Sometimes all it takes to have the best, most productive day are a few little things you can do before 8 am everyday to ensure you have a fresh and open mind all day long.
Once upon a time, I felt overwhlemed everyday. Unfortunately for me, I’m not a person who can still function when stressed and overwhelmed, so I would spend days on end seemingly doing nothing. I didn’t know why.
It wasn’t until I listened to this amazing podcast by chance that I started see how not having a proper routine every morning was literally killing my productivity.
This is why you need to follow this list of things to do before 8 am to have a more productive day. They will really help you start your day right and finish strong.
Here are 8 things to do before 8 am for increased productivity
Straighten up the house
Clutter is the enemy to creativity. Therefore if you clean up your home early in the morning, you are setting yourself up for a day filled with productivity.
When you clean, not only do you get rid of physical clutter, you also get rid of mental clutter. You’re able to think more clearly, be more relaxed, you feel happier and you generally feel like you’re able to function and be creative and productive. This is why you should always make it a priority to clean your home every morning so that the rest fo the day can feel productive.
A clean home also makes you feel in control. Often times when I feel overwhelmed and everything seems to be sipping out of control, it means that my home isn’t as clean as it needs to be. This makes sense because if you cannot get one thing under control, the mind may get tricked into thinking you can’t get anything at all under control. Once my home has been cleaned I have a new outlook on things and I actually start to get things done!
Brain dump dump every morning.
A brain dump is taking all things that you’re thinking abut, stressing about, and Constantine remembering in your your head and dumping it somewhere- either on a notebook, bullet journal, planner, paper or document. The purpose of a brain dump is to help you clear your thoughts so that you can focus on the tasks at hand without any distractions.
Do some yoga
Yoga can help unwind and and relax. It can also help boost your productivity by making you calm and happy. Here are 8 ways yoga can help to boost your productivity. Yoga helps:
- Improve Sleep
- Improve Thinking
- Improve Focus
- Improve Energy
- Reduce Stress
- Reduce Pain
- Reduce Depression
- Reduce Anxiety
When people have all these areas of their life impacted and they feel happy and relaxed they get more done. Have you ever tried completing a task while you’re anxious and stressed? Compare that to trying to complete a task when you’re relaxed and happy. The difference in how long it takes to complete that task and how well the task is done is clearly noticeable. So practice yoga every morning to help increase your productivty.
Make a to do list for the day
One of the first things you should do everyday is to create a to do list. This Will help you map out a the day ahead and will help you in remembering to get things done. To do lists are an essential part of a successful day as they help you to remember both fall and big things that you would normally forget. Getting these things done makes your day so much more productive.
Drinking water is great for increasing your productivity. This is according to a 2013 study conducted by the University of East London which showed that drinking water can result in a 14% increase in productivity. This is why you need to drink water every morning (and throughout the day). How does water actually make a person more productive? Drinking water helps you to
- Decrease stress and anxiety
- Stay energised
- Think clearer
Therefore, drink water in the morning to ensure that you’re getting the productive benefits fo water.
Meal planning and prepping should generally be done on a Sunday. However, if you’re no the kind of person who likes to meal plan or prep for a week in advance and you prefer to do so daily, do so in the morning. Meal planning is a surfer way to help you save time, be in control of what you eat and manage your hunger throughout the day. All of this can help you have a super productive day without stress about what you’l be eating throughout the day. You can try meal planning using this system right here.
Always Listen to a GREAT motivational podcast
There is something about listening to a great podcast from someone who has been where you are and explains not only how they were able to get to the other side, but also how this has made them so much happier. The sense of hope this gives is unbelievable. This is why you should make it a priority to listen to a great motivational podcast every morning to start your day off right.
This one may seem super redundant. However, for people who work from home or are stay a home moms or dads, this is an optional thing. If this is you start making it a mandatory thing to wake up in the morning, freshen up, dress nicely,throw on a bit of makeup and then start your day. This will make you feel like a productive member of society and thus, you will be more productive throughout the day.
These are 8 things you can do before 8 am so you can start being more productive every day. These things are easy to incorporate in your daily life when you wake up to help improve your life.
I know you may be tempted to start this next month – but start tomorrow. You will see a great improvement in your productivity and you will be glad you did.