My 5-Step Morning Routine to Maximize Productivity
We are all doing our part to flatten the curve by partaking in social distancing, and for us college students, we have transitioned to online classes. In an effort to be productive during this time, I decided to keep my morning routine and add in more structure so that I can be productive throughout the day. If you’re looking for a morning routine that keeps you on track, here is my routine and a few tips.
STEP 1: WAKE UP AT 5AM
Waking up at 5 am can be a drag. Almost every morning, I contemplate if I need to get out of bed. However, waking up earlier allows me to practice self-discipline, and I don’t have to rush. My day tends to start off on the right foot when I wake up earlier. I leave my phone charging overnight across the room so that when my alarm goes off, I have to get out of bed to turn it off.
After brushing my teeth, I drink a glass of warm lemon water. Our bodies tend to be dehydrated when we wake up in the morning, so drinking water first thing is vital. I always feel good about getting a glass of water in within the first 30 minutes of my day.
STEP 2: JOURNAL AND DEVOTION
I use this time to write in my gratitude journal. I usually write down things I’m grateful for, set an intention for the day, and read an affirmation. You might be thinking: Where am I going to find this time?
What I have learned is the way in which you start your day is most likely how your day will be. When I repeat affirmations and write what I’m grateful for, I am often put in a good mood.
STEP 3: LISTEN TO A PODCAST
I listen to a lot of podcasts. I usually like to listen to them on my commute to school, but since classes are online, I started listening to them in the mornings while I’m getting ready for the day. I mainly listen to motivating podcasts. If you’re not into podcasts, you can listen to an audiobook.
STEP 4: MAKE BREAKFAST
This is what I look forward to the most in the mornings. We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Because I have more time since I have online classes, I try to make good, nutritious food. I’m able to fuel my body and bank account this way.
STEP 5: ATTEND VIRTUAL CLASS
This is where I tune in for a couple of hours for my classes. I tune in to my class via WebEx or Zoom. This my time to stay focused and get my work done.
My morning routine has changed my life. As perfect as this may seem in writing, there are days when I don’t feel like doing all of this. I am human, and I sometimes oversleep and have to rush to log in to class on time. The weekends are my time to sleep in and do anything. In all of this, remember that it is okay if you don’t have a morning routine. Try to incorporate something that brings about a sense of discipline. It is easy to get distracted, but remember that the end goal is to have a routine that works for you and will maximize your productivity.