Cool Things Outstanding People Do In the Morning
By Sandy Schroeder
Most of us are always looking for new ways to get a running start in the morning. I find that to be especially important, because it takes two cups of high octane (black coffee) to just make me coherent. If you are a natural early bird, you are automatically three steps ahead of me.
Finding out what others are doing could be worth checking out. Prevention.com talked to all sorts of active, involved people, including business owners, coaches, authors, and scientists, to come up with these tips.
Make Sure You Are Moving – It could be as simple as an early morning run, or a brisk walk. As you move into the day, time tends to get swallowed up. Starting with physical activity helps us log in that 30 minutes a day of activity that we all need. Several scientists, writers and editors said they were using treadmill desks.
Keep A Daily “Must Do” List - Scan your calendar and create the “must do” items and special goals that need to happen. Check off each one as it happens, and move undone ones ahead to the next list that you set up.
Put People Before Electronics – Before you fire up phones or laptops, use early mornings to talk with your spouse, your kids, and your dog. You may not see them again until the evening. Make morning time a way to help each of you get ready for the day. When I did this with my kids, I used to hear them say amazing things to each other and their pets. Knowing you are in touch with your loved ones is a great way to start the day.
Turn Up the Volume – If music is important to you, keep playlists of your favorites ready to start the day. I have lists for treadmill time, yoga, and running. Whatever music makes you happy will help to wake you up and cheer you up. Whenever you need a lift, break them out at lunch, or after work. A favorite professor of mine listened to fiery symphonies at work whenever he needed them. He was one of the most original thinkers that I have known.
Pause to Meditate or Just Breathe – Being perfectly still, and letting the silence exist, may clear your head for the whole day. When I do this regularly I am much more cheerful and focused. I find my way through the traffic, and on through the day, with a lot less irritation. The irritants are still there, but it does not seem to matter as much.
Consider these, or others that fit you, to move your morning ahead. If they work, hang onto them and enjoy the head start.
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