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Setting a morning routine that boosts your productivity for the rest of the day

In the fast-paced world we live in, finding ways to optimise our productivity has become a priority for many. One often-overlooked but immensely powerful tool in this pursuit is a well-crafted morning routine. The way you start your day sets the tone for the hours that follow, and a purposeful morning routine can have a profound impact on your overall productivity.

Now, we can already hear all the "but" and "if" people:

But I am too busy. But I have school runs. If only I lived somewhere else. If only I had more time.

You have probably heard of the book Atomic Habits by James Clear. The term "atomic habits" refers to tiny changes or improvements that may seem insignificant on their own but, when consistently practiced, can accumulate into powerful habits. So, keep an open mind, and don't try to put this routine in place all at once.

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1. But First, Water

The first step to a productive day is water and a mindful start. Instead of rushing out of bed and immediately diving into the bits you have to do, take a few moments for yourself. Grab a big glass of water and don't rush to drink, just simply be. This could also involve meditation, deep breathing exercises, or simply reflecting on your goals for the day. Creating a calm and focused mental state in the morning can set the foundation for a day of clear thinking and intentional action.

2. Ditch your Phone

In the age of constant connectivity, taking a break from screens in the morning can be rejuvenating. Instead of immediately checking emails and social media, consider spending the first hour of your day in tech-free activities. This allows you to start your day on your terms, reducing stress and fostering a sense of control over your time.

3. Get Moving

Yep, you read that right, no breakfast yet! Incorporating exercise into your morning routine is a powerful way to boost both physical and mental energy. Whether it's a quick workout, a jog, or some yoga, physical activity has been shown to enhance cognitive function, improve mood, and increase overall energy levels. A more energised body and mind can contribute significantly to your productivity throughout the day. If you are not into any of these activities, that's fine. You can surely still go for a 10-min walk around the block and just get some fresh morning air.

4. Learning and Growth

Allocating time for personal development in the morning can be a game-changer. Whether it's reading a book or listening to a podcast, dedicating time to learning can expand your knowledge and improve your skill set. This intentional focus on growth contributes to long-term productivity gains.

5. Structured Planning

A morning routine is an excellent opportunity to plan and prioritise your day. Whether you prefer journaling, using productivity apps, or a combination of both, taking the time to outline your tasks and goals allows you to approach your day with a clear roadmap. This structured planning helps prevent feeling overwhelmed and ensures that you tackle your most important tasks first.

6. Now You Can Have Breakfast

The reason why we suggest delaying your breakfast as much as possible, is because you will be more productivity and have more focus before you tuck in on that bagel and latte. When we eat, all our energy goes to our gut, leaving less to focus on other tasks. This might feel weird at first, but you will soon see the benefits.

But don't just go and eat a bowl of cereals. A nutritious breakfast fuels your body and brain, providing the energy needed for optimal functioning. Consuming sugary, processed foods can lead to energy crashes and decreased productivity. Including a balanced mix of proteins, whole grains, and fruits in your morning routine can sustain your energy levels and support mental clarity.

7.Consistency is Key

While the specific elements of a morning routine may vary from person to person, consistency is crucial. Establishing a regular routine helps regulate your body's internal clock, making it easier to wake up feeling refreshed. Consistency also reinforces the habits that contribute to productivity, turning them into automatic and effortless actions over time.

In the quest for increased productivity, a purposeful morning routine can be a game-changing strategy. By incorporating mindfulness, planning, physical activity, healthy nutrition, learning, and a break from technology, you set the stage for a day filled with focus, energy, and accomplishment. Experiment with different elements to find the routine that works best for you, and watch as your mornings become a powerful catalyst for heightened productivity in all areas of your life.


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This blog has been sourced by Priority Management International and edited by Priority Management London.


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