I have always been keen on the idea of getting up and attacking the day from the beginning, yet I have always found it far more difficult than it should be. When I started this quarantine back in March, I made a conscious decision that I would aim to get my day started better and so I did a bit of research online to gain some inspiration. I came across an interview with the brilliant writer Roger Wolfson, someone who I have always admired, and he was talking about his daily routine. I took some great tips from him in particular and began what would be the most successful morning routine which I have found. If this is something you’d like to be better at, here are my suggestions for doing so.
An Hour Before…
My grandfather always told me that an hour before 9 is with 2 hours after 9 and I have come to realize that he was absolutely right. There is just something about getting up at 6 or 7 which gives you the feeling that you’ve got a couple of bonus hours before the day begins. I am currently trying to get up at 5, although thus far it has been something of a struggle.
Make Your Bed
The idea of making your bed as soon as you get up is from the military and the idea is that once you have done so, you are then absolutely ready for the day ahead. I always considered this to be military nonsense but I have to be honest, they are absolutely right. Once that bed is properly made you have zero desire to get back into it and you do feel as though you have ticked at least one job off so far today, and that pushes you to keep going and tick off some more.
Eating That Frog
There was a book released some years ago about productivity and it was called Eat The Frog. The name comes from a famous Mark Twain quote where he talks about how nothing worse can happen to your day if you eat a frog for breakfast. The notion of the quote and of the book is that if you get the worst job out of the way first, your day is going to instantly look better. If you don’t do this then you will end up spending the day with this in the back of your mind, and that will not help your productivity.
Inspired by my dog, who I noticed had a good stretch whenever he got up, before he got started with his tail chasing or toy playing. I realized that in the morning time it would take a while and a few cups of coffee before I was feeling very elastic. To solve this I began to do a morning stretch and it really helps to get you revved up for the day ahead.
If you want to start your day right, try out these tips.