If your answer is “Yes”, this blog is for you because if you become a “morning person” you won’t need it to start your day. I can hear some people reading this already crying out: I am not a morning person! I’ll never be a morning person!
If you start your day, with time to have a good breakfast, shower, get dressed and get to work on time, AND you feel energised to face the day, AND you feel you are achieving the goals you have set for yourself, then you don’t need to read this. You are well on track to being the best version of yourself.
BUT, if your mornings are rushed and stressful, you don’t get time to have breakfast, you get to work tired, it takes you half an hour to get down to work even with that triple shot of caffeine you bought on the way, and you never seem to achieve much in the day even though you have your head down all day, and that 3.30 p.m. feeling is hard to push through……….YOU NEED TO CHANGE SOMETHING!
And becoming a morning person is the way to do it.
Successful People are Morning People.
Every successful person I know and all the ones I don’t know personally but whose ideas and insights I follow, who I regard as mentors, all of them get up early in the morning and give themselves time to prepare themselves for the day, to do something that has them kick goals even before they get to work.
They exercise and get fresh oxygen surging through their bodies as they start their day. They ride bikes, go to the gym, walk the river or jog the lake.
They meditate, reflect, do Tai Chi or Yoga to focus themselves and rid themselves of all the stuff that has the potential to block their thinking, decision-making and creativity.
They read in the quiet of the morning with no interruptions, as they sip their coffee. It may be the newspapers if they need to keep abreast of business, economic or world affairs. It may be a business or professional book that keeps them at the cutting edge of their industry or professional sector. It may be something motivational or inspirational.
They may write – in their journal or gratitude book, more of the book they are writing, a blog post, prepare a presentation they are to give, an article for a professional journal or just brainstorm ideas that they would like to implement.
They may schedule their day.
You Can Become A Morning Person,
Even If You Have Never Been One.
There is no such word as “can’t” and saying “I’ll try” is a cop out. As Richard Branson would say: “Just Do It!” I know, and you do too, that is not as easy as I say. That’s why I’ve got a strategy for you to use that has worked for everyone I know who REALLY wants to become a much more productive, focused and successful person.
You do it gradually.
- Every morning for this week set your alarm 5 or 10 or 15 minutes earlier than usual and get up when it goes off.
- Plan the night before something meaningful that you can do in that tiny bit of extra time. It may mean having some breakfast or taking your coffee out into the backyard and smelling the roses while you drink it. It may mean watching the news on TV which you never get to do normally. It could be that you could go for a walk around the block. It may be that you are just not as rushed getting to work.
- When you get used to getting up that small number of minutes earlier and you now don’t even notice it anymore, set your alarm for another 5, 10 or 15 minutes earlier than that and get used to it.
Keep repeating this and before too long you will be getting up an hour or more earlier than you used to and with that time you can do something that really enhances your life.
What is important, however, is that you spend that time doing something that has a positive and constructive impact on how you live your life and that sets you up to achieve everything you want to achieve.
At the outset, you don’t even have to commit to this for the rest of your life! That would make you night people run a mile! All you have to do is try this strategy for one month and see what happens for you.
I’m betting you will be hooked. You will become much more alive and energised, more focused and therefore much more productive.
Thanks to cyclist supremo, Richard Lyle, for the great photo. He knows all about the value of getting up early in the morning.