I often get messages asking me how I do it – how do I get up so early and why I get up so early.
In life, it is so important that we are loyal to our personal values, and have a strategy in place to ensure we are accomplishing true greatness. And it is for that reason that I start every morning at 4.30am. I get up so early because I want to make the most out of my day, and ensure I make time for my followers, my career and those I work with in work, my family, and of course myself. I try and start every morning with some form of a motivational message to those that take the time to follow my social media channels with a quirky video or a knowledge nugget on my story, and then I exercise and edit my workout videos while getting my cardio done. On the walk home from the gym I listen to my podcasts, after which I disconnect from technology for an hour or so until after I’ve eaten my breakfast and am back walking to work – That’s when I reply to emails and messages.
I demonstrate the same discipline almost every morning – and it isn’t just a morning thing; I try to continue throughout the day when I get to work, and switch to work mode ensuring I give my career my undivided attention until it is time to leave again and make the journey home.
Research shows that early risers are more proactive than night owls, they’re more agreeable and also happier than people who sleep in.
Here are my 8 favourite ways to utilize the early morning hours more effectively. Follow these and you too can become more successful.
Drink Lemon Water
Drinking lemon water as soon as you wake up, spikes your energy levels both physical and mentally. This also improves nutrient absorption in your stomach, and gives you a steady, natural energy buzz that last the whole day. The important thing here is that you drink it first thing on an empty stomach to ensure full absorption, and you should also wait 15-30minutes after drinking it before eating. The perfect time to get some exercise in 😏
Which leads me to my second favourite – get a sweat on. Studies have found that people who exercise daily have more energy and a more positive outlook, which are both critical for getting things done. Getting your body moving for as little as 10 minutes releases GABA, a neurotransmitter that makes your brain feel soothed and keeps you in control of your impulses. Exercising first thing in the morning also ensures that you’ll have the time for it, and it improves your self-control and energy levels over the course of the entire day.
This one I cannot stress enough, and is probably my favorite reason for getting up so early. I am answerable to no-one between the hours of 4.30am and at least 7.30am, because most people are still asleep. After I post my little messages on my Instagram stories and perhaps check in with a friend or 2 living in different time zones to me, I then completely disconnect and dedicate this time to exercise and myself. I focus on my mindset, and setting myself up for a good day. When you wake up and dive straight into your phone, you are far more likely to lose focus, and your morning becomes victim to the wants and needs of other people. It’s a much healthier approach to have those precious few hours of the day to do something for yourself, something you enjoy, and I guarantee you this will set you up for a calm, positive tone for the day.
Eat a Healthy Breakfast
Eating a breakfast whether healthy or not 100% puts you ahead of a lot of people. Studies prove that those who eat breakfast are less likely to be obese, and have more stable blood pressure levels. And it also ensures that you are less hungry over the course of the day. When you eat a healthy breakfast, the doors to a productive day swing wide open. A healthy breakfasts gives you energy, improves short-term memory and helps you to concentrate more intensely and for longer periods of time.
Mindfulness and meditation has become increasingly popular over the last few years, and its growth in the business world is largely due to the huge influence it has on productivity and overall wellbeing. Mindfulness fights off stress by reversing the fight-to-flight response, improves your ability to focus, boosts creativity and increases your emotional intelligence.
Set Goals for the Day
Another favourite of mine – daily goal setting. I obsess about planning my days. I religiously every morning piece together a schedule for the day ahead. When you plan out your days as carefully as possible, your chances of successfully accomplishing your goals skyrocket.
Make Certain Your Goals Are Realistic
On the back of goal setting, there’s no point setting goals if they aren’t realistic. Make sure that you take the time to ensure that your scheduled for the day is doable, and assign times to your to-do list if you must. My best advice is to make your day as top heavy as possible. Think about the things that have the ability to advance your career, no matter how daunting they might be, schedule them first. By completing these difficult tasks first, you carry positive energy and a feeling of accomplishment into the rest of your day.
Ensure your goals aren’t vague as they then can be counter-productive and always ensure that you goals include the ‘how’ of things.
Learn to Say No
No is the most powerful word, and will ensure that your precious mornings are kept protected from new commitments that might disrupt existing commitments such as having your morning time. The more difficulty that you have saying no, the more likely you are to experience stress, burnout and even depression.
So there are all my favourite reasons why developing a successful morning routine is essential – while the above strategies might work for me, make sure you build upon them with other activities that work for you.
What are some of the morning strategies that work for you? Share them with me 😊