Do you want to supercharge your days?
This post is titled “How To Create More Time and Be More Efficient With Your Days” and there is just one secret we are going to share with you.
So what’s the secret? Well, it’s simple and anyone can do it.
Wake up earlier.
“Get up an hour early to LIVE an hour more.” ~ Carolyn Luhning
Simple right? Well, it may be simple, but it’s not always easy.
I get it… 5:00 am rise and shine is not for everyone.
But, no matter what time you get up, you can always get up one hour earlier. Just imagine what you could accomplish with one extra hour in the morning, ideally, when everyone else is still asleep. The kids won’t be up for another couple of hours. Your significant other is still in slumberland… the world is yours!
Ideally, taking this hour for yourself and some self love is a great way to start your day. Stretch, workout, meditate, write in your gratitude journal. All of these activities prepare your mind and body for the day ahead and allow you to deal with challenges from a stronger place. A place that is nurtured and loved.
The hardest part, as always, is just getting started. Making the commitment and sticking to it! You can always use our Accountability Group to help keep you on track. If you’ve been working out with us, you’ll already know how critical accountability is to keeping the momentum. (Don’t know about the group? Just ask! It’s free 🙂
Since I’ve started getting up earlier, I’ve seen drastic improvements in my happiness, overall wellbeing and success in my business.
Below are my 4 main tips for getting started and sticking to it.
And you know what? You always have the FREEDOM to sleep in if you need to. That’s what the name of the game is right? Building a life of FREEDOM.
✔ 1. Go to bed earlier.
I try to get 7 hours every night. Sometimes it’s more, sometimes it’s less, but 7 hours is the goal. I find this is my optimal number and it will be different for everyone. Some people just need more sleep. Go with what you truly need to function at your best.
If the thought scares you, start small. Start with 15 minutes earlier and work your way up.
✔ 2. Prep the night before.
What are some of the things you wake up every morning and spend time doing? Picking out your clothing? Writing your “To Do” list? Making lunch for the kids and/or significant other? Try doing as much of this the night before (especially your “To Do” list). When you wake up with time to love yourself (stretch, workout, mediate, journal), you’ll start the day stress free and with a plan.
If you wake up and immediately rush to figure out what needs to be done or spend time doing things you could have done the night before, you’re setting yourself for potential failure and a day built on stress.
✔ 3. Create a morning ritual.
Ok, so we aren’t talking religion here (unless that’s your thing). Morning rituals help us prepare our mind body and spirit. Above we’ve talked about stretching, working out, meditation and journalling as examples of things that are beneficial to do in the morning.
Ask any high performance leader (Brendon Buchard) or entrepreneural guru (Tim Ferris) – morning rituals (or routines) are critical for success.
This is the time in your day where you #1 love yourself and #2 actively participate in designing your life.
Your first hour might look something like this: Wake up, stretch for 10 minutes, do 10 minutes of intense cardio, brush your teeth, prepare your favourite tea or morning beverage, meditate for 15 minutes and then write in your gratitude journal (or whatever kind of journal you prefer).
By the time you sit down and look at your list of the days tasks, you are in an optimal state of mind.
Bring on the day!
✔ 4. Exercise.
Of course I am going to talk about the importance of exercise. It’s been one of the biggest game changers in my life, to date. Saved my marriage, brought back my happiness and was a key catalyst in helping me live a life by design. Ok, enough about me. This is about you.
Exercise. If you’re not doing it already, I really encourage you to start. For the purposes of this blog post, exercise helps you get better quality of sleep! Quality over quantity. Exercise also helps you perform better and I am guessing sleep and performance are very important to you (since you are reading this blog post).
As you probably know, we are Independent Team Beachbody Coaches. The programs we offer through Beachbody target any and all fitness levels and come with the two of us as your coaches plus you get access to the Accountability Group we offer on Facebook. Here, you can connect with others on a similar journey and we all work together as one big Fit Family.
If none of that is your gig, then do it your way. But make sure you do it! Your future self will thank you (and we aren’t talking too far into the future, the payoff is immediate and significant). We’ve never heard “You know, I’ve been working out for three weeks and I just don’t look or feel any better”…
If you have any questions about how Ryan and I can support you in your fitness journey, please send us a message on Facebook or fill out our contact form.
We have a couple free options to get you started. One being our Free Clean Eating Plan where we offer meal plans, recipes, the grocery list and support. Click here for details.
The other being our Beachbody OnDemand service which is like Netflix for exercise programs. The first 30 days are totally free. Test drive it for 30 days and if you don’t like it you don’t have to spend a penny. Click here for details.
Thanks for reading, we look forward to hearing from you 🙂