These days during quarantine, it can be easy to find yourself slacking off from your productive daily routine. Motivation is shot. Every day feels like Groundhog Day and sometimes you find yourself questioning why you should even bother sticking to your routine. Or hey — maybe you never had a routine in the first place.
I find that in times like these, having routines help provide you with the structure you need to deal with the potentially mind-numbing repetitive days ahead. Keep at them, and you’ll find yourself in a better mood as well as being more productive.
“How you do anything is how you do everything.”
To me, it starts with that simple line. What you do to start your day is probably the best indication of what you’ll do with the rest of your day. Even if you know that you’re going to procrastinate, you’ll be less inclined to if you start of the day not doing that.
On top of that, getting things done early makes you feel productive. And feeling productive can lead to feeling less work-related stress. So hey, you get things done and you improve your health? Sign me up.
Having a morning routine can also improve relationships. As you get more done during your morning routine, you create more free time for yourself in the later half of the day, time that can potentially be spent with those you are in the midst of building or having relationships with. You’ll also feel more confident in yourself.
Below are a few tips you can use to help get you back into a productive morning routine.
Don’t hit that snooze button. IT’S A TRAP. Get up immediately. To have a good morning routine, you need time to do the things you plan on doing. Hitting snooze minimizes that time. I know it feels good in the moment to snooze for a few more minutes, but trust me, it feels way better later on in the day knowing you got things done.
Don’t grab your phone first. This is tough. But don’t do it. Move first. Get out of bed. Even if it’s just to go to the bathroom. Just move. Make checking your email or Instagram the last thing you do once getting out of bed.
Exercise. Sounds cliché, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find a successful early-morning-routiner not exercising when they get up in the morning. There’s honestly no better feeling than having finished a workout and knowing you still have the rest of the day ahead of you. You feel so accomplished. This, in turn, will motivate you to get more things done throughout the day.
Plan your day. I have a to-do list online that I work on every morning. In certain cases, I even do a hand-written to do list. Knowing what I have ahead of me, or rather, setting those things I want to get done, down on paper — in ink — make me feel like my day has more structure. Structure makes things easier to tackle. Pro-tip: I like to think of it as a game I’m about to play. Mark off all those items on your to-do list and YOU WIN!
So, there you have it. Just a few simple tips to get you going in the morning. What do you have to lose? We’re all going to be home for some time anyways, so give it a go and see how it spices up your day. Or even better, see how it improves your mood by the end of the day.
About the Author
Nelson Dellis is an American Memory Athlete, mountaineer, author, and public speaker. Nelson is a 4x USA Memory Champion, tieing the record for most wins of the champion title.