Motivation Monday: The Morning Hustle

Awesome morning

“The choices are 1) sleep in bed, or 2) have some coffee and remake the world to my liking.” – Jen Dziura

How you start your day is key. You can either hate the morning, or wake up excited to get to work. I believe in filling my day with the kind of things that are going to get me out of bed in the morning. My wake up alarm on my phone is actually called “Get up and make your world better,” because that’s really what I’m getting out of bed to do for every day that I live.

More sleep is overrated. Think about it: Will you regret waking up earlier than what felt good if it means finishing a big project, going for a morning run or crossing off more on your to-do list that day?  Get up early, then make it worth your while.

I’ve started this little morning ritual of grabbing the notebook and pen I leave laying around near my bed and jotting down my to-do list for the day. It’s the very first thing I do after I wake up that gets me started and guarantees that the day is going to be some mix of productive and fun, and the satisfaction of crossing off those items throughout the day is like caffeine–addictive and invigorating.

So have things planned: What are you going to make today? Where are you going? What kind of meaningful interactions will you have there? What will you do today to make your life better in the future? How will you celebrate all of this achievement at the end of the day–with a glass of wine? Dinner with good friends? Give purpose to everything you do in a day. Write it all down and cross it all off as you complete it, and see how that makes you feel.

Get up and make your world better.

Today’s Motivation Monday quote is from Jen’s article “A Day in the Life of Bullish (Caffeine, Pinstripe, and A Lack of Time-Wasting Bullshit).” I highly recommend reading all of it.