How many times have you gone through half of the day before realizing that it might have been smart to wake up just a little bit early that morning to ease your schedule? It's not an easy task to wake up and zone into productivity mode — especially if you are not someone who wakes up very easily.
Being a morning person may seem inherent, but it's nothing more than a habit that's built up over time. Going to sleep early and waking up late is programmed into your body clock by practice and maintained through a commitment to your sleep schedule. And the attitude that mornings aren't to be spent dulled away comes only when you realize the productivity that can come from mornings.
Most people in this world aren't morning people. I get it. But you can be and you can maximize your mornings.
Build a Top-Down Schedule
If there is something that you truly aren't looking forward to doing sometime later in the day, why would you deal with its unpleasantly all the way from the mornings. Get the card things out of the way early on so that the rest of your day is filled with things that are easy on your mind and body. Clean off and check mark those tedious chores when its bright and early so that the rest of the day is spent of things that are less of a bore.
More time to work means allowing yourself a more flexible schedule. Productivity goes down over the course of the day — you probably know that as much as I do — so allotting some time in the morning to work is the best way to tackle that task list.
Don't Skip Breakfast
Best meal of the day, right? While food might not seem on top of the productivity charts, food is important to your productivity. Taking some time out in the morning to allow yourself the time to make a healthy and filling breakfast might be worth more than the world.
It's no doubt difficult to concentrate when you're trudging through chores and work thinking about when you make the next pit stop to the cafeteria or fast food joint. It's harder when your body truly has no fuel to function. Reward yourself in advance of your day and give yourself the breakfast you deserve for the day ahead of you.
Exercise To Kickstart Any Morning
Whether exercise is on your daily routine or not, exercise is a great way to kick-start any morning. You will probably have a tendency to scorch more calories in the morning when you have the energy rather than later in the day. And the adrenaline rush is nothing to beat.
Exercise serves a dual purpose. Use exercise as a meditation of sorts. Clear your head and think about the successes that you have ahead of you. Think about things that you generally would not have the time to think about and fill yourself with the positive thoughts you should have. Exercise should be done for you and only for you. If it makes you feel good, then nothing but positivity should precede or succeed it.