You probably have those mornings when you just didn't want to get out of bed? You're just dreading the upcoming workday and can't get motivated to do anything productive. I have certainly been there (and still am every now and then).
I found a rather simple trick that helped me get my behind out of bed and start working on something productive - be it my day job, a workout, or one of my side projects.
The trick is to decide what I'm going to do in the morning the evening before and write it down.
In the evening, I sit down for 5 minutes and think about what I want to do first thing the next morning. It could be basically anything:
- writing on a blog post
- writing a chapter in a book
- reading a chapter in book
- paying bills
- editing a blog post by a contributing author
- answering emails
- going for a run
- listening to a podcast
- solving this nasty problem from work
The important thing is to be as specific as possible about what I want to do. What blog post am I going to work on? What book am I going to read? Which route will I be running?
The more specific, the less I have to think about in the morning. I've made the decision to do it already. No need to procrastinate on the decision anymore!
To increase follow-through, I write down what I want to do. It's either a digital card on my Trello board or a real post-it on my desk.
In the morning, when I wake up, my brain is already thinking about the task, and following through with it is so much easier.
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