Once you’ve understood what a Motivation Engine is, you should start building habits that keep you motivated.
If you’re prone to start off your day in a gloomy and stressed state, then you’ll be sure to benefit from the suggestions below:
1. Wake up on time.
Waking up on time (or even early) is critical to starting your day positively. It will give you space and time to complete your morning routines. And you won’t need to worry about rushing around your home.
2. Open your curtains.
One of the first things you should do upon rising is to open your bedroom curtains.
I do this every morning, and I’ve found it to be a fantastic way to gradually wake up from my slumber.
Personally, I open the curtains and then sit at the end of the bed for a few minutes. This allows me to enjoy the morning light streaming through my window.
3. Make your bed.
Remember your student days? Making your bed was probably the last thing you thought about when you were stumbling out of it in the morning.
This habit may be okay for students, but if you want to accelerate your motivation and productivity – you should definitely make your bed.
It takes less than a minute, and you’ll be rewarded by a tidy room, and a feeling of self-satisfaction.
4. Enjoy a refreshing shower.
I’m always amazed when people tell me that they didn’t have time to shower in the morning.
Not only does that sound unhygienic, but it also suggests that these people haven’t learned to set a daily morning routine.
A shower only takes 10 minutes or so, and it’s a great way to clean your body, and the perfect way to wake up.
5. Take a 10-minute walk in the morning sunshine.
If you have a dog, then this will be an easy task for you.
However, even if you don’t own a dog, why not try walking for 10 minutes outside every morning?
If you’re lucky enough to live close to a park, then you could walk around the park before going to work. Fresh air and exercise are an invigorating combination.
6. Check your to-do list.
Organized people tend to have to-do lists. It helps them keep track of what needs doing at home, work and beyond.
To-do lists can be paper-based, or you can use one of the many apps that are available. The morning time is perfect for checking your to-do list and prioritizing items for the day.
You may also find that you can tick off some items that you completed the previous day.
7. Listen to some upbeat music.
Music is a powerful mood changer. If you’re not a typical morning person, then you can help to boost your physical and emotional state by listening to upbeat music.
I won’t suggest specific artists, but simply try to choose music that makes you feel happy and lively. You could listen to this music while you shower, when you’re in your kitchen, or perhaps when you’re commuting to work.
8. Complete a mini workout.
If you have a home gym, then spend a few minutes each morning working out. This will rapidly wake you up, and increase your mental well-being.
If you don’t have a home gym, you can still do a mini workout. For example, try doing sets of push-ups and sit-ups.
9. Meditate for 5 minutes.
Many high achievers say that they mediate each morning. This gives them balance and poise, before beginning their working day.
Have you thought about trying meditation? Although there are different forms of meditation, the simplest method is to just close your eyes… control your breathing… and let your thoughts settle.
And like most things in life, the more you practice meditation, the easier it will become for you.
10. Stretch your body.
You may have woken up with a stiff neck, or perhaps a pain in your back.
From experience, it seems that lying down for several hours can leave your body in need of a good stretch.
However, I’ve learned that stretching for just a few minutes offers quick pain relief, improved posture and enhanced energy levels.
11. Drink a glass of water.
Hydration is essential. Especially after hours of sleeping. I love to drink a glass of pure, filtered water every morning. It immediately makes me feel better, more energized and… less thirsty! Even if you’re a caffeine addict, try drinking a glass of water before you start on the hard stuff.