10 Quick Hacks For Your Most Productive Mornings When Working From Home
Want to make your mornings working from home more productive? If you’re finding yourself shuffling around in your bathrobe, making pancakes and watching sports highlights, it might be time to rework how you’re spending your valuable early morning hours. These 10 quick hacks can help transform your wasted hours into precious work time. Try incorporating them into your morning routine and get set for your focus and productivity to exponentially increase.
10 Hacks For A Productive Morning:
1. Start the night before: A productive morning starts at night. That’s right; laying the groundwork for what you need to accomplish as soon as your feet hit the ground will keep you on track. Write out your top priorities for the morning, whether that be an email that needs to go out asap or an important phone call to a client.
2. Establish routine: The less decisions you need to make in the morning, the better. There’s a reason Steve Jobs stuck to his black turtleneck uniform. Lots of choices can get in the way of anything being accomplished. Creating a routine can mean anything from waking up at the same time each day, to eating the same meal for breakfast, or listening to the same radio station. Establish a routine and free yourself to be creative and productive, without letting little decisions get in the way.
3. Wake up at your best time: Sure, we’ve all read about the entrepreneurs that wake up at 4 a.m. to have their best mornings. Maybe that works for you too, or maybe you do better getting up at 8 a.m. and working till later in the evening. Your circadian rhythm dictates when your body naturally wakes up. Rather than fighting it, try waking up at various times for a few days and see when you feel the most rested and ready to take on your day.
4. Open the shades: Numerous studies show that waking up to light is better than waking up to an alarm blaring. Light exposure signals to your body that it’s time to get going. Try opening the shades as soon as your eyes open or try a light alarm clock to imitate the sun’s rays.
5. Make your bed: Yes, your mom constantly yelled at you to do it. But, making your bed first thing in the morning has been shown to increase productivity. Successfully completing this small task each day puts people in a more productive state of mind. One survey reported 74% of people who make their beds feel accomplished at the end of the day, compared with 50% of people who don’t make their beds.
6. Exercise: Struggling with feeling energized in the morning? Try fitting in a quick morning workout before you sit down to work. Getting your blood pumping and heart beating faster will help you shake off the sleepiness and focus your mind.
7. Avoid your phone: Instagram can wait! Put off checking your emails and social media upon waking up. You’ll quickly get sucked down a rabbit hole of putting out work fires and watching kitten videos. Try waiting at least one hour to scroll through.
8. Get dressed: You may have heard this before, but we’ll say it again. Don’t stay in the clothes you slept in. Get up, put on real clothes, and feel like a functioning human. Getting dressed the same way you would to go into an office can change your mental state and make you feel more confident and alert.
9. Caffeinate: According to researchers, the best time to drink your first cup of coffee, to feel the most energized, is between 9:30am-11:30am. Having caffeine after you do the initial steps of your morning routine can help you feel productive as you sit down to tackle your to-do list.
10. Prioritize: Don’t get bogged down by trying to do too much at once. Focusing on ten things will almost guarantee that nothing will get done well. Work methodically, and concentrate on the top three items that demand your attention the most.