We all know the feeling. You hear your alarm clock go off and you hit the snooze button only to hear your alarm clock go off again and once more hit the snooze button. I can definitely tell you that hitting that snooze button will not make your monday that much easier to get through but here are some tips to make your Monday, and for that matter, your week, start off much better.
- Set your clothes out the night before. Ever wonder why Steve Jobs (RIP) and Mark Zuckerberg wear pretty much the same colored clothes each and every single day? Because they dont want to have to make too many decisions on their way out of their home each and every morning. Why should we be spending 30 minutes of useless decision making on what clothes to wear? Put simply: Set your clothes out the night before!
- Exercise early. The key is that "you get up and move," whether that's jogging, weight lifting, or yoga. The discipline comes in in setting a schedule and sticking to it so that your day begins with an energizing accomplishment, not a demoralizing stretch of time where you lie in bed and hit snooze on your alarm a few times. Every morning should start off with a predictable routine.
- Keep a daily schedule to the minute. Benjamin Franklin was obsessive about planning his days. Each morning, he would wake up at 4:00 a.m. and meticulously piece together a schedule. There’s a clear message to take from Franklin’s habit: prudent goal setting pays dividends. When you plan out your day as carefully as possible, your chances of successfully accomplishing your goals skyrocket.
- Say no. No is a powerful word, which will protect your precious mornings. When it’s time to say no, avoid phrases such as “I don’t think I can” or “I’m not certain.” Saying no to a new commitment honors your existing commitments, and your morning time is an important commitment. Research conducted at the University of California in San Francisco showed that the more difficulty that you have saying no, the more likely you are to experience stress, burnout, and even depression.