1. Morning Routine
In the morning you want to set up your body and mind for maximum productivity and energy.
A few key things you can consider in your morning routine:
- Drink plenty of water (32 oz is suggested)
- Eat a light healthy meal: The reason you want to keep it light is to not overload your body with too much food to process so you can sustain your morning engery. Eating vegetables and fruits with some carbs in the morning are a great way to do this.
- Motivate yourself by recalling your Vision, 6-12 month Goals and your purpose/why. You can also use music and motivational videos to support in motivating you in the morning.
- Movement: You want to make sure you get in at least 10 mins of movement, like exercising or going out for a walk
- Planning and prioritizing your goals: Make a big list of things you need to accomplish today, then identify your top 5 and then your top 1 goal. Prioritizing your goals based on importance and biggest impact.
- Personal Development around your work is a great way to ignite your growth and progress, which will motivate you to get started and start to apply the new things you learn.
2. Do the toughest or the easiest task first, depending on your level of resistance.
Sometimes we don’t always want to start our work, and it’s the hardest part. But, once we get started it’s easier to keep going. A great way to do this is to start with the easiest things first if you’re having a high resistance to getting started. This will initiate your momentum and give you a quick win.
If you’re ready to rock and roll, then start with the hardest thing first. Our energy is highest after a restful sleep, so it’s best to use it on tasks that we know will be hard, scary or uncomfortable to do. This will avoid the possibility of you holding it until the last minute, when you’re tired, and don’t want to do it anymore.
3. Get Dressed as if You’re Going to an Office
This helps train your brain to separate your times of rest and work. When you get ready, your brain will get the indication that it’s time to work and natural motivation will increase with time.
Also, when you look good or dress comfortably, you feel good. Which lifts up your mood for working more productively.
4. Eliminate Distractions
You want to eliminate distractions and generate a state of flow while working. This is the state where you get the most amount of work done with full focus and presence.
A few ways you can eliminate distractions:
- Start by turning off notification sounds on your phone.
- Communicate with people around you that you’ll be working now and that will talk to them after you’re done.
- Log out of your social media accounts if needed.
- Don’t respond to phone calls and texts right away, especially if you’re in the middle of an important task. Contact the person back at a time you’re available.
- Focus on 1 tasks at a time with a time limit on each task.
- Have designated times for responding to emails so you’re not wasting or distracting yourself with emails all day long.
5. Stay Extremely Organized
One of the biggest time wasters is when you lose things. Including your files, passwords, keys, or papers. Create a habit of always organizing yourself so that you can easily find it in the future. Don’t allow yourself to clutter your computer and work space until you have no choice but to organize it. Instead, do it right away and make it easier for yourself to stay focused and productive.
6. Say NO More
One of the biggest things that can throw you off in your day is saying yes to any request or need from people are you. This causes you to need to react and throw off your existing routine or tasks you’ve already created for yourself.
Instead of saying yes right away, give yourself a moment to think whether or not this is truly urgent and important to do right now. And if it’s worth shifting your prioritized tasks or delaying until a later time.
Keep in mind, some things that seem urgent or important, aren’t actually and it’s best to say no and save yourself from getting off track. This will support your productivity and focus immensely, and you will see a difference in your stress levels as well.
7. Night Routine
A night routine is a great way to end the day because when you do it consistently, it will prepare your bed for sleep so you can fall asleep right away and get a restful sleep.
A few key things you can consider in your night routine:
- Put your phone away 1 hour before bed. The blue light of your phone can interrupt your sleep because it signals to your brain that it’s “light out” and slows down the production of melatonin, which supports in the regulation of sleep cycles.
- Journal about your day: including what worked, what didn’t work, what you learned and how you will improve moving forward. This allows you to learn about yourself and how you work, and helps you grow. Another great way to use a journal is to do a “brain dump”, this is the process of putting out all your thoughts, reminders, ideas onto paper so you can come back to them later. This will also support you with thinking too much at night, which can keep you up.
- Meditate to put yourself into a relaxed state
- Do your hygiene and cleansing routine (brushing your teeth, washing your face, etc.)
- Focus on taking care of yourself and giving yourself some quiet time to yourself
- Preparing for the following morning or day
- Doing positive affirmations