How many of us go to bed with aspirations to have the next day be the most productive day of your life? Many of us go to sleep, dreaming that the next day you’ll will yourself to wake up on hour early to go to the gym, get all of your tasks done promptly at work, eat healthy and homemade meals all day, and get around to the leftover housework at the end of the day, before going to bed at a decent hour. Doesn’t that day sound incredible? No matter our nightly aspirations and promises to be perfectly productive the next day, it rarely happens. Not from a lack of desire, but from a lack of knowledge on how to actually be productive. With just a few easy tips, though, you’ll be living your productive dreams before you know it.
The ripple effect
If you wake up in the morning and take hours to eat breakfast or shower, you’re not setting your day up for success. In fact, it’s much more likely that your day will be slow and sluggish if this is the way that you start your day. Although it may be hard, if you start your day with productivity immediately, you’ll be much more likely to do everything on your to do list in a timely manner. Your morning sets the mood for the rest of the day. So don’t let yourself lay in bed scrolling through your phone when you wake up. Wake up and immediately get out of bed and get dressed. Once you’re dressed, you’ll be a lot less likely to be lazy. If you stay in your pajamas, you’ll still be sleepy and feel justified in being slow.
Setting up good habits can be really difficult. You already have habits, and naturally you don’t want to break out of them in order to be more productive. Unfortunately, in order to be productive, you really will have to break these habits and replace them with better habits. Don’t let yourself get lazy after a few days of working hard. Letting yourself have just one day to take a break from your good habits will lead to a long string of days where you’re ‘taking a break’, and then you’re just back where you started.
Start the day right
If at all possible, start your day with exercise. It can seem like a burden to lose those precious 60 minutes of sleep just to do a little cardio and some sit ups, but you’ll be blessed for your efforts! Exercise will help you be more productive. And working out daily will actually make it easier to get better sleep at night. So you’re actually making up for the time that you’re missing sleep to exercise instead. Set up your day for success! Productivity in the mornings will mean that your whole day will be more productive. Even though it’s hard, this should be the first thing you change in your routine. Wake up at a decent hour, work out, and eat a nutritious breakfast.
Don’t do everything all at once
If you try resetting all of your bad habits at the exact same time, it’s likely that you’ll become overwhelmed with the complete overhaul of your life, and give up easily. This is where a lot of people find themselves failing. Take it slow, instead of trying to become a perfect person overnight. You’ll just get discouraged, so just take it one task at a time. Start waking up early to work out. After a few weeks of successfully doing that, start cooking at home instead of going out to eat for dinner. Then start packing healthy lunches so you won’t need takeout for your lunch breaks. Replace soft drinks with water. Begin reading instead of watching tv to get yourself to sleep. These are all small things that will make a huge impact on your life. Just don’t try to do them all at once. It will take time in order to break all of your bad habits, and that’s okay. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither were you.