A Year in Review
Mornings are kinda my thing now. So are nights, but that’s another story.
The morning is so revitalizing. It’s calm, but you can feel your kinetic energy rising as your strength comes back to you after an ultra-long power nap (more commonly known as sleep).
This wasn't always the case for me, and it still isn’t the case for most people around the world.
And if you thought waking up doesn’t mean anything, and that “you don’t need to be up until 11:00 am”, or that “waking up at 5:00 AM is dumb”. Try me:
- Apple CEO Tim Cook starts his mornings at 3:45 a.m
- Ellevest CEO and co-founder Sallie Krawcheck wakes at 4 a.m.
- Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama and Indra Nooyi have been known to rise at the crack of dawn
- This article disproves you 😝: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/17/10-highly-successful-people-who-wake-up-before-6-a-m.html
And no, you don’t need to wake up before 6 AM, or even that early always, but waking up at a reasonable time and having a productive morning should be your thing.
A majority of Americans don’t wake up that early. 11:00 am is considered one of the median times for waking up. Now imagine if school was completely asynchronous (for those of you already doing school starting at 11:00 am, NOT FAIR 😒). That time would go forward to about 2 PM as the median…
However, waking up early, or even just starting off your morning right can be so so so good. I have some really unconventional best practices that I got from the crazy year of 2020, some of which helped me to do early morning tests, ace early morning interviews, or just have a productive day.
✅ Keep a clear mind the moment you wake up.
✅ Pray, give gratitude, introspect or all three in the morning.
✅ Think about the things that you want to do that morning.
✅ Do a simple 10 minute exercise in the morning (I like stretching for the most part lol); not intense, but helps your body, especially if you don’t go outside much
✅ Write one thing on a laptop, pencil and paper, or in a journal. NO SOCIAL MEDIA. NO ANYTHING ELSE.
2. Life Hacks
✅ Brush your teeth before taking a shower. It literally makes me so much faster in getting reading. **scIeNtIFiCalLy pRoVeN**
✅ Take a hot or cold shower. Though taking cold showers can be useful, I’d recommend only doing it when necessary. Hot/steaming showers, a sauna, or a hot bath gets your blood flowing, keeps you comfortable, etc. Just try not to be in there too long to the point where you start getting tired lol (but still 10/10 recommend). Cold showers make you get out faster though 😉 — if you wake up early though, you can afford to take more time!
✅ Get some good lotion → I have this special Nigerian lotion that I use. And it works wonders on my skin. not only that, but its extremely lucious and melty, so it’s really easy to apply, and makes you move faster. It also makes you warm and shields you from the offset of temperature that happens when you leave the shower. I cannot deal with boring store bought lotion any more. NO. Get good lotion. Invest in it if you have to. Top rec: Shea Butter or Ori.
✅ Start of the day with a book!
✅ Start off the day with working, then take a break!
✅ Don’t watch stuff in the morning. Don’t overstimulate!
✅ Have a good conversation in the morning!
Well, I hoped this helped! As the ☀️ rises, it’s time to start putting these into play! I hope to see some awesome results in my early mornings for 2021.
Here’s to us waking up early and staying productive in 2021 🥂!