It is 6 am, and the only body movement(s) you can think of:
are adjusting your quilt and pressing the snooze.
All you want is – A little more time inside your warm quilt.
Your belief in yourself is unwavering – I can sleep a little more and still make it to the work on time.
Now it has become a tradition or a daily ritual wherein you walk (let me use the word: rush) into your office almost always late and
There is someone who is walking happily around getting all the work done in time (this could be Future You).
In your restful moments, all you are asking yourself is this:
How is he doing it, day after day after day? (OK, it can be anyone).
The answer is a Routine, A System, and A mindset.
Let me rephrase – The Morning Routines.
They are not new, and they are ubiquitous too.
The High Performers are all doing it, or to say the way we should- they are doing it, and that’s why they are high performers.
What is one thing that they do to ensure having a productive day?
They own the day before the work day starts.
Sounds Simple but it isn’t.
Because we are always in a hurry.
The answer to rush outside is calm inside.
Here are 8 Things you must do to Win your Mornings and OWN your days!
Here is the catch:
- You may not be able to do all of these things every morning.
- Don’t loose heart – things like gratitude, hydration, and movement are by default all day things. You cannot be (Un)-Thankful in the Evening and still Invite Gratitude in your life.
- If you are finding it tough to get up early in the morning – try sleeping a little early and don’t put yourself on the military training : Start with whatever you can start with especially gratitude,hydration and movement (rest will follow soon).
Here we go!
Number 01: Gratitude
All good things start with Gratitude.
You being alive, being able to wake up, being able to receive and give love, being valued, for an opportunity to make this world a better place are all the things you should be thankful for.
Also, When you say you are Thank You – Good things begin.
Things you own become more useful,
People you know open up and become friends, and
You are able to beat the mindset of scarcity.
Carve it in stone, Write it on the wall, or Paint in on your Mirror –
‘ Say Thank You in Advance for What is Already Yours’.
(Denzel Washington – Commencement speech)
High Performers say thanks first thing in the morning and last thing in the evening.
Number 02: Making Your Bed
You need to do this.
You need to roll your blanket, straighten the wrinkles in the bed linen, set up your pillows – as soon as you can.
You need to tell your body that its time to make this world a better place in reality and not in dreams.
It will set the momentum for the day and ‘De-clutter Your Space’.
Not only you will be able to utilize that space while getting ready,
but also relish a cleaner space when you are back.
‘If you wanna change the world Start off by making your bed’ –
Admiral William McRaven.
Number 03: Clean Up
Clean yourself up.
OK! From Up to Down, and Inside and Outside.
We are talking about grooming which just goes to the border of pampering and comes back on its own.
Dental hygiene, Skin hygiene, and all.
You need to feel lighter, cleaner, and fresh.
The day is like a party, and you need to be there at your best.
Number 04: Hydrate Yourself
Your body needs it first thing in the morning, and not in drops but mugs full of it.
Water is Water and anything else it not.
Add a dash of lemon if you want to.
Water is how your body is going to wake up inside out.
Number 05: Move Your Body Calm your Mind.
Waking up every morning is akin to coming alive every day.
Just an Alarm won’t do – You need more.
The real awakening comes when you allow yourself to become one with nature and when you access your evolutionary blueprint – You need to move, You need to feel the rush of Endorphins (The Runner’s High).
Do whatever appeals you – Run, Walk, Jog, Hop, or whatever gives you a high and you love doing.
The Runner’s high is addictive and it stays.
No wonder Jack Dorsey (Four Square & Twitter) walks to his office every day, and Tim Cook (Apple) works out every day.
Sit Quietly for a While(meditate if you can , Its perfect too if you can’t )
Number 06: Journaling
Don’t live the same kind of life again and again.
Journaling makes you Sit with Yourself, Invite Clarity, Commit to Goals, and Not Make Same Errors Again and again.
You can write your To-Do list, Your Bucket list, A Gratitude list, and Resolutions.
There is no end to what you can do once you start committing to yourself.
High Performers do it first thing in the morning and many times last thing in the evening.
Journaling helps you become your best critic and still be gentle with yourself.
Just imagine how much you could improve if you knew what do you want and how do you see your life evolving?
You don’t need to do it in long stretches and for long text.
Once you get the hang of it, things will become pretty easy for you.
BONUS: Your Journal may also add up as your idea book.
Number 07: Planning Your Day
Planning your day is taking Journaling to the next level.
While planning your day you need to ask these Questions to yourself:
- If I was to undertake just 3 tasks, What would those be?
- What all of my tasks cannot be delegated or eliminated?
- Where in can I add the most value that I can offer?
- In what kind of environment, and time slots, am I able to deep work?
Answers to these questions will help understand your Work Style, your Value Offering(s), and Things you Must be doing more frequently.
You can reduce this into a Weekly Activity, and Avoid all the Decision Fatigue that you can possibly have.
Once you have identified how you work and on what you must work – it will only get reduced to execution and nothing else.
Number 08: Breakfast
You have done a lot, Now comes to treat yourself with what is right for your body.
Would you like to kill your mood with an energy-sapping breakfast?
High Performers see it as an opportunity to not only nourish their body but also avoid decision fatigue (same breakfast every day).
Add What is
Fresh, Seasonal, and Not Coming Straight from a Box with an Expiry Date.
(Read what your grandmother still considers as food)
Denying yourself breakfast is like going on 12 hours fast, and denying your body what it may need the most.
It’s time to wake up now!
Wake up to greatness, good health, and days of impact.
The Outcome will be Less Chaos, More Energy, and a Better way to look at the world.
You may end up rediscovering yourself midway.
Mojo of Small Things
You may also love to read:
- On Food: Micheal Pollan
- On Writing : Why you Should Write a Journal and little more about Writing.
- On Planning your Days and Writing Down your Lists:
4 Productivity Pitfalls You Need to Avoid.
Why we love getting distracted and How to regain your focus?
How I became Hyper-Productive in 5 Simple Steps?
- On Weekends and Work Productivity:
Design a Productive Week by doing these things on a weekend.
4 Power Routines for a Better Work Day
- Upcoming: The Waking Up made DOABLE.