We live in a society where we glorify "busy" and always seem to have one thing after another on our to-do lists. While being busy should result in accomplishing more throughout our days, it doesn't always translate to the productivity we would hope for.
How is it possible to maximize productivity throughout the day and accomplish more on your to-do list? Studies show that how you begin your morning is an indication of how the rest of the day will go.
So, because we wanted an excuse to make yet another list, we have curated a list of four things that you can do in the morning in order to be more productive throughout the day. Try to master one every day this week. Next week, add another. Hopefully, these simple routines quickly turn into habits.
1. Begin with gratitude.
According to Entrepreneur, focusing your attention on what you are grateful for rather than what you don't have will set you up for success throughout your day. Whether this means beginning your day in worship and prayer, writing down a list (we know you love them) of a few things that happened yesterday that you were grateful for, or by simply acknowledging the wonder that it is to be alive, gratitude attracts joy.
2. Drink a glass of water.
What does drinking water have to do with being productive? A lot, actually. By getting hydrated early in the day, your body and brain will stay happy and healthy! According to USA Today, drinking water first thing boosts metabolism and aids with digestion throughout the day. Additionally, staying hydrated gives you the motivation to eat healthier and make better decisions throughout the day. A busy day requires proper fueling.
3. Make your bed.
Retired US Navy Admiral William McRaven said that making his bed every morning was the secret to his success ever since he was forced to do it in SEAL training. He said, “If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed.” It also feels great to come home to after a long day of work!
4. Plan to tackle one big task in the day.
Rather than getting overwhelmed by staring at your lengthy to-do list early on, start your morning by thinking about the one big task that you need to accomplish that day. In his book "The One Thing," author Gary Keller poses the question, "What's the ONE Thing you can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?" Typically in a day or week, there are only a few main tasks that are more time sensitive, important, or taxing than the rest. Every morning, plan for that one main task. Figure out how, when, and where to accomplish it. Having a game plan for the biggest task will give you motivation. Most of the time, we find time to accomplish the smaller tasks at random times throughout the day. If we focus on what is the most daunting, everything else will seem easier.
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