8 Steps to Having Wildly Productive Mornings
James Clear just posted a great “how to” about having productive mornings which is of course essential for reaching our goals efficient and fast.
You can read the whole article on Entrepreneur.com.
You’ll wake up for about 25,000 mornings in your adult life, give or take a few.
Once I realized this, I started thinking about how I could develop a better morning routine.
After a quick introduction James Clears starts right away with his 8 worth-sharing strategies:
1. Manage your energy, not your time: What type of energy do you have in the morning? Creative work? Administration?
2. Prepare the night before: It takes less time to do a quick to-do for the next day and start our tasks organized upfront.
3. Don´t open email until noon: Like Tim Ferriss´ advice in his 4-hour-work-week book – set up a schedule for calls and working on emails and stick to it. Only work on urgent topics, emails, calls … outside your set up time frame.
4. Turn your phone off and leave it in another room: Kinda same as strategy 3 except that it is important to place the phone out of sight. Seeing it estimates the urge to check messages, Facebook and so on.
5. Work in a cool (temperature) place
6. Sit up or stand up: “Your mind needs oxygen to work properly“
7. Eat as a reward for working hard: James Clear says he practices intermittent fasting – eating his first meal around noon each day. Food is kinda reward for him after being productive in the morning. Absolutely worth discussion just because of health effects but James Clear points out an interesting argument: “Take a moment to think about how much time people spend each day thinking, planning and consuming food.“
8. Develop a “pre-game routine” to start your day: “My morning routine starts by pouring a cold glass of water. Some people kick off their day with ten minutes of meditation. Similarly, you should have a sequence that starts your morning ritual. This tiny routine signals to your brain that it’s time to get into work mode or exercise mode or…“
I myself see “mornings” as well as super important and essential for everyday “success”. Success at work, at creativity, sports, life… I set up short to-dos for the next day, keep my getting-up time steady and put as much as possible tasks in the morning and as less as possible after midday.
First of all: All little successes by crossing off tasks keep my motivation high, my energylevel is the highest in the morning which allows me to be more productive and above all I know that so many additional tasks can come during the morning which could let my day collapse at some point. With most tasks put in the morning and being productive it´s easier to be flexible after midday.
James Clear ends his article with the following statement:
You’ve got 25,000 mornings. What will you do with each one?
I want to use this one to refer to a previous article of mine and my “morning routine”. I´ve put up a note in my bathroom which I read every single day and which keeps me focussed and motivated:
This is the beginning of a new day,
I can waste it or use it for good.
What I do today is very important because I am
exchanging a day of my life for it.
When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever,
Leaving something in its place I have traded for it.
I want it to be a gain, not loss – good, not evil.
Success, not failure, in order that I shall not forget
the price I paid for it.
My article about this quote.