In middle school and high school, I used to be a morning person. I woke up around 4:00 am every weekday and study. That was basically my 2:30 hours of study time! It was working and I could ace tests. But during the holidays and summer time my schedule was very different! Whenever I could, and this is true for even earlier stages in my life, I would stay awake in my room, play, read, make things and listen to the radio (quietly). I would go to bed around 6:00 am in the morning!
I cherished the “me time“, in the silence and tranquility of night. That’s when I first learned and experienced the importance of giving yourself, some time alone. I was utterly benefited from the deep relaxation (almost meditative state) and I was CREATIVE! That was the time that I came up with experiments, magnetically operating elevators and poems.
Another interesting observation was that when I woke up early in the morning, I had my mind all to me! It was noise-free and very focused (although some times a bit sleepy, specially in winter nights! But a cup of hot tea could solve the problem).
College time was a very different story. Sleepless nights were common. Nights of being an amateur astronomer and star gazing in the middle of desert or mid-night hikes to pulling an all-nighter for studying, were all amazing. The almost limitless energy of the early twenties made me feel invincible! I was warned about this fleeting energy!
More than anytime, I know the importance of having a good, strong and energized morning. It’s all about making a ritual that suits you and little by little add to it. I started with baby steps. First, I get up brush my teeth and then drink a cup of water. I want to hydrate my body but I don’t want to wash down all the germs 🙂
Then I added two more steps to my morning ritual. I look at my to do list (I use to-doist because they have an app for nearly every possible platform!), and imagined which three tasks are the most important ones and I will have to achieve them!
This is a very straight forward read with practical suggestions. It has many samples of how you can practically add something to your morning ritual. The author argues that you can have a energized start in the morning (by designing a ritual of about 30 min) and then FOCUS on One task that improves you and is of the utmost importance for you for ONE HOUR. This can be starting your business, running a marathon, learning a new language, write a novel or your thesis!