Ways to Start Your Day More Motivated and Productive

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Research has found that people are generally more productive during the first few hours of their day, making it important to take full advantage of each morning. This requires motivating yourself with good practices from the start of each day. While this may not require making significant sacrifices for everyone, making a few minor changes to your morning routine can help you feel better and accomplish more each morning.

Take Some Time to Relax

After your workout, you should take a few minutes to relax. This doesn’t have to be a long session, but taking just 15 minutes to meditate or practice yoga can help you unwind. As you engage in these activities, focus your thoughts on positive or inspiring thoughts. Tell yourself that you’re going to have a good day, or imagine yourself doing well in a meeting that you have planned for later in the day. Spending a few minutes focused on positivity will help you start your workday on a brighter note.

Enjoy a Healthy Breakfast

By this time in your morning, you should have worked up a good appetite. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it should be used to give your body the fiber, protein, and nutrients it needs to fuel your energy levels. A cup of kona coffee can also add a little pep to your day. Drinking coffee before work can help you enjoy a short burst of energy when you need it the most. Additionally, your breakfast should consist of fruits, oats, whole wheat, and fortified dairy products. You can add eggs for protein, or certain nuts can replace the eggs as a protein source for vegans.

Prepare For Your Morning

Starting your day more productively should begin the evening before you go to sleep. Take a few minutes to outline your itinerary and tasks for the following morning. If you create a list of things you need to accomplish the goals you want to meet, you won’t waste time on unproductive diversions between tasks. You can simply jump right into the next task on your list. In outlining your schedule, plan to do the biggest or most challenging tasks first. This will give you the opportunity to tackle those tasks early when you are at your most productive. You’ll also eliminate the stress of worrying about those bigger tasks as you go through the rest of your morning.

Get Up One Hour Earlier

You should plan on waking up an hour sooner than you really need to be up to ensure you have ample time to start your day. This will save you from feeling rushed as you prepare for a full day of work and errands. While an hour may not seem like it will make much of a difference, you’ll be surprised to find out how much more you can get done with those extra 60 minutes. As soon as you wake up, your first step should be to drink a full glass of water to help give your body a kickstart. Studies have found that drinking water as soon as you awaken will help rejuvenate your organs and will help your body function better throughout the day.

Get a Quick Workout

While most people know how important it is to get a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate to high intensity exercise each day, it’s often hard to find the time to actually do it. You can solve this problem by scheduling an early morning workout. You can spend those 30 minutes doing anything that interests you, and you’ll do your body even more good by choosing a variety of different activities. You’ll also keep your interest in physical fitness by doing something different each day. Some activities to consider include jogging, hiking, bicycling, tennis, or swimming. If you have friends who are also interested in early morning workouts, you can meet up for team sports. Basketball, softball, or soccer are just some of the sports you can play with your friends in short 30 minute sessions.


In addition to these tips, it’s also important to maintain a positive mindset throughout each day. While this is easier said than done, paying closer attention to negative thoughts can help you banish them faster. Replace negative thoughts with positive mantras to help you change how your thoughts influence the events of your day.

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