Maximising your mornings can kickstart your productivity. Morning people get more things done before others even wake up, and some research suggests that they’re more conscientious and friendlier.
Rescue your morning with these tips:
1. Plan ahead
Start a ritual that gets you ready for the next day – iron your clothes, make your sandwiches and write a to-do list.
2. Turn electronic devices off
Give yourself times to relax before bedtime. Turn off the computer and TV an hour before you go to sleep and try reading a book. The light emitted from such screens can keep you awake far beyond the point when you turn them off.
3. Wake up early
Try waking up at 6am if you don’t already. This is what top executives from Twitter, PepsiCo and Disney do to get things done.
4. Set a routine
Start each day the same so you know what’s happening next, maximising your time.
Try stretching, yoga or a quick jog to get your blood pumping. Studies show that you will feel more alert and motivated after a bit of exercise.
6. Work on a project
If you have a passion project, try adding to it in the morning. This can get your creative juices flowing ready for the day ahead!
7. Put the radio on
Music can keep your mind focused on the job at hand. It can also relax you, putting you in the right frame of mind ready for a day at work.
When you get to work
1. Set a goal
Set yourself a goal to achieve to keep you motivated and on-task.
2. Manage your energy
Select tasks that need your creative energy for the mornings. You do not want to be embarking on them in the afternoon when you are ready to go home!
3. Try to ignore your emails for the first hour
If you can avoid checking your emails for the first hour and focus on completing a task, it will help boost your productivity and prevent you from getting distracted.
If you would like advice on how to structure your morning or working day, a life coach might be able to help. To find a life coach in your area, use our advanced search tool.
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