I have recently been looking at different morning routines from CEOs and decided to give it a try. From all the routines I tried, I have compiled a list of activities I recommend to boost your productivity.
Wake up early
Many routines suggest waking up at 5 am. However, as young professionals, we usually have long workdays and end up exhausted, which is why I recommend waking up at 6 am.
Set a morning routine
Once you wake up, it is good to know what you’re doing that day, so you don’t spend time wondering what to do. I suggest making a list of the things you need to do the next day the night before and schedule your activities on an online calendar. Don’t forget to set alerts for all your commitments so that you don’t miss anything.
Exercise in the morning
To start your day with a clear mind, I suggest going for a run in the morning or starting your day with some other form of exercise such as Yoga, or a Tabata workout. If you want to start with Yoga, I suggest checking Yoga tutorials such as Yoga with Adrienne, or if you’re going to do a Tabata workout, I recommend downloading the Tabata App on the App Store. When you’re done with your workout, take a few minutes to do some savasana or meditate.
Be aware of what is going on in the world
It is essential to know what is going on in the world, so after you’ve finished your workout, be sure to take a few minutes to read the news or listen to some news podcasts. What I usually do is listen to podcasts while I shower after my workout, such as “CNN Daily News Briefing,” “CNN Political Briefing,” “BBC Minute,” “Global News Podcast,” “WSJ Minute Briefing,” “The Journal,” “WSJ Secrets of Wealthy Women,” “The Daily,” and “Pod Save America.” If you have a subscription, I suggest reading The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
Conceptualize your week and your outfits beforehand, so you won’t spend much time thinking about this. Arrange them in your closet in a way that your outfits for the week are at the front.
Meal prepping is also a game-changer. By planning what you will eat that week and cooking ahead of time, you get to budget and save time. This will also help you maintain a healthy diet as having a prepared meal which you can heat in 2 minutes is more convenient than indulging and ordering food that will take 30-40 minutes to arrive.
Journal and set goals
Take five minutes before you go to bed to set your goals for the next day and weeks. It is essential to have both short and long-term goals. Set aside a couple of minutes to journal as well. This will help you keep your thoughts organized and relieve stress.
Clean and Tidy Up
It is vital to keep an organized and clean environment to boost productivity, so try to keep your space tidy and deep clean once a week.
I hope this gave you some ideas to be more productive, Hustlers; let us know what worked for you on our DMs!