Not everyone is a morning person. That, however, should not stop you from setting the pace of your day. What you do when you wake up will determine how productive your day will pan out. But before that be sure that you get enough sleep by sleeping early, set your morning alarm if you have to and try to unplug at least thirty minutes before going to bed.
For now, let us look at the 9 things you should do when you wake up
Start by Waking Up Early
Increase your overall Productivity by choosing to wake up early each day. By doing so you have more time to catch up on your morning routine that goes a long way in helping you to manage your time more effectively. However, as mentioned earlier, not everyone is a morning person. It is crucial that you find a routine that works best for you and most importantly, one that will keep you productive throughout the day.
Make Your Bed
In William H. McRaven’s book, Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World, William talks about the keystone habits that speak greatly of a person’s personality and how they run their lives. One of these habits being the simple act of making your bed. By performing this task, you not only complete the first task of the day but you also ensure that you come back home to a clean and organized space, which will contribute to having a good night sleep. In addition to this, you are able to tackle the tasks that follow positively.
Drinking a glass of water in the morning helps you to rehydrate your body after the long hours of sleep which will, in turn, earn you great health benefits. Some of these benefits include balancing your body fluids, jumpstarting your metabolism, supporting your immune system as well as fueling your brain so as not only to keep it healthy but also keep you active throughout the day.
Quiet Time/ Meditation
We can all agree that the best time to enjoy the quiet and meditate is early in the morning when you are still not burdened by the busy bustles of your everyday life. Take a few minutes of your time to quieten your brain and be in touch with your environment and surroundings. This will help to give you an energy boost and ensure that you think more clearly and therefore increasing your productivity. This is also the best time to journal on the things you are most grateful for, your dreams and other self-development projects that mean the most to you.
Exercising in the morning offers excellent benefits to your body and to your day altogether. By exercising, your body releases hormones known as endorphins that increase wellbeing by reducing stress hormones. Some of the ways you can exercise is going for morning runs or jogs, signing up for gym, taking yoga lessons or if you prefer working out on your own, technology has made it easier by providing health apps that can help you exercise and do your morning stretches from the comfort of your home. You want to start your day feeling energetic and active.
By planning for your day, you subconsciously create a healthier and more productive lifestyle. While most people prefer to plan for their day the night before, planning your day in the morning offers the same benefits for productivity. Start by writing down some of the tasks and goals you intend to achieve on that day as well as keeping track on any reminders that you need to work on. Again, if you do not prefer putting this plan on paper, there are a variety of free and paid-for daily planners online. Doing that can help you plan and manage your day in seconds.
Eat A Healthy Breakfast
According to an article published by the Rush University Medical Centre, breakfast is indeed the most important meal of the day. Just like hydrating in the morning, eating a healthy breakfast helps to jumpstart your metabolism, consume less fats during the day and have better performance in terms of memory and attention. In addition to this, eating a healthy breakfast, preferably one that is rich in protein will prevent you from nibbling on any fatty and junk food during the day due to hunger pangs. Be sure to add some fruit to your cereal and other diet enhancers for a healthier meal.
Keep Your Gadgets Away
It is often very easy to wake up in the morning with the urge to check on your emails and your social media. However, this is not a habit you want to entertain in the morning. At least not immediately you wake up. While checking your phone in the morning helps you catch up on messages or notifications you missed during the night, it acts as a time waster and limits the rest of your day. Consequently, continually checking your phone in the morning will increase your anxiety levels and cause you to start your day with a negative and timid approach. Be sure to keep your gadgets out of reach until when it is necessary.
Spend Time with Family
For those whose nature of their jobs does not allow them to work from home, most of their time is spent away from their families compared to those who work from home. If this is the case, you want to maximize your morning by spending time together as a family. This could be by deciding to have breakfast together or any other activity that will bring you together. Staying connected with the ones you love proves to be beneficial to your career, and you become more productive at work.
Be sure to take up the above steps and measures to bring out more effective and productive days.
Author: Sharon Chebaibai is a journalist with a background in communication & Media