You Don’t Need to be A Morning Person to Make The Most of Your Mornings

Morning has broken. You, like me, are not made to chase the sunrise. Winning the morning has less to do with getting up early and more to do with using those waking minutes or hours productively.

1. Prepare for a Better Morning the Night Before

The challenge most people face in the morning is linked to time. Preparing the night before means you can spend less time doing the ‘chicken with your head cut off’ routine and spend more time acclimating to and enjoying the morning’s offerings. So make your lunch, set up your breakfast, choose tomorrow’s outfit or anything else that tends to gobble up precious morning minutes.

2. Don’t use an Alarm Clock on Your Phone or Tablet to Wake You Up

Checking your email or social media before your feet get the chance to reconnect with the floor is an unproductive way to start your day not to mention it eats up precious morning minutes. Make e-mail and social media wait. They should not be the boss of you. To avoid this temptation, use an actual alarm clock to wake you up. This also means that phones or tablets should not be kept within stretching distance either.

3. Wake up to Music

The first and last time anybody was meant to be jarred awake was on the day of their birth. If you’re not violently opposed to music, choose to wake up to music. Something soothingly inspirational that will gently nudge at your slumber and caress your eyes open.

I wake up to Brave by Sara Bareilles. I love the intro and the first line reminds me of what I am.

| You can be amazing |

If music is not your thing, you can opt for a soothing voice instead.

4. Have a Morning Question

What’s the first thought that goes through your head when you hear the alarm go off in the morning? “Crap, what time is it? Urgh, not again!” Yup. Not very powerful or motivating right. Questions are powerful cues for your mind to keep taking action. They provide clarity of purpose and put you in a positive state of mind.

In the commencement address Steve Jobs gave at Stanford back in 2005, he revealed the motivational tactic that he used to start each and every day.

For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

4. Make Your bed

The psychological win of putting your bed in order at the start of the day and seeing this accomplishment as you prepare for your day is very powerful.

5. Start Your Day with Protein instead of Dairy

Food is your body’s fuel, and protein might be a better choice than dairy which, is rich in tryptophan. A snooze-inducing substance. Protein is difficult to digest so keeps you fuller longer and your mind sharper and clearer.

Mornings can be rough, especially if you aren’t an ‘a.m.’ person. But no matter if you’re a night owl or an early bird, the way you start your morning has a huge impact on the rest of your day.

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