Our mornings set the tone and have a direct impact on the rest of our day. After all, a sluggish, rushed and chaotic morning can spiral into a negative and unproductive day pretty quickly.
When you start the day off right, you put yourself down the path to good mental and emotional health, allowing you to be your most productive self.
Here are four simple yet very effective ways to update your morning routine to enable you to be your most productive self.
Wake Up Early
Become an early bird and get an early start to your day. It is often said that successful people wake up early, as this is when they are at their most creative and productive. Now, we aren’t suggesting that you wake up at 3.45 (the rumored time of the CEO of Apple), but getting up earlier every morning is a great way to practice self-control, which you can then use in other areas of your life.
We have the same 24 hours in a day as Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and Beyonce - but what is their secret to managing their success and getting so much done in a day? (Apart from the paid help of course). Getting an earlier start to their day! Have you ever found yourself wishing for a few more extra hours so that you could get everything done? By waking up 3, 2, or even just 1 hour earlier than usual, that is precisely what you are doing as you are, in fact, making your day slightly longer. While it might be hard at first, once you get into the habit and make waking up earlier a part of your routine, you will be a morning person in no time. Night owl who?
Plan Out Your Day
Sit and P&P your day (that’s our shorthand for plan and prioritize). Excellent and effective time management can honestly change your life. Every morning plan ahead and write down your top three tasks for the day in order of importance and block out a period of time for each one.
Make your life easier when planning, and be sure to use and make a note of the various tools that are out there and at your disposal that can help make your day go smoother. This can be anything that enables you to get the job done, whether it’s using
There is no one single most effective method to go about planning and prioritizing, do some research on various time management methods, try out a few, and go with whichever works best for you. Just remember that your daily plan and tasks should go hand in hand with your goals, both long and short term, and should leave you feeling with a sense of accomplishment.
Take A Moment For Yourself
Just because you are waking up earlier to be more productive and to plan out your day effectively, that doesn’t mean that your morning should be constructive to the point of reaching burn out by 10 am.
Take some time for yourself to take in the peace and quiet of the morning and start your day in the most peaceful way possible. Make your morning cup of tea or coffee, or have some hot water and lemon while reading a few pages of a book that you are currently reading. Other ideas include writing in a 5-minute journal or practising meditation to clear your mind before getting stuck into your schedule. There are some great meditation playlists on Spotify, or you can download an app such as Headspace, which will talk you through the whole process if you are brand new to it. Remember to block out much-needed breaks throughout the day to stretch, hydrate, and move your body.
Achieve The Hardest Tasks First
Most people tend to feel the most motivated in the morning, which is why so many successful people wake up early. They feel they are most productive during the first few hours of the day when everyone is still asleep, and the outside world is still relatively quiet and calm. With a limited amount of distractions, this is, therefore, the best time to prioritize and get the hardest tasks of the day done, ticked off the list, and out of the way! You will be thankful that instead of kicking yourself for leaving the essential things to the last minute, you can end your day happy and safe in the knowledge that you don’t have that pesky monthly expense report hanging over your head.
Being happy and relaxed means that you are more likely to sleep better, which in turn means you are more likely to wake up earlier again the next day, feeling refreshed and ready to handle anything that life throws at you! Collaboration.