Since I have spent a lot of time at home over the past few years and with working from home since April, I have tried out many different morning routines that set me up for a productive day, some that have been a complete fail and others that seem to work well.
Today I wanted to share with you my current morning routine for a productive day. Although not every day is the same, because sometimes I start the day with a different agenda.
For example, I only work four days out of the week, so one day during the week I won’t start the day exactly the same as the others and weekends are a completely different story.
But here is what my morning routine for a productive day typically looks like!
Get up early for a productive day
I’m all for resting and getting those extra few hours in bed, but I always find that when I actually get up early and start the day earlier I’m already setting myself up for a productive day. As my morning routine has developed more, the easier it has become to get up early and to start earlier.
Getting up early always means you have way more hours in the day to actually get stuff done.
I’m always the one person who goes ‘there’s never enough hours in the day’ and whilst I sometimes still agree with this, I do think if you get up earlier, you can make the most of the time that you do have and don’t have to rush important tasks either.
This really does help me to be productive.
I’m pretty good at making sure I have breakfast because I know that if I don’t it can really make me feel rubbish and that’s not the best way to start the day.
You want to be starting the day feeling good, hydrated and in the best possible place so that you can go about your day feeling as well as you can especially if you’re working or studying, you want to have as much brain-power and feeling physically good to be able to get on.
I always make sure I’ve eaten before I get on with any work otherwise I end up making silly mistakes.
Write my to-do list
No productive day can begin without writing out a to-do list for the day ahead.
I either do this the night before or first thing in the morning so I know what I need to focus on that day and what tasks need to get done. This helps to also keep me organised and using my time wisely because I have a clear idea of what I’m doing.
There’s nothing worse than panicking and not knowing how your day is going to play out, so having a clear idea of what you’re up to can increase productivity.
Get ready for the day so I can have a productive day
Similar to having breakfast, I like to get ready for the day because this helps to set me up for a productive day.
Don’t get me wrong some days I love to have a more lazy day where I won’t wear any makeup, I’ll shove my hair in a messy bun and stay in my lazy clothes, but most of the time I get ready like I would if I was going off for work or leaving the house for the day.
I feel like it really helps you to dress for the part and I always feel more together when I’ve gotten ready like I’m really ready to start the day and be productive.
Go on a walk
It may come as a surprise to you but if I don’t leave the house and have some time away from my to-do list, then I can actually end up setting myself up for having an unproductive day. So in my morning routine, I like to schedule in a walk.
I love getting outside, walking my dog, getting some fresh air and clearing my mind to start my day in the best possible way. It’s a great way to refresh yourself and feel energised to start the day by doing a light bit of exercise.
Sometimes I’ll do a workout as well but that’s definitely more of a work in progress. I’ve been trying to get back into working out for the past few months. At the start of the year I had a consistent routine, but that kind of went out the window when the summer hit.
Start with the difficuilt tasks first
I’m always way more productive once I’ve got the difficuilt tasks out of the way first. It’s almost like part of my mind is then able to see things a little clearer and focus easier because I haven’t got that heavy feeling of this task weighing on my shoulders.
I also think high priority tasks also have to come first because they are so important and I won’t be able to concentrate on anything else unless I’ve done them first. If I don’t, this can lead to procrastination which obviously does not help me when I’m trying to be productive.
Other things I like to do to in my morning routine to have a productive day…
Reward myself and praise myself – I love to encourage myself throughout my day and setting myself up this way in the morning just pushes me to get started
Take breaks often – it is so important to schedule in breaks often to recharge and have a little bit of down-time before you go again
Little tasks – when I’m getting breakfast or waking up in the mornings I like to do little tasks to ease myself into my day like catching up on my social media accounts especially the ones I manage for brands and checking my emails to see what I need to catch up on
How does your morning routine ensure you have a productive day?