Feeling like you’re in a bit of a slump? These habits will give you the kick you need to get your shit on track.
Habit 1: Have a Set Wakeup Time
You have probably heard this one before, but it really does work. Ideally, you’d want to wake up at 5AM, but this obviously doesn’t fit into everyone’s lifestyle. Set your wakeup time to half an hour earlier than you usually wake up for work. You will find that after a few days your body will start to wake itself up naturally, and you will feel that you have so much more time in the day, even on weekends!
Habit 2: Open Your Curtains and Let the Light in
The first thing you should do when you wake up is to open your curtains and let the light in. It’s easy to climb back into bed when it’s all snuggly and dark, and that defeats the point of having a set wakeup time in the first place. If you can, open your windows and doors so that you can also get some fresh morning air.
Habit 3: Make Your Bed
Once you’ve made your bed, it’s more difficult to climb back into it. You’ll find that starting the day with a productive chore will give you focus and discipline during the day. So straight after opening your curtains, pull up those covers and neaten up your bedroom.
Habit 4: Prepare Your Exercise Clothes the Night Before
Some of you are probably groaning at the thought of exercising, but I promise that it gets easier as you form the habit. A good way of getting yourself to exercise is to lay out your clothes the night before, so that you don’t have to fumble around in a half-lit bedroom trying to find a sock.
Habit 5: Exercise First, Work Later
Yes, here it is! If you struggle with drowsiness in the mornings, the best thing to do is some light exercise. By “exercise” here, I don’t mean that you have to put on your running shoes and sprint 10kms before work (although that would be great!). All it takes is a quick walk, a bit of yoga, even just a good long stretch. In this time, you can mentally prepare yourself for the day, and possibly give your body a bit of a break before a day of sitting at your desk (if that’s what you do). This will also make your day feel a lot longer, as you’ve already accomplished something within half an hour of waking up.
Habit 6: Have a Warm Shower
Here there is emphasis on the warm part. If you have a hot shower, it’s likely that you’ll be all nice and snuggly and ready to go back to bed. Make sure that your shower leaves you feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the day. Also don’t spend too long in the shower, otherwise you may lose precious minutes that could be spent on that exercise…
Habit 7: Prep Your To-do List for the Day
Organisation really is key for a well-balanced life. Make sure that before you start your workday, you have set clear goals outlining what you want to achieve in the day. A lot of people make the mistake of either setting too many goals, or of setting goals that are too big. These can leave you feeling overwhelmed and unproductive. If you have set big goals, try to break these into smaller ones. For example, if you have to prepare a presentation for a meeting, start by identifying what will go into the process. If you need to plan what you’re going to say, then this is one goal. If you need to make a PowerPoint, this is another goal. The aim here is to keep yourself motivated, so you want to allow yourself multiple opportunities to feel that you’ve achieved something.
Habit 8: Clean Up Before Going to Bed
If you wake up in a messy environment, it’s likely that you’ll feel less good about the day. In your bedroom, set out your exercise clothes, pick up any dirty clothes, even give the place a good vacuum if necessary. In the morning you’ll want to feel in control, so its important to prepare your environment ahead of time.
I hope that this list of goals has helped you. If you’ve tried them or have anything to add, leave a comment and we can chat. Let’s share the productive energy!