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How to manage your year better by capitalising on mornings.

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So it’s a new year and a brand new start to managing yourself and your business better.

Though you’re feeling energised from your holiday and ready to pull off full throttle, you’ll need to apply a few tricks and habits in order to sustain your energy and productivity throughout the year. At the heart of these is getting the most out of your mornings. Here’s how (and why):

It’s a no-brainer that you’re able to concentrate better in the morning because you’ve had a full night’s rest (hopefully) to recharge your brain.

Don’t waste your powerful morning energy on being bogged down in emails and other less important tasks. Get your top priority done as your first task of the day.  This way you’ll avoid brain fatigue on important tasks later in the day.

Did you know the afternoon eats willpower? Yep, giving in to sugary cravings at 3pm is no co-incidence. It’s easier to be disciplined and focused early in the morning as your willpower ‘muscle’ is still fresh.

Take on your tasks that you need the most concentration and discipline, first thing in the morning. That way, when your afternoon is left to responding to email or other mundane tasks, it’s not such a biggie getting lost in YouTube land.

How you start your day influences the rest of it. We’ve all experienced those days where you get up on the wrong side of bed and everything under the sun goes wrong thereafter. It’s no coincidence.

Mornings give you the opportunity to set the tone for the rest of the day. Even if you’re not a morning person, make a point of starting your day positively. It will motivate you and the encouragement of seeing things getting done add more steam to your engine.

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  • Keep a time journal. If you can’t seem to figure out where your time is going, start backwards. At the end of the day write down everything you did and how long it took you to do it. By the end of the week and month you’ll be able to see which tasks are occupying the most time and whether they should be.
  • Imagine your perfect day. Take a moment to envisage your perfect day. What do you do, what do you get done? How does it marry up to the real world? If there’s a large disconnect between the ideal and the real, you can start working towards aligning them.
  • Plan your day in advance. At the end of the work day, write down your tasks that need completing the next day and for the rest of the week. Write them in order of priority (try assigning a monetary value to it for extra incentive for completing the task). This will not only help you kick start your morning the next day, but you will sleep better knowing that you’re not forgetting something important.
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