When it comes to being productive, we often start projects with a bang and slowly lose our motivation as things get steady and flowing. Our to-do lists grow, our personal lives get business and things get more complicated as time goes on. Because of this, we become less productive. Whether it’s just hard for you to get going Monday morning or you’re in a seemingly permanent slump, these changes to your morning routine are guaranteed to get you back in action.
- Stretch – I know, you’re thinking we’re going to go all Namaste on you. Well, in a way we are. You don’t have to go through an entire yoga routine, but stretching is an incredible way to get your body moving. You’ve just had a good night’s sleep, so awakening your muscles and getting your blood flowing will open your mind and your body for the day. You don’t need to get into crazy poses, in fact, you don’t even need to get out of bed! Do the stretching that feels right for you and do it every morning.
- Eat – It’s not often that you’re told you should eat, so take advantage of this recommendation! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Just think about the name, you’re breaking your fast. You’ve fasted overnight and your body needs fuel to get going in the morning. Don’t starve yourself, even if you don’t feel hungry. Eating breakfast has been shown to improve memory, concentration and even problem-solving capability. In other words, it improves productivity!
- Cut Down On Coffee – With a Starbucks on every corner, it’s easy to get in and out with your venti quadruple shot, extra caffeinated, eye-opening breakfast. It’s basically like hitting your body with a caffeine sledgehammer. This might wake you up on your way to work, but by mid-morning the jitters have gone and you crash and burn. Starting with just one cup of coffee and spacing your caffeine intake over the morning, you’ll have a much steadier and more productive dosage.
- Meditate – Meditation sounds like an intense, difficult and time-consuming process, but it’s much easier than you think. In fact, your meditation routine could be as simple as planning your day ahead while you sit quietly or do a little stretching. Take the time to really feel yourself, clear your mind and start the day anew. Just like the stretching, you can meditate first thing in the morning before you even get out of bed.
These are all very easy ways to change your morning routine and promote continued productivity throughout your day. They follow the same basic principle – take time for yourself. Treat yourself, mentally and physically, in a way that will reduce your stress, keep you healthy and prepare you for the day ahead.