“He who every morning plans the transaction of the day and follows out that plan, carries a thread that will guide him through the maze of the most busy life. But where no plan is laid, where the disposal of time is surrendered merely to the chance of incidence, chaos will soon reign.” – Victor Hugo
The most successful people often have the most regimented and productive morning routines. If you’re looking for a way to boost your energy and productivity the whole day long, take a look at these five helpful tips for achieving a more powerful workweek morning routine.
Avoid Hitting the Snooze Button
Hitting the snooze button can be tempting, but it’s not the way to achieve a powerful morning routine. Though it can feel rewarding to get a few extra minutes of sleep, that short amount of shut eye will actually end up hurting you in the long run. When you first hear your alarm, your body releases adrenaline making you alert. By going back to sleep you’re messing with your body’s natural sleep schedule and you can end up feeling more tired than before.
Don’t Skimp on Breakfast
We’ve been told since we were kids that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, though some of us still skip this important part of our mornings. Even if it’s something fast and easy, taking the time to eat a quick meal in the mornings can affect your day dramatically, giving you an extra energy boost to start your day. Speaking of energy, limiting your coffee intake in the mornings can be a great way to make your mornings more powerful. For those who consider caffeine a necessity, try to limit your intake so you don’t feel jittery and you’ll be surprised how much more productive your morning will feel.
Save Your Emails For the Office
Though it can be extremely tempting to reach for your phone and start reading emails and texts when you first wake up, challenge yourself to hold off on outside communication until you get to the office. Taking time for yourself in the morning is important if you want to develop a powerful routine, and you’ll be less distracted, making your routine go faster.
Tackle Your Biggest Tasks First
Though some people like to dilly-dally around when they first get to the office, the most successful people get straight to work. According to a study completed at the University of Nottingham and the National Institute of Education in Singapore, you are most productive in the mornings, and your willpower dwindles as the day goes on. Make your morning even more productive by tackling large tasks and challenges during the first part of your work day. Save smaller projects for the afternoon when fatigue starts to set in.
Get Moving & Stay Active
As mentioned above, as the day wear on our bodies become more fatigued. Working out in the mornings, or doing some kind of physical activity can be a great way to start your work day. Vogue Editor-In-Chief, Anna Wintour, is rumored to start her routine every morning with a 5:45 a.m. tennis match. We’re not saying you have to go to those extremes, but hitting the gym in the morning can be powerful way to start your day. If you don’t have time to hit the gym, try to incorporate stretching, yoga, or a short run around your neighborhood into your morning routine; this will not only wake you up, but will get the blood and oxygen flowing to your brain and muscles.
Keep a Chic, Organized Office
Keeping a well organized office can make your mornings more productive and powerful. When decorating your office, make sure to choose pieces that are bright and energizing, but not distracting. Leaving yourself short to-do lists on your desk to read the following day is another great way to stay motivated and organized.
Guest Blogger Bio:
Kayla Unnerstall is a content writer and blogger at LuxeDecor, a premiere online showroom for high-end furniture, lighting, rugs, and home décor. For more interior inspiration and home decorating ideas, check out the LuxeDecor blog.