I’m not sure about you guys but I really like to hear about how people start their day. I get super inspired listening in to what others do first thing in the morning to set themselves up for success. Today I’m excited to share a guest post by our girl Caitlin from The Flaneur Co talking all things ‘morning routines’ and how to get yourself into productivity mode first thing!
6 Steps To a Productive Morning
Let’s face it. Mornings. Are. Not. Fun. My morning routine used to consist of hitting the snooze button 3 times. That left me about 12 minutes before I had to be leaving for work. I would rush around, toss my hair up, skip the makeup, feed the cat, grab a protein bar and hop in the car. Starting a new day in complete chaos is not fun nor beneficial for you. It sets a rushed and chaotic tone for the remainder of your day. And nobody wants that!
Everyone’s routine is slightly different. However, there are some things that are tried and tested to induce a productive morning. Having a productive morning means boosting productivity levels throughout the day. Totally cool. Good news! Each step is likely a small shift in the way you already do things so they should be easy to get going.
Wake up 20 minutes earlier than normal.
Imagine what you can accomplish with 20 extra minutes! Take the dog for a walk. Go for a jog. Meditate. Stretch. Read. Your body does a good job of telling you what you need, so make sure you’re listening. Use this extra time to do whatever your body needs to get you up and going.
Don’t hit snooze. Nope, not even once!
It may feel like you’re getting the beeeeeeest sleep you’ve ever had in those 7 minutes between alarms. The truth is… you’re not benefiting from it at all. You’re actually confusing your brain and body causing an increased feeling of grogginess and a fuzzy head. No thanks! Feeling awake and clear headed helps you have a productive morning. And having a productive morning sets the tone for a productive day.
So, don’t hit snooze and make sure you get out of bed when the alarm goes off. Even if you have to roll, stumble, or crawl.
Bonus Tip: Wake up at the same time every day. In doing so, you’re setting an internal clock which will naturally make you tired when it’s time to go to bed.
Make your bed
I’ve heard the excuse a thousand times. “I’ll just mess it up again later.” Being organized and having a clean space to hang out in or come home to creates a calming feeling. Your bed takes up a lot of physical space so make sure it’s visually appealing when you walk in the room. It will set a productive and calming tone for the rest of your day.
Drink a glass of water
Overnight, your body becomes dehydrated. It’s using up the stored fluids from the day to continue operating. Additionally, water helps wake up your metabolism, helps your body flush out toxins, gives your brain fuel, and can help you feel less hungry.
Your body is your home. There’s nothing more revitalizing than giving it what it’s desperately telling you it needs! It is recommended for men to drink 3.7 liters of water a day and for women to drink 2.7 liters a day, although there are many other factors to consider. Drink 16 oz when you wake up and you’re already 24% of the way there (for women)!
Plus, you’re kick starting your day with a productive morning. You’ve already fueled your brain and boosted your metabolism!
Open the shades and let the sunshine in
Natural light helps keep your circadian rhythm beating as it should. By waking up to the sun, your body will naturally adjust its energy levels to match what is appropriate for that time of day. It’ll be easier to wake up in the morning because you’re getting enough sleep.
And, as the sun goes down, you’ll feel sleepy. That’s your body telling you it’s time to go to sleep to wake up with the sun tomorrow. How cool is that?
Bonus Tip: Sunshine effects your endocrine system. Your body’s heightened ability to produce endorphins will improve your mood. It can even help combat stress and anxiety!
Starting your day with a productive morning is important to increasing productivity levels throughout the day. Having a productive day means having space, time, and energy to focus on the things you need to get done so you can focus on the things you love. For more productivity tips and tricks, check out The Ultimate List of Productivity Hacks to Get Sh*t Done over on the blog!
What do you do first thing in the morning? Drop a comment below and let me know what you do to ensure a productive morning. I’d love to hear about your morning routine!