It may seem counterintuitive, but the secret to making more time in your life is by filling your morning with things that set you up to feel relaxed, revitalised and energised. And you can do it in 7 simple steps.

So if you currently get out of bed and rush to work — whether it’s in your living room or an office — you’re stealing time from yourself without even realising it.

How to Make More Time Everyday: 7 Steps

Dan Ariely, an Israeli American professor of psychology and behavioural economics, has done research that suggests that the peak productivity period in our day is 2–5 hours after we wake up.

After that there are declining returns on the work we put in. So it stands to reason that we use our mornings wisely.

But what are the odds that you roll out of bed most mornings and rush straight to work?

All those precious, productive power hours wasted on the day job that you’re only semi-committed to, while your ideas — the ones that will change your life AND the world — get the graveyard shift.

Carving out some space in the morning is challenging for us routine-loving humans but a non-negotiable for a startup superstar in training.

My advice: Suck it up. Consciously carve out a space between waking up and hitting the keyboard so that you can start and continue your day on full power.

Why should you get up at 03:30? Because you require those two hours to work out your own mind, so that the rest of the day you can work out your life.

— Yogi Bhajan, Master of Kundalini Yoga

I’m not saying you should get up at 03:30.

I’m just saying: Make the first hours deliver more than their value in linear time.

Here are the 7 ridiculously steps that will change your life.

But only if you actually do them.

  1. Set your alarm.
  2. Splash your face, brush your teeth.
  3. Drink a glass of water.
  4. Get your workout clothes on.
  5. Move your body.
  6. Dress your best.
  7. Have a healthy, nourishing breakfast.

Be honest. How many of these do you actually do every. Single. Morning?

I read a one-star review of Ramit Sethi’s I Will Teach You to Be Rich on Amazon this morning. The complaint was that the tips and advice were so simple that he already knew them. But what are the chances that this reviewer had actually put any of it into consistent, continuous action?


We’re wired by media and marketing to seek out and pay for complex solutions when the simplest ones — the often FREE ones — that deliver incredible transformation are already within our grasp.

Do or don’t do, as Yoda says. There is no try.

If you do these 7 steps for 30 days and it doesn’t change your life, I’ll eat my shorts.

1. Set your alarm.

One of the easiest and most obvious ways to create more time in the morning is to get up earlier.

You seem to cope ok with early mornings when you have a flight to catch, so make it a habit to wake up earlier. Consistently.

Do it consistently for 21 days to turn it into an effortless routine {40 days, say the Kundalini yogis} and before you know it your body will wake itself up and you can ditch that alarm clock forever.

Over time you can train yourself to wake up on-demand by setting an intention to wake up at a certain time. This is your inner alarm clock; the best way to wake up.

Decide how much space you want to create in the morning and set that alarm! Choose a gentle alarm and avoid using your phone so you can keep that thing switched off while you sleep.

2. Splash your face; brush your teeth.

Now that you’re awake, head to the bathroom, splash cold water on your face and brush your teeth.

Here’s where it gets a little weird, but bare with me: brush the back of your tongue until you gag. This removes the bacteria that thrives in the warm, cosy environment of your mouth overnight and prevents you from swallowing it into your body.

Gagging will also make your eyes water, which happens to be a great way to clean and lubricate what The Unbearable Lightness of Being author Milan Kundera describes as the windows to your soul. Ok, that’s the weird bit over.

Use aluminium-free toothpaste, and if you’re really adventurous you could use an essential oil serum which leaves your mouth super fresh. I love Healthy Gum drops by Living Libations but you can often find blends at your local farmers’ market.

3. Drink a glass of water.

Drink a glass of water at room temperature.

I like it slightly warmer, especially on winter mornings and it just helps your body absorb it more easily, so I top it up with boiled water and add a tiny squeeze of lemon.

{If you use too much lemon it will wear away the enamel over time.}

This is important because your colon becomes dehydrated overnight. Most of the water we drink is absorbed in the small intestine, whose job it is to absorb nutrients from our food and drink.

The final part of digestion, however, happens in the colon, which also needs water to function efficiently. By hydrating your colon first thing you’re kickstarting the efficiency of your digestive process. The more efficient your digestion, the more energy there is to think of all those amazing startup ideas!

  1. Our body is 70% water; it’s integral to how our body functions. Our brain alone is 75% water.
  2. Most of our body’s vital processes are electrical; water is required to conduct electricity.
  3. Everyone needs a different amount of water. But I reckon most of us could drink more! Try drinking a glass when you wake up and 30 mins before each meal. When you’re used to that, add a few more glasses a day. Your bladder will learn to cope with the additional fluid, but it might take some time to get used to it. Persevere. Your body and brain will reward you with extra vitality and more ideas.

4. Get your workout clothes on.

Change out of your pyjamas and into workout clothes! I am just as guilty of working out in my pyjamas on occasion as anyone else, but changing into fresh, clean, comfortable clothing will help you transition to your day much more quickly. It’s symbolic: change your clothes, wake up faster!

Tip: Leave your yoga or workout clothes in the bathroom so you can change into them right after you brush your teeth. It’s all about streamlining the process so that it is effortless.

5. Move your body.

There’s nothing like moving your beautiful body to get your energy pumping. Some of you can move on an empty stomach, some of you might need a light snack or protein shake beforehand. Do what you need to do.

As for the movement part, that’s up to you. As long as you’re moving, it really doesn’t matter. Here are a few ideas:

  • Stretch — Stretching powers up your metabolic rate, meaning it kickstarts your metabolism and helps you burn more energy. It boosts your circulation and increases the flow of energy and nutrients around the body. I love the #StretchGuide on The guide has a ten minute and one hour stretch sequence that transform your energy levels and flexibility very quickly if you do it every day. It also means you don’t need to leave your house, or even your room. Ace.
  • Jog — Jogging has withstood the test of time because it’s so simple and you don’t need any equipment to do it; you can even do it barefoot. Listen to your body; do what you can do consistently. 15 minutes a day is better than one hour once a week. Aim for consistently and pace yourself. Run on the beach; in the forest; on the spot, or on a treadmill. Just run! For an inspiring read, check out Born to Run: The hidden tribe, the ultra-runners, and the greatest race the world has never seen by Christopher McDougall. You might also develop an addiction to Chia seeds as a result 😉
  • Yoga — Depending on which style you practice, you might easily combine the benefits of stretching and jogging in a simple yoga practice. Although a dedicated yogi who could wax lyrical about yoga endlessly I’ll recommend you straight to YogaGlo where you can try out several yoga styles with almost one hundred teachers around the world who offer anything from 15 min to 90 minute online classes{and you get a 14-day free trial, too.} Explore away. It’s a great way to practice with the best teachers in the world, all for $18 a month.

Struggling to motivate yourself? Join a running club or head to a yoga studio. Buy a workout video; indulge in the latest workout trend. Meet up with a buddy; pay a personal trainer. There are no excuses. Just make it happen!

6. Dress Your Best.

It’s true that you feel great when you dress your best. When you invest time and care into your appearance you’re not only reaping the benefits of self care {motivated, positive, ready to go}, but you’re also inviting the world to say ‘hello’.

The way we look on the outside reflects our inner state and gives the world a unique peak into who we are, what we care about, and our values and beliefs. It’s so much a part of our personal brand and has a huge impact on how the world interacts with us.

When we take care of ourselves on the inside and on the outside we are also demonstrating that we’re ready to be seen — to be fully visible — and ready to show up fully in our capacity as a change maker. When people see this, they listen more closely to what we have to say because we are leading by example.

When we wear a perfectly pressed shirt, chances are our products and services will be flawless too.

  1. Wear fresh, clean, ironed clothes. Wear colours that compliment your skin tone, that make your eyes pop. Wear your favourite items or outfits; mix and match, have fun with colour, textures, fabrics. Wear what you love; what makes you feel sexy, playful, creative. Your wardrobe is a unique creative tool; the effects of colour are multi-level. They can raise your energy vibration and stimulate your chakras, with effects as unexpected as improving the flow of ideas, the way you communicate or your level of focus.
  2. Do your hair ; do your makeup. Personal grooming is not only a great way to take care of your skin and hair, but also fun. Brushing your hair stimulates your scalp; styling it can make you feel sexy and confident. Wearing makeup can do the same, but it’s also a way to care for your skin; chemical-free BB cremes, moisturisers and foundations containing SPF can provide a protective barrier against pollution and the effects of the sun. Colour enhances our natural beauty and our natural confidence. It doesn’t have to be complicated, drastic, or full face. Experiment and have fun with it. I use four items that make me feel like a million dollars and take them everywhere I go, day and night. I use: Lips: Natural Liptint in Love by Cheeks: Maidenfern Blushing Balm by Eyes: Mascara Terrybly in Purple Success by Base: CC Creme HD by
  3. Accessorise. That beautiful, expensive jewellery you’re saving for a special occasion? Wear it. Everyday is a special occasion. I challenge you to wear at least one accessory everyday, whether it’s a pair of earrings or a set of cufflinks.

7. Have a healthy, nourishing breakfast.

This is a no brainer. As far as I’m concerned the quality of your energy, positivity and ideas are only as good as your breakfast. If you’re stuck in a cycle of cereal, toast and lattes, bust out some new moves!

Here are some ideas:

Power Grill

  • 1/2 Butternut Squash, de-seeded and chopped
  • Bunch of asparagus, washed and hard ends removed
  • 2 Eggs, room temperature
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper

Set your oven to fan bake at 200 degrees centigrade. Place butternut squash in a baking tray or tin, drizzle olive oil and add a pinch of salt, and place in oven. After 15 mins add asparagus to tray and allow to bake for another 10 mins. Meanwhile, fry the eggs just how you like them. Serve with salt, pepper and any favourite sauces. Try Sriracha sauce; it’ll blow your tastebuds. This is my weekend treat.

Quinoa & Berries

  • 2 tbsp quinoa
  • 2 tbsp yoghurt {cow, goat, sheep, coconut}
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Handful berries
  • Grated apple

Soak quinoa in lost of water the night before. This removes the enzyme inhibitors so you can absorb the nutrients better. It also removes the bitter taste. Drain and rinse thoroughly. Place in a saucepan, add lots of water to cover the seeds at least 300% and allow to simmer for five to 10 minutes until it sprouts. Remove from heat, drain in a sieve and add to your favourite breakfast bowl. Add yoghurt, honey, berries & grated apple, along with your favourite super foods, fibres or protein powders. Yum! This is my daily power breakfast.

Green Shake

  • Handful spinach, washed
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tbsp protein powder {brown rice, pea, hemp}
  • 2 cups of water, give or take

Add everything to a blender and away you go! Experiment with the amount of water; you may like it thinner or thicker. This is my pre-workout snacks for those mornings where working out on an empty stomach doesn’t feel like a good thing to do!

The secret behind how to make more time.

These 7 simple steps set you up to cruise through your day feeling more relaxed, revitalised and energised, and are the secret to how to make more time. In fact, it’s the easiest way to bend time.

To steal from Bruce Lee —

The answer to How to make more time is simply to SIMPLIFY.

{Original quote: ‘The art of Jeet June Do is simply to simplify’, from Tao of Jeet June Do}

If you liked this article, check out my post called: The Simple Pic ‘n’ Mix Morning Routine for More Happiness & Productivity


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Stephanie Holland
Stephanie Holland

I'm a strategist & traveler obsessed with thriving on all levels and helping fellow entrepreneurs launch their ideas with more ease, vision and likelihood of success.