Logically, mornings should be the most productive time of our day. We just got up, we had no time yet to get tired or be in a bad mood, and we have the whole day ahead of us. What better time to get working on our to-do list?
Yet in reality, things don’t always work that way. If you’re anything like me, you wake up tired, unmotivated to do anything but continue sleeping (or have breakfast, at best) and feel overwhelmed by everything you have to do during the day.
It usually takes me quite some time and a good dose of courage to start working in the morning. Furthermore, I’m never able to be as creative as I am at night.
So in order to finally make a change and become more productive in the morning, I started doing some research, conducted tests on myself and found 6 great tips to finally become a morning person.
Start your day with lemon water instead of your phone
Who else has developed the habit of scrolling through Instagram as soon as you wake up? I definitely have. And yet, social media is neither on my to-do list nor does it do anything to brighten my mood or energise me for the day.
Instead of starting your day with an activity that has no point and makes you less productive, opt for something as simple as lemon water. Lemon water will hydrate your body to make you feel more awake – and it tastes good. Moreover, it puts you in a better mood because it’s far more useful than looking at other people’s pictures.
Creating the habit of making lemon water first thing in the morning also forces you to actually get up instead of hitting the snooze button. This way, you’ll suddenly gain half an hour! It’s a great trick to become more productive in the mornings.
I have to admit that I’m not always able to stick to this routine. Sometimes, getting up right away is just too hard. But I truly notice that I can make mornings more productive when I start them with lemon water rather than on my phone.
Exercise makes you more productive in the morning
If you’ve read other posts of mine, you probably know that I’ve been doing yoga every single day since I started working from home (I’m really proud of that by the way! 😉 ).
I usually do around 30 minutes every single morning before I shower and get ready. And I’ve honestly noticed that the mornings where I stick to this routine are much more productive than if I exercise at night.
If you exercise in the morning, you’ll feel much more awake, energised and ready for the day than if you don’t. And by exercise, I mean everything from walking your dog to going to the gym!
In addition, some sort of exercise should be on your daily to-do list anyway. If you do it first thing in the morning, you’re already being productive!
Start your workday with the most important task
Sometimes, the reason why I have trouble starting my day is that I feel overwhelmed by my to-do list. Especially if there’s something on it that I dread doing.
There really is no secret to this: you just have to get going. There’s no other way to have a productive workday.
One thing that works really well is starting with the most important task on your list. For one, it makes sure that it’s done. But it also helps you get the worst task out of the way and makes you feel better about the rest of your day.
Recently I’ve been trying to finish my most important task before breakfast. After my lemon water, of course. By doing this, I give myself something to look forward to (food) while forcing myself to start early because otherwise, I’ll be hungry. This technique makes a productive start to my morning without being too overwhelming.
Prepare your to-do list before bed
Sometimes we feel unproductive in the morning because we don’t know where to start. You might feel like you have too much to do, or not know what exactly you have to do at all.
Preparing a to-do list the night before really helps you start a productive workday in the morning. It works even better if you prioritise your tasks so that you know what to start with. Just make sure to keep it short enough to avoid feeling stressed.
End your workday earlier
Let me give you one very good reason to make your mornings more productive: If you get everything done early, you get to spend more time on the things you love. Does that sound good?
The truth is, I’m not one of those people who are proud of working 14 hours a day. Partly because I’d go crazy if I did that for more than two days in a row. But I also believe that free time is necessary to spend time with loved ones, re-evaluate your goals, be grateful for your achievements and learn new things.
If I’m able to be productive in the morning, it means that I’ll probably have my to-do list done earlier. In turn, I’ll have more time to do the things I love (other than work).
Of course, there will be days where you have a deadline or a last-minute project. Sometimes I work all day, starting at 7 am up until 8 or 9 pm. But these long hours leave me feeling exhausted, even if I’m happy with what I’ve accomplished. I prefer to thrive for a healthier work/life balance, and that is easier to achieve if you are productive in the morning.
Choose to be productive in the morning
At last, let’s not forget one thing: in the end, you are the one who chooses whether you are productive in the morning. No matter how hard it is, you always have the choice to get up and get going. And sometimes, this is all you need to remind yourself of.
The next time you feel like you’re in a rut and aren’t motivated to do anything, tell yourself that it’s all up to you. You can do nothing and complain about it, or you can kick yourself in the butt and start being productive.
Do you have any other tips that help you be productive in the morning? If you do, I’d love for you to share them in the comments!