I recently went to see the show “Miracle” by British magician Derren Brown.
Derren Brown’s show turned to be amazing in its tricks, mentalism, and incredible visuals. But, as I sat among 1800 others in the theatre, I was not expecting that it would be something he said, rather than did, that would make the show spectacular.
What did he say that impacted me so profoundly?
These crucial words are so simple and yet no one had ever put them together for me.
At this point in my life, I was halfway through my final year of a BA English degree and mornings were my downfall. I was convinced that cause equalled effect and that my day was over if something didn’t go as planned.
My mood was always compromised by an unavoidable event or action in my day. I didn’t feel like my mindset was a choice. Now, if something goes wrong, I know I have a choice to take it lightly and continue to have a great day.
For students and young professionals experiencing the inevitable stress and anxiety which comes alongside early mornings and a huge workload, learning how to start your day well is key in order to thrive in the workplace, whether it be at university or in your career. Here are eight tips to make that happen.
Mindfulness And Acceptance
– Leo Buscaglia
Be present and live in the moment. Today is what matters. You are here now. You are no longer in the past and not yet in the future. Breathe. Accept that you cannot control your day, but you can send it on the right path, towards happiness, success and productivity.
Plan The Night Before
Reduce your morning stress and sleep better by planning ahead. Pack your bag, make lunch and remember three tasks you have to do tomorrow the night before.
Wake Up Early
Mornings are the most productive time of day for many. There are less noises, people, and more space to simply focus on yourself and reflect on your life. Take advantage of this time to make sure your day runs as smoothly as possible.
Have A Big, Healthy Breakfast
Never skip breakfast. Fueling your body means you’ll be active and productive until lunchtime. If you’re short on time to make breakfast, try Overnight Oats. The night before, simply blend oats, yogurt or milk and nuts and fruits in a bowl or jar. When morning comes, breakfast will already be waiting for you!
Whether it’s walking, yoga, swimming, or something else, try incorporating a bit of exercise into your morning routine. You’ll feel more energized for the whole day. It’s a good way of battling feelings of lethargy that often occur later on.
Organize your mind, office and living space. Stop putting things off. Face up to what is directly in front of you both mentally and physically. Make a list of all the things you have to do and prioritize them according to deadlines.
See Challenges As Opportunities
A subtle shift in perception can drastically improve how you feel. The difference between a happy, successful day and a dismal one is responding to challenges with optimism, confidence, and openness.
– Marcus Aurelius
When you wake up, give thanks for what you have— food, clothing, shelter, money, work, education, and loved ones (the things you often overlook.) Appreciate the beauty and preciousness of the moment. Being grateful will help your day be rich in happiness.
Take these tips on board to build a great day. Don’t forget, you have a choice. Choose to fill yourself with enough-ness, despite all the things going on.