I would hardly forget the day my alarm beeped and i jumped up and deferred it just for a little while. I had a presentation to make that morning and I had slept at just 2am that same morning so I guess I needed just a little more nap. Maybe 10 minutes of extra time. It beeped again(After 10 minutes I guess), so I decided to get up. I mean, 10 minutes of more sleep isn’t that bad..
But I was wrong! I had just slept for another hour. For the first time in my entire life, I showered and got ready for work in just 2 minutes! ( Ok maybe more, but certainly not more than 10 minutes) That day I realized I had James bond skills I have been unaware of. I instantly believed the saying “you can achieve whatever you want to achieve”. Trust me, it was crazy. To worsen it all, traffic was unbelievable that morning that I had to get down and practically run all the way down to the office. I didn’t exactly run, but I did run in my mind. Anyway, before I conclude my story, it’s important to note that every morning is very important and how you choose to spend your morning can determine what happens the rest of your day.
Each morning is a brand new opportunity, another chance to get it right. Embracing this truth and using it to your advantage can make the difference throughout the day. These may not be exactly the best ways to begin your day, but trust me; you should give it a try.
Wake up with a sense of gratitude: Research has shown that the more a person is inclined to gratitude, the less likely he or she is to be depressed, anxious, lonely, envious, or neurotic. Every morning, consider how very fortunate you are. The more you count your blessings, the more blessings there will be to count and the happier you will be.
Please, Read something positive: Quickly reading something positive every morning can make a huge difference trust me. It could be a bit of scripture, inspiring book, articles or quotes (And ofcourse this blog!J). It is important to read some form of self-improvement literature to stretch and grow your insight and knowledge. This singular act starts your day off on a positive note with positive, productive ideas to guide your entire day.
Then, move on what’s most important to you for the day: As human, we are goal oriented. We like making progress. When we accomplish one of our goals, we are happy about. And achievement is not something you have; it’s something you do, it’s something you experience when you wake up and act accordingly. So let your first hour set the theme of proactivity and productivity that is certain to echo through your entire day. The key is to focus your attention first thing in the morning on the right things; because activity is no necessarily productivity. Several research studies have shown that people never get more done by blindly working more hours on everything that comes up. Instead, they get more done when they follow careful plans that measure and track key priorities and milestones. So if you want to be more successful, less stressed, and a lot happier at the end of a long day, don’t ask how to make something more efficient until you’ve first asked, “Do I need to do this at all?” As you know, being able to do something well does not make it the right thing to do.
Back to my story, I unbelievably got in on time to deliver my presentation. Ladies and gentlemen, that was my very first presentation made in a brutally rumpled shirt.
Over to you…
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