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5 Tips To Be More Productive In the Morning

I have to admit mornings are tough for me. I am what you may consider a night owl however, I know that most of the super successful entrepreneurs are morning people it is definitely something I am working to get better at.  One of my morning rituals is to spend my 1st hour in study. I start my day reading, listening to an audio book, taking notes, or in some form of study. It gives me time to wake up, get my creative juices flowing and set the tone for the day.

I have spent time looking at some of the most productive and successful entrepreneurs to get some ideas of what they do in the mornings to be more productive. Here are 5 tips that can help get you moving in the morning. The hardest part for me is knowing when to shut it down at night so I can get a solid night sleep.  So here they are:

1) Don’t snooze!

Snoozing actually makes you feel groggier during the day, according to the medical director at the Sleep Disorder Centers of Prescott Valley. This is because it starts your mind off into a new sleep cycle, one that you can’t actually complete. (via) So no matter how hard, get up. If you find you’re always tired in the morning, try going to bed earlier or adopting better practices before bedtime to get more restful sleep.

 

2) Choose an intention

If you have a hard time finding motivation to get up, then start with an intention. The moment your alarm goes off, take a moment to choose an intention, and try to make it one word if possible. It doesn’t have to be an end result or project, like getting a presentation ready; instead go for a feeling or emotion. Things like:Peace, Gratitude, Openness, Detachment; any word that helps you create a mindset for the kind of day you want to have.It can also be helpful to get out of bed, write that intention down on a post-it, and pin the post it to your front door. That way not only have you written it down, you’ve placed in in a spot you’ll have to see right before you face the day.

 

3) Start with a meditation

Meditation is a great tool to clear your head and give you a feeling of centeredness and gratitude. I have a new series of meditation audio guides on iTunes and Podomatic to try if you’re new to meditation! And check out these beginner tips too! Meditation can help you be more productive in the morning by helping you create a mindset for cool, calm ambition.

 

4) Grab a banana

Or an apple. Or a granola bar. Any healthy snack you can have around 11 a.m. at the office when you start to feel peckish. What you might not realize is that your morning coffee run might actually be harming your health and productivity. Not only because the sugar in popular coffee drinks will perk you up but then make you crash, but because drinks can’t replace food (via); in other words, when your body needs fuel, you can’t replace food with drinks to make it feel energized. So save the time and the money, give yourself more energy and focus with a brought-from-home snack instead.

 

5) Take Stressers OUT of your own way

If there’s something that always stresses you out in the morning, get it out of the way! For instance, if picking your outfit sends you in a half-hour body shaming rant in front of the mirror, take the guess work out and pick the night before. If you tend to get agitated waiting for coffee, set the timer to brew before you even get up. If the kids like to wait till it’s time to leave to look for school supplies, implement a routine the night before.The point is this: you have to be in control of your morning to make it work for you. If you know, without doubt, something will bring you anxiety, do what you need to do to get it out of the way.

 

About the Author Sean Matheis

Sean Matheis founded Agency Alliance, the elite mastermind program for insurance agents, and The Millionaire Masterminds with the most recognized celebrities & professional athletes on their coaching roster.

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