C2 SPEAKING MONOLOGUE_Routine Hacks for Happiness and Productivity

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TASK:

If you take a moment to search for the “perfect morning routine” online, you’ll likely be met with different ideas and examples of how the world’s most successful people schedule their mornings. But the thing is, all of us are different.

Speak for 4 minutes about the benefits of starting your day on the right foot, and what you can do to set up your day for happiness and productivity.

You may also delve into what other succesful people do to improve their day, to have a more fulfilling life and to achieve their goals.

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SCRIPT

I’d like to talk to you about a book I recently read called The 5 am club; how to own your morning and elevate your life by Robert Sharma. The premise of the book is that great geniuses, business titans and the world’s wisest people start their mornings at 5am to produce astonishing achievements. It gives you a formula for waking up instantly and feeling inspired, focused, and ready to take on the day. It uses neuroscience-based practices proven to help make it easy to rise while most people are sleeping, giving you precious time for yourself to contemplate and begin your day peacefully.

It really is an eye-opener and an inspiring read; however, I still cannot get up at 5am. I’ve tried several times but when it comes down to it, I obviously treasure my precious sleep over 45 minutes HIIT at 5am. It requires a lot of self-discipline to get up at 5am whilst the rest of the world is sleeping. I have to say, I love to start my day with a small slice of solitude and full of focus for the day ahead and on a very good day, I like to wake up and meditate for ten minutes. I’ll have a coffee and think about how my day is going to be and then then just enjoy the moment. In an ideal world I would wake up with the birds, meditate, and exercise and do all of it before 9am. That would make me feel very productive.

I do believe there is merit in having a good solid morning routine and if you look at those of some of the most successful people, we can see that it works. However, I ask you to consider the fact that it works because they have the luxury of having a routine like this because of the fact they are rich and famous and successful. I’m sure Oprah didn’t wake up at 5am to mediate, have a walk in the Californian hills, practice gratitude and do an hour’s boxing class when she first started out. It’s a case of what came first, the chicken or the egg.

But there are things us mere mortals can do to elevate our mornings. Jeff Bezos says he likes to get a full eight hours sleep so he goes to bed early so he that can rise early; Mark Zuckerberg likes to keep decisions to a minimum in the morning and wears pretty much the same thing every day. While this is quite an extreme practice in my opinion, there is some value in getting your bag, lunch, and clothes ready the night before. Experts say that having a healthy breakfast is a great way to start the day. However, I know some people that can’t stand the thought of eating early, but even so, make the first meal of your day a healthy one.

Other things we can do to help set us up for the day and wake us up with focus, is to avoid hitting the snooze button and avoid checking our social media first thing. I think checking our phones and subsequently, our emails and notifications, can make our day start earlier than we planned as we are already thinking about how to reply to our work colleagues’ emails or mentally making a to-do list in our heads. Just take the time to fully enjoy your moment of peace. Going for a short walk or doing movement first thing is great for your mind and body, I try to make sure I have a few mornings where I walk for 10 minutes to the bus stop or do a short loop of the local park. It really clears my head and also makes me feel very virtuous. I also make my bed and wash my breakfast dishes before I leave my house in the morning as it feels so much more welcoming to come home to, and really the last thing I want to do after a long day at work is to make my bed or wash the dishes.

So, what about if you’re not a morning-person?  Well, that’s fair enough but maybe you can become one. We are all creatures of habit, and it takes time to implement new routines. My advice would be to take baby steps. Start by getting up half hour earlier and getting your bag ready the night before. Then start to include a 10 walk or mediation a couple of times per week. Then, maybe, try getting up even earlier or book a 7am spin class. Creating new lasting habits requires discipline but are complete game changers when it comes to productivity and happiness levels.

If you are interested in changing your morning routine, I highly recommend reading this book by Robert Sharma as  it will help you change your life. Had I known about all the benefits it would bring to my life, I would’ve definitely read it long ago.