Something about myself I don’t really like to admit, but had to face a long time ago, is that my mind is one big chaotic mess. I used to wake up overwhelmed, knowing I had so many things to do and end up unable to step up and get it all done.
It was all fun and games when I lived with my mom at home, but when I got married and moved out my daily to do list grew so long, my chaotic-self could not handle it anymore. Things had to be done. Big changes had to be made, lifechanges.
After a couple of months fooling around, getting nothing done and almost pulling all my hair out of my head, I finally got the hang of it all. A big step for me was to make some changes in my morning routine.
Nobody is perfect, and sometimes –a little more often than I wish- I still wake up and have a very nonproductive day. It happens and it’s okay. In the end we’re all humans and not hyperproductive robots. If we spend a day or to doing nothing at all, the world won’t end. We should enjoy those lazy days – don’t ever forget that.
So before I start, a little disclaimer: these so-called ‘rules’ have improved my productivity a lot. I’m not saying it’s a stairway to succes. Every person is different and what works for me does not mean it will 100% work for you.
Okay, I know this is a hard one, but what they say is true: you snooze, you lose. Besides the fact that you actually lose time sleeping those extra minutes, let’s be honest, every snooze makes it harder for you to get up. You will be reminded of that sweet sweet sleep that you can’t have –you set your alarm for a reason- so why torture yourself? Big plus for non-snoozers: You have so much more time for your morning routine!
One thing I used to do soooo often is reach for my phone as soon as I opened my eyes. It’s the worst possible thing I could do in the morning. I would waste so much time scrolling trough all of my feeds and messages and it would totally screw up my day. It always resulted in me having to hurry through the morning and be stressed AF the rest of the day. My experience tells me to not dive into my phone in the morning. If something important comes up, the person trying to reach me will call me. No sweat, no time wasted. Time is precious in the morning, we all know that.
Even if you think you’re not a “breakfast-kinda” person, trust me, you are. Breakfast is the best way to give yourself a little bit of time to wake up properly, get some energy in your body and think about what you want to do that the day. Yours truly also fancied herself a no-breakfast person and look at me now. I actually love breakfast and think it’s the best meal of the day. So howbowdah?
Make a to do list
Some days are busier than others. When I feel like there’s a busy day coming up, I intend to make a list of the things that really need to be done that specific day. Writing it down makes the things I have to do stick in my memory. If I feel like I forgot something, I always have that list to check what I was forgetting. This step is always a major help and when I don’t get to make my list I always regret not doing so.
Clean up after yourself
For many of you this comes without saying, but for me that wasn’t always the case. I can’t even tell you how many mornings I would leave the house for work without putting my mascara or lipstick back in it’s drawer, putting my coffeemug in the dishwasher or putting the clothes I tried on but decided not to wear back in my closet. These little chores would haunt me all day as I felt guilty leaving the house so messy. They will have to be done eventually that day, so why not get it over with immediatly? A big plus of leaving the house spotless in the morning is that if I decided to go home with a friend or a collague I would not be totally embarassed by the mess they would walk into. Big win.