Focusing on making your mornings productive can have a positive ripple effect on your career. By beginning each day with a fresh perspective, you set the tone for your entire day. Why? Because every morning you make a choice. Either drag out of bed later than planned, skip your workout and crawl to the shower. Or, jump out of bed with purpose. While I’ll be the first to admit that jumping out of bed with purpose sounds cheesy, I guarantee you’ll net positive results if you do!
So, how do you gather the strength to not hit snooze? Easy. Arm yourself with a purposeful and planned attack! Don’t allow your alarm clock to rule your day any longer. Wake up refreshed and ready to tackle your career. Before long, you won’t even notice the change in your schedule.
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Get Moving Quickly To Set A Productive Mood
Even if you aren’t a morning person, forcing yourself to get out of bed and move will make it easier to wake up each day. To aid in your progress, I recommend using your phone as your alarm. Set it across the room before you go to sleep. Then, when your alarm rings, you’ll be forced to physically extract yourself from your warm blanket to stop the annoying buzz from your phone.
Next, get active. Immediately go for a run, walk, lift weights or do some yoga. Anything will work as long as you do something that gets you out of bed and moving.
When you force yourself to become active in the morning, you’ll notice a change in your morning mood within a few weeks. Your body will grow accustomed to the routine and you’ll begin to wake up easier.
Stop Drockling The Party
While the term drockling may be from your grandpa’s era, it’s more relevant than ever to our overworked sleep-deprived generation! When drockling kickstarts your day, it’s hard to feel energized, alert and rested.
But, what is drockling you ask? According to Mary A. Carskadon, PhD, a professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University, drockling is an old term defined as dipping in and out of sleep in the early morning. In layman’s terms, hitting snooze repeatedly.
And, as much as the allure of hitting snooze may be too tempting to pass up, focus on making yourself get out of bed. You aren’t doing yourself any favors by going back to sleep. Hitting the snooze button, repeatedly drifting off and then being jolted back awake, increases your stress and tired state as you shuffle into work minus your gym session.
Do Not Get Social Before You Start Moving
Checking social media and email before you get out bed in the morning is a definite no. Before you know it, you’re 15 minutes deep into a bad case of IG overload and running late. I know this will be hard for all of us. But trust me, resist the urge to hop online when you wake up and your day will be much happier!
As for email, you may think you’re getting a jumpstart on your day by quickly scanning new messages. However, you’re only setting yourself up for failure. Because you’re pressed for time you’ll quickly reply and may overlook critical aspects of important messages.
Instead of hastily responding to email or jumping on IG, engage your mind in productive thinking. Mentally run through your day. Think about the items you need to tackle or meetings you may be attending.
Slow down, enjoy your morning and wait to read emails when your mind is fully awake and you’re ready to actually get down to business.
Catch Up On What’s Happening
Whether you choose to scroll through your skimm, read the actual paper or simply turn on Becky Quick and the team at CNBC, take some time to get up to speed on what’s happening in the world.
Have you ever had a friend mention a current event and think…huh? I have and it seems to happen more frequently when my travel schedule is out of control or I’m focused on a huge project. Don’t allow your job to control your mind. Stay plugged into the world around you and you’ll feel more grounded.
Think Positive Thoughts
Thinking positively seems easy enough. But it may be difficult for you, especially if your current mood sounds something like #hatemyjob! Trust me though, if you linger in bed dreading work and wishing you could sleep forever, you’re setting yourself up to have a crappy day.
Don’t allow yourself to fall victim to your own bad mojo! Instead, think positive thoughts. Whether you focus on something like a big presentation that you know you’re going to rock, the new suit you’re wearing or the smashing red heels you’re sporting, think positively.
You may still hate your job, but until you make a career change, there’s no reason to hate your life. Focus on happiness and the rest of the day will go more smoothly!
Be Purposeful In Your Career
We’ve discussed this before. But, here it goes again. Be purposeful and deliberate as a professional; don’t phone in your career. You can’t expect someone else to find success for you. Plug in, make a plan and work it every day!
Each day you should have a productive goal in mind. Whether it’s a task you’ve been putting off or a giant career goal you’re working to crush, set targets and work to reach them! When you’re deliberate and purposeful in your career you’ll flounder less and find success.
Begin your move towards establishing productive mornings tomorrow! Make an effort to follow my advice. I guarantee it will be hard at first. But try it for two weeks. If after two weeks of consistent effort you aren’t waking up easier and feeling more positive, let me know! I know you won’t call me though…because this works! Happy trails and remember, you’re in a drockling free zone! – Michael