3 Things to do before work to increase focus and improve productivity.
Updated: Jul 29, 2019
Have you ever noticed, if you keep snoozing your alarm and then rush out the house in a panic, that the rest of your day reflects the same manic start?
By starting the day well, you set yourself up for a good one. No one wants to feel tired as they reach the office, nor feel unproductive, only to get to the end of the day feeling like they could have done more. Although those days are sometimes unavoidable for one reason or another...we are all human after all, if we can start the day right, we have a far better chance of a great day.
We want to share with you tips and tricks that the most healthy, wealthy and wise people on the planet do before they start their day.
Tip 1 - Get up earlier - ideally 1-2 hours before your work day starts
By getting out of bed earlier you have a better chance of starting the day right, trying to allocate time during the day is unlikely, we are busy enough as it is, so the only time to get more back is to get up earlier.
Apple CEO Tim Cook gets up at 3.45am and Richard Branson at 5.45am. They use this time to read or listen to a podcast, take time for meditation and exercise, constantly expanding their mind and improving their physical health.
By allowing extra time in the morning you can do things slowly and completely. How many times do you listen to half a podcast, only have time for mouthful of breakfast and miss the gym? Each morning is a new opportunity so what we do at the start of each day matters most.
A great way to introduce an earlier start and help your body transition, is to set your alarm 15 minutes earlier each week. Rather than shock your body with an extreme change in wake up, your body will naturally start to feel tired earlier in the evening so you can still get your 7-9 hours sleep.
Tip 2. Start your morning the evening before
Plan for the next day the night before, we waste time in the morning thinking about what we want to wear, what we have to do, what we eat for breakfast. By taking as little as 15 minutes the night before or at the end of your day to write your to do list, will improve your decision making for the next day and save time because it has already been planned out.
Tip 3. Take a moment to be grateful
Successful entrepreneurs, authors, and innovators like Oprah, Tony Robbins and Tim Ferris all have one thing in common. To achieve more, to be happy, and to make a difference, they consciously practice gratitude.
This can be done in as little as a minute each morning, take a moment to think about 3 things you are grateful for. The moment we are grateful we start to feel content, we have purpose and in that moment we can’t be troubled by the past or fearful of the future.
Start simple, it could be your comfy bed, the sun in the sky and your loved ones. If it helps you can write this down each day or simply just take a moment to think about the things in your life that you are thankful for. When you start your day with gratitude, you are more likely to look for opportunity rather than obstacles.
Time is what we long for most but what we use worst, start your day right by incorporating these 3 things into your life. Start with one or two and see how your day changes, avoid going the 3.45am extreme tomorrow as you will likely be exhausted after a few days. By introducing small steps, we are more likely to create new habits that we keep and form as our routine.