Morning Routine For Productivity- Easy Steps For Focus!
Sustained productivity has been my number one hurdle since the beginning of quarantine. I struggled with staying focused, finishing tasks, and even getting started! As I did trial and error for ways to stay productive, all was done to no avail to my productivity issue.
All of a sudden, I came to a huge realization, even with all these tools and external cues, my mindset was not in the right place in the morning! I would fall asleep watching Netflix and would wake up and scroll for hours- essentially dooming my day before it even started!
If you are mentally unready to start your day it will poison your day like a bad apple.
After refining this routine, I am happy to present a morning routine that can maximize your productivity.
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So let’s get into the routine!
7:00 am – WAKE UP
I encourage everyone to wake up at least at 8:00 am. This will ensure that you have enough time to get everything done! I am working towards eventually waking up at 6:00 am or 5:30 am so I can maximize my day.
For my alarm, I do not enjoy the loud vibrational sounds so I make sure to turn that off and I use a relaxing sound such as bird noises, rain, or soft piano music. I do not recommend waking up to loud or overly energetic music. It may seem tempting as a means to wake up a heavy sleeper but this will start your morning off in a heightened and anxious state- which we want to avoid!
7:05 am – DRINK WATER
Next to my bed, I always always always have a reusable bottle filled with water! I drink this as soon as a wake up (around 500-700 ml). This gives me energy, quenches my thirst, and can help with that morning BM. Drinking water in the morning is practiced in Japanese Water Therapy. This is something I have been practicing for about 6 months and I would definitely recommend it to those with digestive issues.
7:15 am – VISION BOARD
For example, if you were an aspiring chef, your vision board would be filled with pictures of restaurants, dishes, cooking awards, etc. You can have it in any format you like- I personally like to keep it as a pdf locked file on my phone.
When I look through these images I like to imagine myself in the position I want to be in and focus on its inevitability. This provides me with the motivation to get through any hard tasks I have that day, set my mind frame in the right state, and increase my productivity.
7:20 am – YOGA AND/OR MEDITATION
I will usually opt for one of the two. If I am doing yoga that day, I will pull a video on YouTube and follow it. Nothing too strenuous but just enough to wake up my sleepy body and stretch the muscles. I find that throughout the rest of the day I don’t hold as much tension in my shoulders and my body is rarely sore. This is the video I tend to use!
If I am meditating that day, I will lift the blinds of my bedroom window and sit in front of it. I focus on my breath and try to anchor myself to the present. I’ll let my mind go blank and just watch the scenery. Other days, I will be still thinking out my vision board. Either way, I recommend you to take a moment in the morning to do something that requires silence and focus to help clear your mind of any heavy thoughts, tiredness, or anxiety. This will increase your focus and productivity later in the day.
7:35 am – TIDY UP
Like my mother taught me, I always spread my bed and clean up my room once I get out of bed.
7:40 – MORNING HYGIENE
At this point, I like to brush my teeth and spritz my face with rose water.
7:45 am – GET READY TO WORKOUT
I always love to work out in the morning. If you don’t enjoy doing intense workouts I would suggest going for a light jog or a walk to get some nice fresh air. I suggest wearing cute clothes that make you feel your best! Throw out those ratty t-shirts that you only wear inside. Working out can increase your alertness and focus therefore improving your productivity.
7:55 am – WORKOUT
I’ve always enjoyed working out but I’ve had to get creative with how I get my exercise in! Almost every day I will exercise at home using resistance bands or anything heavy I can find. Always remember to stretch after your warm-up and after your workout- your body will thank you!
Caroline Girvan is probably the best fitness YouTuber! I am currently undergoing her 10-week Epic II workout program and I would suggest her channel for good quality workouts. If you are more of a beginner Chloe Ting (the queen of quarantine fitness) has great videos as well.
9:00 am – SHOWER
I have extremely sensitive skin so what I use on my skin is very important. Afterward, I take a 15-minute shower and I love to pump my music while doing so. Finally, I will then do my morning skincare routine.
9:30 am – START THE DAY
In the right mindset and full of energy, I am now ready to attack the day and focus my productive energy!
What are your tips to stay productive? Let me know in the comments below!
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