While it’s easy to romanticize breakfast in bed and a slow, relaxing morning, it’s impossible to get back that valuable time. Instead, you can use your morning hours to set yourself up for a productive day. How you start each morning is a key indicator of how the rest of your day will unfold. Implement these four vital tips to see how being efficient earlier in the day will pave your road to success:
1: Have A Morning Routine
Consistent Wake-Up Time
Wake up at the same time every day and avoid hitting the snooze button. It may come as a surprise, but interrupting your sleep cycles by hitting snooze a few times can actually make you feel more sluggish and unfocused in the morning. So place your alarm across the room, forcing yourself to get out of bed to turn it off.
Make Your Bed
Not only does making your bed help prevent you from going back to sleep, it can boost your mood and productivity first thing in the morning, setting the tone for an accomplished day. Aside from that, a made bed encourages a neat and organized personal space as well.
Head to the bathroom, splash some cold water on your face, and brush your teeth to eradicate any morning fatigue. You’d be surprised by the power of minty toothpaste when you’re still half asleep.
Quick Workout And Breakfast
Nothing gives you more energy than moving and fueling your body properly. Stop taking your health for granted and start incorporating more activity into your morning routine, even if that means just a 10 minute walk. When it comes to breakfast, make sure it’s protein-focused to keep you energized and satisfied for longer.
2: Avoid Phone Distractions
Use the morning to reconnect with yourself, even just for a few minutes, before tapping into the rest of the world again. One way to give yourself this time is through app freezing features on your phone. These features can prohibit your access to specific applications, such as Instagram and Facebook, before a set time, so you can begin your day focused on yourself.
Schedule Time Away From Your Phone
Although there are endless advantages to using technology, especially when running a business, too much screen time can hinder your success rates. Schedule time to take breaks from your phone and/or computer throughout the day (e.g., 30 mins or 1 hour) and work on other tasks during that time, for example, making a to-do list or taking a lunch break.
3: Prepare The Night Before
Organize an Outfit and Bag
Although it may seem meaningless, setting aside your clothes and packing your bag the night before will simplify your morning routine and potentially help you fall asleep. Giving yourself one less thing to think about the next day will allow for a more fluid, effortless morning.
Nothing aids productivity like a to-do list. Take the time to write out a detailed list of priorities for the next day, breaking them down into smaller tasks that you can quickly finish. This will help you time block your day and accomplish larger goals more swiftly.
4: Accountability Partner
No matter how productive you may feel, everyone needs a little encouragement now and then. Find a friend who shares similar goals and exchange your list of priorities with them. From there, you can help hold each other accountable, discuss successful strategies, and encourage timely completion.
Check in with and motivate one another to complete your tasks. Reaching your goals together can be exciting, but inspiration can also stem from seeing someone else progress towards their goals.
Staying productive is all about building the habits that give you momentum. The more tasks you complete, the more motivated you’ll feel to keep going. Keep your goals in front of you, remove distractions, and stay focused. There are no short cuts to achievement or productivity, but you’ll have a better chance of getting there if you put forth consistent effort and develop a productive morning routine.
Let’s keep this conversation going and create your personalized plan for success today. Schedule a call with me at www.callwithlisa.com to begin paving your way to a more productive life.