“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” – Jim Rohn
Are you looking to squeeze more hours out of your day so you can get more done? It may be time to quit hitting the snooze button and change up some of your daily habits. If you ever read about a few successful people out in the world, you will quickly learn that they take a unique approach to every day that the average person does not.
Rise and Shine Early Bird
Although the thought of sleeping in is appealing, you can get a head start on your day if you get up early. You have probably heard the saying that “the early bird catches the worm”. Many successful people have committed and disciplined themselves to get up between four and six o’clock in the morning. They say they gain 2 hours of productivity. You can gain a jump start on your day and get more done than most people do by 8 am. When you get up early, you have an opportunity to get so much more done because your time is your time is focused and free of distractions. You can start your day with a clean slate and a clear head. Use this time to your advantage. Imagine how much more you would get done if you got into the habit of getting up early. It may take some willpower initially but as you continue to do it you may surprise yourself.
Get Your Body Moving
By exercising in the morning, you are not leaving your gym time to chance. Meetings, emails, and phone calls can take up a lot of your time and by the end of the day, you may convince yourself that you are exhausted and all you need is a night crashed on the couch. Get your exercise in early. If you cannot get to a gym, go for a walk, do body weight exercises, or follow along on a yoga app. I use an app called Kettlebells. It even sends me alerts if I haven’t used the app in a few days, “Are your abs getting soft?” Now, that’s motivating! Richard Branson, Barack Obama, and Mark Zuckerberg have been known for getting their exercise routines done in the early morning. They have demanding roles that require them to be at the top of their performance.
Eat a Healthy Breakfast
Contrary to what you might think, a cup of coffee or tea with a piece of toast is not breakfast. Choose to prepare and eat a healthy breakfast to get you fueled for the day. Better yet, get your family involved in preparing the meal so they learn about this important habit. If you are stuck for time, consider making a smoothie or preparing a few items to grab and go.
Scan Your Emails for Urgent Items
Many of the emails you get from people are often about requesting something from you. Learn to quickly scan your emails for items you need from other people to propel your work further. You may even choose to quickly check social media and respond to a few comments before you start doing what needs to get done.
Map Out the Plan for the Day
Don’t look at the to-do list unless you are putting those items in your calendar to plan when you are going to get items on the list done. Whenever possible, attempt to work on the heaviest or biggest items on the list in the first part of your day when you are energized and ready to take on the day. When you plan your day with intention, you will get more done than the average person. Look at who you need to contact and follow up with to move your plans forward. What actions do you need to take to get closer to the outcomes you are looking for?
Visualize Your Outcomes
Some people use the morning quiet time to reflect, pray, or meditate. Closing your eyes and visualizing achieving your desired results is a powerful way to start your day. When you are emotionally connected to what you want to do, you are less likely to procrastinate at going after your goals.
Spend Quality Time with Family and Friends
Successful entrepreneurs and executives know when the day is done there is nothing sweeter than connecting with the people who keep you grounded. I have read articles online about how television host Kelly Ripa uses special time in the mornings to make breakfast and connect with her family, Gwyneth Paltrow chose to only take on one movie a year so she could raise her family. Start your day by setting out the door or retreating to your home office on a high note by creating a positive atmosphere to start the day.
A simple shift in the way you approach these habits could be the one change that accelerates your results. How many of these habits are you already doing? Which one would you like to adopt? Why not challenge yourself to get up early and focus on what you need to get done for the next 21 days?
DEBRA KASOWSKI, BScN CEC is an award-winning best-selling author, transformational speaker, blogger, and Certified Executive Coach. She has a heart of a teacher and is certified in Appreciative Inquiry and Emotional Intelligence. Her writing has been published in a variety of print and online magazines. Debra Kasowski International helps executives, entrepreneurs, and organizations boost their productivity, performance, and profits. It all starts with people and passion. Sign up the Success Secrets Newsletter and get your free mp3 download today! www.debrakasowski.com