As Many businesses and companies, and even campuses are continuing to keep to work remotely, finding ways to stay productive throughout the day can become quite difficult. It’s even more difficult for people who just aren’t morning people – yes, I’m talking about you and me! Waking up is like a slap in the face, and there’s nothing I’d rather do than turn off my alarm and go back to sleep. As an intern who often works from home, I find myself dealing with early mornings, long to-do lists, and even longer days. I found an easy, stress-free routine that keeps me productive throughout the day.
Take a look at your day the night before
Before the day ends, take a brief 15-20 minutes to review what the next day looks like.
Write out what meetings you have to join and what needs to be completed before you clock out for the day. This simple task knocks one thing off your list for the next day, and you’re prepared for what’s in store.
Ignore your phone first thing in the morning
Believe me, I’ve been one to immediately roll over and begin mindlessly scrolling before I’ve fully woken up. DON’T DO IT! Getting sucked into social media, emails, and texts can lead to time wasted. Place your phone somewhere away from your bed, so you’re forced to get up and turn off your alarm. Put your phone on Do Not Disturb and set it down as you get ready for the day. Your phone and every notification you have will be there when you’re finished.
Prioritize self care
The most important thing you can do before starting your day is taking time for yourself. This looks so different to everyone and your version of self-care can be the complete opposite of mine. Some easy ways to practice self care in the morning can include doing your skincare/makeup routine, reading for a few minutes, journaling, or simply making your bed. Taking those minutes to spend time with yourself is going to add a boost of confidence and productivity.
Figure out your favorite way to stay energized
Waking up in the morning can be dragging, so get yourself some energy! Making a cup of coffee while making your breakfast is such an easy task to accomplish – even on the hardest mornings. Something that has also helped me is enjoying some sort of movement. This is anything from a 10-min yoga session, going for a morning walk, dancing to music, and so much more. Find whatever brings you energy and add it to your morning routine now!
Prioritize your tasks
The day has finally started, but before you dive into the bulk of the day. Take note of what tasks need to be prioritized. Try to work on the hardest tasks first, then finish off the day with the simpler, less time consuming work. I promise you’ll thank yourself later! These heavier tasks would be such a stresser on your evening if you’re rushing to complete the most important, last.
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