Ahh mornings… you either love them or you hate them. They can be essential in setting the tone for the day ahead, yet there are still times when you end up running late, struggling to get the creases out of yesterday’s clothes while making a coffee and packing your bag for the day ahead. We’ve all been there. Here are a few handy tips to get the most out of your morning and set your productivity standards high for the day ahead:
Wake up when you’re ready for it
We all have different sleeping habits, patterns and lifestyles. Although morning people have been shown to be more proactive than night owls when it comes to taking action, waking up at a time that’s too early and deprives you of your precious sleep is not a good idea. Need to wake up earlier for work and lifestyle purposes? It’s all to do with your circadian rhythm. Getting to bed earlier, adjusting the lighting in your bedroom can help shift your sleeping patterns to wake up earlier in the day.
Prepare the night before
Okay, so it may be the last thing you want to do on a Sunday evening, but getting everything ready the night before can make the morning so much easier and stress-free. No need to sift through clothes to find that day’s outfit when you have it all laid out the night before. Instead of scouring through piles of paper to find what notes you need to take to work, do it the night before and you can spend more time waking up slowly, getting yourself mentally prepared for the day ahead.
Breakfast like a boss
Automatically, I never leave the house without having something to eat. Over one third of people in the UK skip breakfast. Not only does this lead to unhealthy habits such as binging later on or snacking on fatty treats, it also means that your energy levels are low and you’re missing out on vital nutrients that can boost your mental and cognitive ability to make mornings just that bit more productive. Although grabbing a cereal bar and a coffee is better than nothing, try to have something full of protein and low GI carbohydrates like porridge or eggs.
While I’m not suggesting that you should all be running marathons first thing in the morning, it is a good idea to get a bit of physical movement in to get the blood circulation going, even if it is just a brisk walk to work. Not only does morning exercise promote the maintenance of a healthy weight, but it has also been associated with increased endorphin release (feel-good hormones) that should make your early hours glide over a bit more easily.
Those tasks you dread? We all have the things we know need doing but always postpone to the last minute possible. (For me, it’s clearing out the fridge). Get them done and out the way as soon as you can. That way you don’t have to worry about getting them done for the rest of the day, and everything else in comparison seems that little less stressful.
So there we have it. A few tips to make the morning a bit more productive and pass with a little less stress. Let me know if you have any more ideas that can help with a happy wake-up and a smooth-sailing day!