Most of us feel like we can’t find any time in the day. The result is that we’re often frustrated, stressed, and unable to focus on our own needs properly during the work week. It’s a common misconception that we have no time. The truth is that we’re not using our time efficiently. Here are some tips to get an effective routine in place.
1. Wake Up Properly
Most people tend to walk around half groggy and mostly asleep for the first half of their day. That’s because they don’t take the time to properly wake up before taking on the day. Splash cold water on your face, do some light yoga or exercise, breathe deeply. All these things can wake your brain up so that you’re truly prepared to face your day.
Get rid of some of those morning blues by laughing. Laughing releases endorphins that can make you feel better and happier.1 You’ll be less grumpy and more productive. Watch a funny video online if that’s what does it for you. But make sure to get off the computer right after that.
3. Stay Offline
The internet is amazing but it brings some harrowing effects with it. Checking your emails and messages first thing in the morning can be distressing since you’re already thinking about the expectations and pressure from those around you. Don’t get online until you get to work. If that’s impossible, try to stay off your devices in the first hour that you get up.
4. Eat Breakfast
It sounds simple but so few people do it. Eating breakfast keeps you more alert, more cheerful and more productive.2 Do your meal prep the night before if you are not ready to cook something in the morning. For example, if you want an omelet in the morning, simply whisk up two eggs with whatever fillings you want, like sauteed mushrooms and shredded cheese. It should sit well in the fridge overnight. In the morning all you have to do is heat up a pan.
5. Spend 10 Minutes Cleaning
After getting ready, spend 10 minutes straightening out your room and house. Put back your clothes in their place and make your bed. You’ll feel much better coming back to a clean home that’s in order, rather than the cluttered mess we make when we get ready. Do the
6. Take Breaks
Our attention spans have a limit of about 90 minutes. After that, take a 15-minute break. Breaks help you get back to work refreshed. This is better than going through day partially paying attention. During this break time, don’t just scroll through social media on your phone. Rather, take a walk, talk to a coworker, or read. Take a longer break for lunch. At least a half an hour to one hour. If you go out with your coworkers for lunch, don’t talk about work.
Make time for a workout session sometime in the day and not
8. Flesh Out Time
Look at your entire day and notice what activities you do throughout the day. Perhaps you spend a little too much time browsing the web at work, especially after lunch. Notice how long you spend on things like social media and try to limit that time. At home replace this time with other activities like journaling, pursuing a hobby, or even sleep. We all know how much scrolling through your phone can rob us of our
9. Prepare For Bed
Leave enough time for a good bedtime routine. It’s the perfect way to let your body know that it’s time for bed. Shower, moisturize, and sip on some warm, caffeine-free tea. Put your screens away at least half an hour before bed. Try to read instead. Maybe even write instead. You can just put your thoughts down or make a to-do list for the next day. This will help you fall asleep faster and on time.
10. Include Times On Your To-Do List
When you make a to-do list, don’t just put down tasks. Allot a certain amount of time to each task. Make the timings tight and strictly adhere to them. Don’t make allowances or give
Try incorporating these tips into your daily routine and you can be sure that your productivity will soar.
|↑1||Humor, Laughter, and Those Aha Moments. Harvard University.|
|↑2||The Importance of Eating a Healthy Breakfast. Harris School Of Business.|
|↑3||Coulson, Jo C., Jim McKenna, and Matthew Field. “Exercising at work and self-reported work performance.” International Journal of Workplace Health Management 1, no. 3 (2008): 176-197.|