Mornings set the tone for the rest of the day. If you start your day off on the right foot, often the rest of the day will follow suit.
But if you start your day feeling stressed and rushed, then chances are you will spend the rest of your day frustrated and trying to catch up.
This is one reason that most Productive people have a routine that they follow in the morning. They know that there are things they can do in the morning that will help them to set their day up for success. They also know that mornings are a great time to get things done. They take advantage of this quiet time and are able to get a head start on the day before the rest of the world begins to wake up.
While the habits of productive people vary considerably from person to person, there are a few things that tend to be consistent across the board. With this in mind, let’s take a look at a few things that many productive people do to start each day off right.
Start the Night Before
Productive people don’t wake up and expect their mornings to fall into place. Instead, they know that a good morning begins the night before—so they will check their planner, make a plan, decide what to have for breakfast, and even pick out their clothes at night. They also go to bed at a reasonable hour so that they can wake up feeling rested and ready to tackle the day. These may sound like mundane steps, but having everything laid out and ready to go will save you from having to start out your day faced with a number of decisions.
Maintain a Positive Attitude
Starting your morning off on a positive note is the best way to carry an optimistic and productive attitude throughout your day. Successful people often take time to be grateful—pausing for a few moments to think about one or two things that you’re thankful for can help to get your day off to a great start.
Eat a Healthy Breakfast
Productive people eat breakfast. It doesn’t have to be a huge meal—try having an egg or a few nuts if you’re not a big breakfast person. A dose of protein will give you the energy that you need to make it through the morning. It’s also important to drink plenty of water first thing, to rehydrate.
Limit Technology and Distractions
People often begin their mornings with some technology time, either browsing favorite news sites or scrolling through their social media feeds. Unfortunately, though, headlines and social media are often full of depressing stories and negative news—which can get your day off to a bad start—before it even begins. A better alternative might be spending a few minutes reading something that’s positive or inspirational, or even going outside to take in the fresh air and surrounding beauty. Productive people try to manage their mornings in a way that will get them off to the best start possible.
Even if it’s for a short 10 or 20 minutes, working out or exercising first thing in the morning can boost your mood and give you a powerful energy boost. It’s great for your brain, and can help you to be more productive—all day long. This is why many productive people can be found scheduling in their exercise routine first thing in the morning.
Follow a Plan
Finally, productive people understand the importance of a plan. Jotting down your to-do list the night before—and reviewing it again first thing in the morning can help you to prepare yourself for everything that needs to be done. This is one of the key features of Day Designer. Our intuitively-designed daily planning page allows for your to-do list alongside your schedule. Starting your day armed with a plan will help you to work as efficiently as possible, in turn opening up time for what matters most in your life.
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While these are habits that many successful people have, it’s important to remember that the best morning routine is one that is designed to help you set your day up for success. Rather than seeking to follow an exact set of steps that may work for others, create a routine that’s best for you—one that will help you to get your day off to the best start possible.
What does your morning routine look like?
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