Listening to Your Internal Clock to Improve Productivity and Well-Being
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Just the thought of waking up is enough to make people cringe. I get it: cracking your eyes open at 5 a.m. and climbing out of your comfy blanket can seem impossible. But there's no need for mornings to be painful- all you need is a solid morning routine.
Performing a daily ritual for an hour to one and a half hours can help you become hyper-productive. It helps you cultivate success. In fact, research reveals that early risers are more proactive! They are more likely to anticipate problems and minimize them efficiently. Not to mention, people who wake up early report feeling happier!
Wouldn't it be awesome to start the day feeling energized and glowing, ready to take on the challenges ahead? Below I'll tell you how to create a killer morning routine and the many advantages of implementing a daily ritual:
7 a.m. Routine: Taking Advantage of Your Circadian Rhythm to Enhance productivity
Picture this: you just set ten alarms between 4:30 to 5:00 a.m. to convince yourself to wake up early. You tell yourself, "tomorrow I'm going to wake up by 5 a.m. max." But as morning rolls around, you find yourself hitting the snooze button repeatedly. When you finally wake up, it's 9 a.m., and you only have ten minutes to rush to work.
Wondering what went wrong? You're not in sync with your internal clock.
Everyone has a unique morning routine: while you like sleeping in, your partner might enjoy waking up at dawn. Perhaps you want to meditate before you start working, but your partner feels like they're bursting with energy in the morning. You may feel most productive at night, whereas your partner says lights out at 9 p.m- and that's on your biological clock!
Learning your chronotype and taking advantage of your circadian rhythm can help you achieve peak productivity. Get the best out of each day and accomplish your goals more effectively by synchronizing with your biological clock. Sounds too good to be true, right?
But it's no coincidence that every highly successful person has one thing in common: a morning routine. Whether you look at Elon Musk, Tim Cook, or Jack Dorsey, they all have particular daily rituals that help them get ahead of their competition. Ready to build a morning routine that works for you? Keep reading to learn how and why:
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Identifying Your Chronotype: The Secret to Unlocking Peak Productivity
Here's something business gurus won't tell you: you don't have to wake up at 5 a.m. What you need to do is find your chronotype. How?
Recently, I read Michael J. Breus's fantastic book "The Power of When," which explores how to discover your body's bio time to catapult your performance and improve your well-being. The novel expands on how you can adjust your morning routine by finding your chronotype.
Your sleep chronotype determines your preference for going to bed and waking up at a particular time throughout the day. Typically, there are four archetypes:
- Bear Chronotype- This chronotype likes waking up when the sun rises and going to bed when it gets dark.
- Dolphin Chronotype- The dolphin is an erratic sleeper who follows no particular pattern. They're also light sleepers and prefer sleeping in.
- Lion Chronotype- This person enjoys getting up early, around 6 a.m., and sleeping around 8 to 9 p.m.
- Wolf Chronotype- Wolves are night owls; they climb into bed at midnight and wake up by 8 a.m.
Here's what I learned: I'm a bear chronotype, which means I excel when I wake up at 7 a.m. Discovering your chronotype and listening to your internal clock can help you improve your productivity and increase your happiness!
Why Does Waking Up Early Makes Sense?
Nothing motivates you to take the day head-on, like waking up in the morning. Tick-marking things off your to-do early give you a sense of achievement.
Completing tasks as simple as making your bed doubles as a small "win" that energizes you and improves your productivity. Besides this, waking up in the morning offers the following benefits:
- It increases your productivity by helping you focus better
- It puts you in the right mindset, allowing you to act as an effective leader and empathetic friend
- It enables you to regain control of your daily schedule
- It allows you to lower stress and develop healthier habits
Tips and Tricks for Creating an Energizing Daily Morning Ritual
Transform your life and reap physical and psychological benefits by learning how to build a solid morning ritual:
How do you start your morning? Do you check social media? Or do you dive straight into work? You're sabotaging your morning routine if you answered yes to the latter two questions.
Looking at Instagram first thing in the morning can cause stress levels to skyrocket and make you feel anxious throughout the day. Instead, try spending time with yourself and develop healthier habits, such as:
- Doing breathwork
- Going for a walk
- Eating a healthy breakfast
These healthy habits will carry over into the rest of your life. They'll make you feel more connected, grounded, and confident, thus setting you up for success. However, ensure you practice healthy habits that match your lifestyle and needs.
For instance, you might try meditating for ten to thirty minutes every morning. That way, you can boost your mood, improve productivity, calm your nerves, and enhance focus for the day ahead. Or you can try practicing mindfulness by writing your goals and gratitude in a notebook.
Another fantastic tip to energize yourself for the day ahead is by exercising. In fact, research shows that working out in the morning helps reduce obstacles, boost your metabolism, and provide mental clarity.
The best part? It helps create hormonal balance, which improves your sleep.
Journalling allows you to self-reflect and enhances your mental health.
According to research, journalling can help reduce the frequency of intrusive and depressive thoughts and reduce the diagnosis of depression.
I recommend noting successes and wins every night or morning to keep yourself on track. Additionally, self-reflect monthly to find out what works and what you should change and to set new goals.
Consistency breeds results!
Focus on creating a consistent sleep and wake-up schedule so that when you experience days where you want to sleep in, you don't feel bad!
Furthermore, achieving a consistent sleeping schedule will allow you to improve your productivity and performance.
The Bottom Line: Why Every Entrepreneur Needs a Morning Routine
Creating a solid morning routine tailored to your lifestyle can help you maximize your productivity and feel happier. As a result, you can organize your mornings better, improve your leadership skills, and make time for what really matters.
Learn to prepare for the day ahead and get more out of your twenty-four hours by learning more about your biological clock. Ask yourself, what is my chronotype? And assess what sleeping and wake-up time best fits your needs.
Once you've created your morning routine, it's time to learn to be consistent and follow it. Need a little motivation to do your daily rituals? You can book a free call with Brian and me anytime to discover how to synchronize with your internal clock. Discover more about developing a positive business mindset by surfing my official blogs or visiting my YouTube channel!