Doesn’t it seem like “morning people” are the most productive? There is a lot to learn from the person who comes in to work full of energy and ready to tackle the day.
So we got down and chatted with one of our favorite morning people and got some tips on how to transform the first part of your day into the best part of your day. This list will help you turn your mornings from stressful and exhausted to relaxed and productive.
So what did we find out?
- Productive mornings begin with restful nights. Before bed, write down anything that pops into your head. Whether it’s midnight ramblings or a strict agenda for tomorrow, get those thoughts onto paper for a sounder sleep.
- Your phone keeps you awake. Instead of using your phone to unwind before bed, transfer that extra 15 minutes or so to the morning. Since the light from your phone keeps you awake, take it out in the morning instead to check emails or browse the web.
- Hydration is key. Put a full glass of water next to your bed and drink it as soon as you wake up! The water provides instant energy after a long night without hydration, and will make you want to get up and go the the restroom.
- Your phone is not an alarm. Getting a real alarm clock and putting it across the room will prevent you from automatically hitting the snooze button. You’ll also be forced to actually remove yourself from your bed and walk over to shut off the alarm!
- Give yourself time! Of course, this goes hand in hand with not hitting the snooze button. Were those extra 20 minutes of sleep worth it only to rush out the door and skip breakfast? The more time you give yourself to get things done, the more relaxed you’ll be. The extra time will also accommodate any morning mishaps that need your attention.
- Move in the morning. Stretching really makes a difference when it comes to energy levels. Even just reaching up high and then touching your toes can make you feel exponentially more awake.
- Make it a ritual. Many people find solace early in the day by maintaining a morning schedule – awake by 8, shower by 8:15, tea by 8:30. Doing the same thing in the same order every morning will make you feel relaxed and on track before you even get to work.
- Fuel your morning. Make it so that your breakfast is something you look forward to eating! A good breakfast is definitely something to wake up for. There are tons of quick, delicious, and nourishing breakfast ideas out there that will keep you going until lunch.
It is true that the fundamental aspect of success with goal setting is productivity – and productivity is a holistic concept. Those who battle their mornings only see the repercussions come back around later. However, being a morning person is an excellent way to help you with your current lifestyle as well.
How will you transform your mornings to set each day up for success?