How would you like to begin your day with a burst of productivity? The easy, and often tempting option would be to hit that snooze button. But if you can get down and complete a few tasks you will feel a lot better. Not only that, you will also set yourself up for a productive day and have made progress, regardless of how the rest of the day plans out.
Yes, having productive mornings 7 days a week is possible. Here are our top 3 ways to get you off to a good start…
When you know exactly what needs to be done, it will be easier for you to get to work. Write out a to-do list for yourself. Break down bigger projects into smaller bite-sized chunks that you can easily tackle. You may like to write your list first thing in the morning whilst sipping your coffee. By the time the caffeine kicks in you’ll be ready to get to work!
Mornings are generally a period of time that are free from distractions (unless you’re a parent!) If you are a parent, then the key is to wake up that little bit earlier to have time to yourself to set out a plan. In this case it may be beneficial to form a list at the end of your work day, when you’re in the working mindset and have a good idea of what needs to be done next.
Go over your to-do list and select 3 items that need to be completed today, and get them done before lunch – generally the tasks with the nearest deadlines or that get you closer to achieving your goal. These could also involve those niggling jobs that you have been putting off for ages. You will feel much better getting them done, and will have made some progress in the early hours of the day.
You won’t get much done if you’re distracted. Of course, phone calls need to be returned, emails need to be checked and interacting on social media is important. But we recommend that you try to keep your first few hours free of distractions. This way you can focus on the more important tasks. If need be, set aside the first 30 minutes of your workday to respond to voicemail and messages.
Implement these simple tricks into your routine and watch your mornings transform. You’ll get more done and set the tone for your entire workday by getting into the habit of following these simple rules.