"Why Do I Get Up In The Morning?"

This might be one of the most frequently asked question to oneself: "Why Do I Get Up In The Morning?". Especially on this beautiful Monday, after a nice weekend, why does it have to end? Well, the answer is simple and as universal as you might imagine: "Because you designed it that way". 

So, everything that happens to you is usually made by you. You decided on your job, you decided where you live and so forth. 

I just felt to share some insight in my mornings and mindset for work.

Start by looking in the mirror

One of the simplest routines I do in the morning is to look myself in the eyes in the morning and really have a moment of reflection: why I'm getting up, what I'am about to do and why I want to do this. 

I think that is very similar to one of the quotes by Steve Jobs (http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/412696-i-have-looked-in-the-mirror-every-morning-and-asked):

“I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

Of course, this exercise is simple if you are doing what you love or at least if your job is fun and you like doing it. So, this is a win for me everyday, I love my job to bits and especially in Marketing there is so much new opportunity each day, that I haven't been bored for ages. 

So, try looking in the mirror for a few days and really look at yourself. Do you love what you are doing or is it a means to achieve something else, providing you the opportunity to do what you love? It's important to have that feeling of determination, especially on a Monday morning.

On a personal note, it is not everyday super excitement, sometimes it is just a profound thought just like: Oh yeah, I really wanna try this out today!

That's it.

Get pumped on your commute

I totally agree with you, if you think that this exercise is silly, but at least try it once, so you know that you really feel that way. Another thing I'd like to do to improve my morning, even though I'm not really a "morning-person" per se is:

listening to my favorite tunes or an inspiring podcast in the morning works wonders for me. My brain works best on random impulses so I love getting inspiration from the outside. Searching for the next book to read or comic to dive into is a wonderful activity for the morning to wake up. 

After 10 minutes or so, I start working on my business mails and usually get 90% of all those sorted and answered on my way to work which is a huge relieve once I fire up my work laptop and see already a more "agreeing" mail inbox.

Work like a machine 

I don't mean that in the classical way, I'd rather say: take the approach a machine or a computer would. Before you start working, make a list of priorities and achievements for the day. Reserve a fixed time for email checking and then start. Here I think there is no difference between other vocations, you basically have to prioritize and tackle the important stuff first. Sometimes there is something urgently popping up, so prioritiezing might be a dynamic task throughout the day. If you are having trouble with this, you might want to look for Eisenhower's approach: https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newHTE_91.htm 

Of course, it helps tremendously if you know what you are doing. Meaning that the smoothness of your workflow depends heavenly on how well you can cope with the upcoming problems that need solving. 

It also gets harder over time, because the speed with which technology is evolving is terrfifying...

The evening should be reserved for non-work related activities 

Even though I love what I do, a regular time out works wonders for your motivation and creative development. People might do sports, chill out at bars or play videogames, depending on your type, it is important to have some time to reflect and recharge your batteries. 

There are times when I take a conscious break from excercising, playing games or writing music. On my last vacation I tried a 10 day tech-detox which worked wonders. Not only was my vacation more meaningful to me, but I had a fresh look and excitement into the Social Media channels I haven't visited since which gave me a boost in motivation. 

So restricting yourself can actually prolong the love for your craft. At least it worked for me in the last decade.

Don't work for the weekend

It is a simple framing method, but one that is very powerful: "Don't work for the weekend". It means that I often encounter the mindset of: Thank God, it's finally Friday! Off to the weekend! 

Of course, I'm excited too, don't get me wrong, but on a Sunday evening I think: What a great weekend, but finally I can work again tomorrow! I know, it sounds odd, especially for people who live the above. But stay with me for a moment. 

Monday is the least favorite day of the week, because people make it that. You probably even feel bad in the evening because you didn't achieve anything. The key is to achieve something and to frame your mind in a positive way. It is a beautiful method to infect people with some good spirit on Monday morning.

You could ask my colleagues but on Monday's I usually end my mails with "Have a good week" or "Happy Monday". I like to think that it sends a message and people usually reply to that far more positively.

So in the end, what I want to say is: Don't think about what Monday can do for you, but what you can do for your Monday!

Thanks for reading!

Sebastian