Would I be exaggerating or perhaps overemphasizing if I said mornings are the most important parts of the day? I hope not.
Here’s the thing; whether you like it or not, how you spend the first few hours of the day will go a long way in determining if you will be productive by the end of the day or not.
For instance, say you have an important meeting to attend and perhaps anchor, the success of the meeting will largely depend on how well you prepare for it.
So, if you treat your day like the meeting and your mornings like the prep time for the meeting, how productive do you think it will be? That’s right! Very productive!
Now that we have that established. Let’s talk about making the best of our prep time – mornings. Shall we?
Follow these 5 morning routines for a productive day
1.The first step towards achieving a productive day is to wake up early
Say you have a 9-5 job, which means that you have to be at work at 9 am every day. Also, let’s say, it takes you an hour to drive from your house to your place of work, it means that you have to leave on or before 8 am, if you want to arrive in good time.
To meet up with that time, it means that you should start preparing for work, at least 1 hour before 8 am. Now, imagine waking up at 7: 30 am. Do you know what that means? It means that even if you manage to get to the office in time, you’d likely end up having a rough day. And that’s because you started everything about that day in a rush.
What’s the point of that example? When you do things in a rush, you won’t have a productive day because you’ve failed to plan one.
To avoid this, however, it is important to wake up early enough to plan your day. You should also take certain activities that can help boost productivity.
So, start right by waking up early.
2.Take care of your mind
Your mind is where you’re going to get all the ideas for the day. You’re going to store up information and take from your reserve as well to achieve anything meaningful. So, how about taking care of it?
You can read, meditate, write or practise journaling, etc. Doing any of these activities will help develop your mind, and with a developed mind, you can start thinking better, proffering helpful tips or solutions to the problems around you, reduce stress, and also improve your emotions positively.
3. Third routine is exercise
One obvious benefit of exercise is to stay fit and healthy. Also, when you exercise, your body increases dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin levels in the body. These chemicals help to boost your mood and overall sense of well being. As a result, you get to enjoy both the physical and psychological benefits of exercising.
4. The fourth routine is to set a plan for the day
Imagine building a house without a plan, that’s exactly what we do when we set out for the day without a plan.
You’ve probably heard it over and over again, about the need to create a to-do list. Well, no one will keep mentioning it if they didn’t think it was paramount for a productive day.
Planning your day early in the morning helps you establish your priorities, prevent distractions and improve productivity.
5. Lastly, do not skip a healthy breakfast
You’ve probably heard this countless times; breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it helps rev up your metabolism and also help you prevent mindless eating. However, don’t just go for any kind of breakfast, opt for a healthy breakfast for a good start of your day.