Here are is one thing that I attempt to do every morning. Realistically, if I hit three out of five (which I will cover more over the coming days), I consider myself having won the morning. And if you win the morning, you win the day. I’m probably not the first person to say this, but it’s how I frame the importance of the first 60 to 90 minutes of the day.
These will probably seem like small things, but just remember: The small things are the big things…kind of like what I talked on my podcast this morning. https://www.spreaker.com/episode/10768288
#1—Make Your Bed (<3 minutes)
If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.
- I tried this yesterday, making my bed, doing my mindfulness meditation practice, and my “Tony Robbins” prime. What ultimately happened is I had one of the most productive days of the year just by creating momentum.
What is “making your bed” to me? I use the sweep-it-under-the-rug approach. The goal is visual tidiness, not Four Seasons. I don’t tuck in the sheets. I have a large blanket or duvet, and I’ll use that to cover the sheets, smoothing it out. Then, I place the pillows symmetrically underneath or on top of the blanket, and I’m done. That’s it. It’s very simple. If you work from home, this serves double duty, especially if you work in or near your bedroom. If you see an external distraction (speaking personally), you end up creating an internally distracted state.
These external distractions, especially after a long working day, could doom your evening before it even begins. You could end up getting home and getting on your phone….an hour later, you realise you need to hurry up and unpack your gym bag, jump in the shower, and you miss out on 4 practices towards the end of the day that you could’ve done to retire for the night.
See, this is just one simple, easy exercise that can create lots of momentum. I have plenty more coming, so stay tuned for them. I’d rather not give you 5-10 in bulk, or else you’d just put it off. So this is number one.
Number two is coming tomorrow! In the meantime, if you’re interested in other personal development books and ideas, tune into my podcast which has over 300 episodes down below.