7 AM comes around and your alarm starts beeping frantically once again as you roll over and press snooze for the 3rd time that morning. By the time you actually do get up, you are running late to work and you only have time to throw on some clothes and head out the door, leading to a bad and unproductive day at work. Sound familiar? Here are 5 ways to have a more productive and motivating morning.
1. Stop Hitting Snooze
You may think hitting snooze gives you extra time to wake up in the morning – but that isn’t the case. Studies show that pressing snooze is making you more tired in the morning, due to your brain starting to fall back asleep and then being suddenly woken back up repeatedly. The best way to avoid this is to get up out of bed as soon as your alarm goes off and start your day.
2. Eat Breakfast
According to the USDA, 93% of Americans believe breakfast is the most important meal of the day – yet only 44% actually eat breakfast every day. Eating a healthy breakfast is key for a good and productive day. Just drinking coffee won’t cut it either, coffee will give you a sudden burst of energy and then a crash, leaving you feeling drained and unmotivated. Your body needs healthy energy to keep you going all morning.
3. Listen to Music
When getting ready in the morning, it is helpful to have background noise to help wake you up. Music is a good way to stimulate the brain without overdoing it. Try creating a “morning playlist” of positive and uplifting songs to put on while going through your morning routine. Avoid sad and depressing songs, as they will make you more tired and cause you to want to stay in bed. Positive songs with a beat will give you the motivational kick you need to have a great day.
4. Give Yourself Plenty of Time
Nothing can ruin a day faster than being rushed and stressed in the morning. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to get everything you need done. Set aside 20 minutes in the morning to do something that you want to do. This could be reading a book, watching the news, checking social media, taking a short walk, anything that motivates and relaxes you. Feeling accomplished and relaxed before you even step out the door makes for a good and productive day.
5. Prepare the Night Before
Before you go to sleep, set out any dishes and non-refrigerated food you will need for the morning. This will make it easier to make and eat breakfast in the morning. Set out your clothes the night before so you are not frantically trying to put together an outfit in the morning. Make a list of the things you need to do the next day that way you can avoid the hassle of trying to remember everything in the morning. Vista List is a great resource to help you organize all of your to-do’s. Being intentional and thinking ahead can save you time and energy – leaving you ready to have an awesome day.
These quick and easy steps can be integrated into your daily routine with minimal effort. At the beginning of the next full week, integrate these steps into your life and see the difference!
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