It comes as no surprise that highly successful people have their morning routines down to a tee. From Donald Trump’s 4 hour sleep habit to Steve Jobs giving himself a motivational speech every morning, successful people know what works for them and stick to it. If you’re in a morning rut, here’s a few ideas to help boost your productivity and help the rest of your day run smoothly.
- Prep the night before
If you know that you wake up groggy or tend to be tight on time in the mornings, get a head start by prepping before you go to bed. You can choose your clothing and have it laid out to eliminate one choice in the busy morning. You can also plan and prep your meals the night before, as well as setting up a general game plan for the next day. To make sure that you’re not up into the wee hours of the morning, set an alarm to go to bed as well as an alarm to wake up. Once your alarm is set, put down the phone. The blue light emitted from electronics can disrupt your sleep cycle making it harder to fall and stay asleep. Also make sure to disable notifications at night if you sleep with your phone nearby to ensure that you get the best quality sleep to prepare you for the next day.
- Get an early start
If you strive to be among some of the most successful people in the world, a piece of the puzzle may be getting up earlier in the mornings. While there’s no need for a sudden 4:30 a.m. alarm clock, gradually waking up earlier can improve your productivity and make it feel like you have more time to get everything accomplished with less stress.
- Get moving
A tried and true habit of many successful people incorporates physical activity of some kind in the mornings. Whether its getting up and walking the dog, or hitting the treadmill for an hour like Bill Gates does, exercising in the mornings has a proven positive impact on the rest of your day. If you dread exercising, it’s already out the way before your day really starts, and if you crave exercise time, the mornings is a sure-fire way to fit it in and become part of your routine.
- Eat a balanced breakfast
For many professionals, breakfast consists of whatever is easiest to grab on the way out the door, or nothing at all. You’ve heard time and time again that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and that’s because it’s true. Carving out time to eat breakfast not only improves your health, but will also increase your productivity and focus at work. So next time you pour your morning cup of coffee, scramble up some eggs or toast a bagel to go along with it.
- Make a list, check it twice
The epitome of getting things done is the to-do list. However, there is an updated version of the classic to-do list that you should be incorporating into your mornings. At night, write down the top things that you need to accomplish the following day. This will not only help with remembering small tasks from the day before, but also with clearing your mind before bed. In the morning when you start work, tackle the biggest thing first. By checking off the biggest or least desirable task first thing in the morning, the rest of your day will be free from the looming to-do list task that you are avoiding. This will also ensure that if something comes up during your workday that you do not have to push something else back or have to unexpectedly to work late.
By incorporating a few or all of these tips into your morning routine will ensure that you are being the most productive professional that you can be, and that your business will grow as you do. Here at Endeavor Innovative Workspaces, we want to help you achieve your goals. From coffee pots in the kitchen to available 24/7 access, we strive to help you be the best you can be. Give us a call or shoot us an email for more information on how Endeavor Innovative Workspaces can work for you.