Another day dawns. The alarm sounds on your phone. Ugh. You grab it, hit snooze, and reward yourself with a Facebook update, email check, and a quick re-tweet or two. Next thing you know, you look at the clock and you’re running really running late. If you’re looking for ways to be more productive and get more done in your day, then this isn’t it.
If this sounds familiar, and you want to boost your productivity and achieve an amazing amount of tasks done in your day, then you need to harness the power of your mornings – the only time you truly have to prepare yourself for daily success. But what do you do every morning to be more productive? Glad you asked. Here’s five ways to increase your productivity and get more done every day of the week.
The body consists of almost 80% water, and you become depleted during your sleep phase – when your organs choose to repair, re-energize, and refuel your body, filling your water stores with toxins and waste.
To start the day with a clear mind, you need to flush these toxins away by rehydrating your body. Do this by consuming adequate clean, filtered water as soon as you get out of bed. Aim to consume at least a litre of water (24 oz.) within 30 minutes of rising.
As an additional boost, you may want to consume a glass of superfood green drink as well. With many superfoods, alkaline-rich plants, and packed full of vitamins and minerals, a green drink not only aids in hydration of your body, but adds a supercharged boost to your daily nutritional intake. 2. Use Movement to Get Your Blood Flowing
You can’t expect to be at your peak productive state, unless you start your morning with exercise to get your blood and creative juices flowing. Choose your vehicle – weights, yoga, running, walking – anything that will assist your body to transport oxygen to your limbs, and more importantly, your brain.
Morning exercise is a powerful tool that is essential to be more productive. Releasing endorphins and elevating your self esteem, there’s nothing like deep breaths, pumping tunes, and the rush of wind in your face as you reach for a high first thing. For exercise that can be completed anywhere, come any weather, and without equipment, try performing a yoga Sun Salutation sequence. Combined with deep breathing throughout, it has the ability to supercharge your brain with clutter-clearing oxygen. 3. Write a Journal
An increasingly recognized tool to be more productive, is to write a journal first thing in the morning. But what do you write about?
As a guide, try using a structured journal writing session, whereby you answer a specific set of questions each day. This is useful to track your thoughts, and keep the journal writing session short and focused.
Try the following morning journal structure, and modify as you see fit. Ask yourself:
● Three things I am grateful for:
● Three things that would make today great:
● Daily affirmations – I am:
● Three things to accomplish today: 4. Eat Nourishing Food
It’s impossible to be productive if you don’t have the right nutrition to support a busy day. As such, you need the right food throughout the day to replenish your depleted energy stores and prepare you for the day ahead.
Some fundamental tips to keep in mind when choosing nourishing food for productivity are:
● Eat a mostly plant-based diet, using ingredients that include good amounts of natural, unrefined fats and protein (avocado, eggs, spinach, beans, mixed vegetables, sweet potato, wholesome oils and seeds)
● Avoid all processed sugars and processed grains
● Eat when you feel hungry, and don’t bother counting calories. If the food is whole and nutritious, your body will naturally know when to stop eating.
If you’re not sure how to prepare the wholesome, nutritious meals your body required to be at your productive best, then check out some of the convenient healthy meal delivery services springing up across the U.S. 5. Put Distractions Aside, and Do Creative Tasks First
You probably don’t even realize is, but the number 1 killer of productivity in your day is the automatic, seemingly insignificant tasks like:
● Checking your email every 10 minutes
● Composing social media updates and browsing your news feed
● Browsing discount / coupon sites for cheap goods, etc.
These tasks creep up on you. They’re rarely something you consciously track how much time you spend, and can quickly spiral out of control and make your day disappear (think how many times you absent-mindedly spent 30min browsing Facebook!?). To be more productive, you need to be diligent with your tech. Be ruthless. Turn your cell phone to airplane / flight mode every night, and don’t turn it back on until after you complete your most important tasks first.
Distractions removed, it’s time to crank out your work. Your mind is at its creative best until about lunch time, so use this time to write that report, solve that problem, and devise a solution for your focus group. Ideally, you want to get straight to the important tasks you outlined in your morning journal. Leave all other tasks (including email) for your afternoon session.
Start, and End Productive
If you’re looking for ways to be more productive, and face a losing battle to find more hours in the day, then don’t wait any longer. It’s time for you to take full control of your day, starting with your mornings. There are ways to be more productive, and the most important tool you’ll need to make a productive day possible is your willingness to take action. So, starting today, what steps are you going to take to make tomorrow your most productive day yet?