4 Practices to Jump Start Your Day From the Pro’s
Have you ever wondered why there are some people that are so much more organized, efficient, and productive during the day, than the others around them? How is it that Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Twain, and Ben Franklin are men that have left a legacy that will (and has for some) outlive them? The secret to their success may just have been in their morning routine.
We each have the joy of the beckoning of an alarm clock each morning. Some of us aren’t morning people (hand raised), so does that mean that we need to wake up behind the 8 ball each morning? While we each have morning routine’s that work, the real question should be, “are they working as best as they could”?
A few month’s ago, I found a fascinating article that detailed the morning routines of many influential people. While each of the individuals written about focused on different things that helped them jump start their day, they each had one fundamental similarity. The similarity is quite simply, they found what worked for them and practiced it daily. As I read through the article, there were so many quality nuggets of advice that I could have implemented, but today I am going to share the 5 that made the biggest impact on my morning routine.
Eat a live frog first thing in the morning, and nothing worse can happen for the rest of the day
While I am not at all suggesting a breakfast of frog legs each morning, I do think if you tackle your hardest, most difficult tasks, early in the morning, the rest of your day is going to feel considerably less stressed and more productive. When you know that procrastination is in your nature, this tip is an especially helpful one. Don’t wast valuable hours dreading the harder tasks, knock them out early, and then you have the rest of the day to get a jump start on tomorrow’s work.
What good shall I do today?
This is such a profound question to begin your day with, don’t you think? When I read this quote I instantly thought of beginning my day trying to find ways to help those around me, but Franklin had another thought in mind. He actively worked off of a time map every day. After learning more about this system, I also began time mapping my day. (To learn more about time mapping read here). By creating a to-do list or task list, you will be able to break the day into more manageable pieces that will allow you to get more accomplished daily. I love the time mapping approach for my schedule. It helps me to order my day to be sure that I fit in my priorities. This system may not work for everyone, but it is really important to find a system to mark out the good things that need to be accomplished each day, and the time to do them, daily.
An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.
Henry David Thoreau
According to some studies, exercise can be as helpful as some medications to fight anxiety and depression. It reduces the release of the stress inducing hormones adrenaline and cortisol, and it releases lots of feel good hormones. Starting your day with a hard sweaty workout can not only boost your mood, but it can also boost your metabolism. So while you are working at your desk, driving kids to carpool, or washing a sink full of dirty dishes; your body is working double time for you after a morning sweat session. Some studies have also shown that waking up with a work out will improve your cognitive abilities throughout the day.
If today were my last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?
Steve Jobs truly believed that finding happiness in your daily life was the key to productivity. When we are happy and excited about the day ahead it will change our whole attitude and demeanor. Find things to include in your every day that fulfill you, that enrich you, that excite you. When these things are built into your day, there will be something motivating you each and every day.
Your routine is the key to your productivity. Evaluate how you can switch up your morning routine to be your most productive self.
Of these morning jump start tips, which one do you think would help you the most?