No need to dread mornings!
I have to admit, I used to not be a morning person at all. Getting up in the morning used to be painful for me. Now that I am a mom, waking up at 7 am is sleeping in. I love taking advantage of mornings and have found that whether you have a 9-5 job, or you work from home or you are a student or a stay-at-home parent, we can all make our mornings more productive! Here are some tips that I have found work for me!
1. Eliminate decision-making tasks in the morning.
To be more productive in the morning and for the day not to seem so daunting, it’s always a good idea to prepare the evening before. Plan out the little things that just take time out of your morning like what you are going to wear, what you are having for breakfast and what you are taking to the office for lunch, for example.
2. Have a morning ritual
Whatever it is you do or whatever a regular day may look like for you, I feel like it’s good to have a morning ritual. Do something quick in the morning that you enjoy. Whether that is taking a few minutes to meditate or read a couple of pages of a book, or even surf the internet, take some time in the morning for you. Make it a habit and it will make your morning a lot more enjoyable and get you in a more positive state of mind.
3. Drink water before your coffee
If you are like me, you absolutely need coffee in the morning. Sometimes, I try to cut back but let’s be real, it goes beyond the physical need, it’s also mental. There is something comforting about drinking coffee in the morning that gets you in the mood to start the day. However, try drinking a glass of water before your coffee. Add some lemon to it. It will hydrate you before you consume coffee, a diuretic, which dehydrates you. Staying hydrated is important as it gives you longer- lasting energy!
I know. Getting up early to exercise, especially if you work regular office hours, is difficult. However, it is amazing how much energy and motivation working out in the morning can give you. Maybe start a small at-home routine you can do at home before you start your day. It can be yoga, or maybe a couple of weight repetitions. Exercise is a stress reliever, it will boost your energy, improve your mood and can even help your mental health and make you feel productive and motivated. If you simply cannot bring yourself to fit this into your morning routine, try working out on your lunch break instead. It will give you that mid-day energy boost you need!
5. Tackle the biggest task of the day first
Don’t procrastinate on the task you are dreading the most. When you feel like you have something huge that still needs to be done, that will be weighing you down all day and you won’t be able to focus and efficiently tackle the next task. Plus, you are most energized and proactive in the morning when you are starting your day so get the important things done first!