"Try to get up five minutes earlier. That will give you the time to really think about what you want to do.” – Benjamin Spall, Coauthor of My Morning Routine: How Successful People Start Every Day Inspired
Leveling Up to Level Out
One of our favorite podcasts is Fast Company's Secrets of the Most Productive People, and Season 2's finale "The Morning Routines of the Most Successful People" had some great insight on the matter. Here's what they found that some of the best of the best universally do to begin their days:
Consistency. Your morning routine should be consistent every day. It can be tempting to hit that snooze button on your Saturday but doing so can throw off your circadian rhythm and leave you feeling more groggy throughout the day. Try to find a waking time that works for you and stick to it.
Get enough sleep. Early to bed, early to rise... well, you know the rest. If you are a night shift worker or have to work into the wee hours of the morning, you should still be clocking in your regular 6-8 hours of sleep daily. A great morning begins the evening before.
Set an intention. Begin your day with a clear idea of what needs to be accomplished. You should aim to have a specific focus so that you can stay on target throughout your workday and not get sidetracked by all of the other distractions and to-dos.