5 Simple Morning Activities To Increase Productivity
The vast majority of our morning routines involve waking up, having a coffee and commuting to work. The reality is though, there are a number of morning activities to increase productivity which should be engaged in each day. From simple things such as eating well, to mind exercises in order to practice a positive mind frame, the following five simple steps should be followed each morning.
1. Regular exercise
We have heard it time and time again, but exercise should be one of the first things you do in order to kick-start your day. Many of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs and business people boast that their morning exercise routine contributes greatly to their productivity throughout the working day. Exercise in the morning also means that you can’t run out of time later in the day, and assists in starting the day with a fresh perspective.
2. Eat a wholesome breakfast
Whilst some may consider coffee to be an appropriate breakfast, this is in fact not the case. A wholesome breakfast which is inclusive of fruit or whole grains is a great way to start the day. Certain foods have the ability to give you long lasting energy which is essential to increase productivity for a big day at work.
3. Practice positive and forward thinking
Starting your day in a negative mind frame is never going to end well. It’s imperative that from the second your alarm goes off, you are positive towards the day ahead. During your breakfast, try to think about the day ahead in terms of the goals you wish to achieve, and how you are going to tackle them in an effective way. Visualizing the tasks at hand in a positive mind frame will assist in actually completing the work when you arrive.
4. Don’t check emails before you arrive
If something urgently needs your attention, someone will call or text. Keep work at work and your morning rituals to be a personal matter. If you get into the habit of checking your emails before arriving at work, it will be difficult to separate the two and in turn you will feel burnt out and less productive.
5. Continue your routine on the weekend
Just because the workweek has stopped, this does not mean you can’t continue being productive on the weekend. Maintaining the routine inclusive of exercise and a good breakfast is important for consistency the following week. Adopt these morning activities as a way of life, and you are likely to see more long-term benefits.
What do you think?
Do you agree with the above five morning activities in order to increase productivity? Alternatively, do you have any others to add to the list? Share your views and join the conversation.
This article was written by Laura Hutton on behalf of the Australian Institute of Business. All opinions are that of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of AIB. The following sources were used to compile this article: Health – US News