Mornings can be the most productive part of the day and yet, too often that time is underutilized. A successful work day starts with a productive morning. Here are four quick tips to get the morning started right.
1. Prepare the Night Before
Your level of productivity in the morning is highly dependent on what you do the night before. To properly prepare for the morning, you should make a to-do list of the major things that need to be accomplished the next day. Making this list right before you go to bed allows you to prioritize what needs done and helps you plan out how you will accomplish those tasks. It is also important to get the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep each night. By making the necessary preparations and getting proper rest the night before, you’re already setting yourself up to have a productive next day.
2. Establish a Morning Routine
A morning routine is a great way to start your productive work day. Try waking up 15 to 30 minutes earlier each morning. Yes, this means avoiding the snooze button, but you can use this extra time to exercise, meditate, or read a book. Studies have proven many benefits associated with early risers who stick to a morning routine; especially when exercise is included. Exercising before work leads to better time-management skills, improved mental sharpness, more energy, being happier and healthier, and the list of benefits goes on. Be sure to eat a hearty breakfast that will keep you alert and fueled for the day too. As you continue to follow your morning routine, your body will get accustomed to these habits and you will find your work days become more effective.
3. Hold Off on Emails in Bed
If you think waking up earlier is an accomplishment all on its own, try avoiding your email inbox first thing in the morning. Although easier said than done, hold off on checking your emails immediately after you wake up. You can look through your inbox later at work, where it should already be well organized and managed. You should open your emails when you are well alert, and that is not always the case right after you turn off the morning alarm. You will be able to use this time to actually wake up and mentally prepare for your day and those big tasks.
4. Prioritize Your Projects
You’ve made your to-do list, had your breakfast and exercise, and now you’re ready to tackle those big projects at work. It is suggested that you get one mini, but constructive, project completed, and then go onto the big projects. Accomplishing a smaller project, in terms of time to complete, will give you that quick productive confidence booster to start on the bigger projects. Tasks with highest priority should be finished first thing in the morning. These are the projects that will require the most out of you, both physically and mentally. You are the most alert in the morning, so why would you want to put off a big project until the afternoon where you’re ready for a nap?
Try some of these tips to make your morning productivity continue throughout your work day. You might be surprised to see how many tasks you were able to accomplish in a shorter amount of time.