We’ve all had days where nothing goes right for you.
They start with a jolt from your sleep by what sounds like a siren in your ear. You wake, utterly confused as you furiously tap away at a smart phone with squinted eyes.
All in the name of SNOOZING.
Five minutes later, it’s déjà vu. Repeated at the ten and fifteen minute mark.
Dragging yourself out of bed, you come to the realization that there is not much time left to get ready and get on with the day.
So, now you’re in that familiar constant state of anxiety and urgency from the moment that you wake.
You can’t find your keys, you spill your coffee, you forget paperwork, the kids aren’t dressed, they’re late for school, you’re late for work and all you want to do is wake up hoping its all a bad dream.
Unfortunately it’s not.
Sound about right?
My life was much the same and I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way.
You can free yourself from all that unnecessary stress, anxiety and dreadful rush first thing in the morning.
WIN YOUR MORNING!
That’s all you have to do. Win your morning and you’ll win your day. Winning days turn into winning weeks. Those weeks develop into winning months and viola! A winning year will have blossomed!
How do you win your monring?
I’m glad you asked.
Wake up earlier
It sounds easy, but we all know it’s not. Much easier said than done.
If you don’t want to rush through your morning and have more time for yourself then you must make time.
You do that by waking up earlier.
The cliché saying, “you snooze, you lose” is a cliché because it’s true.
The moment you hit your snooze button, you surrender your morning along with your day.
You lose, plain and simple.
5 ways to help you wake up earlier, stay up and win
1. Put your alarm clock away from your bed.
It should be somewhere you must get up and walk over to in order to shut it off.
2. Have your clothes and morning items ready to go.
The last thing you want deal with first thing in the morning is rummaging through your room in the dark looking for something to wear or use. You don’t want to wake your significant other or anyone else.
Not having your things staged and ready to go is an open invitation to go back to bed.
Have your clothes ready like fire fighters have their uniforms ready when they’re called to action. In a sense, you too are getting called to action.
3. Quit checking your phone first thing in the morning.
No social media, email, news or any of it.
The morning is your time and you don’t want to get derailed. Don’t surrender to your social media timeline.
4. Wash your face and brush your teeth immediately. Get refreshed.
5. GO TO BED EARLIER which takes me to my next point.
Go to bed earlier
We spend too much time on mindless activities like watching television and playing video games.
Don’t get me wrong, I love both and I’m guilty of binge watching shows all nighters on games like anyone else.
Rethink your screen time because it should be extremely limited. Staying up all night watching a television show, watching a movie, playing a game, this includes your phone too, is doing nothing more than sabotaging you.
You won’t sleep well and chances are you won’t get much time to sleep because you spent it on screen time and have to be up early in the morning.
Set up your sleep environment so that it will help you get to bed earlier.
3 Tips that have helped me
1. Stay away from electronics an hour before your bedtime. Use this time to wind down and prepare for bed.
2. Leave your phone charging outside of your room.
It can stay in the restroom, kitchen, living room or anywhere else at your place. It doesn’t matter as long as you don’t have it next to your bed.
If it’s your alarm, then it’s time to start thinking about investing 10 bucks on an old fashion alarm clock. Having it far away enough to make you get up and walk to it is a win if you can’t keep it out of the room.
3. Read right before bed.
Some will argue to not read before bed, but in my case and many others, it helps in two ways: it helps me wind down to sleep comfortably and I get to learn a little bit more before sleep. Studies out there have shown that reading before bed helps retain information taken in.
Give it a shot. There are hundreds of ways to get to bed earlier, but these are a few that help me.
Start a morning routine
Solid morning routine will work wonders for the rest of your day.
By morning routine I don’t mean get up, get dressed, grab the coffee and go.
Your morning routine will set the foundation for your day. Some people exercise first thing in their morning routine, others meditate, some stretch and various other activities to prepare them for the day.
My morning routine consists of writing and reading.
My exercise comes later in the day when I feel its more effective for me.
The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod is a great resource to develop a morning routine.
Whatever you choose to incorporate into your morning routine will help in winning your morning and your day.
Don’t wake up early and not have anything to do. Chances are you’ll go back to bed if you don’t have a planned routine.
Morning routines are incredibly valuable to me and they will be to you as well. It has been one of the biggest factors in my success and personal development.
Take back your mornings and win your days.
Wake up earlier, go to bed earlier and start a solid morning routine.
Remember that you must be consistent. A few times a week wont help.
Build the habit and make it a lifestyle.