Need to be productive? Here are five tips to help get you focused and motivated to get things done.
Although some days we're all a bit too tired to get up with the sun, waking up early can help get the day moving smoothly.
I don't know about you, but there's been times that I've had loads of stuff to do and I choose to sleep in later than I should. This always results in me forgetting to reset the alarm, jumping out of bed, running behind, rushing to figure out what I need to do and where I need to be. I end up feeling exhausted and stressed for the whole day.
Early hours provide quietness, fresh and crisp air: the perfect environment to feel rejuvenated and energized. You can wake up slow, feel good, and start the day with a positive boost.
Most of us skip this because we don't have enough time to squeeze it into the day. We seem to forget that it doesn't need much of our time, just a few minutes will work wonders.
Find a comfortable place to sit, maybe just the edge of your bed, and place your feet flat against the floor. Relax the body and keep your back straightened. Spend a couple of minutes, even just five, breathing deeply and focusing on each breath. You can try saying inhale and exhale in your head to keep the mind from wandering.
When you're ready, stretch your arms out and up with an inhalation, then bring them down to your abdomen with an exhalation. Keeping your eyes closed, gently massage your face, ears, and neck. That's it!
This is a combination of meditations I learned in school and I really enjoy it. Some of my teachers begin class with a 5-10 minute meditation like this and it always helps me reset and re-focus. I think you'll like it too.
Continue a calm morning with a warm cup of tea. Tea is gentle and contains plenty of antioxidants that will nourish your body bright and early. It'll provide hydration and most often gives off a soothing aroma that'll help maintain a relaxed mind.
To be honest, some mornings I want to eat something wild like leftover pizza from the night before or waffles with lots of butter. LOTS of butter. I know it's never a good idea because even when I do it anyway, I always feel awful and end up with a stomach ache. The morning comes to a complete halt.
But, there are also days when I don't want to eat anything at all. It might be ok at first, then I find myself completely depleted of energy with no motivation.
If you can relate to either of things (please tell me I'm not alone about the pizza thing), try to find balance in eating something light and simple. This can be fruit, oatmeal, granola; Anything that is easily digestible, wholesome, and not heavy.
Eating good will help your mind focus and will give your body fuel.
Plan the day
Try giving yourself a few minutes to write down what needs to get done. I always find this helpful, especially when there's lots to do.
Putting everything on paper will create more space in your mind to focus on what you're doing since you won't have to keep reminding yourself of the to-do list!
I hope you enjoyed these ideas. Thank you so much for reading this post!