Simple habits that work for me.
For the past year, I’ve maintained a morning routine that allows me to stay productive and be efficient in a timely manner. Ever since graduating from college, I’ve had to create my own schedule and routine to ensure that I get my work done.
When I was a college student, I was a student athlete. I had a pretty strict schedule with a small window of free time, which made it easy for me to get things done.
Motivation is the key to having a productive day, and it isn’t always the easiest, especially if you’re self-employed or work from home. With that being said, there are three simple things I do to have a productive morning.
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I start with this
Almost every morning, I make myself a hot (or cold) cup of coffee. I don’t necessarily need the caffeine in the morning, but I really like the taste of coffee. I’ll add some unsweetened vanilla almond milk to my coffee, and if I’m feeling fancy, I’ll froth the milk with a milk frother.
Coffee is a common beverage that most people enjoy, and I’m no exception. It’s something that I started adding to my morning routine about a year or two ago, and I wouldn’t go back. It gives me a boost of energy and is something I like to enjoy in the mornings as I’m writing and starting my work for the day.
If you don’t like coffee, you could also make some tea or have some ice water. Tea is another beverage that I really like, and sometimes I’ll make myself a hot cup of tea if I’m not in the mood for coffee.
I start working soon after waking up
Some people spend an hour or two on their phones once waking up, and I use to be like that. I would spend a great deal of time scrolling through my phone to allow myself to wake up, but I’ve found that it’s not only unproductive, but it makes it harder for me to actually get up and start my day.
However, when I started my work for the day immediately after waking up, such as writing an article, I found that I get more done and that it’s easier to motivate myself to get my work done.
Once you start working on something, you don’t really want to stop until you’re done or close to being done. I don’t like leaving things unfinished, so it’s a motivator for me in itself to not stop until I’ve completed a task.
I stick to a schedule
One of the easiest ways I stay motivated is by sticking to a schedule that I do day after day. Just like having a sleep cycle is important, so is having a work schedule.
Each morning, I like to write down my tasks on a to-do list so I’m fully aware of everything I need to get done by the end of the day. This not only keeps me more organized, but it allows me to stay on track.
Schedules are great because they help you get in a rhythm, and it’s an easy way to stay on task and have a productive day. Especially if you’re self-employed or work remotely, it’s important to have a schedule that you can follow. If you don't have a traditional job where you go in to work, you have to motivate yourself to get things done.
Some simple things I do to improve my day is make a cup of coffee, start working soon after waking up, and sticking to a strict schedule. Making a few small changes can sometimes have a great impact.