All it takes to kickstart the day is the right attitude. With these five simple mantras, you’ll learn how successful people go about their morning routines and create the perfect mindset to face everyday with the same energy and positivity!
Make Your Bed in the Morning
This may seem, at first, like any other household chore - but it’s much more than that.
The importance of making your bed is simple: it’s remarkably easy to do, and you need to be out of bed to do it. A lot of people question this by saying “Why make my bed in the morning, I’ll sleep on it later!” Well, yes, but right now you need to be wide awake. Keeping your bed that way prolongs the idea you don’t want to wake up.
Therefore, making your bed first thing in the morning symbolizes your awakening. You got up, you set everything up, and now you’re ready for everything else!
Your bed is a symbol of you. There's something about having your bed feel orderly that makes your life feel that way. - Gretchen Rubin
Set Goals for the Day
Setting daily goals is one of the best habits you can adopt, according to almost everyone. Benjamin Franklin was known to set very specific goals for each day, and look at us, talking about him 200 years later.
This is good because it organizes your day in an understandable hierarchy of tasks - you will immediately know what to focus on, preventing waste of time and achieving better results.
Take 10 minutes every morning to write down a list of priorities for the day, both for work and home.
The trick to making this work is keeping them simple and achievable for yourself - a bit of challenge is fine, but don’t go for “write a book” straight away. Even Charles Bukowski took at least a month to write a book (and that’s insanely fast). Instead, go for “write 500 words” on the first day. The next day, you add 100 words to that same goal, and so on, until you find an acceptable limit.
Take a Few Minutes Everyday to Meditate
You don’t go too far to find famous successful people who meditate as a way to find peace within a busy schedule.
Jerry Seinfeld and Ellen DeGeneres are both on the main page of the Official Transcendental Meditation website. Katy Perry, Cameron Diaz, John Legend, Jennifer Aniston, and movie director David Lynch have all spoken wonders of this method.
This is what Katy Perry told Rolling Stone:
“I start the day with Transcendental Meditation. It puts me in the best mood. I wake up and just prop myself up in bed for 20 minutes. It’s the only time my mind gets absolute rest.” - Katy Perry
But you don’t necessarily need Transcendental Meditation for meditation to work - a simple self-guided meditation session can work just as well. A nice free alternative is the Calm app, available for iOS and Android. It offers a variety of guided meditation with natural soundscapes to help you relax anytime, anywhere.
According to screenwriter, actor, and director Woody Allen, “Eighty percent of success is showing up.”
A lot of success is not (just) hard work, wishful thinking, long nights, being early, being healthy, being right… in fact, most of it is just showing up. The rest, you figure out as you go. As long as you show up.
Simply showing is already the greatest step towards success. Once you’re there, there’s no magical Merlin spell or secret thing you need to do - you’re already there. You can do it. Trust your intuition and be confident you can deal with the unexpected because you’ve already done the hardest part - being there!
Work Better, Not More
The speed of everything in the world seems to be in a state of never-ending increase, and we often find ourselves exhausted trying to keep up.
Have you ever had a situation where you tell someone about your stress and they go “you should try to relax, take some time off, work less”, but your answer is “I can’t, I actually have to work more!” We’ve all been there at some point, and that feeling can get overwhelming.
The idea of working less may seem like the most counterintuitive in a moment like this, so how could it possibly work?
Simple: success is not about going as fast as you can.
Work better with the hours you have, not more. Find ways to make your routine more agile, not faster. Make your workdays more productive, not busier. Make better use of your time, don’t try to make more time - ironically, it’s a waste of time!
This attitude will always push your slightly forward, but never backwards. And we think no one explained it better than Abraham Lincoln:
“I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.” - Abraham Lincoln
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