Do you consider yourself a 'night owl' or a 'morning person'? You'll be either one of those two, and since they're opposites, I'm sure you'll never g
Do you consider yourself a ‘night owl’ or a ‘morning person’? You’ll be either one of those two, and since they’re opposites, I’m sure you’ll never get how the other one works.
It is safe to say, that majority of this generation are ‘night owls’. At some point, we’ve all stayed up late to finish a school work. May it be a project, thesis or exams, it definitely kept us up at night. However after our educational endeavors, going to work at 7 a.m. could be hard. Some of us wake up at the last minute and then rush to work, and then we feel tired for the whole day. This can also drain you not only physically but also mentally. Now that does not sound like a promising, succesful future.
It’s time for a change. What you can do is set up a morning routine. Yes, just like a youtube video of a popular youtuber. A morning routine is actually important. The first few hours of the day is where we are ‘determined’. An example of this is when we’re on a diet, your breakfast probably consisted of a low calorie meal but as the night time comes, your determination drains and you could be sneaking a bite of a snickers bar. Now, how do we set up a morning routine?
FIGURE OUT THE ‘WHY’.
John C. Maxwell said,
“you will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.”
First and foremost, ask yourself. Why do you want to change? What is your day composed of? Should you aim for a productive day?
One example is famous English author, Jane Austen. Her creativity in writing is what pushed her to success. Her morning routine starts with playing the piano right after she wakes up. Then she eats breakfast with her family. After her meal, she starts writing. That’s it. That’s her morning routine. It may seem odd that she plays the piano after she wakes but it works for her. After her morning routine, she goes on with her writing. Did this morning routine help her be succesful? Yes. It boosted her creativity in writing with a morning creativity, playing the piano.
By starting the day right, we maximize each day with positivity and productivity.
FIND A ROUTINE THAT WORKS FOR YOU
Everyone has their ‘thing’. One person may love drinking tea in the morning but the other need coffee to be able to get through the day. Others eat a proper breakfast while some wants oats in the morning. Not only food, others may want to read the newspaper and there are others who simply turn on the music. The point is, find a routine that works for you. If you usually don’t eat breakfast but find that you feel hungry all throughout the day, then maybe your morning routine should be to eat. Don’t be afraid to try different morning routines, as long as it makes you more energetic and productive, all is good.
44th President of the US, President Obama, also has a morning routine that works for him. He works out in the morning doing cardio and weights then goes to breakfast with his daughters.
Founder of The Huffington Post and Thrive Global, Arianna Huffington, starts her day with yoga and meditation.
THE NOT TO-DO LIST AND TO-DO LIST
At some point in our lives we’ve created a to-do list. Probably for an important presentation, a vacation or a thesis project. But how about we make a ‘not to-do list’?
List down the things you are not supposed to do.
For example, checking social media in the morning, whichever task makes you lose focus for the day should be avoided.
Afterwards, think of a task that makes you energetic, focus and inspired. For example, doing yoga, listening to inspirational songs, or journaling.
Even a small thing as wearing the same thing everyday can be your morning routine if it helps you focus for the rest of the day. Mark Zuckerberg wears the same thing everyday to avoid mental fatigue and proceed on things he needs to do.
It is important to try different things and determine what makes you better each day. You can start slow and add a habit as a part for your morning routine.
CONSISTENCY IS KEY
Now that you’ve thought of a routine that works for you, be consistent and do it everyday of the week. Do it slowly, week per week. If you break it once, bounce back again. Do not let yourself stop, if you still think it doesn’t work then change it again. Once you get used to it, it comes easily.
Its better to start the day early than late, as we get easily energized in the mornings.
According to thrive global,
“the amount of available willpower is highest right after sleep. During the day, willpower is used and it reaches minimum level in evening. Therefore, people often break resolutions at the end of the day.”
Change your bad morning habits with a good one. Aristotle once said, “we are what we repeatedly do. Success is not an action but a habit.” If we repeatedly study, then we will achive high grades. If we repeatedly invent, then success will surely come. Tune your body to do good things until you reach success.
The importance of a good morning routine can set you up with a successful day and life. Persevere to get that success you’ve always dreamed of.
Source: Science of People