How to increase productivity of your morning?
Morning is the most important part of your day. When you were a teenager, you probably slept through these early hours, before rising at noon. But things are different now, and it’s time to realise the fundamental importance of getting your day off to a good start.
Put simply, a productive morning guarantees a productive day, while an unproductive, lazy morning guarantees an unproductive, lazy day. It’s all about tone-setting, and setting the right tone is what winners everywhere will tell you is the key to their success.
So let’s take a look at ways in which you can boost your productivity in the morning.
Drink A Glass Of Pure Water Or Lemon Water
Many people will tell you that they simply cannot get through the morning without a cup of coffee. Perhaps you agree, and perhaps you’ve been relying on a cup of Joe each morning for the last few years.
But caffeine is simply a short-term solution, and it doesn’t really enhance your productivity in the long run. By the time noon comes around, you’re crashing and need another fix.
Pure water or lemon water is a much healthier way to kick start the day; it flushes out the nasty toxins that have built up in your system overnight, and it freshens your breath. I personally love to add some honey to my morning lemon water.
Wake Up Early
You can’t have a productive morning if you fall out of bed at 10am, before finally opening your eyes half an hour later. It’s already nearly noon!
Waking up early not only means that you have plenty of time in which to get productive, but it also means that you’ll feel good knowing that you’re up and ready to take on the world, while your friends are still snoozing. Getting started early and getting ahead makes you feel good. So do it!
… And Ease Off On The Snooze
We all love the snooze button, and it’s perhaps the best invention EVER.
But the snooze is actually not our friend. It acts like our friend, and it makes us feel all warm and snug as it convinces us that we should stay in bed for “just a few more minutes”, but continual reliance on the snooze button interrupts your REM cycle, which can make you feel sluggish once you finally get up.
It’s tough, but it’s time to banish the snooze button and get up once your alarm sounds. Sorry!
Prepare The Night Before
Imagine waking up to fire off several emails, shower, eat breakfast, make a few phone calls, write out a letter, check the mail, vacuum your room, decide what to wear, et cetera before you’ve even properly started work?
That’s a lot of things to do. So why not make your life easier by doing some of these tasks the night before? If you’ve got some time to spare, prepare those emails that need sending. Make those calls, clean that drawer, and even prepare breakfast if you can.
Get Outside Into The Light
Waking up early while keeping your curtains or blinds closed is kinda counter-productive. You’ll be swathed in darkness, which can actually make you feel quite miserable – and sleepy.
I suggest that you embrace the natural sunlight and head outdoors. You don’t need to go for a jog; you could just step out into your garden and take in the freshness of morning. This can brighten your mood, putting you in a good place.
The key to a productive morning is some positive thinking. You should look at yourself in the mirror and remind yourself that you’re a strong, successful person. Be your own cheerleader. Build your confidence, and put yourself in the right frame of mind.
When your confidence is boosted, the chances of you achieving more is much greater. A positive mindset attracts goodness to you, and will certainly ensure that you stay positive for the rest of the day.
Eat A Hearty Breakfast
Many people skip breakfast, often because they don’t have the time to eat. But you need to make the time because breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
You can’t accomplish great things on an empty stomach; it’s just not possible! A hearty breakfast can have a positive effect on your mentality, because you feel fulfilled and ready to take on the world.
It’s important that you eat healthily at this time of the day. Bad fats, such as those found in bacon, will only stunt your energy. Eat food that will energise you and kick-start your day properly. Delicious green smoothies are recommended.
Ignore Your Emails Until Lunch
Unless you have to check your emails for work, you should ignore your emails until noon. This is something that is soooo easy to do, and yet many of us don’t do it.
The problem with checking emails is that it can get addictive. You check once, you check twice, you check thrice. You reply to this, reply to that, and before you know it, time is running out.
Worse still, emails can be distracting. Emails from folk who want something from us can weigh us down, because all we can then think about is completing that task, which distracts us from our original tasks. Not cool.
If you work in a stuffy room, you inevitably end up sweaty and sluggish. Essentially, your productivity slows down.
It’s time to cool your room down. If your place needs air conditioning, get it installed. We work harder and better in a cooler atmosphere where we feel more comfortable.
Set Your Goals
As you eat your delicious breakfast and drink your glass of lemon water, you should use this time to set your goals for the day.
What do you want to achieve?
I suggest that you set no more than three goals. Any more and you might find it hard to complete them all, which can be stressful and disappointing.
Your goals can be as simple as what you will be eating later today, but they should all be realistic goals that can be achieved.
And remember to always start your day with a smile.