Most of us are always in a hurry and despite making efforts fail to complete all that needs to, in a day. On the other hand, there are people around us who complete whatever tasks assigned to them within the deadlines. Who does not want to be productive and if we make a conscious effort, we too can stay ahead of our game and feel positive throughout the day. The key to this change is building a healthy morning routine that works sets the tone for a positive and productive day ahead.
Many of us grab our smartphones right after getting up in the morning to scroll through emails, social networking sites, news alerts, etc. Doing so is not an ideal way to start a day as it unknowingly sucks too much energy out of you right in the morning because you have already overdriven your mind.
To avoid getting your energy drained and help you reclaim your mornings, here are some changes you can make to your routine and watch the magic unfold:
5 Morning Routine Changes For A Productive Day Ahead
Here are some easy yet effective ways to start your mornings in a way that set the tone for a positive and productive workday:
1. Maintain a Healthy Morning Routine
Ditch mobile phone alarms and rely on a table clock to wake yourself up. This will help you keep your hands off the mobile phone right in the morning. Ensure that you go to sleep at a reasonable time in the night taking a proper sleep of 7-8 hours and wake up early to start your day feeling refreshed. Make a habit of making your bed and drink a glass of water first thing in the morning. Take out some time to exercise/ meditate and avoid checking your phone for emails or social media profiles. Before leaving for work, spend some time with your family and what would be a better way of doing that than having a healthy breakfast together.
2. Clean Your Desk/Work Station
Keeping your workstation clean and organized is an effective way of decluttering your mind. Working from an unkempt desk can affect your productivity, as it would be difficult to find important files and materials when your things are unorganized. It creates unnecessary stress and affects your ability to concentrate on work. Even though you may find it a pain to clean right when you get into work, it makes a big difference to your ability to concentrate, as clutter tends to pull your attention away from your work.
3. Set Goals For The Day
We set annual goals regarding our projects and tasks at the beginning of every (financial) year because it sets us on the path that we need to take to achieve these goals. We strategize and find innovative ways to produce results. Similarly, setting goals daily at the beginning of the day puts everything in motion and helps us to set priorities and get things done in a more effective manner.
Additionally, break your daily goals into achievable action steps and define timelines against each step to keep yourself on your toes.
4. Take Up Crucial Tasks First
Once you have set goals for the day, identify the most important task and work on it first thing in the morning. The most important task is usually the one that we dread the most because it is so big that it feels like it is looming over you. Making a conscious effort to pick up the biggest task first and get done with it will give an enormous boost of achievement and you will be motivated to do even better as the day progresses.
5. Cut Down On Distractions
In the Internet age, we are addicted to and dependent on so many apps and websites for our day-to-day use, our phones keep buzzing from endless notifications. This really acts as a great distraction and poses as an even great enemy to productivity. At the same time, the Internet has given alternate ways to cut down on distractions that come with different apps and websites. These alternate ways include online tools that help you concentrate on your work. A simple Google search will provide you with ample tools specialized in blocking distracting sites, isolating yourself from social networks, and even tracking how much time you waste on unnecessary applications and websites.
It depends on an individual to decide how productive their life is going to be. Figure out ways to improve one’s daily routine and building healthy habits can help one accomplish twice the amount of work in half the time. Hopefully, the tips shared above will help you take the first step towards becoming more productive at work.
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