Have you ever gone to bed thinking of all the things you’d like to get done the next day, only to wake up feeling totally drained and unmotivated?
Motivation is a fickle thing. If you just cross your fingers and hope it’ll drop by, you could end up waiting forever. You can’t wait for it to strike – you have to get up and make it happen.
A lot of it has to do with shifting your mindset and habits over time. Mindfulness can’t happen overnight, unfortunately. So what if you want motivation now? Here are five concrete, tangible steps you can take you can do to boost your morning motivation tomorrow.
1. Get a Good Night’s Sleep
You’ve heard it a million times, sure. But that doesn’t make it any less true. Getting the requisite 7 to 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep makes it easier to get things done in the morning, and it improves your ability to process and retain information throughout the day.
If you’re getting enough sleep and still feeling tired, it could be that the quality of sleep isn’t ideal. In that case, start looking for ways of fixing that. Start by avoiding caffeine eight hours before bed, and get away from the screen (television, computer, and, yes, even the phone) half an hour before laying down.
Cliche as it sounds, a good night’s sleep really is the first step to a productive and motivational morning.
2. Put on Music
Music is one of the surest ways to give yourself a dose of inspiration. Pick something that pumps you up and listen to it while you’re getting dressed, making breakfast, and commuting to work. Change your boring alarm tone to something that strikes a chord. You’ll be surprised how much a great tune can boost your energy, especially if you’ve been falling back on the same talk radio or top 40 stations every morning.
3. Write Down Your Goals
I admit that people tend to make more out of this than it’s worth. Writing down your goals doesn’t conjure a spell that will make all of your dreams come true. But there is merit to the idea that writing something down makes it seem more tangible and within reach.
Before you go to bed tonight, write down some of your goals. It can be a far-flung dream, like moving to Paris, or something closer to earth, like losing ten pounds. Either way, put them to paper and leave it somewhere you’ll see when you wake up in the morning.
Reminding yourself why you’re waking up, and the reason you’re going to carry out the day as planned, will help put you in a productive mindset from the start.
4. Get Things Done Before You Leave the House
Many people just roll out of bed and sluggishly stumble through the morning until they get to work/school. This isn’t a good start to a productive day. Make a list of things you want to accomplish each morning before you leave the house and follow through. Creating structure to your morning will help put you in a motivated mindset.
It may be tough to get everything done at first, but only takes about a month for a repeated behaviour to turn into a habit. After that, it’ll be like second nature. You’ll be surprised how much you can accomplish before you even leave the house.
Start small, and keep adding new things as you become more efficient.
5. Eat a Good Breakfast
It’s another cliche, but this is probably the most important piece of advice on this list. Getting your essential vitamins and minerals soon after you rise from bed will make a huge difference in the level of energy you have each day. Make a nutritious breakfast of whole fruits or vegetables, whole grains, or yogurt. If you don’t have time to cook, blend it together in a smoothie.