We’ve all heard it before — the way you spend your morning will set the tone for your entire day. If you learn how to do your mornings right, you’ll subsequently do life right. So if you’re looking for days filled with purpose, creativity, and productivity; we have one piece of advice for you: touch your planner before you touch your phone each morning.
I think it’s safe to say we’ve all been there. The phone alarm is ringing, you roll over to turn it off. Phone in hand, your notifications are bright with your laundry list of notifications. Before you know it you have been staring at your screen for a good part of the morning. You haven’t even stepped out of bed yet and you already feel behind and overwhelmed. According to statistics, the average user reaches for their phone by 7:31 A.M. Don’t let your phone dictate your morning experience.
Instead, let the first 60 to 90 minutes of your day be distraction free — you owe it to yourself. In your planner or a notebook write down what you would like your day to look like the night before, and review it when you wake up.
Schedule your morning with tasks such as:
- a good breakfast
- drinking water
- top-priority projects
- setting goals
Benjamin Franklin set a three-hour block for his morning routine , including tasks such as addressing “powerful goodness”, breakfast, and planning his day. Vogue editor and chief, Anna Wintour begins her day at 5:45 A.M. with an hour long tennis match. P.G. Wodehouse, an author and humorist, begins his day on his back porch with his “breakfast book”. An entertaining mystery or adventure novel read over his breakfast.
Whatever a successful morning looks like for you, take advantage of your early uninterrupted hours and take care of yourself before you pick up your phone to answer to everyone else.
“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine”. — John C. Maxwell
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