8 Things You Should Do Before 8am
Successful women know that starting the day right can make a big difference with productivity. We’ve selected 8 of our top favourite things to do before your day starts:
- Don’t Hit the Snooze Button
Hitting the snooze button, especially more than once, results in that spacey, tired feeling that persists for two to four hours after you finally climb out of bed. That extra five, 10, 20 or even 30+ minutes of snooze-button sleep is not worth it in the end, since it only lowers your productivity.
- Wake Up 30 Minutes Earlier
Doing things last-minute often lead to mistakes. To avoid rushed mornings, try waking up earlier each day for at least 30 minutes of downtime before the daily sprint begins. Then, use your newfound spare time to start some of steps listed below — but don't overdo it. The whole point of adding this time to your day is to give yourself space to breathe.
- Take 15 Minutes to Stop, Meditate and Stretch
Meditation is an effective anti-depressant and anti-anxiety treatment; it also helps to increase focus. When it comes to meditation, anything helps, whether you only have five minutes or an hour. As with meditation, stretching can help calm the mind. Five minutes of simple stretches a day will go a long way.
- Drink Up
While sleeping, we can go for six to nine hours without water, your body is thirsty. So is your brain, as it requires water in order to function properly. When you get up in the morning, before you do anything else, drink a glass of water. We suggest keeping it beside your bed so you can do so sleepily, instead of going straight for the usual tea/coffee.
- Eat Breakfast
There are so many reasons not to skip breakfast. Eating breakfast has been shown to increase energy levels throughout the day, reduce superfluous snacking and even improve short-term memory. Plus – who doesn’t love a good bowl of oats and cinnamon or a delicious vegetable omelette to start the day!
- Create A To-Do List
There are productive and not-so-productive ways to make a list. Most of us like to write every little thing we've ever hoped to get done, then end the day with about 90% of it still left staring at us. Don't do this. Only include the number of tasks you can actually, realistically complete in a day, and look for ones you can delete altogether.
- Daily Inspiration
This can include anything from reading a mantra to scrawling an empowering word across your bathroom mirror. We also love the idea of a Inspiration ‘mood board’ – collect some images from magazines or online of the things you want to achieve over the next 3/6months. Some ideas we used are healthy body, holiday trips, more fitness activities, spending more time with the family and learning some fab new recipes!
- Make the Bed
Believe it or not, the habit of making your bed on a daily basis has been correlated to greater productivity throughout the day. It's also been connected to a host of other positives—people who make their beds are said to have a greater sense of well being, actually like their jobs, own their homes and get better sleep.
There you have it rubies, let us know if you have any tips which help you start the day and have a successful one.