We have all heard the saying ‘Did you get out of the wrong side of bed this morning?’ when someone is a little grumpy or ‘It’s going to be one of those days’ if you spill coffee on your shirt or miss the bus before you even start work in the morning.
It is true that the first hour of your days really dictates how you are going to feel for the rest of the day. My mentor refers to this as the Golden Hour.
She says you should do everything in your power to make the first hour of the day the most fun so it puts you in a good mood for the rest of the day.
You get to decide how your day will be, so make it a great one by putting these few simple things in place rather than leaving it to chance. You will then see your mood and productivity go through the roof in a very short space of time.
What you need to do:
Decide what you will do first thing in the morning to make you smile and set everything up in advance so you can easily have your Golden Hour every morning.
Make a special Golden Hour playlist for your iPod, set your radio to go off with your favourite song, set your alarm clock 15 minutes earlier so you can do some exhilarating exercise in your living room before shower.
Remember, you can choose anything as long as it lifts your mood and is totally within your control e.g. walking in the sunshine for 15 minutes is beyond your control as you can’t always rely on the weather!
In less than a week of experiencing your Golden Hour first thing in the morning you will start to find that everything is coming to you with ease, days seem lighter in mood and people around you will start to say, ‘Hey, how come you’re so happy? I want some of whatever you’ve got!’
Make a list of ideas for how to make your Golden Hour an uplifting and exhilarating 60 minutes.
To give you a hand, I would suggest looking at:
Music, physical activity, things that make you smile like family photo’s, spending time with your pet or talking to a loved one.
Now decide which idea you are going to commit to and put everything in place TODAY to make the first hour of your day tomorrow a Golden one.