I’m not much of a morning person and usually have a hard time getting out of bed. Working from home doesn’t make it any easier because I don’t have to be anywhere right away. But the truth is that the earlier I wake up the more productive I am throughout the day.
This is why I’ve been working on adjusting my morning routine. I know if I succeed at getting up earlier I’ll get more done without stressing as muchl. I’ve been practicing certain methods, and now I recommend them to you. I hope you’ll find some benefit in them.
First, it’s important to get prepared for the morning the night before. Set out your outfit for the next day, including socks and shoes. Figure out what you’re going to eat for breakfast, and make sure you have everything necessary.
This will give you more free time the following morning. You won’t have to spend twenty minutes trying to figure out what to wear because nothing feels right or because everything is currently in the laundry. You’ll save time and make your mornings more pleasant.
Once morning arrives, it’ll be very helpful to actually get up at the right time. If you’ve set an alarm for 7 a.m. it’s because you know you need to be up at 7 a.m. Instead of ignoring your previous plans, actually get out of bed as soon as your alarm goes off.
Place your alarm on the other side of your room so you actually have to get out of bed. As often as possible, go to bed about seven hours before so you don’t feel completely exhausted when it’s time to get up.
If you time how long it takes you to do all the necessary morning tasks you’ll have a better idea of how long you should take getting ready. It can be really easy to take a lot of breaks first thing in the morning. You might easily waste twenty minutes scrolling through social media when you could be taking a shower or eating your breakfast. Figure out where you’re wasting time, and either eliminate those activities from your morning routine or set a timer indicating how long you should take on each task.
Lastly, don’t do more in the mornings than you need to, especially if you often find yourself running late. Find tasks that you can eliminate, do the night before, or postpone until later on in the day. Figure out what’s important, and get rid of the rest. However, make sure that you do take a moment to take a deep breath before you run out the door. Mornings can be stressful, so give yourself a moment to make sure you’re in a good frame of mind before heading out for the day.
Let me know what makes your mornings easier to handle or what seems to always slow you down.