How to Get Your Morning Started Right for a Productive Work Day

September 21, 2018  By Gabriel Melean

For many of us, the start of a noticeably productive work day begins at home. Our morning routines regularly play into our efficiency and performance in the workplace, without most of us even knowing it. That’s why it’s important for us to be cognisant of how we choose to start the day. Are we getting enough sleep? Not eating enough? Or perhaps eating the wrong kinds of foods before we head off to work? These are all questions we should be asking ourselves when preparing to begin our work. Here are several ways in which you can tighten up your morning routine to make for a more productive work day.

Eat a healthy meal

We’ve all heard the saying “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”. We think there’s some legitimacy to this claim, especially considering the 8 hour fast your body endures when you go to bed. When you awaken, your body requires calories and nutrients in order to function at an optimal level. As such, we recommend eating a well-balanced meal complete with protein, slow-digesting carbohydrates, and any essential fats. The key here is to stick with a slow-digesting carbohydrate such as oats, whole grain cereals, and more.

Having a clean and organized workspace allows you to concentrate without being surrounded by a chaotic environment.

Throw in some exercise

In addition to your early morning meal, throwing in a brief exercise routine in your mornings allows your body to mobilize and releases stress relieving endorphins to start your day. Overall, getting in a good stretch and inducing blood flow throughout your body helps you to properly wake up and get your day started. Not only this, but clearly exercise has a positive effect on your overall health. It’s up to you to decide how you’d like to exercise in the morning, but any kind of physical movement should be beneficial to start your day.

Clean your workspace

When arriving at your workspace, it’s important to have all of your files and resources organized and arranged. Having a clean and organized workspace allows you to concentrate without being surrounded by a chaotic environment. Several studies have been done to show that on a psychological level, it is more conducive to productivity to work in a clear workspace. Though it may seem trivial on a superficial level, there are psychological benefits to relieving yourself from a chaotic desk.

Create a to-do list

Having a to-do list helps you keep on track with your daily deliverables. The list is wonderful for keeping you accountable for what you have set out to do on your work day. It also helps you remain organized, which of course is also extremely useful considering the never ending nature of our work. To-do lists help ensure that we manage to complete high priority tasks, as opposed to working on several tasks without completing any. There’s also a sense of accomplishment every time you tick one off the list!

Prepare for your next work day

Though we tend to think our mornings fully dictate how productive we are on a single day, your preparation the night before also plays a role. By leaving your workspace with clearly defined goals for the next day, you’re setting yourself up for success. In addition, preparing the night before by heading to bed at a reasonable hour, having your routine set in place, and by paving a clear pathway toward productivity will help you in your next work day immensely. Consistency is key here.

All things considered, it’s important to acknowledge the impact our morning routines have on the remainder of our days. If we hope to be productive and get the most out of our performance in the workplace, we need to make a conscious effort in creating a solid morning routine that will set us up for success. With these tips in mind (and many others), we’re taking one step closer to performing at an optimal level. Once we’re able to optimize our productivity, we’ll start to see more results on a more drastic scale.

Gabriel Melean

Gabriel works in design, operations, and strategy for EezyBee.

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