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The Best way to begin your morning

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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…

What helps you start the day off right?  Please let us know by dropping a comment below.

 

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16 Responses

  1. Calabar Gal says

    Oops!! I have had many days like yours – excessive ‘fire brigade’ approaches to getting ready for appointments. The principle ‘worry not about what tommorrow will bring’ is my motto. The very opposite too what Yemisi preaches above. It works for me most times but more often than not fails…..

    Settling down to go through your archives – wish me luck!

    • Emeka says

      I kinda like that priciple, Calabar Gal. Good it works for you too. Ahh Goodluck with that and please don not hesistate let me know if you need me to walk you through :)

  2. Yemisi Agusto says

    LOL! Great story!
    I guess your morning starts the night before, when you iron your clothes in advance, and go to bed early enough to get a good amount of rest 😉
    Great tips too!

    • Emeka says

      Thanks Yemisi! Yes i think that works too. But what happens when PHCN strikes? :)

  3. Zita says

    Reading the Bible helps, but my breakfast does the trick.

  4. Mr. D says

    Fellowshipping with the God Head! Inspiring piece

  5. Adaeze says

    Reading a good book/ story before I go to bed makes my morning “sparkle”

  6. lillian says

    9ice write up,bt me am nt an early sleeper bt I gt up early all d same,am pratically use 2 it bt wat mkes my day is hvin my quiet time wit God then I have a fufilled day.

    • Emeka says

      I am glad that works for you, Lilian. It is vital that we all find ways to begin our mornings the right way. Many thanks for swinging by.

  7. Rexzzy says

    To every race there comes the 1st runner! So do your morning, we gate several working days morning but I put it to you beginning your monday morning well will go a long way in building your gratitude for Mornings and enthusiasm to start the next morning! Never forget that your monday morning starts from friday night! Get to see this>>>> http://www.eupdates247.com/2015/01/a-must-read-top-5-inspring-friday-quotes.html
    — Thumbs up @Emeka

  8. livelytwist says

    Ha ha. I learnt the hard way the benefits of going to bed early to have the best possible start for the next morning. :)

    • Emeka says

      Don’t we all get to learn the hard way? 😀
      The benefits of early to bed, early to rise cannot be overemphasized.

  9. Uju says

    Interesting and nice write up.

    • Emeka says

      Thanks Uju!

  10. mary says

    Lovely piece.Praying and reading d bible or an inspirational article (like dis one) does the trick 4 me. It’s also important 2 sleep well so dat u don’t wake up feeling grumpy.

    Thanks Emeka

    • Emeka says

      Thanks Mary. Early quality reading always has it’s way of refreshing the mind. Glad this blog fits in as a handy option for you as well :)

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