The benefits of getting up earlier in the morning are amazing, to say the least, but if you are like me you will struggle with being ultra-productive. Initially, I thought about making this post about being productive if you stay up late as well but there are other things that come into play there so we can tackle that another time. I’ve always wanted to get up earlier in the morning but I struggle with getting out of and staying out of the bed. Once I started to have children getting up earlier become more of an essential. I always laugh to myself as I am writing one of these articles. It’s funny to me that I was an experiment and now I can bring to my audience and clients the good stuff. So here are some tips for you to have an ultra-productive morning!
Get out of the bed and stay out of the bed
Please don’t sit on the bed or hit the snooze on the alarm 50 times (after all time is precious), and for goodness sake DO NOT snuggle back into the covers. As a matter of fact, put your alarm clock across the room (or get one of those neat ones where you have to solve a puzzle) and throw the covers back once the first alarm goes off. Once you are up don’t sit on the bed to do anything if you can avoid it. Sitting on the bed makes it too easy to fall back asleep.
Take a colder than normal shower
I came across an article or a podcast where this guy was talking about how he takes extremely cold showers in the morning and how they’ve benefited his life. That sounds lovely but here is the thing, I am not about that life. I decided to take a colder than normal shower to wake myself up. Taking a cold shower will wake up your body as well as save energy so it’s a win-win!
Eat the worm
You know those tasks that you just can’t seem to get done the further along the day goes? Put those at the top of the todo list. Then prioritize them based on what brings out the most fear or procrastination (which is fear dressed up). Go ahead and do it and get it over with. Write that email, send that proposal, record that podcast episode. Just do it! Doing what is known as “eating the worm” will boost your confidence and create a snowball effect for the rest of the day!
Create a task list
Fam! There is nothing worse than getting up super early and then realizing that you are unsure of what to do. That in itself is a time-waster. When you are setting your weekly goals I would recommend writing out tasks that you can complete during your productive morning. It is essential to know what you need to get done in order to optimize the benefits of getting up earlier.
Set up the night before
Alright, I am going to be super honest here. I didn’t set everything up one night and I spent around 30 minutes or so getting everything ready to start my super productive morning. I did this all while tip-toeing around a sleeping baby. Don’t be like me. Have your headphones, phone, notebook, and or laptop ready to go.
Don’t eat anything heavy or complicated but please do eat.
This tip saves time as well as energy. The point of the ultra-productive morning is to get started on and complete some of your to do’s. Don’t make a super complicated breakfast. If you don’t have your fruit mostly pre-chopped, your greens washed, and your recipe ready. It’s probably not the best idea to make a smoothie. It is also not a good idea to make pancakes, bacon, eggs, and biscuits. Stay away from the breakfasts that are going to either put you to sleep or take up a lot of time. It is essential that you do eat something. Your body needs fuel to be at it’s best to eat something nutritious before starting your work.
After I brush my teeth I make sure that I drink water. Drinking water has tremendous benefits for your health alone. Drinking water in the morning wakes up your vital organs and gives your digestive system a nice kickstart. So go ahead and drink that water!
I found that if I took the time to get dressed there was less of a chance that I was going to get back into or sit on my bed. So take the time to get dressed. Do not put on comfy pajamas and socks to start your morning. This is a sure way to send signals to your brain that it is time for relaxation and bed.
Do not indulge in time-wasting tasks
Your morning won’t last forever. You want to get the most out of these few hours. I would recommend staying away from personal email (unless this is email day), social media scrolling, and jumping from task to task. Be intentional and specific during this time.