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Today’s post builds on a prior blog that discusses habits for success and routines for efficiency. Laura Vanderkam, the author of “What Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast“, draws on scientific research to create a practical guide to re-engineering your morning.
Laura Vanderkam discusses how morning hours are the best time to get things done for yourself! During this time there is the least amount of distraction because no one else is awake to force their priorities onto your life.
Most successful people do one or a combination of the following things in the morning:
- work out (get this, studies show that working out in the morning cause you to sleep better at night!)
- Read the news (you will always be up to date on current events and be able to talk knowledgeably about them throughout the week)
- Get their personal life in order
Moreover, the mornings are your uninterrupted time to complete the things that you would normally put off.
How Does This Apply to Real Life:
Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey, you and I all have 168 hours a week.
How is it that some people are able to create empires, while others struggle to stay afloat? Could it all be coincidence and luck? I think not.
The power of habits for success and routines can help organize your life and reduce stress.
In her book, Laura discusses how not all hours are created equal.
Habits for Success:
- By using the morning hours effectively you can find time to
- Stay fit by working out (if you wake up in the morning and work out, you won’t have any excuses about why you are too tired to work out after getting home from your day job)
- Create healthy meals (and save money by not dining out)
- Write emails (to people you have collected business cards from and stay in touch by increasing your network)
- Read the news
- Work on your career
- Update an expense sheet
- Review stocks and investments
- Or even have sex before dawn (I like to call this act preventative marital counseling)!
A Breakdown of the hours in a Week:
- 1 week = 168 hours
- Work consumes 40 hours, and sleep takes up 56 hours (8 hours x 7nights)
- This means that you have 72 hours to live “Your Life”
What will you do with those 72 hours?
Start investing in yourself by learning more. Listen to an audible book while you workout in the morning. Make learning one of the many habits that drive you toward success. Start by downloading What Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, and start your day off with the right mentality.
The thoughts that run through your head comes from what you think about and the material that you expose your brain to.
Your brain is like a sponge and it is malleable. According to medicinenet.com, “Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life”.
There is a saying, “What fires together, wires together”.
Our brains can’t possibly remember everything that we learn, which is why it is important for us to continuously learn similar concepts over and over again. With practice, and hearing or reading similar anecdotes, we are able to retain more information over time.
Here is a quick Youtube video (produced by Sentis) to help you understand how Neuroplasticity works:
One habit of success is to read or listen to mantras and anecdotes of motivation.
Willpower is a muscle that needs to be practiced! The more times you complete a task, the easier it will be to motivate yourself the next time to do that task again!
Soon this task gets memorized and is then put on autopilot.
One example of this is the task of driving to work. Maybe the first time you drove to work you needed to look it up on google map, but now you daze off listening to the radio and the next thing you know you have arrived.
Successful Habits: Use Your Time Efficiently
While we are on the subject of commuting to work, I want to point out that this is a perfect time to listen to an audiobook!
Instead of listening to a radio station that plays the same “top 20” songs that you have probably already memorized all the lyrics to, listen to an audiobook!
If you are like me, you probably spend at least one hour in the car driving every day.
The average audiobook is between 9-14 hours long. You could crush a book every 1.5 to 2 weeks! Last year I listened to over 30 books!!!
What are you waiting for? Get started now by downloading What Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast.
My favorite tool that helps me crush books like there is no tomorrow? Apple Earbuds!
They automatically stop whatever is playing (music or an audiobook) whenever you take out one or both earbuds.
Furthermore, each earbud holds approximately 1.5-2 hours of charge and the case is a charger too!
I absolutely love that it connects to my phone and works with Siri.
Moreover, the phone will tell you how much charge each earbud and the case has!
The 10,000 Foot Overview:
I have read many success and self-improvement books because they are the mantra that I want repeating over-and-over again in my head.
By creating habits of success and efficiency routines, you will be able to put these tasks on autopilot.
Once an activity becomes a habit, it takes less effort to motivate yourself to perform the task.
You don’t think about all the steps it takes to brush your teeth and get ready for the day, its just a habit. You could probably perform this task, while you do something else (like listen to the news or an audiobook).
By waking up earlier in the morning, you will be able to accomplish more and prime yourself for success!
Become a lifelong learner, and start by grabbing the Apple Earbuds today 🙂
My goal is to build a community where we all share helpful tips and suggestions, but I cannot complete this task on my own. I need your help!
Maybe you know some habit that helps you be successful.
Do you wake up early and do an activity other than the ones mentioned above?
If so, what are they and how do they help you be more successful or effective? Feel free to comment below, because we want to hear from you!
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