Try these 8 steps for a better and more productive morning routine.
1. Prepare the Night Before
Having a night routine can greatly benefit your morning routine.
You may want to start by checking the weather report for the next day so that you can prepare your wardrobe from head to toe. Having your clothes already laid out can greatly reduce time wasted in the morning.
Lunch preparation is another way to cut down on time.
Make sure that you have a complete lunch packaged in the refrigerator so that you can just grab it and go.
2. Wake Up A Little Earlier
If you rise just in time to shower, dress and head out the door then you may be missing out on developing a better version of yourself.
Statistics have shown that people who wake up earlier in the morning are more focused and optimistic.
Give yourself time to wake up and reflect on things that you might want to accomplish.
Now, this doesn’t mean that you need to become a gym rat or have an extensive amount of time to exercise in the morning.
According to Jorge Cruise, celebrity trainer and author of “The Cruise Control Diet” and “8 Minutes in the Morning”, doing just 8 minutes of strength training exercises in the morning can help you lose weight, raise your metabolism, and boost energy levels throughout the day.
Finding time to exercise early will also help to avoid not getting the time to work out later in the day.
4. Start Your Commute Early
Avoid the aggravation of anticipated traffic jams and daytime busyness.
If you are someone who works or needs to commute in the morning, then leaving before rush hour begins can be a great way to reduce unwarranted havoc on your morning.
Traveling at earlier hours tends to be more relaxed, less congested and less stressful.
Besides, you can spend that extra time to take a walk around the building or prepare yourself for the day’s events.
5. Set Reminders
When moving about throughout the morning, it can be very easy to lose track of time. And as you may know, losing track of time can immediately put you in a downhill spiral.
Setting reminders at specific times can help you maintain productivity and complete tasks.
For example, you can use your phone or tablet to remind you to complete certain tasks, such as taking your medication or making phone calls.
Setting these tasks will keep you proactive and help assure that you have achieved what is needed and stay on schedule.
6. Avoid the News
Watching the news, first thing in the morning, is a great way to send your emotions through the roof before you can even get started.
As we know, news is loaded with violence, politics, crime and warfare.
So, why invite that type of anxiety into your morning if you don’t need to?
Studies have shown that people who watch news in the morning tend to me more anxious, worried and stressed as opposed to people who do not watch the news.
Stay positive and catch up on the news later.
Some of the most successful people in the world are early morning readers. Reading is a great way to explore, educate and stimulate the mind.
Besides, reading in the morning is a great way to stay consistent.
Set a goal to complete a book or so a month. You can break your reading time down to 10 or 20 minutes a day to reach your goal.
8. Save Social Media for Later
Rolling over and immediately checking your social media page is a great way to lose out on productive time in the morning.
Now, engaging in social media is a great way to connect to friends and family. However, your morning routine should be more focused on preparing you for the day ahead.
Instead of setting the phone on the nightstand, leave it on the other side of the room so that it isn’t readily available to you.
You may find that breaking this habit will help you gain lots of lost time in the morning.