Are you always in a hurry in the morning? Do you find it hard to get things done? Here are 4 tips on how you can make your mornings more productive!
Have a set sleep schedule
A restful night’s sleep is the key to be productive in the morning. When you get a quality night’s sleep, it allows you to feel well-rested and ready for the next day ahead. A structured sleep schedule is one of the best ways to find restful sleep. Try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day. Set a schedule that works for you and one that you are likely to stick to. If you are not a morning person, then you do not have to force yourself to wake up extra early. You can wake up at a later time and still be productive!
Prepare breakfast the night before
Preparing breakfast in advance can be very beneficial if you are short on time in the morning. If you prepare your breakfast the night before, it allows you will have more free time in the morning to do other things that are important to you. Depending on what you like to eat for breakfast, you can get creative. Here are some examples: Prepare a jar of oatmeal overnight oats, make a batch of grab-and-go pumpkin muffins to go, or make a “smoothie bag” by putting all the ingredients for a smoothie into a bag and storing it in the freezer, to blend in the morning. Alternatively, you can chop up veggies and fruits to cut down the amount of prep time in the morning.
Get your body moving
Moving your body and doing some way in the morning can increase productivity because it can improve mental clarity. Moving your body increases blood flow throughout your body and brain, which in turn oxygenates all your cells and helps them function. Choose an activity that you enjoy and that fits into your morning routine. Any form of exercise can be beneficial. Some examples include stretching, yoga, walking outside, and climbing stairs.
Write down your to-do list
Making a to-do list is perhaps one of the most important things you can do to make your morning more productive. When you create a to-do list, you are able to visualize your plan for the day and you need to stick to it. You should make sure that your list is realistic and achievable. This way, you can complete the tasks and check them off, which in turn will motivate you to complete the rest.
- Schedule breaks – it is important that you take breaks from your work as this will give you time to recover. If you schedule breaks into your day, you will be more likely to take them.
- Keep your workspace tidy – a tidy workspace keeps you organized and makes it easier for you to focus on the task at hand.
- Start slow – you do not have to make all these changes at once! You can start by incorporating one tip into your morning routine and then slowly integrate the others.