How to make your mornings more productive
Sometimes we feel like there just aren't enough hours in the day to get everything done. But the truth is there are lots of hours; if we could just learn how to use our time wisely. One major key to success is using your mornings to their fullest potential to boost productivity. Here are a few tips to get you started.
Before you leave your office write down a to-do list of tasks for the next day. Don’t just type the list into your phone. With a pen and paper, write down a list of tasks you wish to complete the next day, including any that weren’t fully finished from the previous days’ list. Next, put numbers beside each task ranking them by importance. This is the order by which you will complete your list tomorrow.
Most of us do it. We crave just a few more minutes sleep in the morning, and can’t seem to pull ourselves from the warmth of our blankets, so we hit the snooze button multiple times. Instead of setting your alarm so it gives you time to snooze, set if for the actual time you need to get up. Once your alarm goes off, it’s time to get out of bed. When we hit snooze, our body begins its sleep cycle again. Since we don’t have enough time to do another full cycle (about 1.5 hours), we remain in a groggy state, which then makes it harder and takes longer for our brains to fully wake up. Ever find yourself accidently putting your milk away in the cupboard? That type of mistake tells us that part of our brain is still asleep. Get in the habit of getting up after your initial alarm, and see how much better and brighter you feel to tackle your morning tasks.
Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. It’s when we give our bodies the energy to carry out the day’s work. A good breakfast doesn’t have to take 30 minutes and cut into your productivity. Stock up on fruits, grains, and proteins that are easy to prepare and will boost your energy such as apples, granola, and egg whites.
When making your to-do list, and writing out its order, put your must annoying and challenging tasks first. There’s an odd quote by Mark Twain that goes, “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” Now obviously I’m not asking you to consume amphibians in the morning. The lesson to take from the quote is that if you get your toughest tasks done in the morning, everything else on your list will be a breeze in comparison.
Take the time you have and use it to the best of your ability. You’ll be amazed at what can be accomplished when you make the most of your mornings.