Did you know you might be starting your day all wrong? If you’re wondering how to get ahead in your freelance career, a new morning routine might be your answer. Starting your day with a few new habits could completely transform your life and your productivity. Here are a few of our favorite hacks for your morning.
Make mornings your own
Remember that what works for one person isn’t necessarily going to work for the next. Figuring out the best morning routine for you will be a trial and error process. All of our bodies are different, some of us are naturally morning people, and some of us aren’t. Take the time to find out what makes you the most productive.
Get up early
You might not want to hear this if you’re a night owl, but most super-successful people get up bright and early. Yes, that often means before dawn. Apple’s Tim Cook routinely gets up at 4 a.m.. The wee hours of the morning may turn out to be your most productive time of the day. It’s quiet, your mind is open, and it is time you’ve carved out of the day that you didn’t formerly have.
The health benefits of stretching have been getting more recognition lately. Starting your day with a good stretching routine does wonders for both your body and mind. Stretching has a lot of positives including:
- Stress release
- Better physical performance
- Increases flexibility
- Improves blood flow
- Helps prevent back pain
- Gives you better posture
Yoga is a great form of stretching, and you don’t have to go nuts to get all the health benefits. Spend five to 10 minutes per morning getting your body ready to face the day with a nice stretch routine.
Make your mornings go smoother by starting them the night before. Write down a list of what needs to be accomplished for the following day that you can review in the morning. It’s easier remember things at the end of the day so you can be prepared the following day. It also doesn’t hurt to choose your clothing for the following day to give you one less thing to think about.
Drinking a big glass of water when you wake up is a good way to get your system going. It’s easy to forget that your body hasn’t had any hydration for many hours while you sleep. Some believe should drink a cold glass of water, others swear by a hot glass of lemon water. Whatever you choose, make hydration a priority upon waking.
Do your hardest task first
When you work at home, it can be easy to procrastinate. Eliminate this problem by tackling the hardest thing on your to-do list first. This gets your brain humming, gives you a sense of accomplishment, and takes a large chunk out of your daily task list. Your mind is fresh, so your task won’t seem as overwhelming if it is the first thing you take on.
Don’t go straight to your phone
Resist the urge to check your social media and email immediately upon waking. It’s easy to get sucked into social drama and upset your precious morning balance. Allow yourself the time to wake up and get focused on your day, and accomplish a task or two, before checking your phone. It has been proven that constant smartphone checking is one of the biggest productivity killers.
Change up your morning routine and you’ll feel great, be more productive, and maybe even more spiritually in tune with your day. Give it a try and join the thousands of remote workers who choose to start their day intentionally.