Have A Kick Ass Productive Morning
"Morning is an important time of day because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have." – Lemony Snicket
We hear more and more talk about being productive. Everyone is on board for achieving more productivity. It's like it's the new thing or the latest craze to be doing.
We all live busy lives and have long lists of things we need to accomplish every day. If it's not our job, it's our personal home life that requires our time and attention.
Getting your day started productively can help set the tone for your whole day.
Me, I am a morning person. I love the early mornings. I get up every day at 5:30. Yes, even on the weekends. I don't know why I started it or even when I started it. It's just become a way of life for me. And I really like it.
I am not suggesting that you need to get up early to have a productive morning. It's not what time you get up; it's what you do with your time that matters. Creating a workable routine that makes the best use of your time is what is vital.
And have a workable to-do list to get you started with your day. And by workable, I mean don't more items on the list than what you know you can reasonably accomplish. Put the things on the list in order of importance.
Don't start your morning without having breakfast. You know the saying-breakfast is the most important meal of the day.'
Don't start your morning by scrolling through Twitter and Facebook while drinking your morning coffee. Spending your time on social media will only hamper your productivity. It's something I have learned from experience.
Do start your morning with something you enjoy and look forward to-maybe it's exercise, putting on some music, that first cup of coffee, or maybe it's just gazing out of the window as the sun comes up. Do whatever it is that motivates you to get up and start your day. I find mornings easier if I follow the same schedule each day. Getting up at the same time every day will quickly become a habit.
Do start preparing for your morning the night before. You will save a lot of time in the morning if you have made a few decisions the night before. Things like what you're going to have for breakfast, planning what you will wear, and what your top priorities are for your day. It's always a good idea to write out your to-do list in order of importance.
Do open the curtains or blinds and let in the morning light. And if it's not light out, put some lights on. The sun or the light from the lamps will help wake you up, and you will feel more alert as you start your day.
Do get dressed for your day. Dressing for your day is especially important if you work from home. It's incredible how much more productive you can be if you have taken the time to dress as if you were heading out of the door.
I have found that staying in my pajamas or sweat pants and a T-shirt all day makes me feel lazy and unmotivated. So I get dressed up, complete with socks and shoes. And don't forget a little makeup and a quick brush of your hair. Now you are ready for your day.
Do make your bed and tidy up the kitchen. Leaving those things undone creates a feeling of something left undone. Done and finished gives you peace of mind.
Do get started on your to-do list once you have had your healthy breakfast. Checking those chores off your to-do list will give you a feeling of accomplishment. Feeling accomplished will energize you and start your day off on a high note.
If you follow your routine, you will soon have done something you enjoy, had a good breakfast and some coffee, got dressed and ready for your day, and you are getting things checked off your to-do list. Sounds pretty productive to me. You have had a pretty kick-ass morning!
A smooth, productive morning can lead you into an equally smooth and productive day. Your morning sets the tone for your whole day.
"Eating right and taking the time to slow down and plan in the morning is crucial to a productive day." – David Moore
"Clear, written goals have a wonderful effect on your thinking. They motivate you and galvanize you into action. They stimulate your creativity, release your energy, and help you to overcome procrastination as much as any other factor."-