Mornings can set the tone of your productivity for the rest of the day. Here are several morning habits you should incorporate into your daily routine.
1. Get Enough Sleep
Some people can function on 5 to 6 hours of sleep a night. Others need a full 8 or 9 hours to be at their best.
Forget the rules and forget what others say you should do. Everybody is different. Get the right amount of sleep for your needs. Your body will tell you how much you need to recharge your battery and run at 100%.
Speaking of sleep, you’ve surely heard that the early bird gets the worm. You may think that morning people are more successful, more productive. But that’s not necessarily true.
Some people do their best work at night. If your mornings are a drag and your creative juices are flowing at night, then work into the night and wake up late.
2. Prepare For Tomorrow Today
The best way to get a head start on your day is to get a head start on it. To make your mornings easier, spend a few minutes the previous night getting ready for the morning.
Here’s some examples of what you can do:
- Create a to do list for the next day
- Pick out your outfit
- Pack your lunch
It can be overwhelming to start the day with so many tasks. Make your mornings easier by eliminating decision making so as to not drain your brain of precious energy.
3. Establish A Consistent Routine
If you begin your day with the right morning routine, you can ensure you remain focused on what truly matters. Develop a consistent morning routine that works for you in order to achieve maximum productivity.
There is no such thing as the perfect morning routine however, because everybody is different. Therefore, create a morning routine that works well for you. However, there are a few items every morning routine should have, such as:
- drink water (get maximum hydration)
- shower (clear your mind)
- look at your calendar or task list
- health (meditation, yoga, walk, workout)
4. Be Active
Don’t start your day by being a couch potato. Perhaps you don’t quite like the idea of a tough workout to start the day. That’s okay, but don’t just sit there all morning. Give your body the kick in the butt it needs.
If you’re allergic to going to the gym, then go for a walk, a jog or a bike ride. Just do something that gets you up and your blood pumping. All of this while of course staying well hydrated to give you the energy your body needs.
5. Do The Most Difficult Task First
If there’s a task you’re dreading doing, do this important task first. Don’t leave that cloud hanging above your head all day. Just get it over with first thing in the morning. That’s going to give you a sense of accomplishment to start your day.
If you end up procrastinating because you don’t really want to start your day with the worst task, then try a different approach. Perhaps you’re the kind of person that prefers baby steps. In that case, tackle all of your small tasks first. With each one you accomplish, you’ll build momentum that will carry you the rest of your day.
Regardless of what your morning routine is, be sure to tweak it to ensure maximum productivity. And remember, what works for others may not be right for you.