A great way to set yourself up for success in all areas of your life is to take advantage of the morning. An underutilized part of your day is the few hours before you head into work for the day. While it may seem daunting to commit to getting up earlier, you’re more likely to get things done before work and may have a harder time doing those same things after work.
How to get things done early:
– Go to bed earlier. In order to get anything done early in the morning, you still need to make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Sacrificing sleep is not a good method for a sustainable productive morning. Make sure to start winding down and turn off electronic devices an hour before you plan to go to sleep. If you disconnect, you’ll have an easier time getting to and staying asleep. – Get up at the same time on the weekends. In order to get used to your new routine, you should be getting up around the same time on the weekends.
This will help your body get used to it and help with your success during the week. – Use a calendar to keep track of your schedule. In order to remember everything that you need to do, it helps to use a calendar and organize your day.
Things to do before 8 a.m.:
– Workout. Working out in the morning can boost your energy for the day. You’ll also be glad it’s already over. – Work on your personal projects. Maybe you enjoy writing fiction or sewing. Use some of the time in the morning in order to work on some of these things.
– Pack your lunch and snacks. Use your extra time in the morning to pack your lunch and healthy snacks for the day. By making sure you’re getting enough healthy food, this will not only make you feel better, it will also help make you more productive. You won’t be distracted with how hungry you are and reach for candy from the vending machine.
– Listen to podcasts or make phone calls during your commute. Your commute is a great time to listen to podcasts focused on your industry or interests. You can also use it to make phone calls that you haven’t had time to make. The morning can be a great time to get things done and help set up success for your entire day. Don’t waste it.