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  • Writer's pictureCatherine Wensley

Win The Morning, Win The Day.

Updated: Apr 14, 2022

**A great morning and a great life begins with a great plan**

I get it, bed is cosy and warm and you maybe were in the middle of an amazing dream, a dream you believe is maybe even more amazing than your reality!

By not adopting routine, you are sabotaging your morning, leading to a less productive day.

Here are 6 easy ways you can have a productive morning

#1. Hitting the snooze button.

This is only going to sabotage your morning, getting you off to an unproductive start, which will lead to a less productive day.

Not only will you start the day feeling irritated, firstly at your alarm clock, then whatever else you come into contact with, your kids, spouse, the traffic, your job, your boss, the world !

You are also at risk of slipping behind schedule. Not only is that stressful in it's self, a person that is always late is viewed as unreliable, lessening trust from those around you.

By setting an alarm clock far away from your bed, you will have to get up to turn it off.

Once you're up, make the bed straight away. By starting with a daily discipline, you are setting the intention that you "mean business". Also if you have a tough day, a tidy space with neat sheets is way more calming than a crazy messy bed. Calm environment. Calm mind.

#2. Filling your mind with fake social media garbage first thing.

By reaching for your phone first thing after you wake, you are essentially checking out of your own life and distracting yourself by checking into other peoples lives.

This triggers the comparison frame, you find yourself comparing yourself to others lives as if superior to your own.

By immediately comparing yourself to other people as soon as you wake up, you risk starting your day in a state of inadequacy.

#3. Not drinking water.

Our brain is made up of 73% water, start the day well hydrated, keeping any dehydration headaches at bay. Keep a glass in a handy spot and take a drink of water before your morning coffee. Pinch the skin on your knuckle, if it doesn't smooth back down right away, you're dehydrated. Everyone is different, so simply following the 2 litres per day rule may not be sufficient for you.

#4. Procrastination.

Rip the band aid off and do the hardest tasks first.

You are at your most productive first thing when the efforts of the day have not taken their toll. By doing the hardest tasks first you are ensuring to give them your all, it will also get them out of the way, removing procrastination.

Tick them off as you go for a self esteem boost.

#5. Gratitude

We spend so much time thinking about what we don't have and where we need to get to in life. Which puts us in a constant state of "lack". What about how far you have already come?

Practise gratitude every day by simply stating or writing down at least three things you are grateful for. This will bring you back into the right now, rather than forever striving for that "missing piece".

#. 6. Make a plan.

By spending 15 minutes the evening before planning your next day, you can hit your new day with decisiveness and dedication, removing the time waste of planning each and every move throughout the day. Feeling efficient and getting on top of things is a great self esteem boost.

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