The key to a productive day is to start it well. Do you ever find that if you accidentally sleep in and then skip breakfast, that more and more things go wrong as the day proceeds. But then when you get up a bit earlier, take the time to plan, your day goes a whole lot better. Having a fixed morning routine is the best way to give yourself a chance at having a day that goes EXACTLY how you want it to.
Wake Up At The Same Time Every Day
This helps to condition your body to wake up, making it a bit easier to get up. By doing this it should also mean that you get tired and fall asleep at the same time, meaning you get a more consistent night’s sleep. I get up between 7:30 and 8:00 every morning, although this means I wake up naturally around 8:00 on weekends, it’s worth it for me to have good sleep during the week.
Get Straight Out Of Bed, Don’t Snooze
It’s something we’re all guilty of, including myself. I find myself reaching for the snooze button even though I know on the days I don’t snooze, I feel so much more awake, much quicker. One way I’ve tried to overcome this is to put a podcast or some music on as soon as my alarm goes off so that I’m not tempted to go straight back to sleep.
Another way of doing this is by setting your alarm/putting your phone across the room, so you actually have to get out of bed to turn it off. You could also get a natural light alarm clock, that wakes you up with light to make you feel more awake. Another way to get yourself out of bed is to bribe yourself with something that you enjoy doing, it could be reading a new book or having a cup of a new fancy coffee.
Stay Off Social Media – (at least when you first wake up)
Don’t start scrolling through Instagram the first thing in the morning. You need to give yourself time to prepare for the day before you’re bombarded with information.
I do this by setting app limits on my social media so I can’t go on social media before 12pm. Although I do break this to post or interact with posts on Instagram, I don’t do this until I am up and ready for the day, and I only do it in five minutes block, thus making sure I don’t spend hours scrolling. I DEFINITELY DO NOT GO ON TIKTOK because that is a black hole for your time.
If you’re technology obsessed, check out my post on my favourite productivity apps.
Start the day by drinking a glass of water, to help wake you up. You’ve just been asleep for many hours, so you’ll probably be a bit dehydrated. After I’ve had my water I might make a tea or coffee, but you should definitely start with water.
Have A Skincare Regimen
Important for both ladies and gentlemen, of all ages, having a morning skincare regime is a way to look after your skin and also help wake you up for the day. If my mother has taught me one thing in life it is MOISTURISE. You only get one face, so look after it. Washing my face with cool-ish water also helps wake me up if I’m particularly sleepy.
Make Your Bed
I never fully understood the importance of making your bed in the morning until I watched this video by William McRaven, a US Navy Admiral. I would really recommend you watch it, it’s only about 5 minutes long, but it basically says that by making your bed, you complete your first task of the day, which encourages you to complete a second task and so on. Making your bed every morning builds self-discipline, and is so much more than the simple task it sounds like.
The other reason you should make your bed is that at the end of a long hard day, you have a lovely made bed to get into, and that’s always nicer than just getting under messy sheets.
Make Time For Yourself
Take time in the morning to nurture your soul. Ways of doing this could be by writing out things you are grateful for, reading something you enjoy, a quiet prayer, stretching, and meditating, or writing out affirmations. Do what works best for you, you don’t need to spend ages doing this, maybe 15 – 30 minutes, but I can almost guarantee that it will be more valuable to spend 15 minutes doing this than 15 minutes extra sleep.
Eat A Good Breakfast
Food is fuel and by eating a good breakfast you can provide your body with the nutrition it needs early on in the day. An optimal breakfast should be a mix of high-fiber carbohydrates and lean protein as this will help you feel fuller for longer.
I’ll admit that I don’t actually eat when I wake up in the morning, I will just have water and tea/coffee and then get something to eat mid-morning. But you should eat whenever works best for you, obviously if you’re leaving the house for work then you will probably need to have breakfast before you leave.
Get Some Fresh Air Or Exercise
Fresh air is amazing, I’m so lucky to live somewhere in a village, not in a huge city with awful air pollution. Getting some exercise in the morning is also amazing, as it gets your heart pumping before you go to work and probably spend the day sitting down.
I do this when I let my dogs out in the garden in the morning, I sit on my front step and use the time to think about the day ahead and how I want it to go. Okay that’s what I do on perfect days, sometimes I just sit there and just try not to fall back asleep. Nobody’s perfect. I then have a daily walk around 1 pm, after lunch.
Check Your Daily Plan And Add Anything You Thought Of Overnight
If you’ve ended the previous day well (check out my evening routine) you should have a rough plan for your day. Add any to-do’s to your daily planner that you have thought of overnight and alter your schedule if you have any cancellations or surprise appointments.
Read Or Look At Something Inspirational or Motivational
The last thing I do before actually starting work is to look at a motivational quote, video or post, to give me an extra boost of productivity. Check out my Pinterest board of positive living quotes below!
Let me know in the comments if you can think of anything else that makes you more productive! If you’re really interested in becoming more productive, check out this post on time management techniques for students.
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