Reduce the number of decisions and tasks you have to do each morning in between waking up and doing your work:
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Forget about getting up insanely early every morning. How much time we have in the mornings is far less important than how we spend the time we do have.
Good sleep makes everything better. It’s extremely hard to do cognitively-demanding and creative work when we’re sleep-deprived.
Low energy, difficulty concentrating, fatigue, irritability, and poor motivation can all come directly from poor sleep, especially consistently poor sleep.
In addition to hurting the quality of your sleep, snoozing is detrimental psychologically: it leads to an erosion of self-confidence and the ability to follow through on our own best intentions and goals.
Psychologically, by doing all the things that go along with showering like combing your hair, brushing your teeth, getting dressed, etc., you’re communicating to your brain in no uncertain terms that it’s time to go and get started with the day.
Don't rely on willpower. The smarter way to tackle the morning is to build routines and rituals that pull us out of bed and toward our goals.
Create a pre-work morning routine that’s rewarding and enjoyable. For example: go to your favorite shop and grab a coffee on your way.
For example, every day when you get to your desk and sit down to work, play the same song before I start any work.
This is important because it serves as a cue to your brain to go into work mode. This little ritual makes it easier for me you “slide” into work rather than having to will your way into it.
Working for extended periods with full concentration and no distractions, on a single task requires:
The magnitude of the reward isn’t very important; it’s the ritual of the reward that matters. So it’s enough to do something small as long as it signifies that you’ve completed your task.
Before a stressful work event, we tend to worry about what will happen if we don’t sleep well:
The snowy hill represents the brain, the people sledding are like the memories, and the trails left behind are the synapses in the brain.
Think of the brain as a hill covered in snow, and thoughts as sleds gliding down that hill. As one sled after another goes down the hill a small number of main trails will appear in the snow. And every time a new sled goes down, it will be drawn into preexisting trails, almost like a magnet. In time it becomes more and more difficulty to glide down the hill on any other path or in a different direction.
A night routine is the things you do immediately prior to going to bed.
Three benefits of having a decent night routine: