Let me start by saying I am not a morning person. Getting up at 5am to work out before heading into the office isn’t logical for me– mainly because I physically will not get out of bed for the gym. For some people it’s a must and that’s great, I wish I could be more like you! However, just because I’m not waking up to go to the gym doesn’t mean that my mornings can’t be productive.
I’ve tested a few techniques after reading through articles over the past few months from successful people and how they spend the first few hours of their day. Some are at the gym, some read or meditate, some spend their morning with coffee and breakfast with their kids. Getting your butt out of bed when your alarm goes off is the hardest part. Overcoming that was really hard for me because I love sleep. I mean who doesn’t, but I now go to bed between 9-9:30pm so I can wake up earlier. For example, this morning I had an early conference call with my China supplier so had no choice but to get up before 6am to be in the office before 7:30am. It’s these mornings that I’m able to appreciate the extra time. Here are my techniques that I’ve adapted for a more productive morning:
- Shower at night. I always hear that people don’t like to shower at night because they sleep with a wet head and wet pillows are gross. I beg to differ. I personally love to shower at night because it helps me to relax and fall asleep faster. My after-shower routine is actually one of the longest for me so it helps to do this at night when I have more time.
- Oils. If I have a lot going on and know that I need the extra help to stop my brain from thinking, I’ll rub Lavender Oil on the bottom of my feet and back of my neck. It knocks me right out!
- Pick out your outfit. I use to be religious at doing this and I’ll be honest, I need to get back on the wagon because I spend too much of my morning staring blankly inside my closet. Having what I’m going to wear ready and waiting ensures a seamless start.
- Do something you love. I’m obsessed with my English Bulldog, Morty, which isn’t a surprise to anyone who knows me. I love to spend my mornings chasing him around, playing tug-a-war, and stealing a bunch of squishy kisses. When I get to spend just a little bit of my morning with him before I leave for the day, I’m in a great mood. For some, this may be spending the morning with your kids or helping them to get ready. Whatever it is that gets you, do it before your day of commitments begin.
- Morning drive. I have a good hour commute in the morning to work and I use this time to collect my thoughts and top priorities for the day. I actually typically enjoy my morning commute, it’s a guaranteed hour alone where I can listen to whatever music I’m feeling in the morning (sometimes I choose silence, my brain is loud enough!) and walk myself through my day. Now that I’m thinking about it, I should probably start listening to NPR or a few podcasts to make my drives more productive – 2 hours a day is a good chunk of time!
- Warm cup of coffee. I’m an addict, a Starbucks latte addict. But, it’s part of my morning routine and helps kick my gears in forward motion.
What helps you to be productive in your morning routine? I’d love to hear about it.
THE GIRL IN THE YELLOW CAB