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Time Management Strategies To Achieve Your Best Life

Time Management Strategies To Achieve Your Best Life

There is really only one thing that all of us have in common in life: that there is never enough time.

Never enough to do as much as we’d like, see as much as we’d like, love as much as we’d like, and live as much as we’d like.

This is why it is so important to make time in your life so that you can get the most out of life possible.

The best way to do this is to take a hard look at how you currently spend some time, and either add or make sure you’re using some solid time management strategies in order to maximize the value of every minute of every day.

Importance of Time Management

I’ll say it again: there is never enough time. If you ever want to get anywhere in life, do anything big, or live the life you dream of, you need to make time your friend instead of letting it stay your natural enemy.

Using effective time management tools means that you’ll know exactly how to plan your day so that you can just wake up every morning ready and raring to go, totally on top of things, and knowing exactly what comes next. All you’ll need to do after that is simply get on with it!

The best and simplest way to answer the question “but why is time management important” is that you’ll see a resulting change that takes you from constantly asking do you have the time for something to just KNOWING when something will fit into your day or not.

Even better – because you’ll be keeping your time and productivity clicking along so smoothly, you’ll likely find yourself at the point of having EXTRA time, to spend however you want!

Imagine that besides being more productive in your life, you’ll even have “bonus time” to spend however you want – starting a side hustle, hanging out with friends and family more, or maybe just enjoying a little reunion with your couch more often!

Time Management Techniques

Now that you know why time management is important, it’s time that you make yourself a solid time management plan.

What that means, in a nutshell, is making sure that you are moving quickly from one task to the next, doing high priority and time-efficient tasks first, and always making sure that your time is clearly defined so that you’re never stuck wasting time trying to figure out what should come next.

Use the following time management strategies to get your time back, starting now!

1) Don’t be a perfectionist.

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This is worth putting as the absolutely first item because SO many people fall victim to the time-suck that is perfectionism. I honestly think everyone does from time to time.

Sure, they say that there is a time and place for everything, and so perfectionism does have a place…somewhere…but chances are good that it’s a far-off place, and an infrequent timing, so you’ve got to learn to avoid it as much as possible.

It’s important to be able to complete a task up to just above the minimum acceptable standard so that you can get on with the next thing!

Being able to say “it’s good enough” and get on with it is a seriously valuable skill in life!

2) Multitasking is NOT a good option.

With the rare exception of something like doing dishes or cooking dinner while talking to your mom on the phone, multitasking is actually a productivity killer, contrary to popular belief.

Did you know that only about 2% of people can actually successfully multitask? I’m going to go ahead and take a guess that you and I most likely are NOT in that small subset.

So basically, every time you multitask and think you’re being productive, what’s actually happening is that your brain is purely switching between one task and the next, stopping the previous task until it comes back to it. Sure, it’s happening in split seconds, but overall you’re adding the switch time between tasks to the length of time it would have taken to complete each task in full, separately.

Add this up and consider the increased delay in switch times for more mentally demanding tasks, and you’ll see how you can possibly be stretching things out and losing minutes to hours per day, even with the seemingly simplest of tasks.

3) Batch your tasks when possible.

I’ll explain this one with a simple example.

If you’ve been doing great at washing laundry once a week, but now you’ve got 4 full laundry baskets that want putting away, you’ll get the task done MUCH faster if you put away all 4 loads at once, rather than doing 1 load, going to do something else, coming back to do another load, etc.

Essentially the same problem applies here as it does with multitasking – the time to switch between tasks is a wasted add-on, so you may as well stay in one “task category” until all the subtasks are exhausted, if possible.

Your laundry is put away faster if you focus on only that. Your house will be clean faster if you do all the cleaning tasks at once.

You’d never mow the front lawn, stop and pull weeds in a flowerbed, wash windows, and then mow the back yard, right? Then don’t do the same sort of thing with the other tasks in your life either.

4) Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize.

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It’s a fact of life that some things are just more important than others. The tasks you need to complete in a day are not an exception to this rule.

If you’ve got your list totally comprehensive, you’ve got them batched, and you’re totally ready to get one task after another “good enough” and them move on, then you’re off to a good start as far as time management strategies go.

Now it’s time to take it to the next level, by making sure you’re doing the most important tasks first. You don’t live in a bubble, and there’s always the chance that something will come up during a day that will throw you off your groove and your plan.

By prioritizing your tasks, you’ll never find yourself “caught with your pants down” when it’s time to deliver on a task but it was at the wrong point on your list (and you didn’t get to it yet).

Follow a few simple rules that suit your needs, like putting work tasks as a priority over your personal tasks, putting tomorrow’s due dates as a priority over the next day’s due dates, etc.

5) Make it a habit to keep your to-do list up to date.

Want to hear something kind of funny? An informal survey found that 50% of people like to write their to-do lists to include tasks they’ve already completed, so they can have something to immediately cross off so they feel more productive.

I mean, I get it. That quick-hit boost in your look of results is definitely a valid option to get yourself feeling more motivated and less like you’re slowing spinning your wheels.

But that also means you’re wasting time writing down stuff that’s done and over with. Let’s be honest here: who cares?

If you’re going to stick to a prioritization plan as part of your time management strategies, you’re probably going to write a numbered list from 1 to whatever number, right?

Why start the list at number 3? Number 7? Why not start the list at number 1?

You want to be writing your to-do list the night before.

You’re at the end of one day, knowing exactly which high-priority items didn’t get addressed (and should become number 1, 2, 3, etc. for the next day automatically). You’ll have a fresh look at things since it’s no longer an “oh no I’m getting a late start on my day feeling” but instead a plan for what you’re going to do hours from now — you’ve got the luxury of time on your side at that moment of the day.

As you complete tasks, you obviously want to be crossing them off so you can keep track of where you are. But if you’re having a massively productive day, you should also consider giving yourself a “fresh” list once or twice a day, because why not?

Why tell yourself you only need to do, say, items #7-10 on your list to finish the day, and oh goodie, it’s only 11am? Why not challenge yourself to turn #7 into number 1, and aim to accomplish an extra 6 things before the day is done?

Making Time Management Strategies Work For You

In general, following the strategies that we talked about above WILL help you get a better handle on your time and help you suddenly find so much more time in your day to move on to bigger and better things.

That said, the exact way these methods will fit together for you isn’t necessarily the same as it will be for me or anyone else. You might have a job where perfectionism absolutely matters (like if you’re building a suspension bridge)! If you have to get it perfect no matter how long that takes, then your best bet is simply to try to improve your work speed instead of decreasing your pass/fail threshold.

The most important part of using time management strategies is to make sure that they do not ADD stress to your life, or else they kind of defeat their purpose!

Try implementing just one of these strategies at a time so you can see steady, incremental progress. Use those small wins to keep you moving in the right direction!

7 Ways To Get Organized Now: Declutter Your Life And Live Better

7 Ways To Get Organized Now: Declutter Your Life And Live Better

There are few things in this world that can derail your ambition faster than the thought of “this is a mess.” Whether it’s your home, your job, or anything, you need to get organized now in order to be mentally ready to tackle it.

I haven’t always been the most organized person. But once I made it into adulthood, graduated college, and now have started my own business, let’s just say that learning how to get my life organized has made all the difference in both how much I get done and in how I feel each day.

But trying to stay organized when you’re tired, burned out, or just having a lazy day is easier said than done. That’s why I want to give you some easy, quick-hit tips to show you how to get your life in order and get you moving on to bigger and better things!

1) Keeping Your Space Clean At Home

Home is where the heart is, right? Which is why it’s also the first and most important place that you should concern yourself with when you’re trying to go from not organized to in control.

Here are some really simple ideas to get your home more organized, quickly.

Eliminate Extras

I’m all for having enough of something, but sometimes there’s a fine line between “enough” and “too much.”

Stop stockpiling quite so much in terms of grocery store items. You may as well just put $50 on a shelf and not touch it for 6 months, but that money can definitely be put to better use today. Sure, grabbing extra when something is on super sale is a great choice, but make sure it’s a REALLY good deal before you buy more than you need.

Condense Your Organization System

I’ve seen people that try to have separate bins or “drop zones” for bills, general mail, receipts, magazines, and all manner of loose papers, books, etc.

Instead of trying to keep this complex system going, just have one main drop zone for ALL incoming paper, maybe a separate one for any library books (since those don’t need to get lost!). At most, you might have one spot for personal papers and one for work, to make sure things don’t get mixed up.

Tackle this “bulk bin” on a once- or twice-weekly basis. Shred the junk, pay bills, and file away important papers/records. Toss the rest.

It does you no good to touch everything multiple times over multiple days.

You’re just “pushing papers” and wasting time!

Practice A Daily Pickup Routine

Sure, I just told you to only touch your papers bin(s) once or twice a week. But that doesn’t mean you’re being lazy and neglectful.

Every night before bed, pick up those random items that seem to like to migrate around your place. Hang up jackets, put dirty or simply discarded clothing into a hamper, put any loose papers into those drop bins, make sure all the dishes are either drying in a dishrack or in a running dishwasher, etc.

You’ll wake up in the morning to a place that’s much tidier, and draws your attention far less than if you were constantly noticing what was out of place.

Have A Place For Everything

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You probably already put 2 and 2 together with the tips listed above, but it’s worth calling this out by itself.

You HAVE to make sure that everything in your home has a home of its own. You can’t store the vacuum in the hallway, the big salad bowl on the counter, jackets on the back of a chair, and library books in a stack on your kitchen counter.

Get storage cabinets and bins if you have to (hop on Pinterest for some solid inspiration there!), use labels if you’re really desperate to remember where things live, and get your stuff in order.

When you get this organizing done, if you still have things that you just cannot find a place for, it’s time to take a real hard look at them and decide if they’re worth keeping. If they are, you’ll probably need to rehome something else that’s less important to make room for this one.

2) Keeping Your Space Clean At Work

The methods for how to stay organized at work is going to look a LOT like your home organization effort, just on a much smaller scale — you’re likely limited to a one-room space at most regardless of whether you work in a corner office, a cubicle, or out of your own home.

Keep Your Papers Well-Sorted

The office supply stores have been selling those paper sorters with multiple slots for longer than you and I have been alive, and with good reason — they work.

For work, as opposed to home, however, you’ll want to modify your organization. Instead of simply having a stack you only sort 1-2 times per week, you’ll want to organize by priority. You might be wise to have a 6-bin/slot system, assuming you work a 5-day week. Assign one slot to one day of the week, and the top or front-most slot is your highest priority stuff, that MUST be addressed before anything else in that bin.

Manage Your Time

Every employer wants the most productive and efficient employees possible, but there’s a good reason for this to be one of your priorities too.

The more work you get done, in the same or less time, the more ammo you have to bolster a request for a raise. (Boom. That’s a win!)

If you know how to be more organized at work AND you work one of those jobs where you don’t have set hours but can stop whenever your work is done, then the more efficient and fast you work, the sooner you go home.

And if you’ve got things on the schedule to manage outside of work, you’ll be really glad you kept better track of things so you don’t have any events or obligations slipping through the cracks.

Do A Daily Sweep

No, not with a broom (unless you work in a woodshop, maybe?).

Before you leave work for the day, make sure that you’re putting things back where they belong, making sure that priorities for the next day are set and visible, and that you know you’ve got everything you need to crush your workday tomorrow.

If you need a report that someone else isn’t done with yet, for example, put a post-it note in an obvious spot and label it with the report name. Ask the person to put it right on top of that post-it when they finish. Then you’ll know exactly where it is. If you work in a more non-paper setting, make a reminder list or stick post-its on the desk of what you’re missing, and you’ll know exactly what to check on first thing tomorrow.

3) Keeping Your Space Clean In Your Car

well-cleaned and organized car

Why are cars the easiest thing to make a disaster of? Maybe it’s because of how little time most people spend in there each day — it’s simply an “out of sight, out of mind” scenario.

This is the most straight-forward thing you’ll ever clean though. Ready?

  • Get a plastic cereal bin to use as a “car garbage.” Line it with a plastic bag and thank me later.
  • Keep a jar of cleaning wipes in your car. End the work week on a good note by giving the dash, wheel, and radio controls a quick wipe-down when you get home from work on a Friday night. You’ll start on Monday feeling like you drove a new car to work, and that’s worth a LOT of subtle ambition.
  • Make sure to add it to your monthly checklist of cleaning tasks to give your car at least a quick vacuuming and clean out the junk (like empty water bottles and smelly gym clothes that fell out of your bag).

4) Organizing Your Daily Tasks

The easiest way to stay organized is to make sure that you make organizing and decluttering a daily thing.

Doing a nightly sweep at the office to prep for the next day, and doing a nightly quick pick-up before bed is an AWESOME (and low-effort) way to keep yourself on track and on top of things. Not to mention that the longer things pile up, the longer it takes to get through them later.

Now, I can’t tell you exactly how to organize your day, but there are some main elements that everyone needs to stay happy, organized, and moving forward on their vision.

  1. Wake up early, and at the same time EVERY DAY.
  2. Have a solid morning routine that includes some “me time” to decompress and find your inner peace before tackling the day.
  3. Schedule both work and personal time in time blocks, and try to keep them roughly consistent from day to day so that your body falls into a routine and knows what to expect. Routine and habits make for far more overall productivity because you can almost do things without thinking.
  4. Make sure your day has a decompress time block somewhere (more on this later). You need time to get your head out of “on” mode and let it just come down to an idle. Just as a car can be burned out if you constantly run it at high speeds, your mind needs a chance to just roll along once in a while, too.
  5. Have a solid night routine that helps you feel peace before bed so that you can fall asleep faster and sleep better. Include a step that gets your head wrapped around what you’re going to accomplish tomorrow so your “sleeping” brain can have the whole night to make a plan for that to come true.

5) Remove Things That Are Not Valuable Or Steal Your Joy

Yup. I’m about to go all Marie Kondo on you to an extent.

Sure, she might be a fad. Sure, she makes women go on insane garbage-bag-filling raids. Sure, there have been some AWESOME memes and parodies made about it.

But the woman has a point.

Why do you keep something that you can’t use, that is worthless, and that you haven’t touched in a decade?

I’m all for keeping a few toys from childhood until you have your own kids to pass them on to. But if you’ve got an extra pair of shoes in your closet that has holes in the bottom and so you never wear them, why not just get rid of them?

Here’s the little underlying secret bonus of getting rid of these sorts of things: the less stuff you have, the less you have to clean (or clean around), the faster you can clean, the more time you free up to spend how you want.

6) Schedule A Daily Decluttering Break

man taking an organizing break by relaxing on a beach

Yes, this is a distinct and different thing than your daily task organization time.

In this time block, you’re going to stop and declutter your MIND more than anything, by meditating, saying positive things aloud, etc. The goal here is to specifically declutter out the negative things in your mind because they’re just taking up valuable space that could be used for positive thoughts instead.

Try immediately following this with your Marie Kondo efforts, because you’ll be in the most upbeat state of mind and better positioned to take an objective look at your stuff and decide what stays and what goes.

This IS going to be one of the best times to do your daily task organization because your mind is clear of doubts and negative thoughts, feeling its most ambitious, and feeling that the world of possibilities is wide open to you.

If that’s not enough to convince you that meditation is time well-spent, then consider this:

A study found that people who showed anxiety in the 80th to 100th percentile reduced their anxiety by about 30-40% with mediation.

These people included post-war veterans with PTSD, for example. If it can help them remove that much anxiety there is no reason it can’t help you simply get your head in the right space for success.

You can read more awesome info about why meditation works, here.

7) Creating Your Own Routine To Get Organized Now

Now it’s time for you to put all of this together to make a routine that YOU can follow, reliably and successfully, to start to see your life take a turn for the better — to start to see your dreams come to life. Follow these next steps in order.

Write down everything you need to do in a week or a month.

You can get as detailed as you want, but I wouldn’t go much more in-depth than writing “clean the bathroom” and “vacuum the house” when it comes to cleaning tasks, and “work” for a simple X-hour-long block of work time.

If you take your dog on a 2-hour hike every Saturday, write that down. If you’re starting a side hustle and want to put 10 hours per week into it, write that down too.

You’ll use all of these tasks in the next step to fill up your calendar.

Fill in a calendar for a practical look.

Take a blank calendar (you can find free planner pages with a simple google search) and use it to get a feel for how to balance out those tasks. Including times will be a big help in making sure your list is balanced and practical, so consider using a weekly view that includes hours of the day on it.

Block out your day for sleep and work hours first, since those are non-negotiable.

Next, add your regular obligations, like that weekend hike with your dog and your side-hustle time.

Around that, schedule the rest. If you do a daily gym session, put it where you want it to happen. Add an hour or two per day for house cleaning if needed, put 30 minutes once or twice a week to sort those drop bins. Add 15-30 minutes morning and night for your organization and “mental decluttering” sessions. Schedule a weekly car clean-out so that you don’t forget it.

The point with this step is to make sure that you’re balancing your week. If you try to fit everything into 3 days around your work schedule, for example, you’ll never practically get it all done and you’ll end each week feeling defeated.

Take action.

Let’s face it: you didn’t need to do the steps of writing everything down and filling out a calendar. You already knew what you needed to do, when it needed doing, and how your days needed to look to make it happen.

The REAL fix for getting decluttered and getting on to living your life better is to stop being lazy.

It’s easier to just put a box of junk in the basement to deal with later than it is to load it up and drive it to the local thrift store donation center.

It’s easier to throw yourself on the couch to watch TV than to do a quick pick-up around the house and do a task-planning session for the next day.

It’s easier to sleep in than it is to get up early and Make. Things. Happen.

Get Organized Now

Outside of working each day, I challenge you to this: spend one hour every day fighting against the lazy instinct and taking action on something.

Sort an old box of junk for one hour.

Organize a long-neglected filing cabinet (or worse, a box of unsorted papers).

Whatever you do, find something that will help you get the junk and sludge of life out of your way so that NOTHING is blocking you on your way to better days and seeing your visions become your real life.

How to Be More Productive in Your Everyday Life

How to Be More Productive in Your Everyday Life

Have you ever sat down at your computer or went to work and tried to get something finished, and either thought “I have no motivation” or found that by the end of the day you hardly came close to getting it all done?  

It happens to the best of us I promise. We all want to be more productive and get more things done.

I don’t know a single person who doesn’t wish there were more hours in the day. Whether to be spent with your family and loved ones, doing a hobby you love or building a side business.

The good news is, you can MAKE more time for some if not all of these things EVERY single day. You can learn how to be better at living your life the way YOU want it to be.  

You can actually train yourself to be more productive and can reach a level of efficiency beyond what you’re used to! So let’s jump right in and find out exactly HOW to be productive in everything you do.    

The first thing you need to do when you’re on the path to becoming more efficient and accomplishing more every day is to accept that some days WON’T be perfect and you will get distracted and not get much done.  

Don’t worry. This actually happens to a lot of people! A number of things can stop you from being productive.  

Some of them are out of our control, and no matter how much you would like to break free of days like this, I can assure you, they will still come.  

This is normal and something you just have to come to terms with.  

But, the truth of the matter is, if you practice enough, you should be able to be more productive and accomplish quite a lot at least 80% of the time.

So, what does being productive look like to you?

Being productive probably means being able to accomplish more than you are used to, getting the things done that never seem to fit into your day.

It also probably means being able to efficiently use your time in a way that allows you to enjoy life, avoid becoming a workaholic, and establishing and maintaining healthy relationships and friendships.

So how do you achieve this vision of productivity you know you need in your life?

Being More Productive

You have probably heard the saying “practice makes perfect” or “practice makes progress.”

These still ring true in the case of productivity as well.

When you start trying to become more productive and learning how to stay productive, there are many things you can do to get and keep yourself on the right track.

1) Write down your daily tasks the night before. 

One of the best practices I use to keep myself in check and to ensure I am going to have a productive day is to make a list every day of the major tasks that need to be done the next day.

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Typically, I use the method of picking 3 personal tasks and 3 business related tasks to try and attack for the day.

This means that every night before bed when I am finished with my work I write down the tasks I hope to complete the next day.

2) Time your tasks. 

I recommend only choosing the few most important tasks possible so that you don’t get too overwhelmed. Then take these tasks, and right next to them write how long it should take you to get them done. Keep in mind that you don’t want to push yourself too much during this process. We want to be able to do our work at a solid pace and have the best quality output. Learning how to be more efficient doesn’t happen overnight, after all. 

Then using a timer, an hourly tracker like Toggl, or a stopwatch, or anything of the sort that allows you to track the time. I want you to keep track of how long it took you to finish your work from start to finish.

This by itself will not only help you to practice being more efficient but will also keep you focused because you’re “racing against the clock” in a sense. You will be more mindful of the time you are using and you will make sure it is put to best use.

This can also be a game changer because as you time tasks, you will realize that some tasks really aren’t the most productive things you can do with your time. This can help you to make sure you are not wasting time on tasks that require a lot of time but provide little results.

3) Keep a daily calendar.

Another way you can see some drastic changes in productivity is by keeping a daily calendar. You can buy a productivity planner, or simply create an excel spreadsheet that allows you to fill in time slots with things you hope to get done for the day. 

using a daily calendar to be more productive

Depending on your own personal preferences, you can make this as specific or as vague as you would like. 

For example, my excel spreadsheet actually accounts for every hour from the time I wake up to the time I go to sleep. I have each block for every hour filled with a task that I need or hope to get done. I try my best to keep my life going by schedule as it allows me the most freedom and peace of mind.

In these blocks, I write down when I will eat, when I will work out, work on my business, do work for clients, etc.

You obviously don’t have to be this detailed as it can be stressful for some, but I recommend trying to be as organized as possible with the tasks you need to get done and being aware of when they need to be finished, how long it will take you to finish them, and why you are doing them at all.

4) Know what matters and what doesn’t.

Another reason I see a lot of people struggling with being productive is that they fail to realize what matters in their life and what produces results. 

A great example of this is at one point I was very adamant about exercising 2-3 times per day. I would go out of my way and put other things off to add another exercise into my day. 

I am not saying there is anything wrong with this if exercising is a passion of yours or is a way for you to let off steam or something of that nature. (Although, I do recommend you give yourself time to relax and recover.)

But, for me, there was a problem. You see, when I went on vacation around a year ago to the beach I only exercised once, first thing in the morning. When I came back from the beach I realized that I had lost more weight by eating better and exercising once a day then I did eating sort of badly and exercising three times a day.

This helped me to come to terms with the fact that the extra 2-3 hours a day I was working out was not one of my more productive things to do, and that time could be better utilized doing something else. (Hence this neat little blog you’re reading.)

I recommend frequently looking at your life, and trying to pick out what things give you the most results and what is simply just a waste of time.

This will increase your productivity alone by allowing you to focus on what drives you and gives the most results in life for you. 

5) Establish your day and what routine works best for you.

early morning alarm clock to start the day more productive

The truth is, a lot of the productivity you have throughout the day depends on HOW you STARTED the day, i.e. the productive things to do at home before you even truly start your workday. 

If you wake up at a decent time, get out of bed motivated, and begin immediately getting things done, you will more than likely accomplish more than people who don’t.

Some tips for having a good routine are: 

  • Don’t use your phone as soon as you get up. Not only can this serve as a huge waste of time, but it can also affect your day negatively if you receive a text message or social media notification that bothers you.
  • Write your biggest goals on a sheet of paper and hang it up near the bed or write them on your mirror so that every day you are faced with what you hope to achieve. 
  • Take time to relax and meditate or just breathe. If you wake up and get to work IMMEDIATELY your brain will be slow and groggy, and you will probably be grumpy. I like to get out of bed and sit quietly on the floor while imagining my dream life and focusing on what I want to accomplish in the future. 
  • Avoid things that stress you out or can consume you. This may seem like common sense, but you’d be surprised how often we do this. I’m sure there have been days you wake up and start your day with watching television and get consumed by Netflix, only to fast forward 3 hours later and realized you have gotten nothing done. Avoid things that drag you down like this at all costs. 

Being more productive and efficient throughout the day most often has nothing to do with what you are doing, but actually HOW you are doing them. 

You must master the art of execution and make sure that you are doing the right things in the right way. Or else your results will show for it. 

What are some ways you struggle with being productive or not getting the results you want? How do you plan on fixing them?

Until the next one, 

Noah

How to Wake up Motivated Every Morning

How to Wake up Motivated Every Morning

Get up at 4:30 a.m.???

You’d have a better chance of getting me to take an ice bath in the Arctic during the month of December.

Well, at least that’s how it used to be. Now, I’m part of that early morning club that wakes up energized and ready to go.

Honestly, it can change your life in more ways than you even realize. I wake up with the motivation to get out of bed every single morning, and it is something that I firmly believe ANYONE can do.

Not only that, but I think it’s something everyone SHOULD do.

Do I think you need to wake up at 4:30? Maybe not, but that depends on your goals. But you should wake up energized and ready to attack the day by a decent time at least.

If you’re one of those people that thinks “Noah, you’re crazy. I have no motivation to get up in the morning; I’m always tired.”

Stuff your excuses in a sack. Today I’m going to tell you exactly how to be happy and motivated every day!

I’m gonna help you figure out exactly how to wake up energized and motivated, plus feel more awake in the morning!

1) Keep your Sleeping Space Clean

I list this one first because… I HAD NO CLUE. Like, I used to be the messiest, most unorganized person in the world.

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I was a young bachelor, consuming Netflix, eating out every day, throwing my clothes all about the room, never picking things up or making up my bed. I was… a mess, to put it politely.

I had no clue how toxic this was!

You just think “I’m too busy to clean it,” or “it will be too stressful to maintain.”

But I’m TELLING you, heck, PROMISING you, it will change your life if you keep your space clean.

If you’re one of those people that has no motivation when they wake up and just feels groggy when you crawl out of bed, you should REALLY give this a try. It absolutely made a difference for me in finally having some motivation to get out of bed each day.

Some simple things I would suggest are:

  • Just simply tidying up. Sometimes you just need to make sure the clothes are off the floor (stuff that hamper nice and full), the dresser tops and bedside tables are clear of junk (I KNOW your mama taught you what a garbage can was), and the bed is made up nicely (pull the blanket up nice and the rest doesn’t matter).
  • Rearrange your room. I have actually found that rearranging your room before taking on a big change can make you feel very energized, excited, and renewed. It’s sort of like changing environments so that you’re prepared for other changes. Greasing the skids, if you will!
  • Get rid of things that don’t spark joy. I love Marie Kondo’s method of tidying up. She focuses on only keeping things in your life that “spark joy”. I experienced the effect of this the last time I moved, from my old place to my new digs. A roommate and a good friend helped me rid myself of all the clutter in my life. I got rid of anything and everything that didn’t spark joy in my life or didn’t serve a major purpose. If you can look at something and have zero reaction, tell it goodbye and don’t look back.

Doing all of these things allowed me to both wake-up AND go to sleep in my room at ease.

Following this process will help you figure out how to wake up energized and feeling refreshed and prepared for the day.

Don’t underestimate the power of being comfortable and feeling satisfied in your surroundings!

2) Go to bed on time

This is probably the most overused (and patronizing) phrase when it comes to “if you wanna wake up early, do this.”

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Simply going to bed on time isn’t enough. This is something you HAVE to commit to.

Because the truth of the matter is, if you want to know the secret to how to get out of bed, it’s this:  you have to GET GOOD SLEEP.

There is a certain amount of sleep that you need to function properly and feel properly rested. Generally speaking we “adults” 18 and older (based on age, not maturity level) need around 7.5-8.5 hours per night.

You can find out how much time you need to sleep by performing a sleep test on yourself. This article from the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard outlines the process in an easy manner if you are unaware of how much sleep you need.

But getting enough sleep is actually not where most people fail. I have observed through past experience and by working with others, the biggest failure in being able to get to sleep on time is staying committed to yourself.

You may have a goal to get to sleep at a certain time, but if you let other people keep you up or you just throw that goal out at the first opportunity, then you have an underlying lack of commitment that you need to address.

No amount of sleep in the world is going to fix that, my friend.

You need to figure out:

  • WHY waking up in the morning and being well rested is important to you (what will you be doing the next day that requires you to be at your best?)
  • HOW that will change your life (what can you accomplish and how can you see your dreams come to life?)
  • How to STAY COMMITTED to doing it (you’ll never see the results you want if you’re lacking in solid follow-through).

This means keeping your word to yourself and staying true to the goals you have set. This may mean missing some parties with friends on occasion, or having to say no to a late night movie. This means being an adult and knowing how to wake yourself up, once and for all.

But it truly can make the BIGGEST difference in the productivity level you are experiencing in your life.

Getting out of bed in the morning will be so much easier for you if you stay committed to a solid bedtime routine and create a schedule for yourself that your body can get used to.

A small bonus to going to bed on time is that when you do stay up or go out, it will feel like a treat (or maybe a death sentence, depending on how far past your bedtime it is and how tired you are), and your friends or partner will know that you’re breaking your normal cycle for them. Talk about an “easy” way to make your loved ones feel more special, by taking that time for them!

3) Build your own list of reliable hacks for how to wake up motivated every morning.

Some other ways to wake yourself up in the morning can be done AFTER you crawl out of bed.

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For different people, this can mean many different things. Here are some morning motivation ideas that I practice personally, that have made a huge difference in building a “motivated morning” routine.

1) Going to the gym

For myself, this morning ritual means working out right when I wake up. I get out of bed, get ready, and go STRAIGHT to the gym. This allows me to get away from my bedroom or other distractions at home that might risk me wasting the morning.

This is so important – especially as someone who works from home – because you HAVE to get out of the house sometimes and just have something you enjoy away from the comfort of your home.

2) Having a morning drink

Some people also LOVE their morning coffee. I am not a caffeine person myself and have tried coffee in the past. While I really did enjoy it, and there are even some science-backed benefits of drinking it, It just wasn’t for me. I would have a crash in the middle of the day and sometimes it just didn’t sit well with my stomach.

This doesn’t mean that it won’t work for you, and having a nice hot cup of coffee or hot tea right after getting out of bed in the morning might be the extra kick you need to get you butt in gear and start crushing the day, ASAP.

3) Meditate or have “quiet time”

Although I like to just get straight into the gym and sweat my heart out on some weights, some days I like to wake up a few minutes earlier and just relax. I don’t check my phone or turn on the TV, I don’t answer any texts or calls, I just have ME time.

I sit somewhere quiet and comfortable and just try to focus on my breathing. I allow myself to drift away from stress, worry, and just let my brain be empty of anything but positive thoughts. I take that time to envision WHERE I want to see myself in the near future and WHO I want to be when I get there.

This process keeps me in line with my goals, motivated, and makes sure that I stay true to who I want to be and that I am getting closer to achieving my goals and manifesting success in my life.

Final Thoughts On Learning How To Wake Up Motivated

At the end of the day, there are countless ways to get yourself out of bed. Maybe a blaring alarm, or an accountability partner.

But there is a difference to be appreciated in just rolling out of bed miserably versus waking up refreshed and ready to attack the day.

I truly want to see the best results for you in your own life, and I want you to experience what it is like to be able to make the MOST out of the day. Your big ideas and big dreams are way too valuable to not be taking action towards them EVERY DAY.

Don’t let difficulty waking up in the morning be the silly little thing that holds you back.

YOU deserve to be your best self, YOU deserve to be “busy living better” and I want to see that for you.

Until the next one guys, stay happy, stay healthy, and NEVER forget your value.

– Noah

Try out some of these ideas and leave me a comment to let me know how they work for you!