I share a lot of productivity tips for female entrepreneurs in the general or overall sense. But today, I want to talk specifically about what you should be doing in the morning for a more productive day.
Because I know so many female entrepreneurs who have a hard time getting going in the morning—myself included sometimes.
You see, even though I ditched my night owl ways years ago, I still sometimes have a hard time getting going in the morning. (Because sometimes morning just comes too soon, amiright?! 😴)
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5 THINGS YOU CAN DO IN THE MORNING FOR A MORE PRODUCTIVE DAY
They say how you start your morning influences your ENTIRE DAY… which means we need to know what to do in the morning for a more positive and productive start EVERY DAY!!
Because the way we start our day TOTALLY affects what we’re able to get done throughout it.
Today, on the blog, I’m sharing 5 super easy things you can do in the morning to jumpstart your productivity that don’t involve coffee (because I’m pretty sure you’ve got that covered 😆)
The best part?! You can start doing these things as soon as TOMORROW!! (That’s how EASY they are to implement!!)
So keep on reading because a more positive and productive day is just a scroll away!!
1 | DON’T HIT THE SNOOZE BUTTON
#nobutreally, it’s the WORST thing you can do to yourself and your productivity in the morning!! I know it’s tempting some days (er… most days), but going back to sleep after you’ve been awake can actually RESTART your sleep cycle and make you feel groggy FOR HOURS. #beentheredonethat
Fast Fix #1: If you use your phone as an alarm clock, put it on the other side of the room so you’re forced to get out of bed to turn it off when it goes off. (Same goes for an actual alarm clock.) Resist the urge to crawl back into bed and get in the shower instead!!
Fast Fix #2: Try the “inverted snooze”!! When your alarm goes off, go ahead and hit snooze, but instead of rolling over and pulling the covers over your head, use those snooze-worthy minutes to do whatever you want before getting up and getting ready for the day.
2 | DON’T CHECK YOUR EMAIL OR SOCIAL MEDIA
But, whatever you do, DON’T turn off your alarm and immediately open email or social media. Checking your email first thing in the morning like that can cause more stress and overwhelm than you really want at the start of your day. And we all know how easy it is to get sucked into the social media black hole… 5 minutes can easily turn into 50, you know!!
Fast Fix #1: I know lying in bed scrolling through social media is something of a morning ritual for many (myself included), but it’s a HUGE time suck in the morning. Instead, schedule time into your day for email responses and scrolling social media so you know you’ll still have time to do those things, but in a more productive manner.
Fast Fix #2: Turn OFF notifications. Without them, the temptation to check #allthethings will be gone. Take it one step further by logging OUT of social media and taking work email off your phone.
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3 | MOVE YOUR BODY
Moving your body first thing is one of the best ways to jumpstart your productivity!! Morning workouts get your blood pumping and help you power through the day. Plus, getting your sweat sesh over with in the morning means you’re less likely to talk yourself out of it later in the day. But don’t think moving your body means a heavy-duty workout every single day. You can go for a walk, run up and down the stairs, do jumping jacks, stretch, or even run in place. It doesn’t really matter what you do as long as it gets your body moving.
Fast Fix #1: Make your bed. Yes, it sounds simple, and yes, I sound like your mother, but making your bed in the morning does two things. It means you’ve already accomplished something AND it gets you moving. My favorite thing to do is turn on a fun, fast tune, make my bed, and dance around a bit!! (Yes, I really do do this!!)
4 | GET READY FOR THE DAY
This is something I see a lot of female entrepreneurs skip. They get up and either haul their laptop into bed with them or drag themselves to their desk and start working. Before they know it, it’s 2:30 in the afternoon and they haven’t even showered yet. It’s like they think taking time to get ready for the day is taking time away from getting stuff done. But that’s just not the case. Getting ready doesn’t have to be time-consuming or difficult. A simple get ready routine can be achieved and it might actually boost your productivity (I know it does for me).
Fast Fix #1: Get up and get right in the shower!! Don’t haul your laptop into bed, don’t sit down at your desk, don’t wait until later. Get that shower done and out of the way first thing so you’re not saying “smell you later” when it hits 4pm.
Fast Fix #2: Build a wardrobe that lets you get dressed with absolute ease and pick your outfit the night before (to save yourself a few minutes in the morning). My closet is mostly filled with t-shirts and jeans, which means no complicated decision-making in the morning.
5 | CROSS ONE THING OFF YOUR TO-DO LIST BEFORE…
This heading was originally going to say BEFORE YOU HAVE YOUR COFFEE, but I thought you all might come after me with pitchforks or something. And I get it!! I can’t always get my brain in gear without my morning cup of productivity juice either. INSTEAD, I want you to get ONE of your top 3 (priority) tasks of the day done BEFORE you do any kind of ongoing or everyday tasks like responding to emails or social media comments. Deal? Deal!! 🙌🏻
Fast Fix #1: Have a time block of at least 60 minutes each morning to work on your most important task. Do it first thing and anything else you do that day will be a bonus!!
I hope these fast and easy tips help you have a more productive start to the day, every day!! (Because being your own boss means there’s NO SLEEPING on the job!! 😉)
P.S. Which of the don’ts do you do the most?! This is a #nojudgementzone, friends!! I STILL sometimes hit the snooze button and/or fall down the social media black hole in the morning… but I’m working on it!!
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I just stumbled on your blog from your instagram page and I’m glad I did. I just launched my career as a productivity coach and I’ve learned a lot from you in a short while. I look forward to reading, learning more, and buying your courses soon.
Thank you, Alex. You’re doing a great job♥️
You are so sweet, Sarah!! I’m so happy you found my little corner of the internet and have learned so much!! Best of luck with your new coaching business!! 💗