In Her Words: Four Ways to Motivate Yourself Before 9:00am
The familiar chime alerts you awake, you stir and sigh. While some people hop out of bed when the sun rises, others have a seemingly lifelong quest to become more of a morning person. If you fall into the latter crowd, you know how tough it can be to get up and running in the A.M. when your body craves more sleep.
Though your duvet is tempting you deeper into its warmth, countless research has indicated the undeniable value of productivity in the morning. Creating and abiding by a consistent routine not only regulates our sleep schedules, but finishing tasks while everyone else is wrestling a second cup of coffee sets up our success for the rest of the day. With most aspects of life, practice makes perfect. If you’re hoping to increase your output, consider these four strategic tips that make it easy to get motivated before 9 a.m.
First, visualize what you want.
If you’ve ever heard of manifestation, you know it’s an essential part of meditation. Many of the world’s leading executives and celebrities swear by the powers of visualization and mindfulness, crediting the practice for their robust careers. Before your feet hit the ground or reach for your cup of Joe, close your eyes and imagine what you want to happen.
This means getting honest about your goals—each and every single day. Successful serial entrepreneur Patty Briguglio from PFB Connect practices visualization on a consistent and ongoing basis. “With my latest business venture, I connect organizations and businesspeople to create strategic alliances and partnerships. I actually visualize the ‘bridges’ needed to create synergistic relationships,” she explained. “I think visualization is one of the most underutilized tools we all have at our disposal.”
Second, get moving.
Not everyone can be up and at ‘em for a boot camp before dawn, but a Zen-like yoga sequence is definitely a possibility. Or a light jog. No matter how you get your juices flowing, morning exercise naturally ignites your cognitive abilities and supercharges your metabolism, as well as your creativity. Even though it may take ten minutes for your joints and muscles to warm up, the gratification that comes from finishing a workout will give you the energy to push through deadlines and go above and beyond for your deliverables. One way to hold yourself accountable is to enlist a trusted friend to join in on the challenge with you. If you belong to the same gym or fitness studio, sign up for an A.M. class together. Not only is your hard-earned dough on the line, but you are more likely to attend if you know someone is depending on you. It’s a bonus if your workout buddy is also your business partner since you can dive right into the day after the cool-down.
Third, do something you love.
Much like there are different strokes for different folks, everyone is invigorated by a personal passion. Not only do these drive our careers, but they fuel our spirits and they keep us aligned toward a purpose. The happiest—and yep, the most accomplished— women understand the value of participating in activities that bring them joy and make sure to carve the time into their schedules. Small business owner Lynette Bushman is a big fan of playing tennis so no matter how hectic her life becomes, she still finds her way to the courts to decompress, reconnect and relax. Start off your day energized by doing something you love as your first task. Think: a creative brainstorm for a new project or designing a pretty post for your company’s Instagram.
Lastly, make a list.
You don’t have to check it twice—but you should be strategic about it. Especially when demands are coming from every corner, being able to manage everything can be overwhelming. Before you open your laptop and begin checking your emails each morning, write down three items you simply can’t end the day without completing. These can be personal, or work-related, or a mix of both, but the idea is that, by checking these off, you can count the day as a win. Sure, certain times of the year require more than three deliverables. But, more often than not, it is procrastination we have to blame for missing deadlines or last-minute chaos. Consider keeping a journal where you pen these in the old school way and rip out the page when you’re finished. It’s gratifying—and a tip many successful women swear by.
About Elevate For Her: Elevate For Her is a professional development organization that offers programming specifically for women. Programs include negotiations, empowerment, unconscious bias, personal branding, and even improv for business. The organization’s founder, Rhonda Moret, is a professional speaker and seasoned marketing professional who has worked on accounts including Nike Golf, PGA of America, and Universal Studios and has also worked with high profile personalities such as Billie Jean King, Tiger Woods, bestselling author Robert Kiyosaki, and more.
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