Being Productive and Efficient in the Mornings

Felicia Atkinson

Habits I have.

Some people are night owls and like to snooze in until noon, while others wake up at the crack of dawn to enjoy the sunset and get their day started.

Years past, I wasn’t a night owl, but I didn’t like waking up super early. I preferred waking up naturally instead of relying on my cheap alarm clock.

I dreaded the mornings because I was always super busy and had to either head to school or sports practice. It wasn’t something I looked forward to, and I was often late and rushing out the door.

But recently, I’ve made some minor changes to my mornings that have aided me in numerous ways. Although I don’t particularly love waking up at 5am, I definitely prefer starting my day early as opposed to later.

It makes it easier to get all of your work done and stay productive and on task. If you’re in need of simple ways to spice up your morning routine, you may want to consider adopting a few of these habits.

Disclaimer: The resources and information shared in this article are solely for entertainment purposes and aren’t intended to provide any professional advice.

Enjoy some fresh air

If you’re someone like me who loves the outdoors and to enjoy some fresh air, you may want to start getting outside in the mornings. This can either be for a workout, or to just sit on your porch as you’re eating breakfast.

Nature is very calming and peaceful, and it always makes me feel immensely better when I’ve spent time enjoying the sunshine and warm weather.

I often go for a morning run at around 7am because it energizes me and gets me ready for the day. If I don’t, I can feel sluggish or unproductive later on.

However, if exercising isn’t something that you enjoy, simply getting outside and enjoying your coffee or breakfast on the patio is a great alternative. It’s something I much prefer over scrolling through my phone.

Use a planner or make a to-do list

I’m not much of an organizer or planner, but I do like to make an outline of everything I want to accomplish for the day.

It’s kind of like having a schedule when you’re in school. You have a certain amount of classes Monday-Friday, and you need to get your homework assignments done before enjoying the weekend.

I’m someone who loves having structure, and without it, I can feel lost. To-do lists and planners help you organize important information and work you may have.

Planning out your day a little and creating some structure in your life is an easy way to spice up your morning routine.

Get ready

Even if you work a remote job, getting ready can greatly impact your mood and mindset for the day. As someone who works a hybrid schedule, I love getting ready even when I'm working from home.

Getting ready for the day is a small change that you can make. I’ve found that if I get out of my sweats and into some more casual clothes (nothing fancy), it makes me more productive and I'm in more of a working mindset.

Confidence is key, and sometimes how you feel can greatly impact your day. You don’t have to spend three hours getting ready, but taking a few extra minutes to look more presentable may be worth your time.

Make a fresh cup of coffee

Although this may not be beneficial for everyone, as coffee may not be something you’re interested in, for me, it’s essential.

I was never someone to down three cups of coffee daily, but I do enjoy a cup or two throughout the day.

I like to start my mornings with a hot cup of coffee, a splash of almond milk, and a dash of cinnamon. It’s nothing fancy and doesn’t take too long to make, but I really enjoy the taste of coffee.

It’s not something I need to drink for a burst of energy, but rather, I truly enjoy the bitter taste of coffee. Sometimes I’ll make a shot of espresso if I’m in the mood for stronger coffee, but most of the time, I’ll make a large pot that will last me a day or two.

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I'm an avid runner and a passionate vegan. I enjoy writing about food, work, productivity, health, fitness, and more!

Raleigh, NC

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