8 Things Every Productive Morning Person Does Before 8 AM
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8 Things Every Productive Morning Person Does Before 8 AM

by Avery Johnson
Photos Jenn Anibal | December 15, 2015

WE ALL KNOW ONE. THE RARE PERSON AMONG US WHO WAKES UP WITHOUT AN ALARM AND SEEMS TO HAVE HER TO-DO LIST ALMOST DONE BY 9:30AM. EVER WONDER HOW THEY DO IT?

Even if you’re not a morning person, you can still use some of their morning hacks.  Say goodbye to the snooze button and forget the mad dash! A solid morning routine sets you up for success by increasing productivity and inviting more energy and less stress into your day.

Here are eight things to try before 8AM. They’ll make your whole day go better.  

1. TUCK THOSE HOSPITAL CORNERS

I may sound like your mother but trust me, this is a game changer: make your bed, every day, even when you don’t feel like it. Especially when you don’t feel like it. This small task helps set the tone for the rest of your day.

When we complete an activity, no matter how trivial, it becomes a catalyst to power us through our day’s to-dos. Use making your bed to begin your day with a sense of accomplishment.  Starting with a freshly made bed gives your day a clean slate to launch from—and a nice, comfy place to return to at night. {Click to Tweet}

2. THEN MAKE YOUR DAY INTENTIONAL

What do you want to accomplish today? Starting off with an intention, a moment of gratitude, or an “I am” statement invites power and energy into your mind and your body.

Starting off with an intention, a moment of gratitude, or an "I am" statement invites power and energy into your mine and your body.

 

We are what we think, so learn to harness the power of your mind to transform your outlook, and therefore your productivity, each day. After making your bed, take five minutes to journal, meditate, or pray (whatever your thing is), reveling in a little bit of stillness before your busy work schedule.

3. YES, EAT BREAKFAST

There’s a reason why Mom always said breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Eating a nutritious meal when you wake up jump starts your metabolism and delivers the vitamins and minerals your body and brain need to keep you energized and focused.

Studies show eating a balanced nutritious meal in the morning (sorry, donuts don’t count!) can help you maintain a healthy body weight, improve your performance, and even lower cholesterol levels. Try munching on whole wheat toast with almond butter and sliced bananas, or scramble up eggs with a handful of veggies for a quick and easy good morning meal.

4. MAKE TIME FOR A MORNING WORKOUT (AND SCHEDULE IT IN ADVANCE)

Morning workouts get your blood pumping and power you through your day. Plus, getting your sweat session over with in the early AM also means you’re less likely to talk yourself out of it after a long day at the office, and frees up those post-work hours for happy hours or dinner with friends and family.

Productive morning people also employ this trick: non-refundable appointments. If the idea of heading to the gym first thing is daunting, sign up for a spin class, unroll your yoga mat, or pop in to Pilates. Signing up for a class keeps you committed and holds you accountable.

5. TURN DOWN THE HOT WATER

Invigorate your senses with a cold water rinse at the end of your morning shower. A burst of cold revs up your circulation and smooths the cuticle of your hair for a boost of shine.  A little chill leave your feeling more awake and energized to tackle your to-do list.

6. SKIP CHECKING EMAIL

Break the morning email check addiction and save your inbox for the office! Checking your email first thing can cause more stress and overwhelm at the onset of your day. Instead, scan a magazine or good book over breakfast or pump up some feel-good jams while you shower.

Taking some “you time” right when you wake up helps to ease tension and stress so you can start off your day on the right foot. If you automatically tap the email app after clicking off your iPhone alarm, invest in a good ol’ alarm clock and leave your phone outside the bedroom. 

7. DRESS THE PART EVERY DAY

Whether you work from home in yoga pants or your office requires a power suit, taking a few minutes to dress well rather than throwing on the first thing you have lying around sets the tone for your day. Try selecting your outfit the night before to remove the guesswork and the mirror battle that can leave you running behind.

Heading out for the job hunt? Remember to dress for the position you want. Let your attire reflect the smart, beautiful woman you are!

8. REVIEW YOUR CALENDAR AND SCHEDULE YOUR BREAKS

Before you dash out the door, give yourself a few moments to look over your agenda and plan your day. Getting a general snapshot of your day helps keep you on task so you won’t accidentally overlook any important deadlines or meetings.

Be sure to carve out a walking break or time to take your lunch outside for fresh air so you can come back to your work refreshed and rejuvenated.

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How do you make the most of your mornings?