“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise!“
We’ve all heard that before. But there’s something much more magical about the morning hours that make it stand apart. Its serenity and calmness is so unrivalled that not only are thousands of articles and hundreds of books are written, but the best and most successful decisions are taken during this time of the day as well.
That said, it is not just the mornings itself, but the effective usage of your morning time that makes it successful. Below mentioned is a list of the most successful strategies to help you make the most of your morning.
- Waking up early
Successful people know that time is an expensive commodity. It does not require special knowledge to understand that more tasks that can be completed if you wake up early. That is precisely why most of the successful people follow a routine of rising up before the sun, to squeeze out as much time as they can. Some of these people include Narendra Modi (Prime Minister, India) Indra Nooyi (PepsiCo CEO), Bob Iger (CEO, Disney), Jack Dorsey (CEO, Twitter and Square), Barak Obama (Former President, USA), etc.
- Developing a routine
A lot can be achieved in live with firm consistency and discipline. Most people remain where they are because they lack this. But what does an effective morning routine look like?Making humdrum decisions in the morning affect the rest of your day tremendously. Hence, only important decision-making should be left for the mornings. Aside that, any activity that connects you with the power within, and re-energizes you must be given the maximum time too. For example, Oprah Winfrey starts her day with an hour of workout.
- Managing your energy, not your time
You may have noticed that you are often better at doing certain tasks at certain times of the day. For example, your creative energy may be at its peak in the morning. All you need to do is, understand the type of energy you have in the morning, and channelize all your energies in performing those tasks that are best suited.
- Planning your day the night before
Right planning for the future is half way to success. According to several experts, 12 minutes of planning and preparation helps in saving 2-3 hours of efforts of your next day. A few minutes of organizing the important chores for the next day, can be very helpful in staying ahead of the game. It gives you clarity of how your day will look like, and all the material that will be required to cross through the day.
- Exercising and meditating to stay energized
Several studies and experts firmly believe that morning exercise and offer several benefits, such as improved sleep quality, decreased levels of stress and anxiety, more energy and so on. On the other end, meditation helps you stay focused and stops your mind from wandering throughout the day.
Now that you know the secret, hope you have a productive morning!