This article will discuss morning habits that make you more productive in life.
It’s one thing to be told by someone else that you are more productive in the morning. It’s another thing actually to know what makes you more productive in the morning.
The good news is that certain simple daily habits make you more productive each day.
I have found these morning habits to be the very key to my success in life. I hope they help you be more productive as well.
At the same time, these habits aren’t rocket science. There are few trade secrets.
The day-to-day actions are common-sense decisions that you should already know.
So, without further ado, here are a few simple habits that make you more productive in the morning.
Get up an hour early
Here’s a little secret: You do not have to wait until the last minute to get ready for the day.
Many of us waste an hour or more each morning in the bathroom, trying to get ready for work, with all sorts of tools and electronics that we’ve got to deal with.
If you skip this first hour, you have all the time you need to get ready for the day.
Your sense of self-worth goes up by an hour when you get up an hour early. When you’re productive, you feel like a full participant in your own life.
Furthermore, since you are already up an hour early, you have the time to get the house clean and the kids ready, which will leave you more time to work.
Eat something deeply restorative for breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It sets the tone for the rest of the day.
This is a critical time for your health. It would be best if you ate a nutrient-dense breakfast to fuel your body so that you can be productive the rest of the day.
Your blood sugar drops by lunchtime. Eating carbohydrates at breakfast will keep you awake and active longer.
A healthy breakfast maybe eggs and a piece of toast with jam, a whole-grain breakfast bar, or one of the many high-fiber, nutrient-dense products on the market.
Whatever your breakfast preference, if you eat it a few hours before heading out the door, your energy and enthusiasm for the day will skyrocket.
I recommend having the full meal to ensure that you are not hungry or rushed at lunch.
This might mean you need to have a nice bowl of oatmeal for breakfast and a solid lunch or a light lunch. If you skip a meal, your energy and enthusiasm will drop throughout the day.
I run a lot in the morning. I wear running shoes with thick treads to keep my feet and ankles from being tender when I run.
Even though it’s only 2 miles, I get a lot of pain in my ankles when I run too much.
This is a common problem. If you run a lot, especially if you’re not an athlete, you will develop your ankles’ problems.
The muscles of your feet will suffer too.
Now, you do not need to be a professional runner to benefit from exercise.
A brisk walk will do the trick. However, running is the best form of exercise for ankles.
So, if you have ankles, or if you like running, get up and do some running. If you don’t know how to run, try this short 5-minute video:
Run for 5 minutes, 3 times a week. You will see a dramatic improvement in your mobility, circulation, and ankle flexibility.
Start your day with a whole food breakfast
People assume that healthy breakfasts are expensive and hard to make.
These are myths. Many things you can do with fruit, cereal, eggs, or almond butter.
You can even make your own muffins or breakfast bars.
You can find many of these recipes on my site, and of course, on Pinterest.
Even though the price of healthy food goes up in the grocery store when you make your own, you save a lot of money.
Learn to solve your confusion
This is an essential habit that I’ve recently started. I really didn’t understand how many decisions we make every day without even realizing it.
Our thoughts and actions, driven by past experiences, are clouded and confused by our constant mental clutter struggles.
We are influenced by our emotions and impulses and rationalize that these emotions are accurate, but they’re not.
I think our confusion stems from two sources:
- We don’t clearly define what we are working for.
- We don’t clearly define what success means.
We may have a clear goal in mind for our future, but there’s a problem: We don’t know what we’re trying to achieve.
We may be working towards something, but it’s not obvious that what we are working towards is what we should be working towards.
When we have this problem, our actions are confusing. We act in a way that appears to us to be consistent with our goals, but in fact, it’s inconsistent with our goals.
This confusion causes us to create a lot of trouble and stress in our lives.
This confusion gives us constant conflict, and it causes us to lose confidence in ourselves.
When we are confused and don’t clearly know what we’re trying to achieve, we have easily led astray and will make mistakes in our daily lives.
You can avoid this confusion by defining your goal, getting clear on what success means to you, and by defining your definition of “conflict.”
Spend one minute before bed eliminating negative thoughts
If you wake up in the morning and have a negative thought about what happened yesterday, what you’re doing right now, and what you’re going to do tomorrow, write that thought down, and immediately spend one minute having an intense focus on that thought.
Notice it for as long as you can, and then immediately close your eyes.
If you have a hard time with this technique or not working for you, don’t worry. This doesn’t mean you can’t use a time-out in your daily life.
There is a time for everyone to sit down and focus on what they are doing right and what they are doing wrong.
That’s usually at the end of the day or in the evening after you’ve finished your evening meal. It’s a good time to sit down, relax, and focus on your thoughts and intentions.
You can also use this technique to reduce anxiety in your life and to achieve greater mindfulness.
Remember that our thoughts and emotions create the reality we live in, so if you make negative thoughts your reality, you will attract negative things into your life.
It’s good to create the reality you want, but remember that you are the creator of your reality.