HOW TO HAVE A PRODUCTIVE MORNING ROUTINE THAT ACTUALLY TAKES LESS TIME AND WORKS
Are you like me who nearly watched hundreds of morning routines on YouTube just to find one that will suit my lifestyle? The morning routines I watched on YouTube would start at 7 or 8 in the morning and stretch to 10 or 11. Well, how am I suppose to follow that if I need to hit university by 8:30 a.m.? And the answer is, we might not find the perfect routine for us because we all have different jobs and so the different schedules. SO DESIGN YOUR OWN MORNING ROUTINE.
So, here are 7 steps/things/ideas that should be the part of your morning to make it more productive. Feel free to add or omit any steps that feels not important or more important to you.
1. Know when your day starts: Knowing when your day starts helps to avoid rushing over things (which usually turns out to be the breakfast) that are important and even messing up things which may ruin your mood.
Now, what’s the time when your day starts? It’s the time when you actually leave for your work or start working (if self-employed). So, you have to wake up at least 2 to 3 hours before your day starts, and if you have kids add a little more time to it.
For instance, I leave for work at 9 (I don’t actually work), so I’ll be up by 6 a.m.
2. Hit the bed soon: This is the main ingredient of the whole recipe. If you are up till 2 in the morning and want to wake up at 5 or 6 a.m., then I’m sorry, it won’t work for you. And even if you managed to wake up, you will feel tired and lethargic for the rest of your day. To break down the fact, if our body doesn’t get the sleep of 7 to 9 hours daily, we age faster and men age even at a drastic rate relatively.
So, what I actually do and will also recommend is to hit bed by 10 or 10:30 p.m., to get full 7-hour sleep which will help you to be up by 5:30 or 6 a.m. feeling tireless. And for sake of mankind don’t hit that snooze button.
3. Freshen up: When you are finally fully awake, don’t touch that phone for at least an hour. Instead, hop out of your bed (don’t forget to make your bed), put on some music, do some stretching, freshen up and have a glass of warm water or honey water or if you are cutting down on sugar go for lemon water (beware or else, you might end up losing couple of teeth) just have any liquid in general which will wake up your body from within, energize it, as well as helps in flushing toxins out of the body.
4. Meditate: After I’m done cleansing and detoxifying my body, it is now time to cleanse my mind. Meditation is a food for my brain and soul. I sit down with my legs folded or you can just sit in a relax position (just don’t fall asleep) for 10 minutes, thinking about nothing (which is hard when you are a beginner) and concentrate on my breathing pattern. Meditation has handful of benefits and what I love the most about it is when I’m done meditating, I feel more peaceful, relaxed and I don’t get angry easily.
5. Write: This is one of my favorite part of the whole morning routine where I sit and write how I am feeling, things I’m and will always be thankful for and how I am going to make this a good, positive and productive day. I don’t have a name for this process but I heard some people call this morning pages. Writing down all this in my journal helps in diffusing my mind with positive thoughts and energy.
6. Exercise: I’m not the type of person who would hit gym every single day and have an intense workout. But, doing exercise is important to keep the body healthy. So, what I usually do is 10 minutes of 10 intense exercises (they are intense for me) like crunches, planks, mountain climbers, spider planks, leg raises, etc., each exercise for a minute with a tiny break of 15 seconds between each of them. So, it saves time and is also fierce. I will end up taking shower after that if I don’t have chores to do.
7. Have a huge breakfast: Breakfast is the first and the most important meal of the day. Most of the people I know skips breakfast and directly have lunch which is not good for the body and our body will not get enough energy to get through the day.
Researchers states that breakfast should have 350 calories – 550 calories and it should be healthy foods packed with proteins, vitamins, healthy fats, etc. After having a good size of healthy breakfast, you will be energised and won’t feel hungry for next few hours which will also cut down the amount of junk food you may consume (and also save some money, YAY).
Now that you are energised and packed with positivity, it’s time to kick start your day and make every minute of the day super productive.
Total time consumed in morning routine:
Freshen up: 20 minutes
Meditate: 10 minutes
Write: 10 minutes
Exercise: 15 minutes
Breakfast: 25 minutes
Total time = 80 minutes or 1 hour and 20 minutes.