We all have a story and lots of good reasons why we are not as productive as we want to be. There is too much to do and too little time. I am always overwhelmed. I cannot concentrate.
On top of it I am sure we can all appreciate the beauty of sleeping in. I do believe that with a positive, consistent morning routine you can reserve the sleeping in for the weekend. Routine and consistency is going to be the key.
Let's start off by dividing our morning into two segments.
~ FIRST 45 MINUTES: things we will be doing at home, prior to getting to work.
~ THEN: we will start our workday with some easy-win tasks and overall good starting tasks.
that will keep our productivity at high levels throughout the day.
START YOUR DAY EARLY IN THE MORNING
I do not remember who said it...but this speaks volumes..."Do your work early in the morning because fear is still asleep at 5 am." I am not suggesting to get up with the rooster. Just recommending to get your day started a bit earlier. The sooner you get up, the more you can do before your fear wakes up and starts putting you down with those many excuses of why something cannot get done.
EXERCISE AFTER BREAKFAST (15 mintues)
Did you that exercising is one the few activities that generates neurons. Not only neurons. But new neurons. It also alleviates both physical and mental pain. To put this in super simple terms...exercising makes you a happier human being. That is right. Now exercising does not solve every issue you may be facing. But I am positive you can imagine how spending 15 minutes doing some light exercising each morning could start your day off better.
MEDITATION FOR BUSY PEOPLE (10 minutes)
Consider this your exercise cool down. Meditation has huge benefits on both our bodies and minds. Dr. Herbert Benson of Harvard Medical School conducted a study where the participants where asked to practice some relaxation methods on a regular basis. The effects he found were after two months, their bodies began to change. The genes that help fight inflammation, kill deceased cells all began to switch on. The more people practiced relaxation methods, such as mediation or deep breathing, the greater their chances of remaining free of arthritis and joint pain with stronger immunity, healthier hormone levels and lower blood pressure. I am not talking about lighting incense and sitting on a special rug with chanting. In this case, the relaxation/meditation serves as a way to clear your mind and connect with your body. If you have never meditated, check out this link for some quick and practical tips.
WRITE A JOURNAL ENTRY
This is not a "Dear Diary" thing. Journal writing can be an extremely cathartic experience. I often use this with my clients. I refer to it as a brain dump. You can use any medium, keyboard, paper pad, a scrap of paper of if you are really committed go out a buy a nice journal and treat yourself to a brand new pen. Anything really goes. The brain dump is a stream of consciousness. You put your pen to paper and literally write down whatever comes to mind. You do not stop to think, you do not stop to re-read or allow your brain to stop you. The idea is that writing frees you mind from the things that are cluttering your mind. Once you get those things out, you no longer have to use your energy focusing on it. As a result, this means that you can focus on the new day and the tasks you will have to take care of in just a short while.
START YOUR WORKDAY BY PLANNING
You can accomplish this in a few different ways. You can begin your day by planning out your to do list. You could also take the last 10 minutes of your day to create your list for the following day. Bringing work home to plan. Try out all three, see what works for you. The important thing to remember is routine and consistency. Click on this link for a to do list.
GO FOR THE EASY WINS
Try building you to do list in an organized way.
~ CRUCIAL: The thing or things that need to get done during your day. No matter
~ EASY WINS: The things that can be done quickly, so you can feel that you are being
productive. These will get your wheels going faster and faster.
Start your day by focusing on one or two tasks that are easy wins.
GO RIGHT INTO THE CRUCIAL
We have been quietly building up our whole morning just to be able to tackle the crucial tasks for for the day with high energy and positive morale. Once you have your morning ritual and early wins taken care of (which mean basically that you have a good start to your day), you can confidently move on to your main tasks for the day.