How do you start your day to make it work? Take a look at Apple’s CEO, Meghan Markle, and other successful people and how they work on their morning rituals to be consistently growing towards success.
Morning is the most important time of the day. Successful people don’t stay in bed till eleven o’clock. Even those who have built a business and can afford it prefer to get up early and start their day with certain rituals – unchanging actions that are performed at the same time. Let’s find out what these healthy habits are and why they are necessary.
An early wake-up call
Apple CEO Tim Cook gets up at 4:30 am. Jack Dorsey, creator of Twitter – at 5:30. Meghan Markle – at 5 am. These are just a few examples, in fact, there are a lot of similarities among successful and famous people.
Waking up early has a wonderful effect on the body; getting up at the right time helps you stay awake all evening. It also gives you enough time to do your morning ritual without rushing.
The most important thing is not to go to bed too late. Modern medicine believes that the deepest and most restorative sleep occurs between 10 pm and 11 pm, and doctors recommend 7-9 hours of sleep. You probably know your norm, but if you don’t, experiment for a few weeks and find your optimal bedtime and wake-up time.
For a restful night’s sleep, it’s important not to eat or drink at bedtime. Otherwise, you won’t get a good night’s sleep: your body will be busy digesting food and water might make you wake up in the middle of the night to go to the toilet.
Another secret is to get up as soon as you wake up. The longer we lie in bed, the more tempted we are to start a new life tomorrow and sleep another couple of hours today. Don’t give in, get up straight away and start today. If this is very difficult, try a little psychological trick for the first time: set your alarm clock five minutes earlier than you want. For example, if you want to wake up at 6, let the bell ring at 5:55. Give yourself five minutes to get up and you’ll be on your feet by six.
After you wake up, it’s important to make your bed, wash your face and brush your teeth right away. This is a kind of setting your brain to the fact that the day has started and there is no turning back. Afterward, drink a glass of water: during sleep your body gets dehydrated and water will help wake it up.
And the final helper to getting up easy in the morning is a clear plan for the early hours. Once you’ve established a morning ritual, you’ll see for yourself how easy it is to get out of bed. Until then, simply write out for yourself what you’re going to do. This is important for the brain: it is not very good at thinking early in the morning, and if there is a clue, there is a better chance of not oversleeping and doing something useful.
Now is a good time to start practicing morning wake-up: it’s getting light earlier, and with the spring and summer sunshine it’s a pleasure to wake up in the morning. By autumn, waking up early will become a favorite habit.
A clear plan for the day
This point is crucial to your productivity. And you need to have a plan for tomorrow in the evening. One hour before bedtime, go over your schedule, reassess your energy and see if you have budgeted for travel time (taking into account traffic) and meetings. It is important to check that there is enough time in the morning before the first important task – it should be enough for a leisurely ritual.
Meditation helps to calm one’s thoughts and harmonize one’s mood for the day ahead. People who meditate regularly reduce anxiety, increase productivity and improve memory.
Start with a couple of minutes and gradually increase to a comfortable amount of time. There are many different apps available to help you, both in English (popular Headspace and Calm) and in your regional language. Choose your own, or make up your own meditation practice: sometimes it is enough just to stand by the window in silence for a couple of minutes, looking at the color-changing sky, to get in the mood for a good day.
Yoga and Sports
Physical activity right from the start will wake you up, perk you up and recharge your body for the day. You can do skipping, trampoline, or just sit still for 5-10 minutes and you’ll feel energized straight away, with plenty of energy to last you through the evening.
You could start small: do a sun salutation routine every morning, and go for a short jog when it gets warmer. I choose half an hour of yoga in the morning at home every day and an hour intensive workout at 8 am at the gym 3-4 times a week. Choose what works for you and you’ll quickly see results.
At this point, it is often recommended to take a hot shower or massage the body with a hard brush. I don’t think these are mandatory points: just structure your morning body care routine however you feel most comfortable. It could even be a bubble bath if it helps you relax your body and mind and get ready for a long day. For instance, you can make a leisurely ritual out of a simple morning shower: take time out to groom your body.
Doctors consider breakfast to be the most important meal of the day. But don’t start your day with coffee and a bun; treat your body to something truly nutritious. A good breakfast is a powerful boost for the first half of the day. You might even split your breakfast into two meals in the morning: one an hour after you get up – maybe a glass of freshly squeezed juice or smoothie – and one closer to getting out of the house, after you’ve worked out and showered. This is where you should eat a hearty meal, such as an omelet, avocado sandwich, and green salad.
Since breakfast is part of the morning ritual, it’s important to make it not only tasty but also beautiful. Buy pretty serving plates and cutlery, lay a napkin, and then eat slowly and without rushing. This helps you to go into the new day without being exhausted.
The morning ritual is very important, as it sets the whole day in motion. If you set the right mood, you’ll have enough energy and good spirits for the evening. Of course, sometimes it happens that you have to reduce or cancel your morning routine for some reason, and it often makes you feel uncomfortable all day long. Create your own magical mornings with activities that energize you and you will quickly see a change in your life.
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