Sometimes I have too much time on my hands; sometimes I never seem to have enough.
I don’t know, I can be a big procrastinator. But I can be so crazy-focused on the job at hand that I won’t rest until it’s done.
I love to exercise, and I love to write. And most of the time I get to do both.
But there are times when I go through periods that I won’t do both. I don’t know why.
Anyway, I wake up one morning and all of a sudden I’m driven again to work on my body and my books!
I know it may seem weird but it’s me. What can I say?
And when the writing gets ratcheted up, I feel amazing.
I like that amazing feeling.
I suppose that’s what gets me up in the morning. That promise that today I will create something new and awesome!
With that in mind, here are few things you can do to help motivate you in the morning to be productive:
- Get up early. Yep! That’s a oldie but a goodie. Getting up early will always make you feel more alive and in touch with the day to follow. Even if you stayed up late, it’s better to sacrifice a little sleep for a more productive day. And, you will “hit the sheets” a little earlier that night!
- Have your coffee before your morning workout. That’s what I do. Some people will hold off until after their workout but I really need a jolt of java to get me going, and get me downstairs to my home gym. Also, get a coffee maker with a auto-timer/brew function. You’ll be so glad that you came out to the kitchen with a hot freshly brewed pot of JOE waiting for you! Same goes for tea drinkers.
- Speaking of working out… Workout in the morning. Nothing gets you ramped up for the rest of the day better than a HIIT workout (or whatever your preferred form of exercise). That’s all there is to it. I tried working out at the end of the workday at my company’s gym and it was a big flop. Only the early morning workouts work for me.
- Breakfast. Duh!
- Remember why you get up: to pursue your dreams! When I take the train into work (and come home from work), I get 20 mins of writing in a day! That’s over 4 hours a week. And for someone as busy as me, that’s a godsend! I’ve jammed through writing several books that way!
Don’t let anyone stomp on your dreams. Keep plugging away at them!
The only person you have to answer to is yourself.