Do you struggle to get a good start to your day? Are you wondering how you could get a better start, increase your productivity and feel better about yourself? Getting a good start after you wake is essential for a productive day. Starting out slow and tired means that you are missing out on the most productive hours of every day! Start out tomorrow by trying these Top 5 Morning Habits, I promise it’ll feel awesome once you’ve made it into a habit and you’ll be much more productive!
1. Wake up earlier
If you want to be more productive in the morning, this is pretty much a no-brainer. But, if you’re like me, this has never been an easy task to do. I struggled for many years with getting up early in the morning and not feel completely exhausted, and I finally have some strategies to help me out. First of all, go to bed earlier. This might seem like you’re sacrificing productivity, but trust me, it’s not. If you stay up late, you won’t get as much good sleep, which has a negative impact on the following day. See the pattern here? Getting a good night’s sleep is crucial to start off the day in a good way.
2. Make your bed
Wait, what? Yes I’m being serious here. Get into the habit of making the bed as soon as you get out of it. Why am I giving you this tip? Well, if you start the day by making your bed then you have already done something. You’ve finished a task, something to feel proud of! This helps you feel motivated to complete even more tasks throughout the day! It also gives you a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day when you come back to a bed that’s been made, even if the entire day was a disaster!
3. Take a cold shower
This might sound like a nightmare, but it’s not. Tons of studies show the positive effects of taking a cold shower. It certainly wakes you up, for starters! It also makes your body suck in more oxygen, leading to a more oxygenated brain, leading to a clearer mind. It’s also shown to increase your circulation. Some studies also show that it can relieve stress as well as combat depression. Several positive effects from just a quick cool shower in the morning! And it doesn’t need to be an entire shower session either, do your normal shower routine but finish off with 30 to 60 seconds of cold water, shocking your body into life. It might be unpleasant at first but trust me, you’ll feel amazing afterwards!
4. Make a daily to-do list
This is the most sacred of my morning habits. Each and every morning, I dedicate a block of time to sit down with my first cup of coffee and plan out my day. It doesn’t have to be very complex however, and if you’re unused to making daily plans or todo-lists, then start out small! Start out by writing out your Big 3 each day. This means the 3 most important tasks you want to complete for that particular day. This is how I started out as well, and it helped me tremendously. I am a natural born procrastinator and this is the most effective way for me to overcome this. I personally put write down 5 to 7 tasks for each day, but never more than 9. If you go over 9 tasks for a particular day, you’re stretching your working memory a bit too far. Try it out, it’ll help you get more things done!
5. Read or do some creative work
You might be wondering how on earth you’ll be able to do any creative work in the morning after you’ve just woken up, but I guarantee you it’s more than possible. In my opinion it’s actually recommended! Each day you only have a limited amount of energy, willpower and focus. If you do writing work for example, do you find yourself struggling with putting pen to paper in the evening after a hard day’s work? Well, that’s exactly why. You’re running low on energy, willpower and focus. Personally I am always the most creative and focused in the first few hours of the day, which is why I always try to get my writing done before I get going with the rest of my day. This is how I wrote my book for example and if you’re interested you can find it right here.
There are a ton of good morning habits you could develop and these are only a few examples. There are also, however, a lot of bad morning habits you might have developed. Don’t worry, I got you covered there as well, check out my post Breaking Bad Habits While Forming Good Ones! Have you tried any of these morning habits yet? Did they give you any results? Do you have any other morning habits that work for you? Let us know down in the comments!