Whether you’re listening to music, educating yourself with podcasts, exercising, or engaging in spiritual activity, you’ll find that you accomplish more when you engage in a regular routine.
Scientific research suggests that our brains work best in late morning. If we lay in bed scrolling through social media, we’re missing crucial time in our day. [04:29]
We should take advantage of that time to engage in productive activity.
Instead of starting your day focused on the negatives in the day, take charge of your perspective. Because you know what will happen in the first hour of the day, you’re in charge of your day. [05:23]
By acting instead of being acted upon, you’re taking charge.
If you get an email from your boss who suddenly wants a report by noon, you may find yourself stressed and short-tempered. On the other hand, when you’re in control, you’ll respond better and be less likely to get stressed out.
You won’t do anything in your day until you’re ready to do it.
Own your morning
There’s no limit to the ways you can take control of your morning.
Besides reading, journaling, and exercising, you can also work on a side hustle. When I was still working for a software company, I did my podcasting in the morning. [06:23]
It was something I enjoyed, so I didn’t mind doing the work.
Now that podcasting is my work, I use my mornings to write my book.
I’ve discovered that by taking control of my morning, I find clarity on things I’ve been thinking about and answers to problems I’ve been trying to solve.
Test the idea for a week. Begin by adding tasks to your calendar. [08:43]
If you’re planning to exercise or read, write those activities on your daily calendar. Then, find an accountability partner who will follow up with you.
Ask your mentors and others to follow up with you.
At the end of the week, you can measure your results to see how effective they are. If a week isn’t long enough, test it for a month.
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