Probably the biggest "life hack" in my life right now is waking up early. I love the time where the sun hasn't quite risen but it's still light outside. Usually this is around 5:30 - 6:30. If you've been able to get a good night's rest then it shouldn't be a burden to wake up. What's more, if you start making a habit of it eventually there becomes a time where you don't even need an alarm.
Having time for yourself before anyone else is up is so precious. It allows you to charge up and set the tone for the day without any distractions. Sometimes I practice yoga, other times I read, meditate or work. It doesn't really matter how you start your day, as long as you allow time to work on what matters to you.
This sounds super cliche, but in today's modern world, it's incredibly hard to maintain focus and not be distracted. Literally everything in our world today is designed to steal your attention. Once you forfeit your attention it takes an incredible amount of energy to get back on track. Some experts say a simple 30 second distraction can take up to 23 minutes to return to what you were doing.
When you carve out time in the morning it's far easier to shut off these distractions because your mind is fresh after a good night's sleep.
It's also really nice to go for a walk around the neighbourhood when the sun is just getting up. There's no noise, no cars, no people or dogs barking. The air is clean and undisturbed. Exercising at this time of the day just feels right.
Either way, whether you work, read, run or relax, your body and mind will thank you for waking up early and taking the time to work on yourself.
I'd love to write more about morning routines, and would love to hear from you too! Are you an early riser? If so, what do you do your the first few hours of the day?