OK so there may not be any real secret benefit’s of a productive morning, but there may be some you have possibly started to take for granted and no longer notice.
Growing up I was never that girl, in fact I was quite the opposite; the one skipping breakfast in exchange for a few minutes more in bed, the one chasing after the school bus and the one who never handed her homework in on time. And yes, I did use the ‘my dog ate it’ excuse more than once!
But as an adult I came to the swift realisation that I couldn’t continue to be the girl I’d always been and that in order to get on in life I’d need to brush up on my morning productivity skills. I went from being the least organised person I knew, to project managing the shit out of my morning routine.
Having a super productive morning puts me in a good mood, it helps me to keep my IBS symptoms at bay (stress can be a major trigger) and it means that more often than not I am no longer sat at my laptop at 11pm making sure that I have my posts ready for the next day. Plus is there any better feeling than sitting down to enjoy your lunch, knowing you’ve nailed your morning and can actually have a leisurely lunch as opposed to squeezing in a dunch (desk-lunch) date with your PC?
I also believe that having a productive morning sets the tone for the day, but the hard work actually starts the night before.
I am a massive ‘faffer’ and therefore there is nothing worse than needing to start the day gathering up everything I need for the day ahead, if I fail to prepare I prepare to fail. Take this week for example – I didn’t prepare for Monday, I left my laptop, my keys and my purse at home … thank god for Apple Pay am I right? Each night I prepare my meals for the next day to take to work with me, I gather my gym kit and make sure everything is in my handbag that I might need. Plus if I know I am going to be pushed for time and need to make a swift exit, I’ll get my clothes out and hang them near my mirror ready.
A little bit of forward planning can make your mornings feel far more productive and leave you feeling like the queen of calm on your commute!
One thing I am making a conscious effort to do less this year is hitting snooze … although this is a big change for me, it has some of the biggest benefits.
Let’s face it, you set your alarm for a certain time for a reason. For me I know that 90-minutes is the perfect amount of time to get myself up and out in time to miss peak rush hour. So why do I feel the need to waste 30 of those precious minutes snoozing? Snoozing leads to rushing, rushing leads to stress and before you know it I’ve left the house wearing odd socks, no blusher and and with my pants on inside out. True story.
I don’t necessarily jump out of bed as soon as my alarm goes off, but I don’t snooze … sometimes I’ll catch up on the news, sometimes I’ll have a little scroll but I’m awake and mentally setting myself up for the day ahead.
Most days I head straight to the office, but on those rare days where I work from home I try not to wallow in my PJs for too long because if I do, I’m constantly in wind down mode.
Getting ready to work from home may seem like a silly thing to do, but it makes me feel ten times more fierce and ready to take on the world … there’s something about a messy bun and a clean face that just makes me feel like a different woman.
Somedays getting ready may mean doing my hair, popping on makeup and putting on a real bra, whilst others it may mean throwing on my favourite Nike leggings, a baggy tee and my Calvins. But just feeling as though I am getting ready for something helps me differentiate between downtime and work time and equally that feeling of getting back into my PJs once work is done is pure bliss.
Above all else though, I think the most important factor in having a productive morning is your environment.
I’m no Marie Kondo, I’m not all about only having things in my life that ‘spark joy’ (well not yet anyway) but I do believe that waking up in a room that is clear and tidy allows your mind to be in the same state. The bedroom is the one room that I make sure is always tidy and I love being able to get up in a morning, navigate my way in the dark without fear of tripping over or standing on something, it helps me start the day feeling relaxed and calm. Because you can’t be productive if you’re on edge can you?
Making sure your working environment is just as comfortable as your sleeping one is just as important though, lighting a candle, removing distractions and by creating a ‘working’ atmosphere – regardless of where you are. Personally I find sitting at the table, counter or my desk makes me ten times more productive as does turning off the TV and popping on a podcast instead.
And that my friends is how to have a productive morning and the not so secret benefits of having one.
How do you build yourself up for a productive day? Let me know below and I’ll catch up with you again soon x