Starting your day the right way is vital for setting yourself up for a productive day. Check out these top tips on how you can start your day the right way and get lots done.
Don’t go on your phone as soon as you wake up
Is checking your phone the first thing you do when you wake up? It used to be mine too. Doing this as soon as you wake up means your first thoughts and feelings are based on what you are looking at on your screen. Whether that is looking at what someone else is doing or checking your own social media. To me, this isn’t a great way to set the tone of your day, instead it just encourages feelings of missing out. Instead use this time to wake up gently and spend the first bit of the morning in a clear head space.
It is beyond me how people manage to function properly without eating breakfast. Breakfast in the morning has a number of benefits that help with increased productivity. Firstly, having a good breakfast has been proven to improve focus, concentration and is generally good for your energy levels. Personally, I find eating something healthy in the morning helps me keep on track with my eating for the rest of the day. Plus, when I eat breakfast, I tend to do it without the TV or radio on, instead I mentally prepare myself for the day and reflect on what is ahead, which I find a great thing to do to set the mood for a productive day.
Check your diary and make a list of all the things you want to get done that day
Looking at my plans for the day ahead and making a list of what I want to achieve helps me focus. Also, I like to note the priority of each task to give me an idea of what I need to do first. Having a list in front of me means I can tick of what I’ve done and means I keep myself organised and on track. I also like to schedule in breaks and treat time so I can pretty much work to a schedule. I find creating one at the start of the day helps set myself up and when I know i’ve got scheduled breaks it gives me something to look forward to.
Get ready for the day
After getting breakfast I like to get ready for the day. As much as I enjoy being in my pajamas, I find it is easy to put off starting work because there seems like there is always something else to do. Getting ready for the day means I feel more mentally prepared to sit down and be productive rather than feel a bit slobbish sat in my pyjamas. I also feel more focused when I’m ready and I’m in the right mindset.
Listen to a short podcast/TED talks
I love a good motivational talk, I tend to listen to TED talks on YouTube and I like to do this when I am getting ready and have it on in the background. I usually just type in ‘Motivational’ and go from these results. This really helps put me in the right mindset to get things done and acts as a reminer of why I put the work in and what I will get out of it. They also help to reconfirm to me putting a lot of effort in is worth it. I think it is easy to lose sight of why we are doing something, especially if the results don’t come as fast as we want. Plus I like to make key notes sometimes which I can look back on.
Your body loses a lot of water when you sleep so it’s important to rehydrate when you wake up. I like to have a large glass of water during or after my breakfast. Many of us don’t drink enough, especially when it’s not boiling outside it is easy to forget to drink enough throughout the day. Keeping hydrated is also good for the brain which in turn helps with increased productivity.
Regular exercise for me has a massive impact on my productivity and just overall wellbeing. I like to try and fit it in the morning if I know I have a lot I want to get done. It helps me to feel motivated and clears my head ready to sit down and have a productive day. After exercising I feel more focused, clearer headed and I love the time it gives me to myself to think.
I really hope those tips help you to start your day off to be most productive. What do you do first thing in the morning to motivate you? I want to know!