I don’t know about you but I relish my mornings. Since having a baby, it’s gotten tougher to get up earlier to work before she wakes. Unlike magical babies I’ve heard of, my kid does not sleep through the night. Regardless, mornings are still my best time to work. I am the most productive between 6:00AM and 12:00PM. By the time lunch rolls around, my toddler and I eat and then she naps. That gives me another hour or so to work or do some chores.
So, in the first couple of hours I have in the morning, I’m pressing the gas button.
Make Your Mornings More Productive
Start off the day with a glass of water. You’ve slept (hopefully) for 8 hours and your body’s dehydrated. It gets your system going and hydrates you before you take in any coffee. Can’t keep track of your water intake? Get a bottle with measurements so you can see how much water you’ve drunk already! You could also download a nifty app but that would mean an extra reminder to check the app.
Set the day with an intention. I know this sounds hokey but it works. How do you want to feel and how do you want your day to run? Set that intention.
Block at least 30 minutes of writing. Give yourself a break – yes, a break – from email first thing in the morning! Write down any thoughts, ideas, work notes, anything – let it flow. (Do your hackles go up when you read email? Get those brain juices flowing first with some you-time.) Not a paper-and-pen person? Turn off the internet on your laptop, open up the notepad app and just TYPE. Jot down your top three tasks/project steps you want to accomplish. Figure how much time each will take and block out some time for each task. Block out some time for email and replying and shifting priorities, if you have to.
This goes for the end of the day, too – block 15 minutes to wrap up and prep for the next day.
Exercise. Yup. Even if you have 10 minutes, get out and take a walk. Obviously 30 minutes per day is better, but if you have to split your 30 minutes into three 10-minutes walks, that’s better than nothing. Exercise helps improve the memory and concentration. I block time in my calendar to make myself get up from my desk and walk outside.
Eat breakfast. You can’t work optimally without fuel. A simple breakfast is easy to make – protein shakes, egg sandwich, eggs and bacon, smoothie bowl, … just make it something you’ll actually eat. I’ve been using my Instant Pot to hardboil eggs – six at a time. Takes about 5 minutes and I’ve got breakfast for at least three days.
By tweaking your mornings to incorporate a “you” routine, you’ve set yourself up for a more productive morning.
Are there other top habits you do to keep yourself motivated and productive?
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