10 Productive Ways To Boost Your Mornings
Productivity + Positive Attitudes Start First Thing In The Morning
Being productive and having a positive attitude isn’t something we’re all born with and lasts our entire lives. It takes time, conscious effort + strength to stay in that frame of mind. We all need encouragement and people around us that make us feel good. We need to create routines that help make life easier and help us get on with things without holding us back.
I’ve never been a morning person, but I’m also not that bad. My mood isn’t too low or grumpy, which I definitely appreciate. My boyfriend is super moody first thing and he has to go and stand in the shower before he’ll do much more than grunt at me!
In today’s post, I want to share the things that I do to help myself feel positive and excited to live my life! I’ll definitely be sharing it with him too 😉
1. Snooze BEFORE Your Get Out Of Bed Time, But Never After
Now, I know that people say that snoozing your alarm is bad for you, and you feel more grumpy and groggy if you do it. However, I have ALWAYS been someone who snoozes my alarm, and I stand by it!
I just can’t wake up any other way, and I would be very upset if someone took the snooze away from me. Not only that, but I genuinely think if I didn’t have my snooze, I would be late for EVERYTHING.
If you struggle to get out of bed and hit the snooze button multiple times, I feel you.
My top tip for getting the snooze right, however, is using it in a slightly different way.
I have three alarms set each morning. One is for half an hour before I need to get up, then ten minutes before, and then finally one for the time I have to get up. I label this last alarm, GET UP NOW!! And this actually means I read it as I turn the alarm off, and I know it’s my last warning.
To be honest, it works pretty effectively. I’ve got into a habit, my body knows the routine, and I’m fully awake by the time my alarm goes off for the third time!
Give it a try and see whether it helps you! It might just give you the snooze you’re looking for but without making you late by snoozing over the time you need to get up!
2. Have A Routine That Makes You Feel Happier To Get Up In The Mornings
Making a routine can often make things easier to follow through with. When we know exactly how something is going to turn out, it can put us at ease.
Not only that, but we can create a routine that makes us happy.
Depending on the time of year, you can either have a fan set up to move into a cool area after the heat of being under the covers, or you can have a thick robe ready if it’s the middle of winter.
You could have the coffee machine ready to go with your favourite coffee, or your mug ready with the new type of herbal tea you’re loving.
There are lots of little things that you can do for yourself to make life easier. At the end of the day, try to be your own best friend and do things for yourself to make it simpler. At the end of the day, making it a routine where you are caring for yourself and setting yourself up for success is a great way to start your day.
The more you prepare for these things, the more enjoyable they will become. You won’t have to stress and you can actually get up with a smile on your face!
3. Drink A Glass Of Cool Water After Waking Up
Preferably drink the water before you drink any other kind of drink, like your tea or coffee.
The water wakes up your internal organs, helps make you feel more alert and active straight away, and prepares your body for the rest of the food and drink to come.
It’s also gentler on your stomach than going straight for a caffeine-rich drink that can irritate your stomach.
4. Write A To-Do List First Thing
Once you’re awake and have a lovely hot drink next to you, working on your day’s to-do list is a great way to boost your morning.
By getting super clear on the objectives you have for the day can help you feel productive and motivated. It will also give you clarity on the more important things you need to deal with that day.
Closing in on the things that stress you out as you go is also vital. Put a red star next to them and HIT THEM FIRST. The quicker you deal with the things that are stressing you out, the more accomplished you’ll feel, and the easier the rest of the day will become.
When you ignore things and put them off, you’ll struggle to feel motivated and instead will feel stressed and frustrated with yourself. Procrastination makes good things hard and hard things harder! Instead, just grit your teeth, take a deep breath and just get it done!
Whatever it might be, whether it’s a sales call you’re not massively looking forward to, or a report that needs doing but is filling you with dread – by sorting it out first thing you’ll feel much happier, you’ll get a boost of confidence and a sense of accomplishment that will carry you through the day.
5. Have Your Clothes Ready The Night Before
This is a really great habit that I need to do on a more consistent basis. It just saves so much time!
Having your outfit chosen and ready to go means that you don’t have to stress about it in the morning either. Anything you can do to reduce the brainpower it takes to get ready, the better. I have to wear professional outfits for work because I’m out on the road having meeting with my clients, so being more prepared just takes that stress away!
6. Don’t Check Emails Straight Away.. Unless It’s Part Of Your Job
This one is kind of a sticking point.
Of course, if your emails provide your workload, or you might have something vitally important to your job within your emails, then please do look at them.
But if it’s not vital, then it’s best to focus on that to-do list instead, and hit up some of the more crucial elements first.
By removing the distraction of your emails, you can get more things actually done first. Pick up the other things demanding your attention afterwards. Shifting your focus to the high priority items.
7. Do A 10 Minute Stretch Of Your Body
Even if you’re young, fit and healthy, it’s pretty important to stretch out your body after being asleep.
During the night, your body might get stiff, and your muscles aren’t being used to keep your upright and walking around.
As such, it’s a good idea to stretch out properly before moving around and going off into your day.
(Just a quick disclaimer, I’m not a doctor or medical professional. Please seek proper medical advice on this topic if you’re concerned).
Exercise, in general, is very important, and for some people doing a proper workout first thing in the morning is the best way for them to get it done.
It’s entirely up to you, and how things work best for you. Incorporating some kind of physical activity is a very productive way to start your mornings!
8. Prep Your Meals For The Rest Of The Day
Me and my partner like to save as much money as we possibly can, and this usually means making our own lunches, and me taking my own coffee out with me.
By prepping this first thing in the morning (or even the night before if you wanna be super productive!), you can have a real head-start on the day.
Making a healthy, filling lunch in the morning will reduce the stress of having to find somewhere good to eat. It will save you money, and you will be able to eat something knowing you have made it yourself.
It is also a good idea to know what you are going to have as your evening meal. Simply getting the food ready sooner rather than later will help.
We buy fresh meat when it’s on offer and then freeze it. It saves us so much money in the long run. All you need to do is remember to take it out of the freezer in the morning so that it’s defrosted in time for dinner!
9. Write Down 3 Things You’re Grateful For
Remembering to be grateful for the good things you have in your life is extremely valuable.
They say that people who properly notice the things they are grateful for are happier overall.
Take the time to write a brief list each morning, and really focus on it. Write them in the same notebook, and on low days have a read through. You’ll be amazed how much you have to be happy about.
10. Listen To Positive, Uplifting Music/Videos/Podcasts
It’s amazing how much of an impact listening to happy music can give you!
I also really like watching those really aesthetically pleasing videos on YouTube where they are talking about being productive and motivated, and they’re journaling, cleaning and tidying, or talking about fashion and makeup.
One of my favourite YouTubers in this category would be Lavendaire – definitely check her out if you like the personal growth, journaling, and lifestyle content.
For me, even if I’m not 100% paying attention to the music or the video, I know that subconsciously, the message will be going in.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed this list of 10 productive things to boost your mornings! Let me know in the comments if you have any other things you like to do in the mornings that boost your mood and make you feel more productive!