Whether you consider yourself a morning person or not, how you begin your day can have a huge impact on how your day unfolds. Naturally I am a morning person, this is the time when I feel most creative. I love the optimism of a new day and the quiet and tranquil atmosphere of a still world whilst I create away.
My day begins with the assistance of my Lumie Light. In the winter months, you can schedule the light to gradually increase like natural sunlight- therefore making those 'cold, miserable, duvet over the head' moments far more bearable. This is quickly followed by a giant cup of tea.
But how do you begin your morning?
Here are 5 strategies to help you an optimum day to support your success.
1. Believe it is possible
Begin to view mornings in a positive way. Don't dread the alarm going off, instead look forward to the day ahead. Notice all the great things and people you have in your life and make the decision to focus on being grateful for what you have, rather than being grumpy that you are tired, lethargic, under par etc.
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3. Do what you can
If setting the alarm for an earlier time fills you with dread, compromise and try it out just a couple of times a week. Don't get stuck and think you have to be perfect and complete every weekday morning- start small. However on the days you do make the changes, note down your results- what changes did you see. Productivity? Activity? Time Management? Mood?
4. Plan the night before
ive yourself a fighting chance and plan your tasks for the next day the night before. Make it as easy as possible to succeed. Be specific in your tasks. For example, if you want to start using the mornings to write a book- don't write down 'write book'. This is way too overwhelming. Your task at first may be to map out chapter one or write 500 words. Being clear in your expectations will help your success.
5. Track your results
Keep a record of your achievements. The more you achieve, the easier it will be to keep going. Celebrate all your wins- even the small ones and know that when others are sleeping you are succeeding and ahead of the game. Which is amazing, right?