The saying, ‘the early bird gets the worm’ was true a thousand years ago and, it will be true another thousand years from now. Professionals and business owners who get up early in the morning, have breakfast, shower, get dressed and arrive at work before anyone else, are known to get more done. It’s not just a simple case of having more time on your hands, it’s a frame of mind. Various athletes around the world have spoken about how working out early gives them a confidence boost. They know their opponents are fast asleep in bed, but they are in the gym or in the arena training, slowly getting ahead of everyone else. Why haven’t you got an early morning routine?
Bring your mind up to speed
Our body and mind will need an hour or so to get fully into the mode we need to be at for work. However, if you were to wake up an hour earlier than you normally would, your cognitive faculties will be one hour ahead of most other people. To speed up the process of becoming fully conscious, there are a few things you should do.
- Keep your routine simple. Do not try to use up the time you have gained by doing your laundry or ironing your clothes.
- The first thing you do when you get up is have breakfast. The quicker you eat the faster your body can convert food into energy for use throughout the day.
- Don’t rationalize yourself into taking it slow or staying in bed. Don’t have an argument with the voices in your mind that try to convince you to sleep a little longer or take your time eating.
- Lay out your work clothes before you get into the shower. That way you can dry yourself off and immediately put on your professional items and get into the right frame of mind.
Stay alert on the drive-in
Driving in to work or to your business, should not be a struggle. Granted, you’re now waking up at 6 am instead of 7 am, but that doesn’t mean you should ‘enjoy’ the empty roads. Firstly, you’re not alone. Many truck drivers will be nearing the end of their shift and you’ll be driving alongside these giants on the road. One of the common causes of truck accidents is drowsiness. Even if you’re driving carefully, they may not be. It’s terrifying and very painful to be the victim of negligent truck drivers. This is why you should never hesitate to contact a legal expert to gain compensation. Your early morning drive should not be filled with danger or drama.
Take it slow
When you arrive at work, take it slow. Read and respond to emails. Refresh your memory of what you did yesterday. Note down how far certain tasks have been taken and what else needs to be completed. Have a cup of coffee or listen to some music while you do these menial tasks.
Getting up early will foster a winner’s mentality. A lot can happen in an hour. Just imagine what you could get done if you have 1 extra hour a day for the rest of your professional life?