Having a great morning routine and the right positive mindset to carry you through the day is so important if you want to be successful and get stuff done.
In my post today, I talk about 8 things you need to do before 9 AM each morning to have a more productive day. Following these habits and adding them to your morning routine will help boost your productivity levels, help you get closer to achieving your goals, and transform your life for the better!
1. Get up early
The very first thing you’ll want to consider doing to have an awesomely productive day is to get up early! They say that the early bird gets the worm which is so true.
By getting up early, whether that’s an hour or 4 hours earlier compared to your usual time, you have more hours of the day to use to your advantage to get stuff done. These few extra hours you’re awake are so crucial and can add up big time over a period of time.
Let’s say you get up 2 hours earlier each day for a whole entire year, you would get a whole whopping 730 extra hours a year to get stuff done!
Now imagine multiplying that number by however many more years you plan on waking up early and you’ll see that doing this can be so beneficial to you.
It’s crazy to see just how many extra hours you’d get and how much you can accomplish and achieve instead of sleeping in. Use this extra time to work on yourself by reading self-help and personal growth books, write in your journal, have quiet time to reflect, work on a side hustle, get some chores done around the house, and so much more! The possibilities are endless.
2. Work Out
Do you ever feel like you never have time to work out during the day because you’re too swamped with your 9 to 5 desk job only to have to come home to care for your kids, run errands, and finish up chores?
It’s easy to just skip out on exercising with all of the craziness that happens in our lives but taking care of your health is extremely important and should be a priority.
If you feel like you’re not able to slot in time to work out during your normal routine, start a new habit. Make it a priority of getting up earlier and get your workout over with right in the morning.
Whether that’s dragging yourself out of bed to go to the gym before work every other day or walking your dog around the block for 20 to 30 minutes right when you wake up, getting your exercise right in the morning can be a great way to start off your day.
You’ll get your exercise in for the day and not have to worry that you didn’t have time to schedule it in if things come up later on in the evening.
Other great upsides are that you’ll kick your butt into shape, feel better about yourself, feel more confident, and learn to practice willpower and self-discipline. You’ll also start the day off in a great mood because you’ll be high on endorphins all day long!
3. Connect with the world & read the news
Do you feel like you aren’t as connected and up to date with what is happening around the world as you should be?
Or maybe you feel a little too connected because you’re constantly being bombarded with news notifications from social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook.
A ding here or there when you’re just checking out a specific news article that pops up on your phone can lead to googling other random things on the internet, scrolling through your feed, and a whole lot of time wasted!
If this sounds like you, I totally get it. We live in such a technologically intertwined world that it’s hard not to constantly be connected!
It’s so important to constantly be learning about what is happening worldwide so that you’re both informed and able to keep up or start daily conversations with others around you. But you also don’t want to be constantly distracted because it’ll stop you from being as productive as you could be during the day.
Rather than constantly being distracted with news notifications and scrolling through social media during the day, silence the news notifications and stop looking at your phone!
Instead, take some quiet time in the mornings when you wake up to focus on reading the news and get up to speed with what is happening around the world. Whether that’s through social media or actually reading news articles online or in print, read it and then stop checking for new news during the day. You’ll be more focused, your productivity level will soar, and you’ll get a lot more done!
4. Plan your day
Another thing you need to do before 9 AM to help you have a more productive day is to have a mini-planning session and get a rough overview of your day.
You want to accomplish something each day and tackle the most important outstanding tasks on your to-do list so that you’re on your way to getting closer to realizing your goals and dreams. We all only have 24 hours a day to get stuff done so whether your goal is to graduate with a degree, learn a new skill, or starting your own side business, planning is very important to help you get there as efficiently as possible.
Knowing exactly what you have to get done each day and when you to do them will give you a solid plan to make use of your time wisely. Seeing yourself check off your to-do list one by one will make you feel more motivated to accomplish more, and you’ll feel like you’ve spent the day being productive!
If you’re looking for a great planner, I highly recommend checking out my post on my 15 favorite planners to boost your productivity and help you stay organized to get you closer to your goals!
A very important way to achieve success and be as productive as possible is having the right mindset. Making sure that you always start the day with a positive outlook is essential to have a great day and be as motivated as possible.
A great way to encourage a positive mind early on in the morning is to meditate. Meditating is a great way to refocus, destress, clear your mind of negative thoughts, and improve your overall wellbeing.
Start the day off new by adding a little bit of mindfulness and yoga into the mix and you’ll feel more recharged and ready to take on the rest of the day!
6. Make Your Bed
Starting your day off by making your bed might sound silly and obvious but it’s something that can really help boost your productivity levels right at the start of the day.
Whenever I make my bed right when I get up, I get a sense that I’ve already accomplished something right off the bat and that makes me feel motivated to get the rest of my to-do list done.
Making sure my room is tidy, orderly, and organized also subconsciously gives me a feeling of calmness and less anxiety, which helps me feel ready to take on the day.
If you don’t tend to make your bed in the mornings, you might want to try starting today and see how it much more productive it makes you feel!
7. Drink a tall glass of water
Right when you wake up, it’s a good idea to rehydrate yourself with a tall glass of water or two. Since our bodies are made mostly of water, it’s so important to drink 8 glasses a day to hydrate yourself properly.
Drinking water often gets lost amidst our busy lifestyles or we just don’t have the willpower to drink so many glasses a day.
Dehydration can hinder your productivity levels because your mind and body can’t function optimally, so start the day off right with a big glass! You’ll feel more clear-headed and ready to take on the day when you’re hydrated and cleansed of the toxins from within your body.
If you hate the taste of plain water or you feel like you don’t drink enough, I recommend that you check out my post on my tips on how to get your 8 glasses of water every day so you can stay hydrated and healthy.
8. Eat a nutritious breakfast
If you want to feel your best and be as productive as possible, help yourself reach 100% capacity by making sure you eat a nutritious breakfast each morning.
It’s important to feed your body right (along with drinking water like tip #7) so that you have the energy to get what you need to get done. Without fuel, your brain won’t function properly and you’ll end up getting distracted more easily.
I personally love having some oatmeal with fruits in the morning or toast and some eggs with a cup of coffee. It really helps set me up for a productive work day!
It’s so important to have a great morning routine set up and be in the right positive mindset to get stuff done and be as productive as possible. I hope you enjoyed my 8 tips on what you need to do before 9 AM each day to be more productive so you can achieve your goals and dreams.
Don’t forget to check out my other posts on goal setting and being more productive with your day:
- How To Slay Your Goals This Year & Get Sh*t Done
- How To Stay Motivated To Reach Your Goals
- 25 New Year’s Goal Ideas For 2020 + Why Should You Set Goals This Year
- 15 Kick-Ass Planners You Need To Get Organized
- 6 Ways To Start The Week Off Right Every Sunday
- How To Be More Productive When You Work From Home
- How To Stay Healthy And Sane When You Work At A Desk Job
- 30 Productive Things To Do Before Bed Instead Of Watching Netflix
- 10 Self-Improvement Books To Read In 2020
Now I want to hear your thoughts in the comments on this topic. What do you do in the mornings to have a more productive day?