You may not realize it but the choices you make in the morning set the tone for your entire day.
Are you starting your day with productive habits that encourage activity throughout the day? Or do you spend your mornings sipping a cup of coffee scrolling through your phone?
Include these four habits in your morning routine to get your mind right for the day ahead.
4 Habits to Optimize the Day Ahead
You don’t need to reorganize your entire life. Just make a few small tweaks to scale your productivity today and every day.
1. Take Your Grooming Seriously
Your appearance can have a profound effect on your productivity throughout the rest of the day.
Don’t worry, you don’t need to spend three hours in the bathroom perfecting every detail, and you don’t have to spend more than you can afford on a new suit.
Just focus on putting some effort into your appearance instead of just getting dressed and running out the door. Brushing your hair and teeth, washing and moisturizing your face, and shaving the right places all take minimal time but produce excellent results.
2. Plan Your Entire Day
writing things down to achieve ongoing success.
Planning your day with an agenda or calendar will help you put things into perspective. You’ll be able to see which tasks you can accomplish, which are most important, and which probably won’t fit without sacrificing quality or mental health.
This planner is specially designed to improve productivity on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.
3. Meditate on a Few Things You’re Grateful For
It’s hard to feel productive when your brain is bogged down from constant stress, disappointments, and the overwhelming feeling that you’re never productive enough.
Break the cycle by taking a moment to meditate on a few things you’re grateful for. Maybe it’s the way your cat curls up into a cute little ball. Maybe it’s that you just got over an illness.
Even when life feels like everything is heading in the wrong direction down a one-way street, meditating on a few things that you’re grateful for can help regulate your perspective and keep you focused on what matters.
The Mindfulness App can help you devote time to this with guided meditation exercises.
4. Give Your Brain and Body a Workout
Humans naturally crave physical and mental activity. Unfortunately, due to our modern lifestyles, barely 23% of Americans get enough exercise.
Mental and physical exercise keep your brain and body energized, alert, and resilient. If you can’t squeeze in a full workout before your nine-to-five, aim for a few pull-ups, sit-ups, push-ups, or a nice stretch every morning.
For boosting brain power, check in with Luminosity instead of mindlessly scrolling your Facebook newsfeed.
Keep the Wheels in Motion
When you start your morning on the right foot, this helps keep the wheels in motion for a productive attitude and energy all day long. Even a few small changes can have a lasting impact on your overall energy.