5 Steps to Better Mornings and a More Successful Workday
Does the early bird really get the worm? Science says yes! A number of studies have shown a correlation between waking early, pro activity, and productivity. While many people proclaim that they’re just not a “morning person”, having a solid morning routine is a habit that can be developed just like any other.
If your morning strategy is limited to drinking copious amounts of coffee to see you through to the afternoon, try following these steps:
1. Get quality sleep
Not only can a good night’s sleep make or break your morning, it’s critical for maintaining your physical and mental health. Disengage from your TV, phone, and other electronic devices at least an hour before bed, as the light from the screen can disrupt your melatonin levels – an important hormone for quality sleep.
2. Wake up earlier
There are a number of CEOs, Entrepreneurs, and other wildly successful people who all have the same thing in common: they get a very early start; some as early as 4am! If waking up early is too difficult at first, try setting your alarm just 15-20 minutes earlier each day and work your way up to an earlier alarm time.
3. Go for a Jog
Not only is exercise good for your physical health, studies show that getting your heart rate up can increase focus and memory. Even an easy, 20-minute jog is enough to reap the benefits! Running outside has the added bonus of getting you out in the early morning sunlight, which can fine tune your circadian rhythm and make it easier to wake up early.
4. Don’t Skip Breakfast
It’s called the most important meal of the day for a reason. Eating a healthy breakfast will help to maintain focus and give you the energy you need to work effectively.
5. Tackle tough tasks first
Known as “eating the frog”, the idea is to identify the task that you are least motivated to do and get it done first. Studies indicate that willpower is highest in the morning, which makes it the best time to take on such chores. It also prevents procrastination and enables you to spend the rest of the day doing the parts of the job you enjoy most!