Before I had a set morning routine, I had a terrible habit of hitting snooze on my alarm until the last-minute and then checking social media for way too long while still under the covers. That usually left me rushing to get ready for the day, and I barely had enough time to grab a coffee on the way to work or class. Sound familiar?
I knew something had to change if I wanted to start meeting more of my goals, so I created a morning routine that completely transformed my day. Now, my mornings leave me energized, inspired, and ready to take on the day.
Today I want to share my tips to create a productive morning routine that will have you feeling motivated too!
MAKE YOUR BED
Want to boost your day’s productivity in under two minutes? Make your bed! Yes, I’m totally serious. Research has proven that making your bed first thing in the morning helps you to feel like you’ve accomplished something right off the bat, even if it’s small. Plus, making your bed is also one of the most effective and easiest triggers of happiness.
“If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed. If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. And by the end of the day that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed.” –Navy Seal William H. McCraven
GET OUT OF THOSE P.J.’S
How you dress is how you feel! Even if you’re not going to leave the house, there’s something about getting out of your pajamas that makes you feel ready to take on the day. If you work from home or are just going to class that day, put a little effort into getting ready and you’ll feel more productive.
Starting your day with a healthy breakfast makes it easier to concentrate throughout the morning and can help you stay productive. When your mind is clear, you’re able to deal with problems and focus on your tasks better. I always start out my mornings with a glass of warm lemon water, followed by breakfast and coffee. Drinking lemon water first thing in the morning leaves me feeling energized and hydrated. My go-to breakfast is always oatmeal. It keeps me full for hours and you can switch it up by adding different fruit and nuts to it. I love putting shredded coconut, blackberries, and a sprinkle of coconut sugar on mine.
REVIEW YOUR PLANNER & TO-DO’S
Open your planner and see what you have going today and throughout the week. Make a mental note of which tasks take priority and write down anything you might forget once it’s time to get to work.
CREATE 1-2 GOALS FOR THE DAY
Now that you’ve had the chance to review your calendar and to-do lists, quickly jot down a couple of goals you have for the day. I used to get into the mindset that I had to do it ALL. My lists would be a million miles long and I would get so overwhelmed with how much I had to do that I would end up stressing out and not accomplishing anything. So keep it simple and limit your main goals to just a couple at a time. If you knock those out, then you can move on to the next thing!
SKIM THE NEWS
I subscribe to the Skimm, it’s a quick and sassy overview of the day’s news that is ready and waiting in your inbox when you wake up. I love the Skimm because they compress the day’s news into an easy to read, short email that takes me less than five minutes to read over coffee.
CHECK YOUR EMAIL & SOCIAL MEDIA
I save checking my email and social media as the last thing in my morning routine because I want to be fully awake and alert before I respond to important emails and comments.
YOUR MORNING ROUTINE DOESN’T HAVE TO TAKE AN HOUR.
Keep in mind that you don’t have to spend too long getting your body and mind ready to take on the day ahead of you. If I have extra time in the morning, I’ll take my time and go about things more leisurely. But this routine can be as quick as you’d like.