Check out this awesome video where Jocko lays it out in his point-blank way on how to get your day going. Overall tip? Discipline in all things.
1. Get a Jump on the Day
For Jocko, this means 4:30 am every day. This gives you the opportunity to get things done that you want to do for yourself—exercise, read, study. Whatever you need to do for yourself. Meaning, it’s okay to be selfish and get yourself prepared for the day.
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2. If 4:30 am Isn’t Possible, Choose a Time That’s Feasible
The earlier the better, but if you’re missing out on morning activities like seeing your kids off for school and you’re you’re always running late for work because you’re trying to fit everything in by waking up at 6 or 7—shoot for a time that’s earlier. But choose one you can stick to (be disciplined about).
3. Finding it Hard to Wake Up Early/Earlier? Go to Bed Earlier.
Get your sleep. Most of us are missing this important aspect. If you’re staying up until 11pm or midnight on social media or channel surfing, then that makes it incredibly hard to get up earlier and create more—and better—time for yourself.
4. Shorten Your Workout
Many people are still locked into thinking that quantity equals quality when it comes to exercise—the more you do, the longer your session the better and healthier you are.
Jocko’s suggestion if your workouts are taking over your mornings (or evenings)? Shorten them.
to fit in too much in the morning (like a marathon workout you’re starting at 6 or 7 am), make more time for yourself.
5. Be Disciplined.
Without discipline, you have absolutely no freedom. Without it, you can’t create successful steps towards your goals, whatever they may be. You may even wind up at the mercy of other people.
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