After a long night’s rest in a warm and comfy bed, most people just want to hit the snooze button and go back to sleep. But some of the most successful business people get out of bed instead, and what they do during those first 20 minutes they’re awake sets the pace for a successful day.
## Science Behind the First 20 Minutes
When you first wake up in the morning, your subconscious mind, also known as your alpha state, is very active. It’s during this time that you can focus on positive thoughts and put into practice habits that get you geared up for a productive day at work. The alpha state often coincides with a more relaxed mental state, similar to the state of mind you reach when you’re meditating or using mindfulness techniques.
## How to Spend Your Time
Those first 20 minutes you’re awake set the stage for your entire day. Have you ever awoken in a bad mood or had something negative happen shortly after you get out of bed? That start can follow you throughout the day. Likewise, if you put off getting out of bed and starting your day, it can interfere with your productivity: Your [morning habits](https://quickbooks.intuit.com/ca/resources/productivity/five-morning-habits-of-highly-successful-entrepreneurs/) can shape your day.
Because the first 20 minutes have such an impact on your day, it’s a good idea to get out of bed as soon as your alarm goes off. Lingering in bed makes procrastination an option, which you don’t want. You might also make your bed, as this makes you feel organized and in control of your surroundings. In short, a simple thing such as making your bed improves your go-getter attitude.
## **Workday Motivation**
The first 20 minutes are also a good time to focus on your goals, dreams, and aspirations. Think about what you want to achieve over the next year. By cementing goals in your subconscious mind, you increase your drive and determination to make them happen. You might also spend some time planning out your goals for the day to set the stage for a successful day full of [productivity](https://quickbooks.intuit.com/ca/resources/productivity/track-productivity/). As you’re getting dressed, perhaps you recite a few positive affirmations and remind yourself of your values and beliefs. Consider creating a list of affirmations that relate to your life and aspirations, and review them every morning.
Ultimately, it really is a great thing to embrace the morning as soon your alarm goes off. Once you get into the habit of tapping your alpha state for inspiration – and note the positive impact it has on your business – you may never sleep in again. And after you get off to a good start, keep yourself on a roll with tools such as QuickBooks to ease your workload. The [QuickBooks Self-Employed](https://quickbooks.intuit.com/ca/self-employed/) app helps freelancers, contractors, and sole proprietors track and manage their businesses on the go. Download the app.