Your Guide To A Productive Morning
The morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. But this is actually great news because it means that you can have control over your mornings.
This post is a compilation of a few tips and tricks that might help to make your mornings more productive and, hopefully, you’ll end up one step closer to achieving your goals.
You can use them to set yourself up for the day in a great way. And use them to get stuff done that usually you wouldn’t due to extra snoozing.
The early bird catches the worm
We’ve all heard the saying. It’s preached to us by those friends that get up at the crack of dawn and go for a run, put two washes on, food prep for a week and hoover the house before prancing to work for 9am. But is it actually true? Well, recently we’ve come across results from studies that actually validate this saying.
Take a 2012 study published in the American Psychological Association journal, Emotion.
Our Top Tips for a Productive Morning
We suggest composing a list at night of things you have to do the next day as this can benefit you for a number of reasons. Mainly because instead of tomorrow’s must-do projects swimming around your head like a fish in a fishbowl, they will be placed firmly on a piece of paper. Something as simple as this also helps you sleep better – which is an obvious bonus. We suggest writing a list of the three things that you must get done the next day. Then, if you complete anything else that you write after that, you can give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back.
THE SNOOZE BUTTON
“The most productive man in the world invented the alarm clock. The laziest man in the world invented the snooze button.” ^ Our favourite excerpt from a book called “How To Get Your Sh*t Together” – Sarah Knight We have a love/hate relationship here with the old snooze button. Those extra few minutes of sleep feel soooooo good at the time… until it stops us from enjoying that hot drink we need in the morning and results in us coming into work looking like we’ve been dragged through a bush backwards after sprinting through the carpark. Not a good look.
This is easier said than done – trust us, we know! But there are a few things that you can do that will help ease you into that essential snooze. A study comprising of healthy young adults found that exposure to blue light from computer screens between 9-11pm resulted in a shorter sleep time, a significantly suppressed melatonin production, and diminished sleep quality. If like us you’re a bit obsessed with your phone, most phones and tablets now actually have a function to turn on a blue light filter, meaning that you can scroll on your phone or binge watch Netflix to your hearts content.
Your morning is never going to be as productive as you’d like it to be if you keep skipping breakfast. And by the time you’ve applied numbers 2 to 3 hopefully you’ll have time to eat breakfast like a King. We suggest preparing something delicious the night before – it’ll make getting up in the morning so much easier as you’ll have something to look forward to.
#GetStuffDone with all that extra energy you’ll have!
STAY UP TO DATE
We suggest keeping on top of your industry’s news and trends! By giving yourself extra time in the morning, you’re giving yourself a further 10-15 minutes to log on a little earlier and do some research. We each set aside time in the morning to research current trends and business news in our industry. We love reading: https://www.marketingweek.com/ and http://www.thedrum.com/. They’re a great source for blog material and super interesting to read, as well as giving us a chance to get ahead of the curve! Spot those marketing trends early and implement them in your work to achieve a life time’s supply of productivity points.
TAKING FREQUENT BREAKS
Standing up and to take a walk through the hallways, or getting up and making ourselves a brew gives us an all-important break from looking at a screen. At Solutions 24-7 we have ‘eye-breaks’ which we are allowed to take at any point throughout the day and then make the time back throughout the week. We all take this as an opportunity to do a little exercise and have taken to planking twice a day! We feel energised and (rightfully so) pretty damn impressed with ourselves each time. Although it does look a little weird when our colleagues walk into the office and see us all lying on the floor.