How to create a productive morning routine during quarantine
having a productive morning routine is a hard enough task in its self but, due to recent events it may just of got a lot harder for you. Whether you are trying to adjust to working from home, having to spend time with your family instead of friends or are just interested in learning how to have a productive morning we’ve got you covered with these 10 tips that you can implement into your life right now.
We’ve all heard that to be a high achiever, you must be a part of the 5am club and jump out of bed every morning but, that’s not necessarily the case. Although a few studies have suggested that “morning people” are happier, healthier and more productive, I believe that it’s more about the quality of sleep you had the night before and the way that you start your day.
If you would like to start waking up at 5am go ahead, I’m proud of you for trying something new but, if that’s not the case, don’t worry about it, the important thing to do is stay consistent in what time you are waking up every morning.
Now that you are stuck at home and don’t have to wake up to go to work or school, you are able to press the snooze button over and over again but, if you want a productive morning during quarantine you should try and avoid this.
One trick you can use to keep you away from the temptation of falling back to sleep, is setting your alarm clock to go off at your chosen time but, place it out of arms reach so, you have to actually get out of bed to turn it off.
Have a cold shower
Yes, you guessed it, it’s ice cold shower time. There are many reported benefits to taking a cold showers, ranging from improved immune system to weight loss, with all that being said, much more research needs to done to understand the true power of a cold shower.
Even if we haven’t got the science to back up all of the claims yet, taking a cold shower every morning makes you feel revitalized and ready to take on any challenges you may face throughout the day.
By having cold showers every day, you are pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and allowing a little bit of helpful discomfort in to your life, this will not only pump you up and make you feel energized to do some work but, it also prepares you to be able to get over any hurdles that you would normally crumble to as you feel that if you can take cold showers nothing can stop you!
Although I believe that jumping straight in to it is the best way to do this, I understand that many of you may be dreading the thought of letting the icy water grace your body so, it might be advisable to slowly start lowering the temperature every time that you have a shower. You can learn more about my experience by reading this blog.
Now that you are up, it’s time to get dressed. When you’re not going out of the house, you might feel that it’s okay to just wear your scruffs or even worse get back into your pajamas but, if you do, you’re settling out with the wrong intention. You don’t need to wear the same formal clothes that you would usually wear to work or school but, you should dress appropriately.
So, what should you wear? Well, it totally depends on what you have planned for the day, remember you’re the boss.
Are you planning on doing some exercise? If so, put on your gym wear and get any other equipment ready. If you’re going to be working, try and wear something that matches the temperature of your room so, you don’t have to keep putting clothes on and then taking them off again. The only excuse to wear scruffs is if you’re painting with the Kids that are homeschooling or if you’re doing anything else that you know will make you dirty like gardening.
Make your bed
So, you’re up, dressed and ready to go, well not quite yet, before you begin your morning, a great idea is to make your bed. Even if this seems like such a pointless task to talk about, it’s not.
By making your bed every morning, not only are you completing a chore, you are creating a self-discipline habit that is going to build momentum throughout your day. The more habits that you can create that make you go out of your way to complete them, the easier you will find other tasks that you can achieve.
The whole idea is to build momentum throughout your morning so you start your day of on the right foot. Making your bed is a well known habit that even soldiers use to create self-discipline in their lives but, there are many other habits that you can use as building blocks to having a productive day, from cleaning your house to resisting temptations that are going to hold you back.
Have some me time
Whether you are living on your own or your sharing a house with family, it’s important for you to have some alone time where you can reflect on your emotions, how you are feeling and take care of yourself.
There’s many ways to look after your mental clarity which we will go into but, you need to understand how important it is to check in with yourself. Lots of people who are trying to improve themselves ignore the basics because they don’t understand how vital it is to do the simple things, especially in times like this.
One thing that you can do whilst you are alone, is write down 3 things that you are grateful for every day, you could also pray if you are religious or even just sit down for a moment to think.
We live in a very hectic world and at the moment we are being force fed negative news stories everywhere we look so, it’s time to gain back control of your mental which you can do by learning these 10 self-care tips that are backed by science.
Do a breathing exercise
If you have ever read our blogs before, you will know that we are huge advocates for meditating due to all of all of it’s health benefits, however, we have never mentioned breathwork which is more of an excessive than a relaxing meditation practice.
Breathwork is a term used for a technique in which people intentionally change their breathing pattern. By engaging in these exercises people aim to see Improvements in their physical, mental and spiritual health after every session.
There are many different techniques out there which can influence the results that you get, for example, one exercise could induce feelings of deep relaxation whereas others could give you a sense of an increased energy BOOST.
It is advised that you practice this with a professional, which is pretty much impossible unless someone in your house knows what they are doing but, there is no need to worry. Thanks to who I would name the father of breathwork, Wim Hof, otherwise known as the “iceman” you can now learn some of his breathing techniques, which have been suggested to improve your immune system, from home using his app.
Have a nutritious breakfast
Health is wealth and one of the easiest ways to influence your health, is through your mouth, that’s right! It’s all about what you are putting in your body that matters. They say that the most important meal of the day is your breakfast and there’s no confusion in how important it is to feed your mind and body with the right nutrients.
You should be trying to consume your macronutrients: Fats carbohydrates and protein and also your micronutrients: Vitamins and minerals. It can be hard to get all of the nutrients you need especially vitamin D if you are spending more time indoors and this is where supplements might come in useful.
If you’re not someone who likes to sit down and have a full meal that’s okay but, it’s important to still fuel your body with the foods that it needs so, making an energy boosting smoothie might be a better alternative for you rather than having a meal.
Eating the right food will only get you half of the way there, you also should be staying well hydrated by drinking lots of water, to help keep your body pumping all of the nutrients around your body through your blood. It can be hard to remember to drink water throughout the day and that’s where apps like Daily water can relieve the stress of trying to remember when you should take a sip.
Get some sun
Even in ancient times, philosophers from around the world, realized the powers that come from being outside. Now with the science of the modern world we know that being exposed to sunlight has great benefits.
The most well-known fact about the benefits of being in the sunshine, is that it helps our body produce vitamin D, which is known to help build strong bones and has now been seen to help BOOST your energy.
In the current circumstances, getting enough sunlight is going to be a harder task than usual, due to us spending more time indoors, however, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible.
You can try placing your desk nearer to a window, to get some sunlight or you could do your daily exercise by going for a run around the block, just remember to keep your distance from other people.
Use positive affirmations
When staying at home all day you can easily get down in the dumps and begin to feel like procrastinating because you are unmotivated, this is where using positive affirmations in the morning can be a great way to give you that extra BOOST of motivation.
Positive affirmations are statements that you say to yourself to feel more abundant in life, for example, you could say something like “I am powerful” or “I am strong”. By doing this, you are communicating with your subconscious mind to help make the things you are saying come true.
Your mind is very powerful and has superhero-like powers if you learn how to control and harness them. When you are using positive affirmations, it’s important for you to use “I am” at the start of the sentence and as you are saying them out loud, you should try to believe in them as much as you can, even if they are not true yet. Some closed-minded people may think that stuff like this is a load of rubbish but, even scientific studies have shown the true potential of your brain.
Plan for the day ahead
Last but, certainly not least, it’s time for you to plan for the day ahead. You’ve completed every other task of your morning routine but, now it’s time to prepare for the rest of your day.
Failing to plan, is planning to fail so, it’s important for you to think about the tasks and jobs that you want to complete by the end of the day. A good idea is to think of three things that you want accomplish and prioritize them first.
You might have a job, school work or a passion project, whatever the case may be, this is what you should be focusing on whilst you have the time in quarantine. Use this time wisely and try to get ahead whilst you have the opportunity to do so.
There are loads of different ways that you can plan your day from, creating a to do list to using the Eisenhower matrix. It’s important to find out what works best for you but, here is a link to our article on the brain dumping technique which is a simple but effective skill for planning.