Your morning can set the tone for the day. So if you want to ensure you have a positive and productive day, start by crafting a fruitful morning. Many people identify as not being a morning person--present company included. Still, adding a few habits to your morning routine can boost productivity for the entire day.
You don't have to change your entire morning or suddenly start training for a marathon when you wake up to create a morning that will nourish the rest of your day. These three simple morning habits are a great place to start if you want to create a morning routine that will enhance your productivity.
1. Get an early start to the day.
As we all know, the early bird gets the worm. Getting an early start to your day allows you to begin your day with the freedom (and time) to own your morning. Instead of hitting the snooze button and running out the door to avoid being late, try waking up 30 or 40 minutes before you normally do.
Lauren Vanderkam's book What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast shows that almost 50 percent of self-made millionaires start their mornings three hours before their day needs to begin and that 90 percent of all executives prefer to be early rises and wake up before 6A.M. on workdays.
Waking up early gives you time to get what you want to be done before heading into work. Take this time to make a healthy breakfast, read, meditate, or to do the remaining productive boosting habits on this list.
2. Say your goals for the day out loud.
No matter how big or small your goal is for the day, week, or year it's important to keep it at the front of your mind every single day. Creating a pathway to progress on your goals starts with acknowledging them.
Being an entrepreneur means having to put out a million little fires a day, while still building a company and pushing a product or service. Being in charge of clients, employees, marketing materials X, Y and Z can start to give you whiplash. This is why it's especially important to state your goal and objective every morning. Staying grounded in this will help you on even your busiest of days.
Add a massive amount of productivity to your day by reciting your goals at the start of your day. Do so in a positive and affirmative way. Instead of saying "I want my company to earn X amount of revenue by X", say "My company has a brilliant product, and we will earn X amount of revenue by X day.". You should also do this with smaller, personal goals.
Visualize what you want your day to be like, and what aspects of your day will attribute to you getting closers to your goal. Give yourself reassuring affirmations that will stay with you throughout the day--no matter how hectic it gets.
3. Write a detailed to-do list.
Writing a to-do list every morning is a fantastic way of taking inventory of what you didn't get accomplished the day before, and what you plan to get done today. Starting your day off by doing this every morning helps you set the tone for the day.
Use this list in conjunction with your schedule to keep you prepared for what needs to get done that day. Staying aware of what your day should consist of is the easiest way to stay on track. This will boost productivity by allowing you to prepare for your day within the hour you wake up.