One of the biggest challenges that I have, and have heard from others, is the inability to wake up productive and motivated. I’ve experimented with many different methods, read a lot of books and articles looking for the “same truth” in every suggestion and I’m going to list some things that have worked for me.
As always you should be a scientist with these methods and test them for yourself. We each have a unique set of obstacles to deal with when we wake up in the morning (kids, meal prep, scheduling changes, weather conditions, traffic, etc…) and these are just a few ways to make yourself more functional and efficient in the morning.
Prepare Your Mind The Night Before
I’ve been experimenting with listening to positive and productive lectures before bedtime. These lectures come in the form of Youtube videos, podcasts and recordings that come in formats that predate the digital revolution lol.
What I’ve been noticing is how I Feel in the morning when I do this and comparing that feeling to the mornings I don’t. I feel more focused, motivated to tackle my challenges and the negative chatter that I usually have is at a bare minimum if present at all.
This is due to the programming I’ve done to my subconscious the night before. If you go to sleep with thoughts of positivity, productivity and the notion to embrace the challenges ahead, it keeps the negative self defeating inner talk at bay.
If you can’t find anything to listen to that motivates you, it’s perfectly okay. Reach for a book if you prefer quiet reading before bed.
Prepare Your Body The Night Before
A calm mind Always makes for a much better night sleep.
How do you calm your mind?
Most of the time when people think of meditation, they think of an elaborate setting of sitting in a difficult position trying to levitate and make their body glow to perfection.
In reality meditation is the absence of thought and the chaotic noise that usually occupies the mind. This noise can often reach an unbearable pitch when we lay down at night to sleep.
A simple meditation can involve focusing on your breathing and nothing more. You don’t have to get into a lotus position in a silk garment (although if you have a silk garment and feel like it will put you in a better mental space, by all means do so).
Just breathe in and out, calm your mind and do your best to empty your thoughts.
Have you ever heard of the ancient meditative practice of Chi Gong?
Pre-empt Your Unpredictability
“Chance favors the prepared mind.”
When I was a kid, my mother was always telling me to get my clothes laid out for school in the morning.
Imagine how I felt, being right in the middle of a difficult part of my favorite video game, being told stop what I’m doing and start ironing and folding!
Then I have to get my lunch ready (or make sure my lunch money was in my pocket), pack up my book bag and sit it at the door, and finally straighten up my room.
What she was doing was teaching me to be prepared for the morning so it wouldn’t be a struggle. The more I prepared myself the night before, the more productive I could be in the morning, thereby lessening my challenges.
It’s easy to forget that those simple things that work so well in childhood, can work just as well in adulthood. So…..
-Prepare your clothes
-Do your meal prep
-Check the weather
….Whatever your life situation calls for you to be more prepared at the top of the morning, do so.
Get In Front Of Your Time, Not Behind It
Waking up productive can happen a lot simpler when you take control of your time in the morning. The ideas mentioned above can be executed a lot easier when you take control of your time in the morning.
Trying new things can take time to become second nature, so it will be a good idea to set your alarm clock earlier than you normally would.
The most perfect plans in history have not gone off without a hitch, so why should yours?
With this being said, you have no idea how your new strategies are going to effect what you and everyone else are used to. So give yourself an extra 30 minutes in the morning to make adjustments on the fly if need be.
Not only is this a benefit to your execution, it gives you a feeling of tranquility.
Here’s an example:
How often have you found yourself “ahead” of schedule?
Do you notice the feeling you get when you have ample time to do something your either close to completing or have already completed?
The feeling of ease that comes over you is priceless!
I remember how that used to feel in college when I had an assignment done with 2 weeks left to spare.
Waking up productive can set the tone for your day and, when done consistently, your daily life.
Tonight before you go to bed, read or listen to something with a positive message. Something that you know your soul needs to hear before you shut it down for the night.
It could be just one paragraph, a page or, if you’re really feeling the vibe, a chapter.
Then, set your alarm 10 minutes earlier than your normally wake up.
When you wake up in the morning with that extra 10 minutes, do something to set the tone for your day (meditation, more positive reading, sit in silence and reflect on what you’re thankful for)…..
And observe the difference.
What are some ways you use to wake up productive?
Let me know!