#1. Getting out of bed early is paramount
Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise – Benjamin Franklin
Tim Dowling, Laura Barnett and Patrick Kingsley of the Guardian newspaper spoke to seven CEOs which includes Virgin Money, Ericsson and AOL Vodafone about their work/life habits and they learned that most CEOs start off their day as early as 5:00am in order to sort their commitments..
This is the place to start…
Get into bed while it’s early so you can get up in vigor the next day.
While it’s okay to wake up early either by divine awakening or at blaring of your alarm clock, it could be tempting to snooze back to bed.
Sometimes we can’t help but snooze when the previous day was hectic. There are times when it’s understandable that you need that extra sleep to recoup lost strength.
I snooze sometimes, but when I find myself doing this more often than not, I pinch myself when I remember a verse from the Holy Book that says:
A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber. NLT Proverbs 24 v 33-34
You perhaps must have heard or read that before. It’s important to note that; excessive sleep and idleness cloud lead to slackness and poverty and ultimate failure.
One of the fundamentals of success is discipline and that starts with getting out of bed early.
#2. Meditate through communion and prayers for divine support
Irrespective of what you believe in, there’s always a superior being that oversees the affairs of all men.
Wise and successful men and women acknowledge that fact and always make out time through faith to meet with God when they get out of bed in the morning.
A sincere heart that communicates with God keeps focused and forward thinking.
It’s obviously beneficial to commune with your God first thing in the morning before you set out for the day’s activity. It brings forth smart opportunities, sensible strategies and overall success.
#3. Intentionally focus and define your day
With too much on our to-do list, we intentionally need to streamline our tasks to the first five most critical tasks.
This attitude helped me organise my day by following through on important tasks first. This approach is essential for managing daily workload as they arise.
It’s significant to know that doing a lot at the same time may be counterproductive and ineffective if those tasks are not mutually exclusive.
Quality and depth cannot be compromised if your everyday tasks are defined and unique. Intentional focus will keep distractions off your day and will enable you deliver on your tasks effectively.
#4. Read a short piece that inspires
As a substitute for checking notifications on social media, going through a block of early morning motivation write-ups like this one you’re reading develops the mind and boost your confidence level.
When I get up in the morning and perhaps doing my bit on the toilet seat, I get curious most times to see notifications on Facebook. It may seem that doing that for a few minutes won’t hurt, but soon I realised that my excuses were fast developing into a time wasting habit.
I struggled for while with that until I devised another way to curb that. I instead choose to read the electronic version of my devotional. Developing a habit of reading something positive in the morning expands the mind and helps improve information retention over time.
#5. Work from Top-down
There’s that one task on your to-do list you dread so much. You take a deep breath when the thought of it comes to mind.
Most experts’ advice you take on the tough tasks first until you’re done with it. For me, it works differently. I prefer to cruise along with the easy tasks first before I encounter the tough ones. The reasons are:
- I’m already warmed up and in the work-mode before I get to the tough tasks and can face it head on.
- I don’t get to spend a whole day battling with one task.
- I’m focused and void of distractions and to follow through on that one task.
Different strokes for different folks, it all depends on what works for you. Bottom-line is to stay productive and get through your daily task without gruelling in pain.
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