Ways to Increase Your Productivity

We’ve all heard people say “The early bird catches the worm,” but do we actually embrace it?

Is it a thing for us?

For many people, mornings are usually chaotic.

From hitting the snooze button to rushing through the shower and gulping down a quick breakfast before darting out the door.

And it is the same ritual every day.

But what if I told you there’s a better way to start your day?

A way that sets a positive tone, boosts productivity, and leaves you feeling accomplished before 9 AM?

I call it the “ultimate one-hour morning routine.”

This routine is practical, easy to follow, and designed to maximize your morning in just 60 minutes.

The Ultimate One-Hour Morning Routine for a Productive Day

1. Wake Up Early and Hydrate (5 minutes)

The Ultimate One-Hour Morning Routine for a Productive Day

The first step to a successful morning routine is simply waking up early.

While the exact time may vary depending on your schedule, always plan to rise at least an hour and 30 minutes before you need to leave the house.

Once you’re up, help yourself with a glass of water.

After long hours of sleep, your body is dehydrated and needs to reboot.

And water is the best way to kickstart your metabolism and wake up your organs.

Add a squeeze of lemon if you want to boost digestion and vitamin C intake.

As a woman, you may want to keep your lemon intake to the barest minimum.

 

2. Make Your Bed (3 minutes)

The Ultimate One-Hour Morning Routine for a Productive Day

I don’t know how it works for y’all, but coming home to a tidied bed after a long day is so therapeutic for me.

And as trivial as it might seem, making your bed is a quick and easy way to set the tone for a productive day.

It gives you a sense of accomplishment and instantly boosts your mood.

Who does not like to see their room all tidied up?

So, one less thing to worry about when you come home tired in the evening.

 

3. Stretch or Exercise (15 minutes)

The Ultimate One-Hour Morning Routine for a Productive Day

You don’t need to be someone who works out regularly to stretch yourself in the morning.

You need to crack those stiff bones, increase your blood flow, wake your muscles, and release endorphins.

Get up and move your body.

You can do a 15-minute aerobic workout or yoga session if you’re short on time.

Apps like Nike Training Club or YouTube channels like Yoga with Adriene offer short, effective routines perfect for busy mornings.

So download the app for everyday use or head to YouTube to find a simple workout routine to boost your day.

 

4. Meditate or Practice Mindfulness (10 minutes)

The Ultimate One-Hour Morning Routine for a Productive Day

Take a few minutes to meditate or practice mindfulness.

This will significantly impact your mental clarity and stress levels throughout the day.

Find a quiet spot, close your eyes, and focus on your breathing.

If you like to pray, now is the best time to do so.

If meditation and prayer aren’t your thing, simply sit quietly and practice deep breathing.

This practice helps you to clear your mind and center your thoughts.

So, at this point, you can filter your thoughts.

Let go of the negative ones and embrace the positive ones.

 

5. Personal Hygiene and Skincare (10 minutes)

The Ultimate One-Hour Morning Routine for a Productive Day

Personal hygiene and skincare must be a non-negotiable part of your morning routine if you want to have a productive day.

Brushing your teeth and taking a bath not only leaves you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated in the morning, but it also means you are considerate of the people you will meet on your way–you won’t spoil their day with offensive odor.

Add healthy skin care to your personal hygiene.

Cleanse your face, add a toner and a serum for an extra boost.

Finish that off with a moisturizer.

Don’t forget to wear your sunscreen, especially during summer.

 

6. Healthy Breakfast (10 minutes)

The Ultimate One-Hour Morning Routine for a Productive Day

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yet it’s often skipped or rushed.

If you’re on a weight loss plan, skip dinner and eat breakfast.

Skipping breakfast does not help you lose weight.

You need to pay attention to ensuring that all your meals are healthy and that you consume them in the right proportions.

Eating a nutritious breakfast fuels your body and brain, keeping you energized and focused throughout the day.

Go for something quick but healthy, like oatmeal, a smoothie, or avocado toast.

Some breakfasts can be prepared the night before to save you time in the morning.

But if you are like me and like to eat a freshly prepared breakfast, you can consider getting up earlier than usual to prepare it.

 

7. Plan Your Day (5 minutes)

The Ultimate One-Hour Morning Routine for a Productive Day

After eating breakfast or in between prepping your meal, take a few minutes to outline your day.

Write down your to-do list, prioritize tasks, and set achievable goals.

Keep your goals specific and realistic.

This will help you stay organized and focused throughout the day, reducing stress and increasing productivity.

You can consider using tools like planners or apps like Todoist to help you plan your day effectively.

 

8. Read or Listen to Something Inspirational (7 minutes)

The Ultimate One-Hour Morning Routine for a Productive Day

Some people have a habit of multitasking while eating.

And most times, the other task is scrolling through social media.

So if you must, instead of scrolling through social media, use these minutes to feed your mind with something positive and beneficial to you.

Read a chapter of an inspiring book, listen to a motivational podcast, or watch a TED Talk.

On social media, you get to see an unending feed of content that may make you confused.

However, consuming one healthy content will set a positive and motivated tone for your day ahead.

 

9. Dress for Success (5 minutes)

The Ultimate One-Hour Morning Routine for a Productive Day

You can’t want to have a productive day and not dress the part.

Do you know that what you wear can impact how you feel and perform?

Try wearing a dress that is too tight or too loose or a dress you need to keep adjusting by the minute and see how uncomfortable and underproductive you’ll be the entire day.

So, if you want to achieve productivity, choose an outfit that is clean, smart, and well-fitted.

Choose an outfit that makes you feel confident and ready to conquer the day.

To beat time, lay out your clothes the night before to save time and reduce morning stress.

You can even plan your outfit weekly, depending on the kind of person you are.

Bring them out and make sure they are in good condition, clean, and properly ironed.

 

10. Quick Tidy Up (5 minutes)

The Ultimate One-Hour Morning Routine for a Productive Day

When you are ready to leave to start your day, you’ll realize that during preparation you may have scattered things here and there.

Spend a few minutes tidying up the space.

It’s better to return to a tidy home than to plan to tidy when you return.

So put away dishes, straighten up your living area, and organize your desk or dresser.

A clean environment boosts productivity and reduces distractions.

11. Gratitude Practice (5 minutes)

The Ultimate One-Hour Morning Routine for a Productive Day

As much as you want to have a productive and positive day, you need to take your mind off as much negativity lurking around it.

Take a moment to reflect on what you’re grateful for.

Write them down and meditate on them.

Placing your focus on the things you are thankful for can shift your mindset from negative to positive.

Doing this will help improve your mood and set a positive tone for the day.

12. Review and Adjust (2 minutes)

The Ultimate One-Hour Morning Routine for a Productive Day

Before you head out or start your work, quickly review your plan for the day.

Make any necessary adjustments and ensure you’re prepared for the tasks ahead.

This final step helps you feel organized and in control.

 

This routine is made for an hour, but if you paid attention, I added 30 minutes to the hour at the beginning of this article.

That 30 minutes is to help you do other things that you may need to do that I have not included here.

If you follow this list, you get the opportunity to start feeling accomplished before you even start ticking off the boxes in your to-do list.

By Idy

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