Do you ever wake up in the morning and are just not motivated to do anything that day? You feel as if you “woke up on the wrong side of the bed” and that you are probably going to continue to have a terrible day. If that seems to be the case for you sometimes and you’d like for that to change, look no further than the wise words of Shaun T. He offers some advice on how to start your morning productively so that you can continue to have a productive day overall. His steps can provide you with some basic guidelines to use when you first get started; you can then use them to shape a routine that makes your mornings most productive. It takes four simple steps, and when you stick to them, you will find that your days play out in a more beneficial way to you.
Shaun T. does four very specific things when he gets up in the morning and he believes that they are four steps that lead to having a productive day. When you first get up in the morning, before you even leave your bed or start to get ready, ask yourself what it is that you want. What do you want to get out of this day? Whether it’s making sure that you run the errands you’ve been putting off, getting in some type of exercise, or spending time with someone you haven’t seen in a while – what are the things you want to accomplish and what sort of feelings do you want to have while you’re doing them and once you’ve completed them? Once you’ve established what you want to get out of the day think about how you are going to move through it to make it the best day possible. Are you going to positively take on the challenges and obstacles that may be presented to you throughout the day? Will you smile and spread positivity as you accomplish what you set out to do? Think about the emotions you might have during the events of that day and try to shape them so that you can have the best day possible.
Next, Shaun T. suggests giving yourself time. Ideally, you want to wake up with enough time to fully prepare for the day and not feel rushed. Give yourself the time and energy you will need to strive throughout the day. Rushing to leave because you woke up later than you should have is never fun, so waking up with enough time to think about how you want your day will play out, getting yourself dressed and ready for the day, and then gathering yourself to leave in a timely manner is the suggested way to go. This also means that you’ll have all the necessary time to be able to follow through on these four steps every morning.
The third step would simply be to fuel and reflect. Whether it’s getting up and making yourself a full delicious breakfast or having a cup of coffee and a muffin, it is best if you have something in the morning to fuel up and recharge your body. This fuel will give you the necessary starting energy to accomplish the steps to having a productive morning, leading to accomplishing all the goals you set for yourself for that day. Everything that you do in the morning will help you achieve the day you want to have, even if it is just putting something in your stomach so that you have fuel to start the day. While you are cooking and while you are eating, you are also given another moment to reflect on the day and how you want it to turn out, decide how you want to go through the day, and establish what version of yourself you want to put out into the world. You can also reflect on the previous day and let that contribute to how you want today to go. What things did you do the day before that made the day great? Would you then try to do those same things today to make it great as well? What things might not have gone as well? How would you change what you do today to ensure that those things do not happen again? Sitting and fueling up for the day provides ample time to sit and reflect.
Lastly, Shaun T. suggests bettering yourself by thinking about how you can help someone that day. After you’ve reflected on what you can do as a person to make your day, think about what you can do for someone else that might make theirs a little brighter. We never know what someone else is going through, but if you go through your day with kindness as your forerunner then you can use that to help someone else and potentially make their day better. Once you do something nice for someone else, it will make you feel good and add positivity to your day. You can continue shaping your day into the best day possible knowing that you added some sort of happiness to someone else’s. Knowing that you did something that could potentially make someone else’s day can make your day. Makes for good karma for the rest of your day.
These are just a few ways that you can start your day so that you can have the best day possible. If you decide to start your days in this way, there is a better chance of your day turning out how you want it to and in the most positive way possible. Granted, there are times when we cannot avoid bad days no matter how positive we will be when we wake up in the morning. There is also the knowledge that sometimes you do wake up and you just do not have the time or the energy to go through your productive morning routine. At that point, just do your best to adjust to the day that might not be going so well and try to make it as positive as you can. And on the days when you just cannot get around to starting off with that productive morning routine, push through the day as best as you can and then try again tomorrow. Try not to let one bad day deteriorate your capabilities and motivation. The best thing to do at that point is to get up the next day and try again.
If you need help knowing how to start your day productively, these four steps from Shaun T. can get you moving in the right direction. Once you’ve nailed these steps and if you want to try shaping your own productive morning routine, go for it. Establish a routine that works best for you and stick to it. No matter how you start your day, whether you follow these four simple steps or you have developed a routine that works for you and enables you to be productive, always lead with kindness and a positive attitude. This way the day reflects the energy that you have and the energy that you put out into the world.