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It’s so important to start off each day with a clear head and motivation, which is exactly what you’ll get when you begin your morning with habits of productive women.
It’s easy to wake up late and rush out the door, but that doesn’t leave much time for planning your day or getting yourself mentally prepared for what you want to accomplish. Without a routine, it can be hard to feel motivated enough to get anything done.
The solution is simple – start each morning with a routine that will set the tone for your entire day!
Here are 8 morning habits of productive women! If you make these habits part of your morning routine, they’re sure to help set you up for success throughout the rest of your day.
1. START YOUR MORNING THE NIGHT BEFORE
By preparing yourself the night before, you’ll be able to wake up knowing exactly what you need to accomplish during the day, with fewer surprises.
Some things you can get a head start on the night before are:
- Prepping and packing lunch so you’re not rushing in the morning and forgetting to bring food with you.
- Choosing what you’re going to wear and lay it out. This means you won’t have to iron in the morning or find that the outfit you intended to wear is still in the laundry.
- Keep a running list of errands or things you need to pick up at the grocery store. Then you can just grab your list and go in the morning, which saves you time and stress.
- Pack your gym bag if you plan to stop off for a workout on your way home from the office.
2. WAKE UP EARLY
Productive women don’t spend their mornings sleeping in (although I do recommend slowing down and doing this once a week)!
During the week, they get up early in order to get a start on the day. At this time, your mind is clear and focused, so it’s much easier to accomplish tasks without distractions or interruptions.
If you can, set your alarm earlier and see how it feels to get up an hour or two earlier each day. You might be surprised at how much more accomplished you feel after getting a head start on the day.
So how early should you wake up?
It matters less about the specific time than the fact that you’re waking up early to start your day.
3. DON’T LOOK AT YOUR PHONE FIRST THING
For many people, the first thing they do when they wake up is grabbing their phone and check social media.
This can have a huge impact on your day, potentially changing your mood or distracting you from what’s important. So it’s best to avoid looking at your phone for at least half an hour after waking up so you can focus on yourself first.
Use this time instead for doing some deep breathing exercises or meditating to help relax your mind and body.
4. EAT A HEALTHY BREAKFAST
A healthy breakfast is one of the most important things productive women do in the morning. Start the day off right by filling your body with the nutrients and energy it needs to be productive.
Breakfast is also a great time to catch up with your family, take some time to yourself to sit outside with your coffee, or read a few pages of your book. Productive women are less likely to grab breakfast and run out the door!
5. PLAN YOUR DAY
It can be difficult to stay motivated throughout the day if you don’t have an end goal in mind. This is why it’s so important to plan out your day ahead of time.
Before the distractions of the world get in the way, spend some quiet time planning what you’d like to accomplish. Think about your top priorities for the day and which ones are most important
This step will help ensure that your activities remain productive throughout the day.
By planning ahead of time, you won’t feel rushed or stressed in the morning because you know exactly what needs to get done, leading to a more productive day.
6. GET SOME EXERCISE IN
Working out in the morning can be a great way to start off your day because it gets your blood flowing and helps you focus better. Plus, exercising makes you feel better about yourself and gives you more energy when you’re finished.
Whether you want to do something fun like go for a run or just take a quick walk outside, or perhaps some morning stretches in your room, the important thing is to get moving.
Exercise has been known to increase productivity, boost your mood, and help you achieve goals.
7. Make your bed
Making your bed is one of the simplest tasks you can do in the morning, and one of the best morning habits of productive women that you can start doing right away!
The first chore of the day can seem daunting, but by making your bed first thing in the morning, you can mentally tick that first task off your list and get to work on the other things you need to accomplish.
It takes less than one minute to make your bed, but it’s likely to set you up for a more productive day.
8. PLAN FOR DOWNTIME
It’s important to know that productivity is more about what you do with your time, rather than how long you work. Taking breaks every once in a while helps prevent burnout, so it’s important to plan for downtime later in the day!
One of the best things you can do is set aside time in the evening to just chill out and relax, read a book, take a bath, basically making time to enjoy the simple things in life– whatever it takes to replenish yourself.
Productive women know that the first thing they do in the morning sets the tone for how productive their day is going to be.
They tackle their most difficult tasks early on so it doesn’t get too overwhelming later on, and plan out what needs to be done before distractions or interruptions can take over.
When you start your day with these morning habits of productive women in mind, you’ll find yourself getting more accomplished than ever!
AUTHOR BIO- GUEST POST
Vourneen is the creator of The Plain Simple Life where she helps overwhelmed women regain control of their homes by switching their mindset, decluttering and organizing, and introducing simple and sustainable living practices into their daily routines.