5 Unusual Ways You Can Kickstart Your Day in Under 10 Minutes

Turn “Good morning!” from a greeting into an experience.

Moreno Zugaro
Jan 13 · 8 min read
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Your Morning Starts the Night Before

First things first. You can’t have a great morning if you wake up completely tired and sleep-deprived, barely able to keep your eyes open and remember your own name.

#1: Save a Life

“Helping someone might not change the world, but it could change the world for one person.”

— Anonymous

Imagine you saved a life first thing in the morning. You’d feel meaningful, accomplished, and important. You’d know that no matter what happened today, you already did something that counts.

“Who needs me today?”

Humans are hardwired for having problems. Your friends, family, and coworkers all struggle with something, sometimes more than they’d ever admit. But every morning, you have the chance to make a difference in their lives — and in yours, as well.

#2: Water Is Your Friend

“Drinking water is essential to a healthy lifestyle.”

— Stephen Curry, multiple NBA champion, MVP, and All-Star

Look, I don’t want to be the 623rd guy to preach drinking water is good for you. You’ve heard it all — but you still might not understand how important proper hydration is, especially in the morning.

#3: Your Perception Determines Your Reality

“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.”

— Buddha

How much morning time do you spend on your outfit and how much on your mindset? Tell me, which one will have a bigger impact on your day — what you look like, or what you feel like, how you behave, and what you think?

Affirmation + Vivid Visualization + Elevated Emotion = Improved Mindset

For example, to improve my focus, I recite the following affirmation:

#4: Choose an Active Instead of a Reactive State

Technology is a great servant, but a bad master.

80% of people check their smartphone within 15 minutes of waking up. Let’s take a step back here and play dumb — what’s so bad about reading mails and messages first thing in the morning? It’s not that you spend valuable time getting your retina lasered away by a bright screen, but that you transition from an active into a reactive state.

#5: Do Nothing

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive, to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”

— Marcus Aurelius

I’m a huge fan of doing nothing. Not laying-on-the-couch-watching-TV doing nothing, but actually doing nothing and being in the present moment. This nothing-time is one of my greatest sources of inspiration, ideas, and improvement.

Wrap-Up

How you start your day is how it will unfold. Your days become weeks, your weeks become months, your months become years, and your years become your life.

  1. Drink half a liter of water
  2. Work on your mindset
  3. Don’t check your phone
  4. Do nothing

“Some people dream of success, while other people get up every morning and make it happen.”

— Wayne Huizenga

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Moreno Zugaro

Written by

I’m the guy who explains life and helps you find meaning & direction in yours. Men’s coach. Free beer: https://bit.ly/2RxJHLS IG: morenozugaro

The Ascent

A community of storytellers documenting the journey to happiness & fulfillment. Join 150,000+ others making the climb on one of the fastest-growing pubs on Medium.

Moreno Zugaro

Written by

I’m the guy who explains life and helps you find meaning & direction in yours. Men’s coach. Free beer: https://bit.ly/2RxJHLS IG: morenozugaro

The Ascent

A community of storytellers documenting the journey to happiness & fulfillment. Join 150,000+ others making the climb on one of the fastest-growing pubs on Medium.

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