Many of us want to be more productive, but our morning routines keep us from reaching our full potential. We hit snooze five times before we roll out of bed, shove donuts in our mouths as we stumble into our cars and spend our mornings trying to get organized. Flip the script in the new year by following these tips to help you start your day right.
1. Eat. Your mother was right—breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s the meal that kickstarts your day after a night of fasting (hence its name; it’s a Break in your Fast). Make sure you load up on protein and choose foods that will fuel the first part of your day—that means skip the donuts and go for an egg, yogurt, fresh fruit and whole grains. Don’t have time to cook breakfast? Make it ahead of time—boil enough eggs for the week and put them in the refrigerator or put a bowl, cereal box and banana next to the coffee pot. Help yourself succeed by preparing ahead of time.
2. Plan. A to-do list helps you to sort your priorities for the day. You know what you need to complete that day in order to succeed. For many people, the morning is the most productive time of the day. If this sounds like you, plan to complete the majority of your tasks in the morning while your mind is fresh and your energy is up. Referral Maker real estate CRM helps you plan your day and stay on task. Visit Referral Maker for more information and to start your 30-day free trial!
3. Immerse yourself in positivity. When you start your day on a positive note, you’ll not only feel happier, you may also get more done as well. Post a positive mantra to your bathroom mirror and read it while you get ready. Or, download an inspirational podcast to your phone or iPod and listen to it on your commute instead of listening to your favorite tunes. Getting positive first thing in the morning will set you up to have a positive day.
4. Get outside. Whether you go for a walk or run right after you wake up or you take a midmorning jaunt around the block, getting outside will improve your mood and help you switch gears between tasks. Plus, who doesn’t love a bit of fresh air? If you work out at night, squeeze in some fresh air in the morning by parking in the furthest spot from your building (but make sure it’s still well-lit for safety).
5. Be grateful. Gratitude is powerful! When you wake up, write down three things you’re grateful for in a notebook. This exercise will help you to maintain perspective and start your day on a positive note.