Some people wake up with the sun, but others hit snooze 8 times before rolling out of bed and start their day in a frantic rush to get out the door. Morning hours are a great time to get in the best mindset for the day, spend time with family before everyone rushes off in different directions, and help your body function optimally. Keep reading to find out how to be productive in the morning.
10 Ways on How to be Productive in the Morning to Start your Day Off Right
- Wake up earlier – the best way to make your morning more productive is to give yourself more time in the morning. Increase your time slowly if you’re not already a morning person; set your alarm 10 minutes earlier and do not allow for any snoozing of the alarm! Increase that 10 minutes to 20, then 30, etc. over many weeks until you are waking up an hour earlier than you were before.
- Plan ahead – pack what you can for the next day to be ready to grab as you leave. Maybe this means packing your lunch and storing it in the refrigerator the night before or getting your gym bag ready for an after-work gym sesh. This will save you time in the morning!
- Drink a glass of cold water – immediately upon waking up, drink a glass of cold water. This will kick start your metabolism for the day and provide hydration for energy. If you are not a huge fan of water add a slice of lemon to increase taste.
- Leave the scrolling for later – keep your phone out of reach to prevent useless scrolling or checking email before you are ready. Phones prevent focus and acts as a slow time killer during your morning routine.
- Spend 10 minutes moving your body – this may be stretching, a few quick yoga positions, or some air squats to warm up your muscles. Get your blood flowing and improve your mental sharpness.
- Eat breakfast – opt for a high protein breakfast to increase productivity and focus until lunch time. Avoid sugary breakfasts to prevent a blood sugar crash later in the day. Not a breakfast eater? Try a protein shake rich in fruits and vegetables or experiment with “non-breakfast” foods in the morning (try a salad first thing!)
- Get enough sleep – you won’t experience a productive day if you didn’t get enough sleep the night before. Make sure you are disconnecting from your phone, keeping your room cool and dark, and shutting off any distractions (like a TV) for the more restful sleep.
- Start your morning with gratitude – start your day off with acknowledging three things that make you feel gratuitous. This will start your day with a positive mindset.
- Read – set aside some time in your morning to read or listen to an e-book. Reading is strongly correlated to success and helps you grow your understanding of the world. Bonus points if you pick up a paper book and are not reading on an e-reader.
- Cross off the most daunting tasks first – did you arrive to work with a long to-do list? Use your morning to check off the things you dread the most, so you are not dragged down by the thought of them throughout the day. Sometimes the thing you dread the most turns out to be not so hard.