5 morning hacks to help you make money faster and maximise the day!
Some people are night owls. Some are morning birds. But regardless of the time you wake up, the morning sets the tone for your entire day.
As a business owner, it’s important that you make the most out of the morning and establish a routine to help you feel controlled and powerful.
So what are some of the things you can do to help streamline your morning routine?
1) Prepare Everything The Night Before
Alexander Graham Bell once stated, “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.”
The night before, take the time to streamline your morning.
- If you’re heading to the gym: have your workout gear and bag ready to go. Keep a banana in reach or pre-pack your dry ingredients into the blender.
- If you’re working from home: position your laptop and notepad on the table (or within reach if you prefer the comfort of the covers). Have a glass of water nearby.
- If you’re heading to a worksite: lay out your outfit or uniform. Pre-plan your breakfast. Keep an eye on your public transport card or car keys.
2) Wake Up On Time
Sleep inertia is the drowsy feeling that makes you want to crawl under the covers after the alarm goes off. High performing individuals are known to reduce the amount of time in this lethargic state by encouraging the brain to wake-up quicker.
Sensory input prepares the brain as we dip in and out of consciousness. One hack is to play music as your alarm clock. Music improves cognitive function and reduces stress by lowering the cortisol response.
Another hack is opening the curtains or turning on the lights to stimulate the brain. If you have smart light bulbs or lamps set on a timer, you can reduce early morning sleep inertia by tricking the brain into thinking it’s dawn.
3) Simple Goals
Our brain loves rewards, and completing simple tasks early in the morning will kick-start that must-craved dopamine.
Admiral McRaven declared “If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.”
4) Count To 10
Tim Ferris, from best selling The 4-Hour Workweek suggests completing 10 reps of any physical activity. The idea here is not to exhaust the body, but instead to quiet the mental chatter, warm up the nervous system and elevate your mood.
5) Make A Plan
As a small business owner, it’s easy to sit down and quickly get distracted. Having a to-do list will keep you on track.
High performance coach, Brendon Burchard, recommends spending 20 minutes every morning planning for the day ahead. His productivity planner divides daily tasks into projects, people and priorities. Brendon confirms a to-do list will help you move through your day in a more strategic, intelligent, and productive way.
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