A morning routine can boost happiness, increase productivity, and reduce stress levels. Whether you’re an early bird or a late riser, a routine to boost energy before work can elevate your productivity while also keeping you feeling good during the working day.
Starting your morning with intention helps stop your day running away from you. You control the day; the day doesn’t control you. A feeling of accomplishment and positivity for completing your morning routine can turn into a positive feeling and effect on your entire day.
1. Your morning routine starts the night before
Sleep is vital if you want to have a productive day. Without sleep, you can feel tired or sluggish and your brains can’t function at full capacity. This can impact your ability to concentrate and think clearly. In order to wake up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the day, it’s recommended to get between 7-9 hours of sleep every night.
2. Avoid screens first thing in the morning
Yes, you’ve heard this one before – but this really can help! When we pick up our phones immediately after waking up, our brain is flooded with information. Whether you’re reading the news, scrolling on social or checking work emails, try to wait until after breakfast. The rest of your day will be filled with information and likely screen time, so use your morning to take a break from screens and build your energy up for the day ahead.
3. Make your bed as part of your morning routine
This simple, yet effective tip sets the tone for the day. By making sure your surroundings are in order, you will find you have more clarity. This small act will also encourage a sense of accomplishment and a sense of pride which will encourage you to do another task and another and another…
4. Drink a glass of water before your coffee
Drinking water first thing in the morning is great for hydration, digestion and overall health. The first drink you have shouldn’t be caffeinated! Top tip: have the glass of water ready by your bed so it’s there when you wake up. If the weather is very cold where you are, opt for warm water before your cup of coffee.
5. Exercise in the morning
Waking up 30 minutes earlier to do some form of exercise can make a huge impact on the rest of your day. Some days you may feel like running and other days you may be more in the mood for some yoga or Pilates. Listen to your body but do your best to allocate this time for activity in the morning. This will also heighten your sense of completion and promotes energy and focus throughout the day.
6. Get ready for the day
Getting read for the day ahead by dressing for it can help get into the right mindset for work – whether that’s in the office or at home! If you exercised, you’ll need to have a shower and get dressed – another bonus to being active in the morning! If you’re working remotely it can be too easy to roll out of bed and log on – try to make sure you still go through the act of getting dressed, washing your face and brushing your teeth. That email can wait for 10 minutes!
7. Eat a healthy breakfast
A healthier more nutritious breakfast fuels your mind and your body for the day ahead. Incorporate fiber rich breakfast foods such as oats with berries and banana, smoothies with chia seeds or wholegrain toast topped with avocado or sugar-free peanut butter. Try to reduce the number of processed products and sugar – this includes in your coffee and tea as well! Minimize sweeteners in your beverages as sugar will spike your blood sugar levels causing you to crash soon after breakfast.
8. Routinely clean your desk space
Tidy room, tidy mind! Or at least tidier. A Princeton University study found that people who worked in a clean workspace outperformed those who worked in a cluttered one because clutter pulls your attention away from your work. Not clearing away the mess before you start work means it might distract you from doing what you wanted to do with your working day!
9. Write a list of tasks for the day before work
When compiling your list, try not to write everything you need to do for the week! Rather, prioritize the most important tasks and complete those first. If you write a list down on paper, you can actively tick off each task which gives you a sense of accomplishment and encourages you to take on the next. There are also fantastic productivity apps to keep your to-do lists digital. This list can often grow during the day so it’s important to use the morning to get the most important tasks done if you can!
10. Try not multitask in the morning
Multitasking in the morning — when you have lots to do, tons of energy, and it feels like you can do two or three things at once — is tempting, but it sets your whole day back. Research conducted at Stanford University confirmed that multitasking is less productive than doing a single thing at a time. Multitasking reduces your efficiency and performance because it tires your brain out first thing, and means you have reduced energy to draw from for the rest of the day.
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