Make Your Morning Routine Powerful

“Each morning is a fresh beginning. We are, as it were, just beginning life. We have it entirely in our own hands. And when the morning with its fresh beginning comes, all yesterdays should be yesterdays, with which we have nothing to do. Sufficient is it to know that the way we lived our yesterday has determined for us our today. And, again, when the morning with its fresh beginning comes, all tomorrows should be tomorrows, with which we have nothing to do. Sufficient to know that the way we live our today determines our tomorrow.” | Ralph Waldo Trine

Mornings are powerful. We are physically fresh, clear mentally, and ready to start a new day. This time sets the tone for the entire day. I like to get up early, between 5 am and 6 am, seven days a week. I started this habit in university when I needed to squeeze in some extra time to successfully finish my degree. Later, it became necessary for the various executive roles I held as I built my career, and now it’s a habit.

No matter how difficult the previous day, a new morning tends to take the edge off and give you a better perspective.

Over the years, I have tried several different techniques to consistently get up early while getting optimal sleep. The best technique I have found is to get up at the same time every morning, no matter what time I go to bed.

This method enables the body to self-regulate. If you only get a few hours of sleep one night, due to an early rise one morning, you are naturally more tired and tend to go to bed earlier the next night, to meet the same early rise the next morning. I do this by setting my alarm to 6 am every day. I am almost always up well in advance of the alarm and turn it off. Sometimes I go weeks without the alarm ever sounding.

Resolve to get up at the same time each day, seven days a week, by setting your alarm to a specific time. Move it beyond your reach if necessary, and when it goes off, get up. Don’t think about it too much; get up and get started. At night, reverse the process and try to go to bed near the same time each night, seven days a week.

Once I am up, I find it best to use the first hour or so to focus on a single project for my own personal improvement. I avoid using this time for email or other administrative tasks since they tend to clutter the mind. Instead, I use this time to elevate my thinking or my body. I will usually read something that inspires me or improves my mind, or I use the time for exercise. This helps me set the tone for the day, brings me to a higher state of attentiveness and improves my creativity.

After some quiet time and perhaps exercise, I believe it is critical to set a written schedule for the day. This is my transition to the working day. I have used this extra hour to invigorate my mind or my body, which will propel me through the ups and downs of the day. By transitioning to a schedule, I am setting myself up for success, with more energy and focus, but with a specific plan of what needs to be done. With this early rise and the careful use of my first hour, I transition into an exceptional day.

By, Eamonn Percy

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