tomorrow and numbering them in order of importance, 1 being the most important. (This doesn’t include the obvious things like having a shower or eating.) Here is a good example below:
|Go to work||1|
|Piano practice 1hr||4|
|Read before bed||5|
My advice is that you go through your list in order of importance and tick off the activities as you complete them. Numbering them is essential because it directs your attention to the most crucial tasks. Using the example above, if activities 4 and 5 weren’t completed (reading before bed and piano practice), the day would still have been a productive one because activities 1,2 and 3 were completed (going to work, learning lines and exercising for 1 hour). If you make this tip part of your daily routine, you’ll notice that you get a great sense of satisfaction as you tick things off your list. You’ll feel proud of yourself for reaching your goals and motivated to set some more for the next day. The best time to write a to-do list is at night just before you go to sleep. That way you’ll definitely wake up with a clear mind and the fire you need to start you day. 5 short minute of planning is all it takes to help structure your day and get you on the path to success.
Follow all of the suggestions above and before you know it you’ll be able to declare to the world that you are a happy, energetic, morning person. Good luck!