One of the best things about this semester is that I’m able to have my mornings to myself EVERY day. I’ve never been a morning person, so when I scheduled my classes my thought was that I’d get to sleep in a bit later and not have to dread going to class so much. However, over the summer I had a change of heart. I made it my goal to get better at being a morning person this year and I definitely think it has been worthwhile. Not every morning is perfect, but I enjoy attempting to start my day slowly and peacefully instead of in a crazy rush! Here are my tips to ensuring your morning is both relaxing and productive!
Prepare the night before.
Whether it’s planning your outfit, writing out your to-do list, or thinking about what you’re going to make for breakfast, it helps me to plan out my morning before I go to sleep. That way, when I wake up I have less decisions to make and more time to focus on other things!
Go to sleep early.
My rule is before midnight! Even better if I’m in bed at 11PM. If I want to wake up and kill it in the morning, I need to make sure I’m well rested. Otherwise I’m going to crave those extra hours of shut-eye and my productive morning is out the window!
Bonus tip: make sure you’re waking up to a lot of natural light!
Reach for your planner before your phone.
I’m terrible at this, but I’m really trying to make sure I pick up my planner in the morning before I pick up my phone. It’s helpful to sit down with your breakfast and planner and go over your day before you catch up on all of those missed notifications!
Do your hardest/bulkiest tasks right after you wake up.
Once you’re awake, tackle those big projects! You’re probably the most motivated right when you wake up. Put those items at the top of your to-do list and make it your goal to get them done early in the day.
Play some good music.
My day always feels 10x better when I start it out by listening to a great playlist. I try to keep it to acoustic versions of songs, instrumentals, and softer melodies in the morning to keep myself more focused.
Start your day when you’re ready.
Once you feel like you’re ready to venture out into the real world, make sure you take some of those productive morning vibes with you! I love to take some hot chocolate out “on the road” with me in a Dixie® To Go cup and get some studying done at the TECH or the library! If I’m heading to class, I love to have something to sip on when I’m out the door.
By grabbing a Dixie® To Go cup as I’m heading out, I can spend more time enjoying my beverage confidently during my walk. Once I get to campus, there’s no effort, no clean up, and no worries! I can just toss my cup and get right back to studying. I don’t know about you guys, but I have no room in my backpack to carry around an empty mug all day. That’s why I’ll reach for a Dixie® To Go cup!
What steps do you take to ensure you have a productive start to the day?
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