I love mornings. Each new day brings new opportunities and it’s a chance to start fresh and do better. I didn’t consider myself a morning person for most of my life, though. Through my teenage years, I loved nothing more than to sleep in. As I’ve gotten older and more demands are being made on my time, sleeping in isn’t a luxury I can afford – and I don’t really want to. I want to have a better morning without the urge to sleep in.
Don’t you hate the feeling of oversleeping? That disoriented rush to get ready, the hurried forgetfulness and the feeling that the rest of your day is off-kilter?
Why You Should Create a Better Morning
How you start your day or more specifically, how you prepare for and spend those first few morning hours, has a big impact on the rest of it. It truly sets the tone for your entire day.
That’s why making over your morning is so important. It’s about much more than those first few hours.
I’m sure you’ve experienced this yourself. I’ll use the snooze button as an example.
Imagine this: you set an early alarm to make sure you have time for exercise, meditation, or simply some much needed “me time”. You have every intention of getting up and doing whatever you’re setting out to do when you set the alarm in the first place.
Some mornings – hopefully, most mornings – you get up when the alarm chimes and go for that walk, do your meditation exercise, or read a book for twenty minutes.
Then there are those days when you just can’t make yourself get up.
You hit the snooze button multiple times, or turn the alarm off altogether and go back to sleep.
Think about how the rest of those days went on the mornings you rolled back over. Did you really fall back asleep and get another hour or two of high-quality sleep? Or was it tossing and turning, trying to keep your eyes closed to the dawning day? Did you notice a difference in how you felt?
How much did you got done on the mornings when you got up with your first alarm? Were you able to do all the things you set out to do? How did those days compare to the ones when you hit the snooze button over and over again?
If I had to take a guess, I’d say that the mornings when you got up as soon as the alarm went off went a whole lot smoother. I bet you accomplished what you had planned to do, too.
The Impact of Creating a Better Morning
Chances are that sleeping through the snooze button didn’t just affect your morning, but the entire rest of your day. You set the tone for how your day is going to go first thing in the morning. That’s what the old saying about getting up on the wrong side of the bed is about. Let’s make sure we get up on the right side and start our day off in a positive and productive way.
Over the next six days, I want to guide you through the process of making over your morning. Not only will you enjoy your mornings more even if the alarm goes off much earlier than you’d like, it will make the entire rest of your day go much smoother.
7 Days to a Better Morning – Day 1
Today’s strategic tip for a better morning is really easy: do everything as you would normally do it. Before you go to sleep tonight, however, write down and think about the biggest task you’ll face tomorrow for a few minutes. Make sure it’s an actionable task, something that can be accomplished within the day – preferably in less than an hour.
Even if you only make it 60 seconds before you’re snoring, making tomorrow’s problem your last thought before sleep is a powerful decision.
Without meaning to, your brain tends to remember unfinished tasks, using up valuable processing power. It causes people stress, making it difficult for them to focus on any new task, hindering their ability to work effectively. It’s called the Ziegarnik effect. Your brain absolutely loathes the idea of something left undone.
Focusing on your biggest task before bed allows you to harness your brain’s natural tendencies in solving specific problems. Having set yourself even just one task for the day makes you demonstrably more efficient!
Before you head to bed tonight write down the biggest task you’ll face tomorrow. Then think about it for a few minutes before you fall asleep.
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