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10 Habits For A Productive Morning (Even Before You Get To Work!)

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This is a guest post by Cynthia Matthews. Cynthia is fitness preacher who loves and makes life a happy and healthy one. She’s also a traveler with a great passion for exploring the planet. Skydiving in Zambia, trekking through the Himalayas and coming face to face with a Komodo dragon are some of the things she’s ticked off her bucket list.


“To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self-disciplined is to follow in a better way.” ― Corita Kent

As time passes and we grow, both physically and mentally, our roles and goals in life see constant change. As children, we aim to be purely happy and make our families proud. As young adults, we aim to find our true calling and path in life and hopefully, come up with a solid plan to get there. As fully grown adults, we’re still discovering ourselves, but the path is clearer and we know what we need to do to stay on the right one. As an adult, responsibilities also grow in number, making it absolutely essential for us to have a plan, make a suitable schedule and try our best to actually stick to it.

No one is perfect, that is a given, but understanding yourself and learning to find a way around your flaws will only work in your favor and increase the quality and productivity of your life. We all learn from our experiences and mistakes, even when those mistakes have a had a larger impact on how we look at life and perceive it too. So, even before you begin to understand HOW you can enhance your productivity, let’s take a look at the WHAT and the WHY of the situation.

What does your regular day require from you?

For any working individual, their career is of primary importance to them. So, ask yourself this: What does my work require from me? Why do I need to focus on being in the right frame of mind and not making any silly blunders?

While some types of work are purely time-driven, others are driven by objectives, some by performance and magnitude, and others by a coherent combination of all these and other factors too. So, the first important step is to understand the schedule that dictates your daily life and understand what your requirements are in order to have a meaningful and productive day.

What are the common mistakes you make?

Common Mistakes

There’s nothing wrong with self-analysis for the purpose of improvement and growth. Being self-critical can actually have some very beneficial long-term outcomes and even help you better understand who you are and what you stand for.

Some of the most common habitual problems that people deal with are:

  • Laziness
  • Bad time management
  • Failure to meet deadlines
  • Lack of prioritization
  • Not focusing on health

Not getting enough rest

The list, of course, varies from person to person. No two people have the same flaws or plus points but, as humans, we tend to have certain generalized qualities and traits. When you learn to understand your own traits, you know where the tweaking is required. And tweaking doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re becoming something you’re not; it only means you’re focusing on becoming a better, more refined version of yourself.

Why is having a productive morning important?

The morning is what marks the beginning of the rest of your day, and they say that how you start something has a huge effect on how the rest of it pans out. This means that having a sluggish and lazy morning will most definitely translate into a rather slow-paced and unproductive day as well. In today’s day and age, productivity plays a very important role in everyone’s life. Productivity is the yardstick that most people use to measure the quality and value of one’s life and work. So, when productivity takes a hit, so does the quality of your life and talent, and no one wants that, right?

What can you do to have a productive morning every day?

Especially on the days that you have to go to work, having an active morning has a wide range of benefits. In fact, you might just find yourself looking forward to the rest of the day and doing something meaningful at work, rather than being discouraged by the fact that you might have to work through a long day.

Let’s explore 10 such habits that are sure to make a difference to your day:

1. Making a solid schedule

The word “schedule” itself might not have the best ring to it, but it can make a big difference even to the simplest tasks. Writing/typing out what exactly needs to be done is the first step towards actually getting it done. When you write it down, you’re clear on what exactly you need to get in line in order to complete these tasks. Usually, the best thing to do is to quickly review the next day’s goals a night before, preferably before you hit the sack. And once you’re awake, you can quickly read through this schedule and be mentally prepared for what your day is going to look like. Being prepared is always an important step!

2. Manage your time, effectively

Time is not just a unit of measurement; it is an indispensable commodity. Time cannot be earned back once lost, and this is why each second needs to be handled with care. In most cases, being absent-minded and losing track of time directly leads to unfinished tasks and unmet deadlines. Time, therefore, needs to be dealt with in a systematic way for maximum efficiency.

How?

Managing time is a skill on its own, one that each of us needs to try and cultivate. There are many different ways to manage time – time-tables, reminders, alarms, calendar planners, and many others. Different methods work better for different people, depending on the variables involved. In fact, even something as simple as always having a watch on is a great way to not lose track of time. When you learn to manage time, you’re already winning the battle.

3. Never skip breakfast

Healthy Breakfast

Right from childhood, we’ve been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and indeed, it is. A nutritious breakfast is a perfect way to start your day and make sure your body has the right amount of strength to keep you feeling energetic all day. Missing your breakfast is actually considered very bad for your digestive system and also a cause for falling sick more often. A balanced, power-packed breakfast can help build your immunity and defense against sickness, and also keep your mind healthy.

4. Squeeze in a workout routine

Yes, mornings can sometimes be very hectic, especially if you have a number of chores to complete at home before you leave to work. And while trying to workout before you leave might seem like a bit of a stretch, it can be done in whatever time frame you have and has numerous benefits too. A workout doesn’t necessarily have to be very rigorous and long. There are a number of short, 30-minute workouts that can do the needful but without eating into your time. You can get on a treadmill, or go for a run or even cycle for a short time to get some morning cardio. A lot of bodyweight exercises can easily be done at home, and there are also plenty of videos available online. If you want to know how to motivate yourself to work out, this might just help.

Working out in the morning will keep you awake and active all day, stimulate your brain into thinking and processing better and also help fight laziness and lethargy due to an inactive lifestyle. If you want to know how to motivate yourself to workout, try this.

5. Think positive thoughts

Think positive

Positivity is a very contagious thing, and all for the right reasons. Feeling positive stems from thinking positive and believing that positive things are going to happen. More often than not, a positive person is more productive than someone who is upset or is harboring negative and remorseful thoughts. This also means that a positive mind is a healthy and happy one, leaving less space for pessimism and more space for optimism. Try it, and you’ll understand why positivity is so essential!

6. Listen to music

Having music playing in the background while you complete your chores and go to work can actually be very good for your mood and can truly turn your day around. Music has always been known to excite and interest a person, but it can also be instrumental in calming you down and helping you feel elated and hopeful about the rest of your day. You could listen to your favorite genre of music or even explore a new playlist; the point here is to make music a part of your daily routine and reap the benefits of it too.

7. Stay updated with the news

You could be old-school and still read the newspaper or just install a news app on your phone; whichever works for you, the main goal is to stay in the loop with current news.

Why is it important to do this?

Reading the news provides mental stimulation and also acts as a little brain exercise that can keep your mind healthy all day. Also, general knowledge is always essential and can come in handy at the most unexpected times. Who knows? You might just end up reading something pertaining to your work.

8. Talk to your loved ones

Daughter whispering in mothers ear.

If you live with your family, siblings, spouse or anyone else who is close to you, make it a point to talk to them every morning. It doesn’t have to be a full-fledged conversation; just greet them, tell them to have a nice day, ask them what they have planned and so on. Very often we forget to stay in touch with the things and people that matter because of packed schedules and a lack of time. However, if you could take out a few minutes for your beloveds, it would definitely improve your mood and also make you feel more confident.

9. Keep a list of things to pack

Doing things in a hurry can cause you to forget to carry something important to work – a file, paperwork, a gadget or even any item required for a particular project. This causes chaos and also wastes time as you search for things that you need. And, when you realize that you’ve forgotten to carry something important, it throws you off guard and messes with your flow of thought as well. In such a case, the best thing to do is to make a list of things to carry the previous night and just cross check it the next morning. This way, you’re less likely to forget anything essential

10. Stay motivated

Self-motivation is the best and most effective kind of motivation. Going to work every day and dealing with a hundred different tasks and problems is never an easy thing to do. It can get hectic, tiring and even exhausting. This only means that what you need the most is the motivation to keep moving forward. The amazing thing about motivation is that it works differently for everyone. Some of us are motivated by family, some by monetary rewards, some by the ambition to be very successful and some are just motivated to find happiness no matter what they’re doing. So, before you set out for the day and get to completing your tasks, tell yourself this: “Yes, I can do it.” Believing in yourself and pushing yourself to keep moving forward is what will turn even the dullest day into a more productive and lucrative one.

Final Thoughts

It’s important to realize that only you can dictate which direction your work takes you in. This is the main reason behind starting your day in the best possible way so that a productive morning translates into a productive day as well. Here are a 10 short and sweet tips on how to increase productivity, other than the ones mentioned above:

  • Always stay alert
  • Never forget deadlines
  • Try your best to be resourceful
  • Stick to your plans
  • Challenge yourself constantly
  • Make the most of every minute
  • Assess your personal productivity
  • Use post-it notes if you’re forgetful
  • Planning in advance is always helpful
  • Stay happy, stay positive!

So, get started on your productive mornings. The journey towards fruitful days awaits you!


This is a guest post by Cynthia Matthews. Cynthia is fitness preacher who loves and makes life a happy and healthy one. She’s also a traveler with a great passion for exploring the planet. Skydiving in Zambia, trekking through the Himalayas and coming face to face with a Komodo dragon are some of the things she’s ticked off her bucket list.

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