Hi, girlie, welcome or welcome back. I’m so glad you are here and that you chose my post about 13 productive things to do in the morning. I don’t know about you, but my morning routine is sacred to me.
It didn’t use to be. I used to just go through the motions without a care in the world, but now I know how to make the most of my time. And I’m going to show you how to do it too.
Let’s make your morning routine sacred by implementing these 13 productive things to do in the morning.
Trust me, by the end of this post, you won’t be able to wait until tomorrow morning to get started. So, without further ado, let’s get into it.
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13 Productive Things To Do In The Morning:
1. Wake up early
Waking up early is a must if you want to have a productive day. This doesn’t mean you have to wake up at the crack of dawn, but you should be getting up before 10 am at the latest.
I usually wake up around 7:30 am, but this is different during the school year. When in school, I would wake up at 6:30 am every morning.
By waking up earlier, you can have more time in the morning to reflect, exercise, make a home cooked breakfast, or work. To be able to feel productive and motivated during the morning, you need to make sure you aren’t neglecting your sleep.
All of these productive habits would do you no good if you aren’t going to bed at a reasonable time the night before. I go to bed around 10-12, depending on how I’m feeling, but this will differ from every person.
Most people need at least 8 hours of sleep, so keep that in mind when planning what time you want to go to sleep and wake up. Remember that 8 hours of sleep doesn’t mean 8 hours of you just sitting in your bed, it means having 8 hours of undisturbed sleep.
2. Don’t hit snooze
When your morning alarm goes off, it can be so tempting to just roll over and hit snooze. You think that 5 extra minutes can’t hurt, but 5 turns into 10. 10 into 20 and then all of the sudden it’s noon and you still haven’t gotten out of bed.
So, to prevent this from happening, when your alarm goes off, don’t hit snooze. Instead, turn your alarm off and get right out of bed. The first few times you try this might be difficult, but it’ll soon become a habit.
To hold yourself accountable, only set one alarm. By setting multiple, you are training your brain to think that it is okay to hit snooze and lay in bed. We want to train our brain to know that there is only one chance to get up, so we need to get out of bed now.
By getting up when your alarm goes off the first time, you will feel more awake and less groggy. You will be starting your day on a happy note and be ready for whatever is coming your way.
If you struggle with getting up on the first alarm, then try charging your phone across the room. This will make it so you have to physically get out of bed to turn the alarm off. I have begun doing this recently and it has helped so much.
3. Make your bed
Making your bed is so underrated. It is an absolute must and shouldn’t be skipped.
You don’t have to make it perfectly, just make sure you can’t see your sheets. This will prevent you from getting back into your bed since it already looks nice and made.
It also helps you stay more focused if you are working on something in your room and makes you feel more put together.
The days when I push myself to make my bed are some of my most productive. I feel so proud that I completed this little task. It only takes a minute or two so there is no reason why you shouldn’t be doing it.
4. Avoid screen time
I don’t go on my phone all morning. I find that going on social media while sitting in my bed makes me feel less motivated. It also makes me want to just want to stay in bed all day, which makes me lose track of time.
In order to not waste this valuable time, I set screen time on my phone. I have my phone set so that it is shut off from 10 pm to 9 am.
This allows me to take time away from my phone in the morning and focus on more important things.
As I mentioned in #2, my phone charges overnight on the opposite side of the room. This makes it so when I wake up I don’t feel immediately tempted to go on my phone.
I have noticed that charging my phone away from my bed has helped me break my negative habits on going on social media first thing in the morning. The reduction of my social media usage has made me feel much happier and overall feel less occupied with what other people think of me.
5. Drink a glass of water
Drinking some water when you wake up will make you feel less tired and more ready to seize the day.
I like to keep a Hydro Flask water bottle on my bedside table. I fill it up right before I go to bed so that I can have the water ready in the morning.
This is just so convenient. One of my favorite things in the morning is drinking ice cold water, and by using my Hydro Flask I can do just that. I’m actually obsessed with it and treat it like my baby.
I use it everyday and it has helped me stay more hydrated and actually enjoy drinking water.
Drinking water in the morning is a much better alternative to coffee or other caffeinated drinks. It can help to wake you up without any caffeine and it’s actually good for you.
I know, many of you probably hate the taste of water (most of my family does too). So if you are anything like them, you can add lemon or other fruits to your water. This will add some natural flavoring to otherwise bland water.
You could also try what I mention in #12. Scroll down to see what it is!
6. Enjoy the silence
The morning is a time for reflection and peace. You should spend it just by yourself. Remember that you don’t always have to fill the silence, it’s okay to just sit with your thoughts and think.
I feel like in this day and age everything we do is filled with so many distractions such as notifications on your phone, videos, music, whatever. It might seem weird to not have background noise all the time, but that’s okay (just try it).
If there is always something playing in the background, then when will you have time to think or reflect?
My favorite way to reflect in the morning is to sit at my kitchen table and look out the window while eating a healthy breakfast.
Being just by yourself in the silence is a great way to get your thoughts together and mentally plan out your day. You can prepare yourself for what is to come and enjoy the calm before the storm.
Morning silence is a simple way to add self-care to your morning routine without having to spend any money. It is also one of the most beneficial things you can do for your mental health.
Another way you can incorporate free self-care into your mornings is by using this self-care workbook. This 20 page workbook includes 15 pages you can fill out, color, listen to, or interact with.
The workbook is a free downloadable PDF that can be filled out digitally or when printed. This workbook will make your mornings a little extra special, so allow yourself to take time just for you.
7. Read a book
You should be reading every day. Reading helps you gain new perspectives, a larger vocabulary, and is honestly just fun.
Since everyone has busy schedules, people often neglect the importance of reading, but the morning is a free time where you should at least read a couple pages or read a single chapter.
My favorite way to read books is on my Kindle using the free Libby App. Libby is a digital library app, meaning you can download audio and e-books straight to your phone or Kindle device.
It saves you so much money and is one of my favorite secret finds. You definitely should check it out if you are planning on reading a lot.
8. Find a way to move your body
Working out may seem horrible and awful in the moment (especially if it’s high intensity), but it will overall have a positive impact on your day.
My favorite way to exercise is by following at-home yoga videos. I’m not a big fan of cardio due to my asthma, so this is a great alternative for me.
If yoga seems too slow for you, you could also run, do a HIIT workout, or dance. Just find something you love and can stick to.
If you can push yourself to workout in the morning, then you can always do it in the afternoon or evening.
Morning workouts help to clear your mind and make you feel more ready to focus on the work you have to do.
If you often still feel sleepy when you wake up, then you should take a morning shower. This will wake you right up and give you a good time to think. It’ll also leave you smelling fresh for the rest of the day.
I find that when I shower in the mornings, I feel much better because my hair looks so good and I just feel clean.
Showers also help by giving you time in the morning to just be by yourself and get ready. Once you do this, you will feel excited and happy to start your day.
10. Plan your day
Every morning you should jot down your thoughts, to-dos, or plan your day using an hourly schedule.
If you want an awesome schedule that can do it all, then make sure to download, “My Daily Schedule”. This free PDF can be filled out online or by printing it. I personally prefer to write out my day, so I will usually print.
My Daily Schedule is a daily planner to help you keep your day organized. It can be used all year round and won’t waste a ton of your printer ink.
My favorite thing about this planner is this section for a motivational quote or being able to plan my day by the hour. It helps me stay more accountable for what I need to do and looks super cute.
The best part about writing out your to-dos is that you can hold yourself accountable and will feel more productive.
After crossing off each task, you will feel more motivated to complete the next. It is also a great feeling to look back at your list and be proud of what you accomplished.
11. Make a healthy breakfast
There’s no better way to start off your day than will a healthy breakfast.
My favorite breakfast meals are avocado toast with a fried egg, smoothie bowls, or oatmeal.
Healthy breakfasts keep you going for longer and just make you feel good.
I know that whenever I opt for a healthy and yummy breakfast, I feel more upbeat and ready to get to work compared to when I just eat a bowl of cereal.
Healthy eating keeps you fuller for longer and is more beneficial to your body. By eating healthy, you will be more productive because you will have fueled your brain properly.
12. Drink your favorite tea
Tea is my favorite morning drink (besides water). My favorite type of tea is decaf green tea or peppermint. Both of these teas wake me right up and smell so yummy.
If you aren’t a fan of drinking a glass of water, then have a mug of tea. It is pretty much the same thing.
The tea will relax you and make your morning feel cozier and more comfortable. By feeling comfortable, you will feel more ready to start your day right.
13. Listen to a podcast
I loveee podcasts so freaking much.
In my last post, I mentioned my favorite ones, but in case you missed that, then here they are:
- Intentional With Sedona Christina
- Call Me Candid
- Online Marketing Made Easy With Amy Porterfield
- The Happiness Lab
- Love, Carly Allison
- Do It Scared With Ruth Soukup
Podcasts are a great way to brighten your morning and educate yourself. Also, if you are listening to something motivational, then you will feel even more energized and motivated to start your day.
I will usually listen to a podcast while I’m brushing my teeth, washing my face, and getting dressed.
So what are you waiting for? It’s time to create a productive and happy morning you love and look forward to.
13 Productive Things To Do In The Morning:
- Wake up early
- Don’t hit snooze
- Make your bed
- Avoid screen time
- Drink a glass of water
- Enjoy the silence
- Read a book
- Find a way to move your body
- Plan your day
- Make a healthy breakfast
- Drink your favorite tea
- Listen to a podcast
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