I think I can speak for everyone when I say that we’ve all had those days that just slip right by us. We woke up or went to bed the night before with such big plans for the day. Then it doesn’t happen. Odds are this isn’t the first time either. So, what’s the holdup? There is one big thing that helps you set your day up for success and ensures you have a productive day. You need to have a morning routine!
If you’re like me, you probably enjoy sleeping in and lazing around in bed for a little while. Honestly, from the time I force myself to get out of bed, I’m eagerly awaiting the instant I can get back in. It’s just so comfy and cozy. Why would you want to get up? The struggle is real my friends, and sometimes I lose the fight.
On those days that I do lounge around a little too much, I get barely any work done, if any. What you do in the morning really does set the tone for the rest of your day. So, if you start out by being lazy, odds are, the rest of your day will go the same way. Sure, there may be times that you can break the cycle, but it won’t be very often and you’ll just end up frustrated with yourself.
When I was working at the bank, I started pretty much every day the same way. I would go in and get everything opened, sign into my computer, check for any emails or notifications, then spend some time talking with my team before we opened. Unfortunately, it was a pretty regular occurrence for different things to happen or pop up that would throw me off course for the day. For the most part, though, starting my day this way, set me up for the remainder of my day. I was able to anticipate what needed to be done and have a clear vision for how the day should go.
If for whatever reason, I couldn’t take these super simple steps first thing in the morning, it would completely throw me off. I would be frazzled and irritable for the rest of the day. It’s frustrating when things don’t go the way you want them to.
What does a bad routine look like?
Now, since I’m not going to a normal 9-5, it’s a little bit different. I have the freedom to make my own schedule and work when I want, but this isn’t necessarily a good thing. I can tell you from my experience over the last couple of months that it’s way too easy to get yourself into a bad routine, which leads to it being nearly impossible to have a productive day.
Just to give you an idea of how much a bad routine can negatively affect your productivity, I’m going to give you some insight into what my routine has been up until now:
- Wake up between 9 and 9:30 AM
- Check Facebook and Social Media
- Play a few games on my phone until about 10:30
- Get dressed
- Take Bosley for about a 10-15 minute walk
- Turn on Netflix or Hulu and tell myself I’ll just watch an episode before I get to work
- End up binge watching well into the afternoon
Here I am months later, having relatively nothing to show for all of my extra time. I know what I’m talking about when I tell you that not having a good morning routine in place will not allow you to have a productive day.
So, what should a good routine look like?
What a good routine looks like really depends on you and your priorities. The routine that I had when I was working in banking worked for the most part. It was tailored to my daily priorities and the atmosphere I was in. Thinking back on it though, there were definitely quite a few areas that I could have improved to be more productive.
Stop and think about your goals and your priorities. Does your current routine align with them? Does it boost your mentality first thing in the morning? Are you left feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the day? If you answered no to any of these, then odds are you have a bad morning routine.
I gave you an example of a bad routine that I had. As of today, I’ve created a new morning routine (at least for Monday through Friday). I’m still working it out, but my goal is to:
- Be awake by 7
- Out of bed by 7:30 (Hey I still want to enjoy some time in bed)
- Yoga (I just started a new challenge which I’ll be sharing in the next couple of posts so you can join along)
- Walk Bosley (at least 15 minutes)
- Make and eat breakfast
- Use this time to check social media/email
- Get to work 🙂
Today was my first day following this routine, but I was a ton more productive and motivated today. I incorporated my yoga into the morning because I’ve been slacking and not feeling like doing it in the afternoon. Tying it into my morning routine will help with consistency. But this is my idea of a good routine that will let you have a productive day. I plan on adding some meditation and reading as well, but for now, this will do.
That’s it for now. What do you think of putting a morning routine in place to help you have a productive day? Do you already have one in place? Let me know in the comments below 🙂
P.S. I feel like I might get a little GIF happy in the posts to come LOL