Do you wish you had time for you in your day? Wouldn’t it be nice to get a head start on your day and have your most important complete before you interact with another living soul? Do you wish you had time to read more or finally establish a regular exercise routine? Well, then … own your morning.
It’s simple. Get up early and make that time your own. Do what you want to do: read, write, exercise, practice a hobby, get a heads start on your work, meditate, etc. It doesn’t matter what you do. What matters is that you use the time to get your head in the right place for your day. It’s the most effective way I’ve found to mitigate stress and take back your life.
I began owning my morning about a year ago now and it has been transformative. I get up at 5am six days a week. I read for an hour and then I will typically work on an important project (5 days a week) for an hour or write for an hour (on Fridays). It is 6:07am as I am writing the first draft of this blog post.
But I didn’t just decide to start waking up at 5am one day (I used to get up at 7am). It was a gradual process. I moved my wake up time back 5 minutes a week for 24 weeks. It literally took almost half a year to do it, but it was gradual and effortless. Yes, I go to bed a bit earlier now (typically 10pm instead of 11pm), but I essentially exchanged wasted (television) time for productive time.
But some folks just aren’t morning people. That’s okay … you can own your evenings. These folks use the late evening time (after their family goes to bed) for themselves. One of my productivity idols, Mike Vardy, is one of these folks and he has some great tips for night owls. I’m not one so I won’t add anything to the conversation, since I practice everything that I preach.
The key is simply carving out some time for you. Time alone with just our thoughts and doing something that we like is incredibly therapeutic. So, own your morning (or own your evening) and take back your life.