Being productive and achieving success in life can come by just the simple things we do everyday. One of which, is being an early riser and beginning the day early. Waking up early and going to work is understandably the norm for busy professionals in Lagos. We understand why you need to hurry out of the the house at 5am to catch either your staff bus or Danfo buses just to beat traffic.
But to be more productive, and in the long run, successful, here are a few habits you should include in your morning routine:
Schedule your day
Without a schedule, it’s frighteningly easy to get to the end of the day and realize you’ve achieved nothing of importance. At the very least, you should make a list of the tasks you want to accomplish during the day and decide where your priorities lie.
Make a list of the tasks you want to complete by the end of the day. Try to be realistic about your efficiency instead of creating a lengthy list of tasks that will be impossible to complete.
Review your goals
Your short and long term goals should be written down . Taking just a few minutes to read your life goals puts your day into perspective. If you read your long-term goals every day, you will think about them every day. If you think about them every day, and spend your days working toward them, they’ll manifest.
Achieving goals is a science. There’s no confusion or ambiguity to it. If you follow a simple pattern, you can accomplish all of your goals, no matter how big they are. A fundamental aspect of that is writing them down and reviewing them every single day.
Listen to or read uplifting content
Ordinary people seek entertainment. Extraordinary people seek education and learning. It is common for the world’s most successful people to read at least one book per week. They are constantly learning.
Taking even 15 to 30 minutes every morning to read uplifting and instructive information changes you. It puts you in the zone to perform at your highest.
Most people that work out daily, work out in the morning. Whether it’s a simple exercise session or a trip to the gym, exercising before work gives you a boost of energy for the day and that deserved sense of accomplishment.
Even if the thought of a 5 am jog doesn’t sit well with you, try waking up 15 minutes early for a quick bedside set of push-ups or stretching. It’ll help wake up your body, and prep you for your day.