Boost Your Productivity: 5 Tips to Start Your Day Right
Most of us roll over, grab our phone and start looking through notifications. Others dive into the shower or head to the gym. Still others eat breakfast or get the kids ready. However you get going, there is a lot of research to support how much your morning routine dictates the course of your day.
1. Set the Tone
The first thing many of us do when we start work each day is check email and voicemail. This is actually one of the worst ways to start your day. It puts you into reactive mode and puts other peoples’ priorities at the top of your list – instead of your own. Try setting a mid-day or afternoon time for answering messages and see how it affects your productivity.
2. Eat Breakfast
You don’t have to eat first thing, but make sure you’re getting something nutritious into your body with the first hour or two of waking up – this means more than just coffee. Denying your body fuel will slow you down and give cravings space to set in later.
3. Start Strong
Science says that willpower is highest in the morning. You may already know that you should tackle difficult tasks that require a lot of focus and determination first thing. The reason is that we are limited in our self-control. Willpower is like a muscle – it gets tired after we use it for a while. The longer your day, the more fatigue sets in.
4. Make Lists
Many successful people admit to using lists to keep on track. It’s a good habit to end your day by writing down what you need to do tomorrow. It helps you mentally let go of things and sets you up well for the following day.
When your workday is finished, do what you can to officially unplug. Being accessible all the time will start to wear you down. We all need quality rest and relaxation to be productive. Turn off your notifications for the evening to eliminate distractions and stressors.