If you're like me, your morning routine looks a little something like this:
Within the first hour after waking up, I've usually hit the snooze button at least once, gotten my daily exercise by trudging down the stairs, opted out of eating breakfast, showered, gotten dressed, and before the hour's up, I'm out the door and on my way to starting the day. Probably not the healthiest of morning routines, but in my defense, I'm usually still mentally asleep at this point.
But according to the managing director of CV-Library, Lee Biggins, that first hour of the day can be the most crucial in achieving a productive and successful workflow. "When it comes to staying productive and setting yourself up for a successful day, it’s important to make sure that you’re energized and focused on what you want to accomplish," Biggins confirmed. Here are some tips you can use to get the most out of your mornings.
1. Get in some pre-work exercise.
While you may dread working out at any hour of the day, working out first thing before work can help clear the mind and reduce stress levels. This work out can include a morning jog, yoga, pilates, or weight training.
2. Eat a healthy breakfast.
They don't call breakfast the most important meal of the day for nothing. By properly fueling your body, you can boost both your energy levels and allow your focus and workflow to reach their fullest potential. A high-vitamin, high-fiber diet should do the trick.
3. Clear out your inbox.
Clearing your email and voicemail inboxes first thing in the morning can allow you to prioritize the important tasks and save time later.
4. Determine your goals for the day.
Once you've gone through your inbox, the time has come to set a list of goals for the day. It helps to accomplish your goals, if you have a clear mindset of what exactly you wish to accomplish during the day.
5. Create a prioritized to-do list.
Once you've set your goals, the obvious next step is to prioritize these goals into tasks that need to be completed. I've always found that a to-do list helps me stay focused and also serves as a visual progress aid.
Aside from my love of to-do lists, I've been going about my mornings in all the wrong ways. I wish someone would have told me sooner I was this bad at adulting.
(via Daily Mail)