Productive Morning Tips
You’ll wake up for about 25,000 mornings in your adult life, give or take a few. Having that said, why not make the most out of each one! Here's our best tips on how to have a productive morning.
Start off your day with exercise.
Sound hard, but it's true. You don't have to hit the gym for two hours in the morning to boost your energy. A small amount of exercise shortly after you get up can help you go into the day energized and stress-free.
As little as 10 minutes of morning exercise can make a big difference on your energy levels throughout the day. You can go for a brief walk around the block, do some yoga in your living room, or do a gentle 10 minute jog on your treadmill.
Stay off the internet first thing in the morning.
Put away your phone and laptop until you've done everything you need to do to get ready. Have a set rule for yourself about when you can check social media. You can, for example, agree not to look at your phone until you're at work and have completed at least three tasks.
Things like social media can be upsetting. Many people feel worse about themselves looking at social media posts online, as you're likely to compare yourself to others.
You should also stay away from things like news websites. You don't want to go into the day having just read a depressing news story.
Budget your time carefully.
As you go through your morning routine, keep your eye on the clock. Give yourself a set amount of time to complete the basic tasks of getting ready. It's easy to lose track of time lingering in the shower or taking too long to eat your breakfast.
Figure out how long you have to complete tasks in the morning. Divide up your time wisely. Maybe you only have about 10 minutes to do things like shower, eat breakfast, do your hair, and so on.
Keep track of time as you proceed through your day. Have an eye on the clock to make sure you don't lose track of time. You can even set a timer for yourself to keep on track.
When you begin your work for the day, adopt the mantra, "One thing at a time." Multitasking does not help you get done with work faster. You will actually end up being less productive than you would have been if you had done one thing at a time.
When completing one task, focus all your energy on that job. Do not let your mind wander to the next item on your to-do list.
If you feel your mind wandering, make a conscious effort to bring your focus back to the task at hand.