Time in the morning flies by so quickly and by lunch time, we’re wondering what on earth did we actually do just hours before? If you’re wondering how to have a productive morning then this is article is perfect for you.
When we start our morning right, we end up feeling more productive throughout the day. So having a few productive morning habits and welcoming the morning hours as soon as we wake up is the best way to go.
Here are 5 things in my productive morning routine. They are especially useful for holiday periods, days off work and on the weekends where we want to do a little bit more than laze around.
5 Ways to Have a Productive Morning
1. Accomplish a Small and Easy Task
As soon as I wake up, I always complete a small and easy task. The important note here is small and easy. It could be making the bed, putting last night’s dishwashing away, starting the laundry or even watering my plants.
Because these tasks require little to no thinking and takes less than 10 minutes to complete, I manage to start my day with a sense of achievement. It’s the feeling of, “I’ve just woken up but I’ve already accomplished something!” This elevates my mood, my sense of worth and settles myself in for a productive day.
The trick is to switch the task up once in a while. If making the bed is becoming routine, then you should make something else a task to complete, such as checking the mailbox. When these things become a part of your morning, aside from having the benefits of a routine (more of that in another post) all of these little tasks will add up and you’ll start the day very productive!
2. Practice Mindfulness
Mindfulness is something I try to practice everyday. However, when life gets busy and when I feel like I need to be productive in my work or side project life, I usually push time away to do this practice. My brain doesn’t think productivity aligns with sitting still for up to 10 minutes breathing slowly in and out…
But what’s interesting is that whenever I do practice mindfulness in the morning, my day becomes so much more productive. I end up ticking more things off my to-do list, possibly because I’m calmer, more thoughtful of my actions (so I make less mistakes) and I’m present in the moment (so I don’t procrastinate and spend time thinking about the past or the future).
3. Write down a List
Speaking of a to-do list… it’s essential to write one down if you want to be productive. I usually write mines the night before or in the morning when I’m sipping on my coffee. Practicality wise, it provides a visual image of what you need to do and if you need to do it in any specific order. I make my to-do list quite specific with topics on self-care, shopping, family, errands and business.
It also doesn’t have to be a to-do list. It could be a list of things of clothes that you’ve been eyeing online or recipe ideas for Friday’s dinner party. Regardless of your memory skills, it’s an efficient way to compile ideas and thoughts. It helps you think through each point thoroughly… did you remember that your sister-in-law is gluten intolerant?
Some people find bullet journaling helpful. It’s an easy way to jot down notes, to-do, events and the likes in a systematic manner. Personally, I organise my time with a diary, calendar and a to-do list that’s synced across all my electronic devices.
4. Do Everything Before Noon
One thing that I swear by is to do the majority of my errands before noon. Usually this applies to a weekday I have off or on the weekends but you can adapt it to your schedule. These errands include grocery shopping, paying the bills, making a few calls and any other of those little, pesky tasks that we often don’t feel like doing but know we should.
The reasons why I do them before noon:
- The errands are out of the way early on
- I’m forced to do them (we all have those non-urgent tasks that we end up delaying across multiple days or weeks and we act so surprised that they’re still on our to-do list!)
- The rest of the day is free for me to work on things that matter such as my side projects, my hobbies, spending time with my dogs, friends and family
- Avoid rush hour traffic (especially afternoon!) which shortens my commute and everything is less busy and more efficient
5. Appreciate What You’ve Done
In this day and age, productivity is one of those words everyone loves to hear, use and be. But always remember to slow down, take a deep breath and look back to what you have already accomplished. I like to sit down and marvel at all the ticks I’ve made against my to-do list. Many people I know, including myself, love to write things that we’ve already done and cross them off straight away!
Even if you didn’t manage to be as productive as you wanted to, it’s okay. Look back at the day and find out why. Perhaps you needed time to take things slow or the 2-hour long phone call with your best friend strengthened your friendship even more and was definitely worth it! Or maybe you did procrastinate and need a little bit of time away from Instagram!
How to be Productive
Everyone has their own interpretation of productivity. Some people think it’s grinding and hustling, while others believe in working smarter, not harder. At Embody Nourish, we believe productivity means working to the best of our abilities to achieve something that we truly want. All the while keeping our bodies healthy and minds nourished – that’s the number one priority.
This article is part of our ‘how to be productive’ series so if you liked it then check out these ones!
- Spiritual benefits of waking up early – discover how one early morning hour can change your life and increase your productivity levels. This is a more mindful approach to productivity.
- How mindfulness can help us be more productive – read about this new concept of productivity and weirdly enough, it involves sitting still!