Rise + Grind | What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast
Most mornings, for me, are a struggle to get out of my warm and cozy bed. Even if I got my necessary eight hours of sleep, I just don’t want to get up. Because of this, I find myself running late for work, grabbing breakfast on the way, and putting a few things off until the afternoon. So yesterday, I was looking for an audiobook in the iBook’s store, and the title What The Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast” by Laura Vanderkam was suggested to me, based on what I was looking at. I remembered seeing CurlBox creator Myleik Teele post about this book on Instagram (#MyleikBookShare) a while back, and for $2.95 I thought, “why the heck not?”.
Long story short, because it really is a short read/listen, Vanderkam says, “Before the rest of the world is eating breakfast, the most successful people have already scored daily victories that are advancing them toward the lives they want.” That got me to thinking about the life I want, and how I can’t even wake up on time daily to go conquer it. Recently, I changed my schedule at work to come in later. A hopeful attempt to get up earlier, have quiet time, go to the gym, and eat breakfast before I get to my desk at work. How has this worked out for me in the past four days? It hasn’t! What this book did was offer motivation for me to start putting actions behind my plans. Vanderkam states in the book that willpower fleets as the day goes on, so completing tasks during the morning will help you get more items accomplished. If you have children, it would be ideal to wake before them and do your exercises, read, pray, etc. before they wake up.
As the day goes by, the items on our to-do list tend to look less and less appealing, and often go undone. If you’re a blogger like myself, getting up to schedule posts, check emails, make graphics, interact on social media, or research content would be the perfect tasks to complete in the morning. When it comes down to it, I have to ask myself, is this something that I really want? And if it is, why am I not working harder for it? One of the main reasons I have trouble getting up in the morning is because I have a hard time going to bed at night. So refocusing my nighttime routine, and simple tasks like laying out my clothes for the next day and meal prepping would assist with the overall goal of achieving more before breakfast.