Perfect your Morning Routine for a Perfectly Productive Day
SETTING YOURSELF A SOLID MORNING ROUTINE WILL HELP YOU HAVE A PRODUCTIVE DAY.
For example, a standard morning without routine normally involves me hitting the snooze button four or five times, rolling out bed at the last minute, showering, dressing and running out the door because I’m inevitably late again.
First of all this is stressful, secondly, I’m normally still half asleep by the time I get to where I’m going and it’s not until the second coffee at around 10 – 11, that I really start to get into the swing of things.
There will always be nights when sleep eludes us and we wake up late and bleary eyed, wishing for a stopwatch that could control time so we could go back to bed. But just imagine how much more productive your day could be if you added a bit of structure to it.
I know there is certainly room for improvement in my own morning routine.
So, we thought we would put together a blog post to help you create the perfect morning routine so you can get the most out of your day.
EXAMPLE MORNING ROUTINE
- Wake up 6.30
- Exercise for 10 minutes, yoga, press-ups, a light jog etc.
- Shower & get dressed.
- Sit down with a coffee and eat a light breakfast.
- Define your tasks and goals for the day.
IDEAS FOR YOUR MORNING ROUTINE
We have outlined a few things you might want to consider in your morning routine which should help set you up to have a great day.
Our bodies need to stay hydrated and you’ve just gone 8 hours (hopefully) without drinking anything at all. So it makes sense to start your day off with some water.
Your breakfast should contain healthy proteins and slow energy releasing carbohydrates. This will help you get nutrients into your system and gain some energy. You want to avoid things with lots of sugar in though as that can lead to you having a sugar crash around the middle of the day.
There are obviously alternative approaches though, like intermittent fasting which suggests you skip breakfast completely.
Exercise helps get the blood flowing, meaning your muscles become more oxygenated and gain more energy. It also makes your brain release endorphins so will hopefully put a big smile on your face. Just a few minutes in the morning should really help you wake up and become alert and ready to tackle the challenges the days going to throw your way.
I normally get a chance to read on my way to work on the tube. I find a good book stimulates my mind and makes me more receptive to fresh ideas and thoughts that come my way. Another thing to consider is flicking through the news and catching up on current events or events related to your industry. Anything that gets your brain processing new information will help.
This should help you organise your thoughts. We aren’t talking about drafting up lengthy blog articles, more of a mind splurge so that you can organise your thoughts and begin to identify and prioritise tasks properly.
For me, the first thing I always do in the morning is draft up a list of thoughts and tasks for the day. Even if they are largely the same as yesterday it helps me give my day a structure.
On top of this, occasionally writing down my strange dreams when I wake up can be quite an amusing process.
Focus in silence. Meditation in the morning is a great way to start your day stress free and prepare to tackle challenges. There are a number of guides you can use to start a simple meditation practice each morning.
SET YOURSELF GOALS
Nothing sets you up for a productive day than setting yourself something to achieve. Whether it’s something small like remembering to post a letter, getting a haircut or something bigger like closing a trade deal. Knowing what you want to achieve will help you get it done and doing it will then fill you with a sense of accomplishment.
WHAT’S IN YOUR MORNING?
Share with fellow HBBers in the comments section below how you get ready for a busy day.