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I'm not a morning person, but that’s not an excuse to have an unproductive morning. We all know that what you do in the morning impacts the kind of day you’ll have.
It can either be a productive day or a non-productive day – it all depends on how you start it. So, I’ve learned to accept that I'm not one of those cheery morning people and created a few things that I can still do to make my mornings productive.
Have a Personal Care Routine
I found out that if you want to totally win your morning, the best way is to do your basic personal care in a fixed order.
That way, you’ll train your brain to do them on autopilot. Same order, same time – it's a win-win.
When it’s a habit and follows a particular pattern, your personal care will be organized in your brain.
For example, here’s what I do:
- Drink some water, even if it’s just a sip. I always place my water bottle on my side table.
- Open my curtains.
- Get my shower cap on.
- Brush my teeth.
- Jump into the shower.
- Do my skincare routine.
- Take vitamins – it's important to stay healthy as a woman. Taking a multivitamin either in the morning or evening can help boost your health and energy throughout the day. Here are some of my favorite multivitamins for women in their 20's and 30's.
So, those are basic personal care tasks that, if done in the same order every day, will make for an easier, more productive morning.
Don't Skip Breakfast
Yes, I used to always skip breakfast because I was either in a rush to go to work, just too lazy to cook breakfast, or didn’t know what to have for breakfast.
Skipping breakfast means starting your day off with low energy, which can make you feel unmotivated.
Take Your Sleep Schedule Seriously
I started taking my sleeping schedule seriously after reading what Arriana Huffington (one of the most successful women in the world) said about sleep:
“To start my day right, I usually make sure I have enough sleep (7 hours minimum). This makes sure that I don't get overly sensitive, irritable, moody, and sleepy in the morning. Considering that I'm not a morning person, so this would make my mornings even more miserable. So, I’ve realized that getting enough sleep helps make my mornings easier.”
Start My Day With The Right Attitude
“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” — Thomas Jefferson
Starting my day with the right attitude means that I start my day with positivity, the right mindset, and gratitude.
When you think about it, you’ll realize that all three of these work hand-in-hand. A positive mindset is a right mindset, and the right mindset will allow you to feel grateful.
A positive mind means that you're not allowing any negative thoughts to affect you.
You’re full of positive vibes and you have a negative blocker in place so that nothing and nobody can bring you down.
This makes you stay calm and think straight throughout the day.
Have Set Intentions
If there’s one thing that you’ll take away from this post today, it’s that you need to start your day with clear intentions.
By this, I mean that you should know exactly what needs to be done during the day, how to get it done, and how to make sure that you don't get distracted or procrastinate.
In my new ebook, I’ve talked a lot about how to prepare for the coming day so that you can make this happen.
I realized that most people don’t know how to set up their day to be more productive and successful.
Note: I find it necessary to write down my to-do list the night before, so in the morning all you need to do is quickly refresh your mind.
Then, you’re ready to go.
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Listen to Audible
Getting an Audible subscription turned out to be the best decision I ever made.
With Audible, I'm able to listen to all of the personal development books that I don’t always have time to read the hard copy of.
I'm a fan of podcasts, too, but I really think that you should try listening to books for a change.
I recommend trying out Audible for yourself to see if it could inspire you.
Here is a 30-day trial for Audible.
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Guard Your Morning
When I say that I guard my morning, I simply mean that I eliminate common distractions that could set my morning off track.
I realized that mornings tend to have the most distractions and excuses than at any other time.
This ranges from:
- being on social media as the first thing when you get up.
- checking your emails.
- hard decision-making tasks in the morning, like choosing which clothes to wear for women. This could take as many as 45 minutes to decide. It’s better to make these decisions the previous night, or even decide what to wear for the entire week on Sunday.
The thought of making too many decisions in the morning normally slows down and drains your brain for the rest of the day.
If you can eliminate decision-making from your mornings, you'll have more energy and time to have the most productive morning you can.
So, ask yourself: how you can eliminate common distractions to your focus on the truly important things?
It’s Your Turn to Create Your Ideal Morning Routine for a Productive Day!
Having a productive morning doesn't have to be like another chore on your to-list.
I’ve shared with you what works for me so that you can implement my tips into your daily routine.
But, also feel free to add your own time-saving strategies for the ultimate productive morning.
If you want to learn more about productivity and how to get things done faster, then check out my book, Get It Done.