Procrastination is the WORST! After years of working from home, what I’ve found that it’s not about how your day unfolds, but about the habits you begin the day with and how you end your night the day before.
I can confidently say that if you’ve had a shambles of a morning, you’re probably going to unfold that way as the day unfolds. You’re probably going to spend the day fighting to get a hold of what you’re doing during the day. Self medicating with caffeine or snoozing on the job!
To really set your day up for success, even if you’re a stay at home mother, corporate queen or work at home woman, you need to be kinder towards yourself. You’re probably asking, “Why? What does this have to do with my habits and being successful”? Hear me out…
Self love is the beginning of taking control of your life. The moment you can give yourself permission to flow, you’re going to begin to set some boundaries around how you treat your whole life.
Yes, your WHOLE life.
So, it’s time to get our habits in shape to make your days productive!
1) Plan Your Task List The Night Before
This brain dump of tasks you have to do is highly important to ensure your day is kept busy with the projects that matter. Have you tried to create a to-do list when you get to your table in the morning? You may end up forgetting half of the stuff you had on your mind yesterday! My list ends up smaller than what it’s supposed to be, when I get towards the end of the day, I remember I had a missed deadline.
When you close of for the day, make sure you write down the outstanding tasks while they are fresh in your mind.
2) Sleep At A Reasonable Hour And Wake Early
I’m not your parent, so I can’t tell you to go to sleep at 8pm, but I’m sure most parents would love to pull their blankets up by 8pm!
Get a good solid sleep of at least 7-8 hours so you can rest your body, mind and soul. Our lives are so busy that we forget to give our bodies the time to recover from a full day of activities. Thank your body with rest.
When waking up in the morning, have a specific time you wake up everyday, set an alarm if you need to and don’t hit the snooze button! Eventually, after time, your body will know when to wake up without the alarm sounding. Our bodies can be trained to do this, but you need to be consistent and keep to it, even on weekends!
3) Have A Meaningful Morning Routine
Those who are successful, have a very different morning routine to those who are in struggle town. The mornings look like the following:
1) Wake up early
2) Meditate and write in gratitude journal
5) Eat a healthy filling breakfast
This routine can be done in less than an hour and a great way to kick start your day into the positive productivity Space!
4) Start Your Day With Your Biggest And Hardest Task First
As Brian Tracy says, “Eat That Frog” which means, do the thing you dislike the most. This really points to the idea that we will not procrastinate throughout the day to complete that massive project. We get it rocking and rolling at the beginning so it can be put aside and you can focus on all of the other smaller tasks. Having a mammoth deadline hovering over your head can cause anxiety and ultimately, procrastination.
Make sure you “Eat That Frog” first!
5) Cut The Tech In The Mornings And Before Bed Time
We’re so addicted to technology that it follows us to bed and sometimes to the bathroom too! Reducing your screen time before bed will allow you to have a more restful sleep because your eyes and brain have not been working hard to look at a bright screen in a dark room. Put it down at least an hour before bed time so you can slowly ease into sleep.
It’s not hard to reach down to your phone for the first part of the morning. It’s usually something we do automatically! Wake up and focus on your morning routine. Don’t watch a screen in that time, you will have all the hours in the day to look at screens.
How does your morning routine look like?