Work out: everyone knows that exercise is great for you, no matter what time of the day you do it. There are several different benefits of exercise including;
- Increased dopamine
- Increased serotonin levels
- Decrease depression
- Improved mood
- Improved long term memory
However, exercising each morning makes you wake up slightly earlier, increases energy levels and naturally boosts your mood. As well as that, regular exercise can lead to increased self regulatory behaviour and willpower. What a great start to the day.
Begin with why: if you don’t feel as though you have a purpose and don’t know why you do what you do, then it can be difficult to get yourself up in the mornings. Say you do enjoy what you do, sometimes you may forget the end goal and motivation may lag. Increase your intrinsic motivation, this helps you keep moving forward and is more powerful compared to extrinsic motivation, this can cause you to act due to incentives such as; praise, recognition and money.
Always remind yourself why you do what you do, you could do this by making a list and putting it on your bedroom mirror or fridge. Or every night write one thing that you’re excited about for the next day. These will quickly remind you why and drive you forward.
Remember your wins: on a day when you are feeling low, try to remember your wins and successes. Keep a note of your wins and look at them when you need a reminder, this will help stay focused.
Do what makes you happy: in relation to work we often do much better if we are also happy in our own personal lives. Happiness is considered to be closely related to job performance and health. Each morning, do something which makes you smile. Whether that be reading a few pages of a book, going for a walk or drinking a nice cup of tea. Improving your personal life first thing in the morning will also help you improve motivation.
Make goals: make a list of your goals and what you want to achieve, these can be big or small goals. Reminding yourself of such goals will help you to motivate yourself and get yourself back on track to work hard towards them. These will allow you to take a second and realise why you are doing what you are doing again. You may be influenced by both external and internal cues and these may push you to do more.
Make your bed: even simply just making your bed can make you feel accomplished, it sets good habits, lowers stress and creates a sense of positivity. Even if you don’t feel as though you have accomplished much during the day you can then go home to a nice made bed. This is such a simple task that can create a great sense of wellbeing and boost productivity.
Journal: journaling, writing daily affirmations each morning and even just writing lists can help you focus, clear your mind and empower yourself to make a change. Do this with no distractions, you don’t have to write for a long time, just as much as you feel as though you need to. Putting pen down to paper gives a deeper link to your thoughts and reasonings. It’s time to write out your thoughts.
Meditate: this leaves you feeling relaxed and has been considered to reduce stress, lower damaging self talk and pain.
Now you know how to increase motivation. Are you ready to have a more successful morning?