Productivity in the Mornings
People are usually early birds or night owls. If you’re someone who’s been wanting to make their mornings more productive, then there are a few, easy habits you can start now to help kickstart your mornings.
Hydrate First Thing
When you wake up, your natural instinct is to turn off your alarm and check your phone. After turning your alarm off try to drink a glass of water. The water will hydrate you and the coldness will perk you up, helping you stay awake instead of giving in to the temptation to hit snooze. This glass of water isn’t meant to replace your morning tea or coffee, it’s just there to help you wake up and stay awake. Once you’re out of bed, you can put the pot of coffee on and continue with your morning routine.
Make Your Bed
Making your bed is a great habit to start incorporating into your mornings. It will help you fight that desire to crawl back under the covers, too. Making your bed will also help clear your mind in the morning because when our surroundings are cluttered, it’s easy for our minds to feel cloudy too. Give yourself a good mental start in the morning and make your bed. You’ll feel ready to tackle the rest of your tasks for the day because you already completed one before you’ve even brushed your teeth.
The Rule of Three
Now that you’re up, your bed is made and your caffeine is prepping, it’s time to figure out what to tackle for the day. Grab a little notebook, sticky note or scratch paper and jot down the three important tasks you need to do for the day and three smaller ones that are not as important, but things you’d still like to get done. Giving yourself too many tasks to accomplish during the day can make you feel overwhelmed, so by breaking it down, you’ll be putting your priorities into perspective, and you’ll be more likely to complete all your tasks.
Prep the Night Before
Pre-planning the night before will be a lifesaver in the morning. This can include preparing your breakfast of overnight oats before bed, laying out your clothes, so you’re not standing in your closet for 15 minutes trying to decide on the perfect outfit, or packing your lunch. Taking 30 minutes the night before to prepare yourself for the next day will help your mornings be more productive, so you can focus on the day ahead.
Small Steps to a Productive Change
Making your mornings more productive doesn’t mean you have to suddenly start waking up two hours earlier to get everything done. It just means making small changes to make your mornings easier. Prepping the night before and setting yourself up for success the next day are simple ways to turn your hectic mornings into more productive ones.