Morning routines can greatly impact the rest of your day and, ultimately, how productive or unproductive you are. Not all morning routines are good, healthy, and effective. You may have been doing them for years now because they work for you, but that does not mean they’re good. Stop doing the wrong morning routine! You can start by getting rid of these three most common mistakes.
1. Hitting the snooze button several times
The alarm clock sounds and your arm shoots out from under the covers to snooze it for another 5 minutes. Another 5 minutes pass, but you’re still asleep and prepared to hit the snooze button again. The pull of sleep is just too much. Maybe, another five minutes…
News flash: The snooze button is not your friend. It invites you to oversleep and feel lazy, and it tempts you to not even get up at all. Before you know it, you’re making a mad dash to the bathroom, flying out the door, and speeding your way through traffic to make it to the office on time.
2. Squeezing in too many activities in the morning
People who lead very active lifestyles know this. Busy, working moms know this. The work starts as soon as your feet hit the floor in the morning. There are calls to be made, emails to be sent, and meetings to be set. The kids have to be bathed, dressed, and fed before school. Then, you have to clean up the house a bit and get ready for work, as well. By the time you reach the office, you are already too exhausted, and it’s not even lunch yet. It’s perfectly normal to want to accomplish as many tasks as possible, but it does affect your energy levels for the rest of the day.
3. Skipping breakfast
How can you expect to function well and be productive when you’re running on empty? Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and yet more and more people are skipping breakfast to save precious time in the morning. Studies conducted by the Food Council Survey show that only 44% of people have breakfast before going about their daily tasks. That’s not good statistics. People with unhealthy diets have a 66% higher probability of suffering productivity losses, and they are more likely to fall sick and skip work altogether.
There is a right way to wake up in the morning, and it relies hugely on how well you have prepared for sleep the night before. Prepare what you will wear in advance so you don’t spend too much time, rummaging through the closet. Get a coffee machine that will brew coffee for you while you sleep, so you don’t have to spend 15 minutes, queuing up at the coffee shop near your office. If you don’t have time for breakfast, pack it ready to go and eat during your commute or drive to work. Make sure you strike the right balance of essential nutrients, proteins, and carbohydrates. Avoid oversleeping and use technology to your advantage. There are apps, which you can download, that keep track of your sleeping cycles, movements, and sounds. They collect this information so that they wake you up during the best time in your sleep cycle. When they do sound off, it doesn’t feel like being rudely woken up, so it’s easier to get out of bed in the mornings.