The Night Before
“I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?” – Ernest Hemingway
Hate mornings with a passion? Struggle to get up? If you’re feeling drowsy even after being in bed for nine hours you definitely aren’t getting enough quality shut-eye. Chances are you need to make changes to your routine immediately before you turn in. This is where your morning routine starts.
“One more episode…”
It’s always incredibly tempting to stay up just that little bit later to catch one more episode of that show, scroll through your Instagram feed or read an interesting blog on morning routines. However, research has shown that the blue light emitting from your TV, laptop or smartphone stimulates the brain to stay awake. Read a book instead.
After a stressful day, a lot of people enjoy unwinding with a glass or two. And while you may think drinking yourself to sleep is relaxing, the sleep you get after large quantities of alcohol is actually more like ‘junk’ sleep. Cut down the drinking and you’ll get the REM sleep your brain desperately needs.
To ensure you don’t spend your morning ironing a shirt with one hand while brushing your teeth with the other, set everything out for the next morning the night before. It sounds simple but it makes all the difference. And there’s more time for coffee.
“Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night.” – William Blake
Yes, think. After that night before prep, these minor additions can mean for a swift get-up without any mishaps.
“Is that my alarm?”
As soon as your alarm goes off, you should get up straight away. Many claim that if you continuously press snooze, that there’s more chance of everything going downhill from there, and surely we set alarms for a reason?
It’s a proven fact that exercise increases productivity, so if you’re in the mood we recommend going before work. However, not everyone is an early riser but some exercise is better than none so whether it’s a 10 minute stroll on your lunch break or a 6pm boxercise class, go for it. Get that body moving.
Food for thought
Nobody can concentrate with a rumbling stomach, especially when deadlines are looming. Have a good breakfast and you’ll be ready for anything. At least until lunch comes around anyway.
Commute To Work
“Be pleasant until ten o’clock in the morning and the rest of the day will take care of itself” – Elbert Hubbard
We know it’s hard, but a smile goes a long way and it’s good for you.
Organise and prioritise
Whether you’re on a bus, train or driving, it’s always a good time to organise and prioritise your thoughts. Think about what you want to achieve that day and make a brief list in your head – that way when you enter the office, it’s straight to business.
We’ve already mentioned exercise, so if the gym doesn’t appeal to you, why not use your commute as a form of moving those limbs ready for the day ahead. Even walking up the stairs instead of taking the lift makes a difference.
Once you’re in the office or out on site, the work begins. Revisit that to-do list in your head and get to it. Apparently, 10am is our most productive time, so crack a smile and open those dreaded emails.
“Everything is theoretically impossible until it’s done” – Robert, A Heinlein
Basically, when it’s done, it’s done so don’t ignore it any longer.
Goals goals goals
It’s not long until lunchtime and you can envision that panini but try not to lose track of those goals you wanted to achieve today. Maybe set a goal with a treat at the end of it. Say by 3pm, you’ve finished that presentation preparation for tomorrow, you have extra cheese on that panini.
Conquer your fears
We all have that one dreaded task we keep avoiding, but putting it on the back burner means it’s no closer to being completed. If you get it done and dusted in the morning, for the rest of the day you can breathe easier knowing you can focus on the other million things you have to do.
See it through
Its mid-morning, you’ve survived a few hours already. Continue to fly through your to do list whilst remaining focused and you will achieve what you want to. Obviously, sometimes we have all setbacks, but that’s life. One thing is for certain though, your minor changes can determine how productive your morning routine truly is.
Now you have your morning routine sorted, head to our blogs and guides for more useful tips here.