How to Have a Productive Day: 7 Amazingly Useful Tips For Each Morning

We all have those mornings where you’re rushing your morning routine and barely have time to brush your teeth before running out the door to make it to the office on time. It’s when the morning rush becomes a habit that there can be negative consequences to your sense of well being and your overall productivity. When you start off your day in a frenzied state of mind, you’re not giving your brain any time to decompress, reset, and prepare for the day. Instead, you’re pumping it with adrenaline first thing in the morning, which can cause you to crash later on. via Hubspot

Productivity Tips to Get More Out of Your Day

There are countless books, blogs, videos, articles and more geared towards helping you live your best life, be your best you, overcome procrastination, form a routine, etc. So we decided to do some of the work for you, rounding up a list of some of the best productivity advice, so you can start each day more relaxed, and end each day feeling more accomplished than ever. Oh, and be sure to stick around for an added bonus at the end of this post!

We are committed to setting weekly goals each and every Monday morning during our production meeting. It can feel necessary to dive right into tasks at the beginning of the week, but starting without having a path laid out in front of you, while it might feel productive at first, will eventually lead to an aimless workflow.

Each week we set goals for what everyone wants to accomplish that week, so we can use it as a productivity checklist. At the end of each week, we go through each bullet point, talk about if we accomplished it and if not, why not, and we set the goals for the following week. It helps keep everyone in check and moving forward.

–Mackenzie Barth, co-founder and CEO of Spoon University


Less is More, Rest is Best

An especially interesting study looked at the effect of surgeons taking 5 minute rests every 30 minutes, while performing laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery. Not only did these breaks reduce stress, measured by cortisol levels, they didn’t even prolong the total operation time.

Just as we sleep in 90 minute cycles, we also consciously live them, through our natural arousal-rest ratio, the ultradian rhythm. In 1995, research from the US Army Research Institute found that when participants were allowed to break for 15-20 minutes between 90 minute work periods, they had greater focus and energy for longer time-frames.

This so-called 90/20 rule is so effective because it is rooted in our physiology. In the never-ending quest for ultimate productivity, many neglect their fundamental, biological need to relax and recover. However, the science undeniably states that regular breaks are a prerequisite for the best long-term work performance, and many organizations are beginning to shift towards.

While many time-management systems encourage standard 5 or 10 minute rests, even 30 seconds has a huge impact on productivity. Taking ‘micro-breaks’ has been shown to help sustain attention and positively influence job-satisfaction. As the science would suggest, stepping away from your desk to stretch, or doing a few laps around the office, is an absolute necessity for a productive day.

No screen time until breakfast

When you dive straight into e-mails, texts, and Facebook, you lose focus and your morning succumbs to the wants and needs of other people. It’s much healthier to take those precious first moments of the day to do something relaxing that sets a calm, positive tone for your day. Jumping right into electronics has the opposite effect—it’s a frantic way to start your day. Exercising, meditating, or even watching the birds out the window are all great ways to start the day.

Eating anything at all for breakfast puts you ahead of a lot of people. People who eat breakfast are less likely to be obese, they have more stable blood-sugar levels, and they tend to be less hungry over the course of the day. And these are just the statistics for people who eat any breakfast. When you eat a healthy breakfast, the doors to a productive day swing wide open. A healthy breakfast gives you energy, improves your short-term memory, and helps you to concentrate more intensely and for longer periods.

Get enough sleep.

get enough sleep

Getting enough sleep also gives your brain time to work through any problems you’ve had during the day. It helps you solve those problems, too, because sleep strengthens your ability to think and retain information.

Never underestimate the importance of sleep. When you get enough hours of sleep — 7 or 8 hours at least — you will wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the day. On the other hand, if you sleep for only 5 hours or less, you will end up feeling tired, sluggish, and even “cranky” during the day. Sleep is important!

To ensure a good night’s rest, you can establish an evening “ritual.” The idea is to relax; you can read, meditate, or listen to some light music. Avoid drinking caffeine or using your phone during this time, though. This bad habit might distract you from getting to bed early!


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