Making a smart use of the first hours of the day is something most successful people do. Such an attitude provides a boost-start for the day and helps you accomplish more.
“If it has to happen, then it has to happen first.”
Also, leaving non-urgent tasks for the end of the day is a recipe to never do them. What about if you are a night owl? According to studies, 10 to 20% of the people are confirmed to be night owls. Trying to invert their routine could be hard and “screw” their schedule. Night owls are better to choоse professions that allow such an agenda. Most of the people are somewhere in the middle, if not true morning larks. So, if you happen to be in the middle, there is certainly an advantage to train yourself and go towards the lark side. Here is a five-step process on how to achieve that.
- Track Your Time. In order to spend your time better, you must know how you actually spend it. Keep a journal, maintain it and write detailed entries as often as you can afford. The data will really help you realize and analyze your timing.
- Visualize the Perfect Morning. Think about what a great morning would be for you. It is a great motivational tool. You will not only have to get up earlier. You have a purpose. Picture the perfect morning in your mind so that you start to anticipate and enjoy it. It should not be nailed just by scheduled tasks. Include things you feel like energizing you. Make it your great morning.
- Map Your Schedule. Next step is to map your morning to details. What timing does your schedule need in order for all to happen? Start from the time you would need to get up. Also take into consideration the time you need to go to bed in the evening.
- Build Proper Habits. The most important step is to build habits for becoming a morning person. All the routines and scheduling for your perfect morning should become permanent habits.
- Tune Up as Necessary. Building habits will help you keep up with your intentions for morning productivity. But life changes. So the routines for your morning might be necessary to change. Such a tune-up might be needed not because of some external changes, but because you have found a more efficient way to structure your time. It is not a fixed thing, therefore it must be flexible to leave space for improvement. Be sure you are sticking to good habits and gradually build them up if necessary.