If you google “traits or habits of successful people”, you will likely find that successful people are early risers. From CEO’s to entrepreneurs, successful people give themselves an edge over everybody else because they give themselves one important thing: more time. As I get older and hopefully wiser, I’m starting to change up my routine to get a few more things done during the day. Sleeping in until 11:00am on the weekends rarely happens unless I’m feeling ill or had a late night the day before. And although I struggle with rising at 6:00am everyday during the week, mornings have become my favorite time of day because they’re a fresh start. If yesterday was a bad day, you can leave that behind you. There is something so peaceful about mornings with a cup of coffee and my laptop in front of me. If you make sure to have some time to yourself each morning, you’d be surprised at how productive you can be.
1.) Coffee or Tea
I don’t think there is anything better than waking up to the smell of coffee brewing. Coffee not only gives me the boost of energy I need to start the day, it’s also warm and comforting at the same time. It’s no surprise that coffee is linked to productivity for the ways in which it helps increase focus/attention, creativity and motor function. While I’m a coffee girl during weekday mornings, I generally prefer tea at night before bed and during the weekends.
2.) Don’t Snooze
The other day I tried to put my phone far enough away from my bed that I’d have to get up to shut off my alarm when it went off at 6:15am. Let’s just say that little trick to get me up didn’t go according to plan. I actually got up from bed, grabbed my phone and went back to bed. Snoozing my alarm is probably what I struggle with most when it comes to having a productive morning. Giving myself at least an hour of ‘me’ time is essential, but I have to wake up early in order to make that a reality. I think the real answer to solving this dilemma that many of us face is to just go to bed earlier. Plain and simple.
3.) Stay Comfy
When I rise at 6:15am to work on blog content, I definitely do not get dressed for work right away. I stay in my pajamas and throw on my favorite robe because it’s super soft and makes the process of getting out of a warm bed a little less painful. I then head over to my kitchen table to begin typing away or catching up on social media. I have a set time to start getting ready for work because if I didn’t give myself a cut off time, I’d be late to work every morning. Some people may feel that getting ready for the day helps them be productive, but I generally like to stay comfy for as long as possible each day.
4.) Sit upright at a desk or kitchen table
While I do often enjoy working on my couch covered in my favorite oversized gray blanket, I will admit that it’s helpful for my brain and productivity level to be sitting upright with good posture. Find a cozy corner at your kitchen or dining room table that gets you into the right mindset and you’ll be able to accomplish 10 times more. Better yet, if you have a home office with a desk, then you’re pretty much set. And I’m jealous 😉
When you’re having a productive morning, it’s helpful to see what needs to get done right in front of you. I’ve been using my STARTplanner to get organized each day and there’s no better feeling then checking-off everything I set out to accomplish each day. My planner has a space at the top to write down three goals for each day, which I find really motivating. In a few months time, it will be fun to look back and see what I was up to each day.
Good luck, guys!