Do you need a more productive morning routine? In this post, we’ll talk through seven things you should do every morning for a productive day. Ok, boss lady – you got this, especially if you are working from home. Follow these seven tips for a productive morning routine.
If you’re anything like me, the recent moves to working from home initially caused my productivity to tank. Whether its was working on blog, work, or cleaning the house – at first – the fact that my comfy couch is two feet away from me at all times makes doing anything else. Productivity while working from home is hard. When I put a morning routine in place, all of a sudden, my day was changed.
What is a morning routine?
A morning routine is a specific set of practices you strive to do every single morning. Yes, every single day. This formula sets you up for a productive day, no matter what’s on your plate. Did you know most CEOs and successful people have a specific morning routine? There’s something about grounding yourself as soon as you wake up that allows for an amazingly productive day.
Here are the 7 tips for the perfect, productive morning routine team that will set you up for a successful day – even if you are working from home.
7 Tips for a Productive Morning Routine that Will Set You Up For a Successful Day, Even at Home
I fully believe that starting your day off with meditation is key to a productive day. Now I’ll be honest, meditating on your own is hard. I mean, really hard. That’s why I use apps, like Headspace to help me meditate. I’ve also heard amazing things about Calm.
Focusing on your breath work, with meditating is a little life hack that will actually help you be productive. Meditating allows you to be more focused, less stressed and overall has proven to increase happiness. Most bosses I’ve had at work meditate regularly – so I started adding it into my daily routine as well.
Ok so think, how can you start your day off with meditation?
Write In A Gratitude Journal
Writing in a gratitude journal was a new aspect of morning routines that I recently put in my daily habits. Writing in a gratitude journal has really helped me be productive and more importantly, happier.
With so much hardship going on in the world, there’s something about reminding yourself of the things you truly are happy about. Writing in a gratitude journal is an essential part of your morning routine.
To keep myself account, I bought this $15 to do list from Amazon that I am OBSESSED with and have started using religiously. It’s literally changed the game and has made my morning routine so great.
A quick tip: Things you are grateful for can range from something huge like, your health, or something small like – your morning coffee.
Getting outside has become a non-negotiable in my morning routine. Now I’ll say I’m a bit lucky because I live in California so being outside is a little easier, but I highly recommend making getting outside part of your morning routine. Even if you live in a different part of the country.
Getting outside, breathing fresh air, and reminding myself that the world is bigger than just my house has really set the day up for success. I actually loved this part of my morning routine so much that I started going outside for walks and on conference calls as well. It really helps my productivity. It will help yours too.
Write Down Your To Do List
Every morning, I write down top things I want to get done that day. If you’ve read my blog before, I go into great detail on how I do this in this blog post. Writing down 7 things you want to get done that day is an essential part of your morning routine.
You might be thinking, my to do list is way longer than 7 things. I get you girl, mine is too. (Much longer). Here’s what I do: I have a Trello board with my master to do list. This has about a hundred things on it. I actually have multiple boards for each topic, but you get the gist. THEN, I look at my Trello board every morning and pick 7 things I’m going to get done that day.
Prioritize Your To Do List
After you write down the 7 things you want to get done, as part of your morning routine – you need to prioritize your list. I prioritize my list by picking the top 3 most important things I’m going to get done that day. This this most important part of my productive morning routine. I’m saying to myself, no matter what today – I’m going to get these three things done.
It’s really important in your morning routine to set yourself up for success. It’s important you don’t make your to do list so long that it becomes impossible.
Again, I use these worksheets to help me stay on track with all of this and it’s absolutely amazing.
Make Time For Yourself
Next step in your morning routine is to write down at least one thing that you are going to do for yourself. It doesn’t matter if you are a mom, single, busy as heck with work – you must do one thing for yourself every day. This could be watching an episode of your favorite show, treating yourself to a piece of chocolate – whatever.
I like to write down one thing I’m going to do for myself to make sure it happens. If I see it on my paper every day, I’m more likely to get it done.
Lastly, make sure you eat breakfast as part of your morning routine. (And if you are me, lots of coffee). Making sure that you are fed is an important part of your day – it sets your mind and body up for success.
Productivity comes from treating your body right, so make sure you eat!
Productivity is not easy, especially if you are newly working from home – which is why these morning routine tips are so important.