Impacts of your morning routine

Impacts of your morning routine

 12 Apr 2018

One of the questions in our ‘The Friday Interview’ Series is “Do you have any morning rituals?”…this got me thinking about morning routines and about how you start off your day, which can completely impact the rest of your working day. 
I’m sure most people have some days where you feel much more productive than others.  Obviously there are a number of factors why this could be but have you ever sat and thought what small changes you could make that would help you achieve more on a daily basis.  My morning routine changes all the time.   Sometimes it’s snoozing the alarm about 10 times and then rushing about to get ready in time, other times its set the alarm early, get up and go for a swim before I start work.  On the days that I get up early and do some exercise I always feel much more alert and awake by the time I get to the office and obviously the days I keep hitting the snooze button are the days I still feel sleepy and not properly awake by the time I walk through the office doors, this then can affect your colleagues moods too, we all know how infectious a yawn can be! 
So it sounds simple…get up early, do some exercise and feel fresh for a full day of work ahead but this is probably easier said than done.   Life can get in the way, whether that’s because you have kids to look after in the morning, or because of the time you start work etc, it is easy to fall out of good habits and into bad ones.  So how do we work around this and ensure we are getting the best out of ourselves?  It was once said that it take 21 days to create a habit, whilst this is only a myth why not think about making a few changes and seeing if it helps.  Here are a few steps to think about:
  1. Planning – Plan the night before – Sometimes just simple things like getting your lunch/breakfast organised for the following morning can give you an extra 10 mins in the morning that you wouldn’t normally have.
  2. Eat a healthy breakfast –So many people skip breakfast but having something to eat gives you energy for the day ahead and as a lot of studies say it’s meant to be the most important meal of the day!  
  3. Exercise – This doesn’t have to be anything excessive, it could be walking to the train station, or getting off the bus a stop early and walking part of the way
  4. Motivate and push yourself – We had a conversation earlier this week in the office about how to better yourself and how its good to push yourself out of your comfort zones to help you achieve more.  Doing the same thing day in day out can get boring, so think each day about what you want to achieve, set yourself personal (but realistic) goals and aims for the day ahead.
Ultimately I believe starting your day off the right way will set you up for the rest of the day.  Do you think if you took the time to make a couple of changes to your morning routine it would help you be more productive?  Why not give it a try.  


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