Beginning is a very delicate time and the morning is the new beginning we relive every day. The way you start the morning will set the tone for the rest of the day and considering that most of us work 40, or even up to 60 hours per week, we should really try to make the most of those moments and kick-start the day the right way. The choice between feeling gloomy and lazy throughout the day or being empowered and productive is, in the end, on you. If you are in the second bunch, use these simple routines every day and make every new beginning a good one.
Have a short workout
You have probably already heard about the 7 minutes workout. There is a lot of science behind this routine and you will hear a lot that 7 minutes are the perfect time frame because it is short enough not to impact the rest of your morning routines and long enough to get you in the shape even better than extended cardio sessions. We won’t take anything from this. Instead we will tell you from our personal experience that this actually works. Finding the set of workouts that will benefit you the most is very easy, but you don’t have to look further than the usual bodyweight suspects. Or you can just download the app from virtually any store. Your muscles will burn and you will feel better for that.
Make your day a green one
You already knew that breakfast is the single most important meal of the day so make it count. Instead of yogurt, sandwich or porridge, why wouldn’t you go for a green smoothie? They are very rich with fibers and vitamins. They improve digestion and strengthen immune system. Smoothies help your muscles repair faster after workout and supply your body with the right amount of fuel for the rest of the day. In other words, they will give you an amazing boost. Preparing one will take you less time than the regular breakfast and in just a few seconds you will have an energy packed meal that will keep you going for hours.
Skip the emails and block your calendar
Although checking an email takes only a few minutes, everything that comes after will eat the large chunk of your morning. Checking your emails early reduces your productivity because you are instantly sucked into another one’s agenda instead of following your own priorities. Speaking of, try to turn your to-do list into time-bound project list. Block the estimated amount of time each task will need on your calendar and add 33% more time. Break it up into manageable pieces and use one block to the plan and the second to accomplish. This will help you to immediately refocus on the things that matter. Leave replies for the afternoon.
Pick 3 wins for the rest of the day
When you check your daily agenda choose the three things you want to achieve in the next 12 hours. They don’t have to be Herculean tasks, just something that will keep the ball rolling, whether it is something from your personal or professional life. Accomplishing these short-term tasks will provide you with much needed enthusiasm and motivation. You can even help your cause by applying some productivity tools, such as mind mapping tools that help better management in your personal and professional goals, plans and activities. Working in short burst will save you from the distractions and will also help you concentrate on your daily goals better.
You can do these routines in order we gave you or you can multitask if you think you don’t have too much time on disposal. Just be consistent and once they become your little morning rituals you can’t live without, you will be able to handle whatever comes later during the day with much less effort.