My Number One Tip: Baby Steps

In whatever aspect of life, I have found that taking one tiny step makes all the difference. Of course, planning things is good. But things will remain just plans if you don’t actually take the first step that will lead you closer to your goal. The negative habit of always postponing things for tomorrow when you can do it now will lead you nowhere. The clutter in your life will slowly accumulate one day at a time, all because you chose not to take these seemingly insignificant baby steps toward positive change. On the other hand, once you do start taking these baby steps, then your life’s problems will gradually diminish one day at a time and you will find yourself a happier and more fulfilled person.

Apply small changes in your morning ritual. These will work wonders for your entire day, then gradually and ultimately for your entire life. I hope these baby steps will be of great help to you.

Put your alarm clock a little distance away from your bed and beyond arm’s reach.
This should prevent you from lazily hitting the snooze button and being late.

Do not loiter in your bedroom upon waking up.
Immediately leave the bedroom premises upon waking up, to resist the temptation of lazily lingering on the bed and consequently postponing your morning duties for later. If you succumb to the bed’s invitation back to dreamland, then you’re in for otherwise unnecessary delays and the stressful inconveniences that come along with them. Your schedule for the present day will definitely be ruined and this will place a toll on your plans for the following day, and the days after that. In a nutshell, there will be a nasty domino effect. Save this extra bedtime for a Sunday, a holiday, or your day off.

Take a cold shower a few minutes after waking up, if the season allows it.
This may sound a bit harsh and fanatic even, but taking a cold shower is great for waking up your senses and driving all the sleepiness and sluggishness from your body and mind. Not everyone can do this. If this sounds impossible for you to accomplish, here’s my secret. Try splashing your face first with cold water. Then splash some on your hands and feet, gradually working toward the center of your body and finally your head. This gradual process really helps save your body from cold shock.

Another option is to start with slightly warm water, then slowly lowering the water temperature as you come to the end of your shower. During winter time this may not be a good idea. A warm one should suffice. The goal of this austerity is to take you out from dreamland, get rid of your bedhead, and start the day fresh, clean and ready for anything. And, of course, don’t forget to also get rid of your morning breath. Baby steps, everyone. Go back to the basics of personal hygiene and your days will be fresher and healthier.

Set an earlier bedtime so you can wake up earlier.
There’s so much you can actually do and accomplish in the morning. You can exercise, take a nice stroll in the park, enjoy the sunrise and bathe in its pleasant warmth, read a book, do the laundry, or anything that the remainder of the day does not allow you to. If you sleep earlier, you will feel more rested and rejuvenated. You can achieve this by setting a strict time for turning off the computer, the TV and other gadgets that keep you wide awake. An early and light dinner, a warm bath, and relaxing music are very effective bedtime rituals.

Never skip breakfast, the most important meal of the day.
Keep your choices hearty and healthy to fuel you for the entire morning.