The first hours of the day determine your performance throughout the day. Create a routine that wakes up your brain and body.

Por James Clear

Approximately, you wake up around 25,000 mornings in your adult life. When I realized this fact, I began to think about how I could have a better morning routine. Although I still have a lot to learn, there are some strategies you can use to get the most out of your early days. I share the eight that I have found most effective:

1. Manage your energy, not your time

If you take a moment to think about it, you will probably find that you do things better at certain times. For example, my creative energy is greater in the morning, that’s why I write almost always in the first hours.

In comparison, I block my evenings to do interviews, calls and send emails. I don’t need my creative energy to be high for those tasks, so it’s the best time to do it. And I tend to do my best exercises at night or early in the morning.

So think: What kind of energy do you have in the morning? What task best matches that energy?

2. Get ready the night before

I don’t do this as often as I should, but it is advisable to use a few minutes each night to organize the next day’s earrings. When I do it right, I define the type of article I will write the next day and create a list of the important elements to achieve it. It takes me 10 minutes to do it and saves me three hours the next day.

3. Do not open your mail until the afternoon

It sounds simple, but no one does. It took me a while to get rid of my urge to open my inbox, but I soon realized that everything can wait a few hours. No one is going to send you an emergency email, so don’t check it during the early hours of the day. Use the morning in what is most relevant.

4. Turn off your cell phone and leave it in another room

Put your phone out of your sight. This eliminates the need to check messages, Twitter and Facebook notifications, etc. This simple strategy prevents you from dividing your attention on minor tasks.

5. Work in a cool space

Have you noticed that you feel lethargic and annoyed in a hot room? Lower the temperature to increase the focus of the mind and body.

6. sit down and stand

Your brain needs oxygen to function. Your lungs need to expand or contract to fill your body with oxygen. It sounds simple, but there is a problem: most people spend most of their time sitting hunched over looking at the computer and typing.

When you feel hunched over, your chest is in a collapsed posture and your diaphragm pinches the bottom of your lungs, making it difficult to breathe deeply. Sit up straight and get up often, so you can breathe easier. As a result, your brain will receive more oxygen and will increase your concentration.

7. Eat as a reward for working hard

Take a moment to think about how much time you spend a day thinking, planning, and consuming food. Avoid spending a lot of time in the morning eating, cooking, or cleaning. Better, eat something that is easy to eat, and use your mornings to work. In the afternoon, eat well as a reward.

8. Develop a pre-game routine to start your day

My morning routine begins with a glass of cold water. Some people start their day with 10 minutes of meditation. Similarly, you must have a ritual sequence. These little routines send signals to your brain that it’s time to work or exercise. Additionally, a pre-game routine helps you overcome lack of motivation and get things done, even if you don’t feel like it.

Just as a person is unlikely to succeed overnight, it is also unlikely that you will achieve a good routine quickly. Just as a person is unlikely to succeed overnight, it is also unlikely that you will achieve a good routine quickly.

The good news is that exceptional results are also results of consistent daily decisions. And never truer than in the morning routine. The way you start the day is how you end it.

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