I have made one small change to my evening routine that has made my morning routine so much more effective. It is a very quick and simple concept which involves writing a MUST DO list for the next morning, before you go to bed. The list details out all the things you want to achieve the following morning.
I have a morning routine that I like to follow, but it is quite high level and doesn’t get down to specifics:
- Alarm goes off 5.30am
- Check social media (max ten minutes)
- Healthy breakfast
- 15 minutes productivity blast
- Showered and ready for work
One of the things I have found is that sometimes I wasn’t achieving as much as I would have liked to in the time I had. One evening I decided to write down exactly what I needed to do the next day and I was amazed by the difference it made in my productivity. I got up, looked at the list and proceeded to go through it one by one ticking each item off as completed.
The list looked something like this:
- Alarm goes off 5.30am
- Go for a 5k run
- 10 minutes Headspace Mindfulness Meditation
- Cook breakfast
- Productivity blast:
- Book hotel for weekend trip
- Find lease agreement for flat
- Change direct debit amount for flat management fee
- Finish and publish blog post
As you can see the items are all under the original list, but they are much more specific about exactly what I want to achieve. I found this approach is a really effective for the following reasons:
When you get up in the morning, if you have a really clear guideline on what you want to achieve, you don’t have to spend any time or energy thinking about that and instead you can get straight down to being productive and focus on what you really want to be spending your time on.
If you have a list already defined, it reduces the likelihood that you will waste time thinking about what you would like to do whilst putting off actually doing it. This means you get a much better use of your time.
If you have detailed out the specifics of what you want to achieve it reduces the chance of you telling yourself you have achieved what you set out to, whilst in reality you have done less. For example if your objective is to exercise, having decided if that is a 7 minute workout at home or a 10k run is quite important to ensure you fulfill the desired goal.
Increased will power:
Deciding your intentions for the next day the night before helps you to get up and follow your intended plan. If you decide in the morning exactly what that looks like, there is more likelihood that you will do less than if you planned out the detail the night before.
Do you have any hints and tips on how to make your morning routine more productive? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below.