I am not an Entrepreneur (Yet).
I am not a successful businessman (Yet).
I am just a 24- year old full-time employee in a company (like most of you) and a freelancer who loves writing.
One year back, I was a dreamer (but now a doer) and I looked out for secrets, tips, tricks, and hacks- to become a successful person and which make everything perfect.
If you’re similar to me, you probably look for the things which help you to achieve your dreams.
But life doesn’t work like that. There is no such thing as short cuts and overnight success.
Soon, I got the point that if I want to chase and achieve my dreams, I need to take a series of small and consistent actions.
As Stephen Covey said,
“Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment.”
Each day, you just need to focus on getting 1% better in whatever it is you’re trying to improve. That’s it. Just 1%.
I tried to learn how to use my time in a right way to get results.
My first step was — how to use first hours of the morning because morning time is important and it sets the tone for the entire day.
And I developed a morning routine or ritual to structure my day to be more productive, more focused, and more organized.
And, It really improves my focus because It allows me to think about what I am going to do.
I want to share my morning ritual with you. How I start my day. You can also apply these tips from tomorrow morning. You just have to follow some simple rules. Have a look:
I don’t check my phone
I have a question for you.
What do you do the first thing when you wake up?
The most of us just grab a phone, and check what’s going on Whatsapp, or check notifications on Facebook, twitter, Instagram and you do it like 10 to 20 minutes.
80% of people between the ages of 18–44 who check their smartphones within 15 minutes of waking up. (And I was one of them)
You shouldn’t start your day with things which annoy you. That’s not what you want to start your day.
I NEVER check my phone after waking up. Because morning belongs to me and I can check other stuff like email, social media, phone calls later.
I don’t even look at my phone. I turn off my phone and put it to a different room.
You should only do the things which put you in a positive and productive state of mind.
And how do you create that?
By setting the tone of your day. Thinking about your day. Planning your day.
I make my bed
When I wake up, the first thing I do is, I make my bed.
It’s a small thing, but it gives me a small sense of pride.
As Tim Ferriss also says,
“No matter how sh**ty your day is, no matter how catastrophic it might become, you can make your bed.”
I do meditation
I do meditation for 10 minutes. I think about five little things I’m grateful for the day and which make this day so great.
I think we should develop an attitude of gratitude. I think about things like I have clothes to wear, I have food to eat, I have water, — And I feel my life is good and I really thankful.
After that, I think about my loved ones and I send my positive wishes to them.
It’s very simple — Just think about the things that you have in life that you feel truly grateful for? People?
I like to read in the morning
Every morning, I read for 15 minutes. I do this even before I have my tea.
When I start reading things I feel like I consume a good information which is useful for me. And I can implement it in my life.
Reading habit sparks my creativity and unleashes my imagination. Reading can help you grow personally and professionally.
As J.K. Rowling said,
“I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.”
Currently, I am reading the book, “Bhagavad Gita” and I am learning some great leadership, business, and life management lessons from it.
I do some exercise
Another thing, I do is some exercise in the morning.
I do some push ups, sit ups, plank, and some stretches. It just takes me about 10–15 minutes to do.
Just get your body moving. It Improves your mood and boosts your energy level.
I take a cold shower
I take a cold shower in every morning. It gives me energy, alertness, and a feeling of freshness.
It also improves immunity and blood circulation.
I make tea
After taking the shower, you must have something you are looking forward to. For me, it’s making tea and breakfast.
The last thing I do is set daily priorities
Morning is a great time to think about what I am going to do throughout the rest of the day.
1-minute planning saves 10 minutes in execution or getting your job done.
I take a piece of paper and write down 2 or 3 things that I have to do. I just focus on these things and get those things done.
I visualize a simple strategy that will help me to accomplish them.
Now I check notifications
Once I finished my morning ritual and going to start my day, I can check notifications now.
I send good morning messages & wishes to my close friends and loved once.
Implementing these things have changed my life. I feel more energetic, more motivated, and more productive- to do better things.
You don’t have to follow my morning ritual word-by-word. You just need to find out some easy things which you want to do in the morning.
Now I can write more and my articles got published in some great publications and blogs. It also helps to improve my financial condition. And I will do better.
I have developed this habit (now it became my lifestyle) and I stick to it.
“It takes 21 days to create a habit and it takes 90 days to create a lifestyle.”
Now I am aware of how I spend my time. I’m a movie freak and every once in a week I watch a movie or two.
If you’re struggling to be consistent, or productive, just set a morning routine. That’s it.
Make this process enjoyable for you. You just need to go from one thing to second to the third and so on.
A good morning ritual improves your focus, and that will help you to get more things done throughout the day. You just need to be consistent.
Great things are waiting for you and I. 🙂