Your brain is like a blank slate when you rise up in the morning. The first thing you write on it and the first thing you do after waking up can make or mar your day. It can also help you gear up for success.
One of the best things to do when you wake up is to thank God for adding another day in your life. The very first thing I as a Muslim have been taught is a special prayer through which I thank God for bringing me to life again after a whole night of sleep which is akin to death. In doing so I take the vital decision of expressing gratitude to the Almighty and gratitude as I told you in my earlier post Gratitude the best attitude leads to an increase in blessings and bounties.
Here’s a key question: how do you wake up in the morning? Let’s say you’re snuggled in the cozy darkness of your bed languishing in a blissful state of relaxation when you’re rudely awakened by an alarm. You open your eyes and then…you make your first decision of the day. Will you turn off your alarm, choose to get up, brew some coffee, and slay the day? Or will you choose procrastination? Will you press the snooze button and stay in bed for 5 more minutes, ten more minutes, or one more hour? If you do this you are making a wrong decision even before your day has started.
Another good thing among the first that you do in the day is to have a good breakfast. It will give you the strength and energy to succeed in all that you do in your day.
Unequivocally, the first decision you make in the morning either makes or breaks your mood and productivity for the whole day.
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One of the best books I have read on the subject of starting your day on the right note by stopping procrastination is
Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time
Author: Brian Tracy, who is Chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy International, a company specializing in the training and development of individuals and organizations.
Brian’s goal is to help you achieve your personal and business goals faster and easier than you ever imagined.
Brian Tracy has consulted for more than 1,000 companies and addressed more than 5,000,000 people in 5,000 talks and seminars throughout the US, Canada and 55 other countries worldwide. As a Keynote speaker and seminar leader, he addresses more than 250,000 people each year.
In the book, Brian Tracy cuts to the core of what is vital to effective time management: decision, discipline and determination. This life-changing book will ensure that you get more of your important tasks done—today!
The book says: There just isn’t enough time for everything on our to-do list—and there never will be. Successful people don’t try to do everything. They learn to focus on the most important tasks and make sure those get done. They eat their frogs.
There’s an old saying that if the first thing you do each morning is eat a live frog, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you’re done with the worst thing you’ll have to do all day. For Tracy, eating a frog is a metaphor for tackling your most challenging task—but also the one that can have the greatest positive impact on your life. Eat That Frog! shows you how to organize each day so you can zero in on these critical tasks and accomplish them efficiently and effectively.
Source: Be prepared for success with the first decision of your day; Eat that frog – Nice and Fab Deals