Having just finished a copy of Tim Ferrriss’ 4-Hour Workweek I was reminded of 4 very important points:
1. We live in very different times now. No other generation has encountered such a huge technological advance and shift in lifestyles.
2. Time is running out. We need to realise that time is at a premium and ultimately limited (sorry to be so cruel and point this out)!
3. Time is a tool that can be manipulated, divided and spent throughout the day. We should constantly aim to make the most of it.
4. Time is ultimately our most valuable resource and we really should spend it wisely. Learning this art will deliver the maximum potential for our lives.
These basic realisations, led me to begin working on maximising my energy and productivity to get the most out of life and I started with my mornings. Mornings are a new beginning and the foundation to our days so it seemed like the perfect place to start.
Given my experience to date I wanted to share my 6 top tips for a more energetic and productive start to the day:
SET YOUR ALARM TO WAKE YOU UP 30 MINUTES EARLIER
It was time for a change. I needed to start my day off right so I started by waking up 30 minutes earlier in the morning. By waking up earlier, I immediately crafted a precious space into my routine where no one was making demands for my time and I was the priority so I could set my intentions for the day.
AVOID YOUR SNOOZE BUTTON!
It’s all very tempting to hit that snooze button in the mornings and I was as guilty as the rest of you but don’t do it! It doesn’t give you time to wake up and can often leave you feeling dozy and tired. You see, once you hit that snooze button and start drifting off your body starts its natural sleep cycle all over again which is why you feel more tired not less when your alarm beeps for the second time. This is not the way to start the day if you want greater energy. Now I have stopped hitting the snooze button and jump out of bed and into my joggers.
GET EARLY MORNING FRESH AIR
Come rain or shine I start the day outside to get fresh air. Even if it’s only for 10 minutes I recommend that you get out for a walk, run or cycle. So many studies have been done on the benefits of fresh air and the conclusions are always positive. The increased oxygen circulation you’ll get from taking yourself outside will boost your energy, awaken your mind and strengthen your immune system. That’s all before you go to work!
TACKLE YOUR TOP PRIORITIES FIRST THING
In the quiet peaceful morning, I always skip the coffee and prepare my matcha green tea which gives me an energy boost and allows me to focus on the task at hand which for me is, scheduling my day in the most efficient, impactful way. I find that always tackling my top priorities first especially the unpleasant ones, allows me to make use of the fact that I am well-rested and alert. It also makes the day far more enjoyable knowing that only the best is yet to come!
STOP REACHING FOR YOUR SMARTPHONE IN THE MORNING
Break your smartphone morning addiction! That statement will have many of you breaking out in a sweat. Over 70% of the UK population reach for their smart phone first thing in the morning. Be the 30% that doesn’t.
This has been the toughest part for me to stick to. I’m openly addicted to the distraction that is my smartphone! BUT, the time spent looking at our smartphone screens is often done without thought or goal so it is often wasted time. There are far better activities we could be doing first thing in the morning than simply staring at the screen. For the first 2 hours of my day I am now smartphone-less and considerably more productive as a result! Other things I have done is turn off notifications, keep it on silent when focussed on a particular task and to always keep my phone out of sight.
EAT HIGHLY NUTRITIOUS UNPROCESSED FOODS FOR BREAKFAST
This last point is a big one for me. Breakfast provides our body with all the energy and fuel we need after our overnight fast. It’s why it is called ‘breakfast’ because we break the fast! We need to aim for a mix of protein, carbs and good fats for sustained energy across our mornings. Everyone has their own preferences for breakfast but to keep it simple avoid processed foods and stick to 100% natural! Oatmeal, fruit, nuts, eggs, porridge, juices and smoothies are a great start especially when followed with a frothy matcha tea.
VOILA – A MORE ENERGETIC & PRODUCTIVE YOU!