Welcome to the first OFFICIAL week of the Productivity and Time Management Workshop! To recap, I’m co-hosting this lovely workshop with two equally-as-lovely bloggers, Sara + Dani! If you’d like to join us, just follow along with our blog posts every week (Sara posts on Mondays, I post on Wednesdays, and Dani posts on Fridays!) and join our Facebook group. In the Facebook group, you can get some individualized attention from Sara, Dani, and I and connect with other people who are in the same boat! It’s such a great way to meet new people and I’m excited about what this month will bring!
Last week was all about prep and #inspo… I talked about how to get inspired for a productive month! This week, we’re going to get serious about mornings. I’m here to give y’all some tips on how to prepare for a productive day. These tips can be incorporated into either your nighttime or morning routines easily, but I’ll be especially focusing on mornings since that’s what this week’s theme is!
Make a to do list.
The best way for me to prioritize and get the most done is for me to visually SEE what has to be done for that day. Checklists are my favorite way to do this because checking things off at the end of the day is honestly one of the best feelings! I encourage you to make a to do list either the night before or once you wake up. It allows you to clear your mind and visualize what needs to be done in an effective way.
I’ve been trying this out lately and I have to say that I’m a fan! I use the app Stop, Breathe, & Think and it has changed my life! I originally wanted to meditate in the mornings but I decided that it would be better for me to do this at the end of my day to wind down and get ready for sleep. Meditating allows you to clear your mind and focus on yourself and how your body is feeling. When my body is tired and my mind isn’t there, it is absolutely impossible for me to get anything done.
I know that college students aren’t morning people. It’s a fact. But it will seriously help you a lot (especially if you have later classes!) to wake up early and keep it consistent. When you wake up early, you will obviously have more hours to spend working on other things including planning for your day, studying, working out, etc. If you already have morning classes (like me) you can do other things to make your mornings easier such as… picking out your outfit the night before, making sure your alarm is set (and the volume is turned up!), and packing your backpack before you go to sleep so you know everything is in its place and you’ll be ready to grab it and go in the morning! By doing these things, I am able to spend my morning mentally getting ready for the day instead of rushing around.
I desperately want to be a morning exerciser but my schedule just doesn’t work well for that this semester. To make up for it, I’ve been trying to do some yoga instead! I’m a SUPER beginner, but I’m really liking it so far. I’m using the app Sworkit to do some simple yoga routines. The best part about using Sworkit is you can tailor your routines for as long or as short as you want… the routines can be a minimum of 5 minutes long. 5 MINUTES. That’s nothing! It’s a great way to wake up in the morning and also get that blood pumpin’.
Have a routine.
Having a routine helps me so much in the morning. When I don’t have a routine, I feel off balance and it will affect my entire day. Mornings are really important because they set the tone for what’s to come. Make sure you start off on the right foot every day by having a routine and sticking to it! It might help to write out your routine or make it into a schedule and hang it up either by your nightstand or somewhere else in your room that you can easily reference it. Once you have it memorized, you can take it down… but make sure you still stick to it!