Most of us have far too much to do and far too little time to do it.
Or so we think…
But we also fill our day with activities that are devoid of meaning. Add up the amount of time you spend checking email, or social media, or browsing the internet. Of course, those minutes are spread throughout the day, but they can really add up.
A huge barrier to feeling productive and meaningful is the lack of consecutive minutes of focus.
So I think the #1 thing you can do is get up earlier.
It sounds hard. But it isn’t. When you first wake up, the day hasn’t depleted you of energy yet. Things are still fresh and new. The first few things you can often set the tone for the rest of the day. I try to get up around 5:30-6AM. I also have a pretty regular ritual. I get some coffee, check specific news sources (avoid general news) and then I try to take 20-30 minutes and write on this blog.
These posts often take many hours to complete, but by just spending time writing in the morning I have this sense of accomplishment.
You can really do just about anything:
you can paint or draw
you can practice music
you can garden
you can learn a new language
you can exercise or go for a walk
you can make breakfast for your family (this is a REALLY good one 🙂 )
It doesn’t really matter much. But by spending at least 30 minutes doing something that feels productive (instead of consuming) can really change your outlook on the rest of the day.
Try it tomorrow. Set your alarm clock 30-60 minutes earlier and put it out of reach so you really have to get up.
And if you fall off every once in a while and sleep in. Don’t beat yourself up over it.