How to use your morning, to utilise your day.

Posted on April 18 2019

How to use your morning, to utilise your day.
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My names Angus Galton, a 22-year-old from the U.K. I had a few close calls with death in 2018 and flipped my life around (My story is here if you want to watch it or read it) I turned my life around tremendously (although I am still growing and developing daily) and want to share my story with anyone who isn't currently doing their best, but seeks to do so.
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Being new to 'personal development', 'self-awareness' and 'mindfulness' of one's self means everything is a constant breath of fresh air when it comes to tweaking and refining yourself as a 'perfect human'. Well not perfect, being perfect implies there is nothing more to improve, and we can always improve ourselves. And when I said everything is a breath of fresh air it can also be extremely difficult and tormenting at times But the fact is, in order to get the squeeze the most out of yourself (pardon that sentence), you have to go through hell and back to become a stronger and better person. If it was easy .. everyone would do it, blah blah blah. But you get what I'm ranting on about. To look after yourself, to love developing and bettering yourself on a daily basis, to find motivation and inspiration at each small checkpoint you hit and tick off, to find new areas of your life that you want to explore because your new journey took you somewhere you never imagined, these are all the incredible things that come one you realise the importance and significance of compound personal development.
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It takes time obviously, to get to a point where waking up at 5 am every single day is the norm, working extra hours on your side hustle is challenging yet fun and planning ways to reach a higher level of human existence are a habitual occurrence. These are my slow but eventual outcomes from continuous development. I embrace the hard times and look forward to barriers. I love the process now. I used it hate, remember!
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There is so much to learn about how you can maximize your productivity, time management, skills and knowledge. Why you procrastinate and why you excel in certain areas. Why you're finding it hard to get to the gym and eat healthily but you can easily spend 5 hours of your day looking at a screen and eating poison (you may not do this but a lot of people do). Learning how to rewire your brain to create good neurological thought processes, instead of evidently self-harmful ones that are blocking any chance of you reaching your standards of 'success' (whatever your idea of success is), is a vital skill which should be practised every day. The journey is fun, challenging (which you learn to love), interesting and undeniably fulfilling.
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So without further or do ...
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3 principles for you to use to get the most out of your day.
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Add what you like but stick to these as a bare minimum. It will help.
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1. Wake up early.
Old but gold. This one is widely known to be a common characteristic of many famous and successful people. So start doing it. Here is an example, this dude is kind of famous. You may have seen him in a few films. It's only Mark Wahlberg. I mean he must get some good things as a result of waking up early?
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If he can do this every day, you can start waking up a little earlier. When you hear the alarm, suck it up and jump out of bed. The more you do this the easier it becomes. Look up circadian rhythms and familiarise yourself with some tips to help you wake up earlier. I mention some I use in the video.
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Now don't get me wrong, I don't find this easy or enjoyable either. Some love opening their eyes and leaping from the bed, others could sleep until the next day. I do love, however, the feeling of complete satisfaction and reduced anxiety I experience as a result of being able to add an extra 2-3 hours onto my day. Result. It sucks at first but it gets better. Like running. It sucks while you're running, but coming home (stopping),  feels amazing.
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Heres how I wake up much easier. I am always developing new tactics so this post may change soon.
  1. Discipline, GET WITH IT. The number one thing behind executing anything. You just have to do it. No one will be your drill sergeant, shouting at you the second your alarm rings. So, be your own drill sergeant; scream at yourself in the morning. Witness the power of discipline.
  2. Get the f#ck out of bed, ASAP. I mean if you lie in bed after your alarm has gone off, and continue lying through the 8 other subsequent soundings, you're destined for a crappy morning. It mucks with your circadian rhythm, it puts you back into a sleep cycle which can be felt for hours after starting your day. It is just bad to practise that should be stopped instantly. Anytime I snooze my alarm, my day is noticeably impacted. So don't do it. Stop now. Jump out of bed tomorrow. Be careful when you jump.
  3. Get away from your comfort zones, NOW. Once again, like the previous point. If you hurry to a warm shower or get a blanket and a book to settle down in your comfy chair to read, you're going to find that utilising these extra hours is all the more difficult (unless you're one of the lucky people who can get out of bed and not feel tired for the next hour). Cold shower, coffee, exercise make your bed. These things psychologically help you accept that you have woken up and you're not going back to bed. Start the day with hard challenges and the rest of the day will seem like a piece of cake (or less like a piece of sh#t).
Now your brain is awake it can do the following step.
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2. Reflect.
You can do this when your eyes open first thing in the morning. Or, If you struggle to stay awake while still in bed and you fall victim to the snooze button, then get the f#ck up, go on a walk, grab a coffee, whatever you have to do to keep your mind awake so you can do this reflecting.
Reflect on why you are choosing to wake up earlier. Why you want more out of your day. Why you are willing to do these things and what you are willing to do, to reach the levels you dream of. How hard are you willing to work. It isn't easy, but you aren't weak!
So, now you're up, you're awake, you have reflected on your 'why', so you're aware of everything that needs to be set in motion. So now you do the final thing.
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3. Plan.
Now, this step is fundamentally the most important thing I have started doing that has skyrocketed my progression. Planning has allowed me to fully optimise the time I have throughout the day. Allowing me to get my 'to-do' list done, work, fitness and then take advantage of my free time to work on my goals and side passion.
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I have used a multitude of different tactics to help me plan my day, the most effective for me is simply a pen and paper. A planner is great also. I needed a template / preset structure when I wrote out my plans at the beginning. I initially used the 'BEST SELF Journal' along with their 'Habit Road Map', you can get yourself with a sneaky 15% off using the code Goya19 HERE.
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In summary
Not everything will work and you must be prepared to force yourself to commit to these newly adopted routines and scheduling activities. Nothing is easy, especially at the start. Stick with it. You will slowly see how each day becomes more and more productive. Be aware that some days may differ slightly (or majorly to be honest) and things will seem like they are falling apart. But, it's how you pick yourself up, take receipt of, and amend these 'down days' ... that will remarkably mature your mind and sculpt an un-f#ckwithable person in the near future.

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