Channel: Muslim Life Hackers
Series: Muslim Life Hackers - Season 1
In this podcast Maheen Malik talks about the importance of mornings and how to become a morning person
In this Episode, you will learn:
– The benefits of the morning
– Why using your mornings is essential for a productive day
– 6 steps on how to become a morning person
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Episode Four. Welcome to the Muslim life hackers podcast, the weekly podcast providing you with tips and tricks on how to hack your life and maximize its potential. And now for your hosts Mithra maroof and maheen Malik.
As we said, the crisis see that so much. So I'm like a Muslim life hackers, this is me, provera here, and in today's episode, my co host, maheen, Malik will be talking all about the importance of mornings and how to become a morning person. All the links and resources mentioned in this episode will be found in the show notes that can be found at listening life hackers.com forward slash four. That's number four. So let's get started. Certainly he tell us about the mornings, what are some of the benefits of mornings? All right, that's a really great question for us. So first of all, I have to say mornings have a great reputation. When I hear that someone's a morning person, I know that
they're driven to have a productive lifestyle. And I just want to be one of their friends, because I know that there's someone who's reliable, more people tend to be more reliable as well. So I think it's important to have a look at the benefits of mornings. We see throughout history, how those people who are prone to success are morning people. And this is a really good place to mention a quote by Benjamin Franklin. He says, Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise century. Studies have also linked morning rising with better general brain function and even improved circadian rhythm. That might may not mean a lot to some people. But there's some good
healthy benefits to being a morning person. Definitely. The mourning period is also even a high status within Islam. We told in the teachings of our Prophet peace and blessings be upon him that the morning is a blessed time and those who start their work after the fudger prayer, which is the morning prayer in Islam, that they will have a better success with it. That is, of course God willing. Okay, so that you mentioned some of the benefits of the mornings? Why is using your mornings essential for a productive day? Well, I believe the answer to that is that essentially mornings, rising in the morning gives you a head start in your day. And this is this is the core in
early morning routines. waking up early gives you time alone with your thoughts. It's usually quieter, you don't have, you're able to marvel at the little things in life or sunrise or whatever. It's actually had the added advantage of planning your time, you're not just throwing headfirst into your day, to scrambling to into your car to face this onslaught of traffic, is the kids yelling in the background, and there's no you throwing your alarm across the room for the 100th time to stop hitting the snooze button. You can sit and organize, exercise maybe. And also I know this is something that many people do have breakfast. I know a lot of you will dismiss breakfast. And it's
thought to be one very supportive middle of the day, guys eat your breakfast. Okay. It's true that when I do wake up in the morning, I'm able to schedule that my day because most the time before I go to sleep, I write down things that I want to get done the next day, but in the morning, I can actually get that time to review exactly what I said I'll do and you know, just look through my calendar. And I find when I'm when I'm able to do those things. I have a much more productive day. Today, which I get them some because I know that this is what I want as the day and I go in much more focused than just waking up in the middle. Yeah, and kind of doing things on the go. Yeah, it's
like you're you're waking up in the middle of a race suddenly, each year, it doesn't really work well. But it's not to say that your whole day should be ruined because you didn't wake up in the morning. The opposite can happen as well. I mean, if we do wake up later than we want to, then the simple thing is just slowly getting to the day and go for it. Take a little bit time out to focus on what you'd like to do and go into it. Yeah. Okay, so what are some steps we can take to become a morning person? Okay, well, I'm going to share six steps with you on how to become a morning person. Step number one, identify the needs the benefit, and change your mindset mindset. So think about
what you could do with that at a time in the morning. What benefits could you make with that little headstart that you have in your day, it could be anything. For example, even if you have a goal of becoming healthier, may want to start an exercise routine in the morning. I know a lot of Muslims, they'd like to do Quran memorization in the morning, you have the added benefit of it being a blessed time. So that's aiding your memorization as well. So let's come to terms with what you could do with this time and you know what the benefits are? Stop trying to change your mindset tell you something, you are a morning person. A lot of people hinder their results by not changing this
internal story that we have. And we all have a story that we tell about ourselves. For example, a person might say, Oh, I'm an introverted person, I don't drink coffee, this this this, or I don't. I'm scared of heights. I can't go skydiving. Like we all have this story that we tell ourselves and what we talk. It's like we're talking to ourselves and inside we may not be conscious of it. But this internal talk is drives a lot about behavior. So start internally
Realizing the statement that you are a money person, and you find that with this change mindset, your, your behavior judges, yeah. You're just adjust your behavior just to what you believe yourself to be. Yes. You Yes. So you could make your priority that you're going to wake up in the morning, then usually what you need to do, and that should ring true and does ring true with me as well. Because when I did start to wake up in the morning, I did feel that when I go out to dinners, I have to like leave early, because I'm going to go to sleep early. And I can wake up the next morning, because you know, you're a morning person. Yeah. And I also have things to do. So it just makes
So that was step number one, step number two would be schedule your sleep and start to make small changes. And what I mean by this is, think about a time that think about the time that you'd ideally like to wake up, calculate how many hours of sleep you need, and then because you have your ideal sleeping time. So for example, an example would be, you might want to wake up at 5am, you may need seven to eight hours of sleep. So calculating back you'd need to sleep around nine to 10pm, right. And then start slowly changing your sleep sleep time, for example, you find yourself sleeping at around 1112. Maybe I'll bring it back to 1030. Slowly over the days, and until you get your ideal
sleeping time. And you find that it's much easier to wake up and your ideal time rather than, for example, you sleep at 12 and you try and wake up at 5am cold, it's just not gonna work out like that. That's the sort of productive way. Yes. So it's you weren't, you weren't, you weren't God is speaking about having enough sleep. That's very important. Because without lifestyle today, even if we were to wake up early, even if we sleep really late, we find ourselves cutting our sleep time so we can get things done. But what I found that happens, and I found this in my personal experience as well, that when I found that I was like there was a day, which I was working a lot getting a lot of
things done. But the fix of the fix with how much sleep I didn't get it was starting to take a toll on me. So the next day, I wasn't able to do as much as things as I was able to do the day before. So the question comes up on what was the use of cutting the extra two hours of sleep? Yeah, if it affected you? Yeah, if it impacted the whole 24 hours? Yeah, it's not worth it. So it's about really being realistic with yourself. If you need seven hours of sleep, you should then make sure you get it, even if it means you know, spending the extra time to nap trade on the day. So I guess what we're trying to say is to set yourself up for success and get your sleep, the sleep that you need.
And everyone's different, everyone's different with the amount of sleep they need. Some people can get away with a little bit of sleep some people can, some people need much more sleep, but I know that now with a lifestyle change. If you're more healthy, you eat wild, then naturally you may want to sleep less like your body can do. Let's see. But if you're you know, you have to be honest with yourself. If your lifestyle isn't so active and you're eating a lot of junk food, then most likely you have to sleep more
to recover from that and wake up and actually get things done and not be sleeping the money. Yeah, very true. Be realistic about it as well. Yep. Yeah, Be true to yourself. That was done but to schedule sleep and make small changes. Okay, step number three is using alarm. This really trains you to wake up on time. But the thing I find most people in myself previously, I said used alarm quite a lot like hitting the snooze button. And it got to go to the point where the alarm would ring and I would just be able to sleep through it. But make sure that you set an alarm have like a crazy ringtone or whatever. And put your alarm on the other side of the roof. So you have to actually get
up to turn it off to get get rid of that annoying sound. Yeah, yes. So have an alarm, set it and eventually you'll be able to pay that salon. But it's really good. It's a good essential tool to start using to slowly get you into the habit of waking up. Yeah. And also when they're responding with alarms, asserting that whenever you get up, and even if you pull up the side of other side of the room, make sure you don't turn it off and get back to sleep. Because it does happen. And I know some of some of you may be guilty of this, including myself. So I have done this in many occasions and judges tended often like to speak but one thing interesting that I learned was how there is
something called the alarm habit. Yeah. And it was how the The way it works is that there's a habit on how you react to your alarm, right. And so for example, some some people as soon as that alarm rings, they might hit the snooze button. It doesn't happen consciously because the thing is like, later on, you're like, why do I need that five hours of sleep? It just doesn't make sense. So you do automatically and one of the ways they say to train out of this is to actually practice and it sounds. It sounds a bit weird. But there is a thing in which you can practice on how you react to your alarm. So for example, you will actually imitate how you'd wake up so you put that alarm on on
the other side of the room, and then maybe during the nighttime and you turn off the light
You're not really sleeping. Yeah. And you pretend to sleep, get the alarm to ring Get up, and then turn it off and do your next step. Oh, interesting. It's actually a really good way to train yourself. Because what would happen if you do it a few times you do that experiment and you train yourself to react to the alarm? You find that on that night when you do you put the alarm on again, you do the same thing. Instead of turning it off next week, you turn it off and hidden to the bathroom. Oh, yeah. Great. All right, so it's time for a new alarm habit. There you go. Step number four would be jump straight out of bed. This kind of coincides with what you're saying, Mithra, once
a year alarm, get up and stop moving, turn on the lights stimulate your body, how entertaining the light makes you make your body reacting in a way that you know it's imitating sunlight. You you start to be more alert, and more conscious of what's going on. And you should begin my morning cup of coffee. So I'll go downstairs, make myself a cup of coffee. And then maybe I'll do some writing after time soon do some memorization. You can think about going for a run really getting active. And just don't do anything that's too stagnant because you might the jazzy notes might take over and you might be tempted to crawl back under the quilt. You just hit snooze again. And let's enjoy you
definitely. Step number five out I would have to say is have an accountability partner. This is um, we give someone permission to give you a buzz in the mornings. check up on your routine. For example, when Michelle and I were trying to implement our morning routine, either one of us would call each other during our morning waking hour, for example might be around 430 we'd give each other a call to make sure that there was awake. And one day, I gave me Francona said You better go wash your face woman. Um, so have someone give them permission to put your feet to the fire, so to speak. Yeah. I think he's quite an interesting person running an academy, the partnership random things,
random things in the morning. You're like, what? Am I awake? Or am I dream?
Yeah, so having an accountability partner can really help you on your journey to being a morning person, it makes the journey a bit more fun. You have someone going through the same experience with you. So that's step number five, have an accountability partner. All right, step number six, stick to it for three weeks. That's a 21 day rule. Most studies talking about habits show that this 21 day rule is the ideal amount of time to see to get a habit to stick and in building new habits and maintain them maintain it. So two to three weeks of being a morning person is something you want to continue on for the rest of your life. Yeah. Yeah, because and also have to keep in mind that even
with mornings, in may work for certain times of our life, and may not work at other times of our life. For example, if we have to look up to small children or anything, then sleep is kind is very precious. So whenever we can get we can get it. So always be realistic with yourself and take care of your body but at the same time, know that there are times in which you can be more productive and get things done. Also be forgiving with yourself. If you find that maybe one day you sleep in it for yourself, you know that was just move on. Yes, sometimes you need that exercise. That's true. Okay, so the six steps again, I'll just recap them for you is identify the need benefits and change your
mindset. Okay, step number two is schedule your sleep, it makes more change. Step number three is using alarm. Step number four, jump straight out of bed. Step number five, have an accountability partner. And number six is stick to it for three weeks. Excellent. There we go. So another tip that I came across, and he was saying how when you get at fifth, when you jump out of bed, go drink a glass of cold water. Okay, he wakes you up, it helps you to wake up so maybe you can make that a part of your alarm habit. Turn off the alarm, drink that cold water.
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