Wondering how to have a productive morning so you can start your day off right? When you’re working from home, it’s easy to get distracted. Here’s how to maximize your morning routine to get the most out of your day.
When you carve out time for the things that matter to you (like your job, business, or blog), you’ll notice some changes in your workflow. Create a productive morning schedule to organize your to do’s.
Pay attention to anything that might be causing you to be less productive.
- Are you spending too much time on your phone?
- Is your workspace a mess?
- Figure out what’s hindering your productivity.
In this post, we’ll cover easy, actionable tips and productivity hacks to stay focused and aligned that you can start implementing today.
Creating a Productive Strategy for Success Every Day
Whether it’s your first time working from home, or you’re finding it hard to concentrate lately, don’t panic. Set the tone for the day by creating a productive morning routine and establishing strategies that best work for you.
I’ve been working from home for years, and having a flexible schedule is a plus. If I want to stay on top of my deadlines, I need a routine to stay organized.
Here’s what works for me:
- Blocking out time for writing, emails, and self-care.
- Creating a reasonable to-do list every night so I have a game plan for the next day.
- Turning off my phone to avoid distractions.
- Using a content calendar to stay organized.
7 Productive Morning Tips To Become More Efficient Every Day
1) Focus on the must do’s first thing in the morning
Morning Routine: make your bed, eat a healthy breakfast, and show up ready to work. Avoid staying in your Pj’s all day.
Trust me, it might seem like the comfy thing to do, but you’ll start to feel more accomplished when you get dressed and show up for work, even if it’s in the room next door. You also don’t want to get caught off guard if an unexpected video call pops up.
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2) Eliminate Distractions
My phone is my number one distraction. Notifications, text alerts, and phone calls can disrupt your workflow. Use the airplane mode feature on your phone to silence calls while you’re working on tasks.
- Time Management: block out time to focus on projects. That way, you don’t spend too long working on one thing.
- Decide what projects need to be done first. I like to batch schedule social media content to save time. I use Planoly, Buffer, and Hootsuite.
3) Connect with yourself
When I’m working from home, I look forward to getting outside and moving my body. It gives me a chance to focus on other things besides work and listen to a podcast to learn something new. If you don’t belong to a gym, go for a bike ride, walk or use the down dog app to take a yoga class. Spend some time outdoors to recenter especially if you’re feeling like you need to take a break.
Feeling like you’re in a creative slump? Need some inspiration? Spend time at the beach or visit your favorite place to recharge.
Practicing meditation can also bring you back into alignment. Apps like Headspace make it easy to get started.
4) Make a To-Do List the Night Before
Create a list of actionable goals that you can accomplish the following day. When you create a list the night before, you can wake up knowing what you already need to do. Don’t feel obligated to do everything on your to-do list. Be realistic with your time, so you don’t get overwhelmed and experience burnout.
5) Start Your Productive Morning By Getting Organized
When creating a to-do list, try to carve out blocks of time for each task. This will keep you from spending too much time on one thing. I use Asana to keep track of assignments and deadlines.
You can also try to set several alarms on your phone as a reminder to move on to the next project. That way, you don’t spend too much time on one thing while neglecting your other responsibilities. Do what works best for you.
“I set weekly goals, and then break them up through the week. Bite-sized, and doable. Never put more than three for one day, or else I am just setting myself to fail.”Elise Thompson, Eat, Travel, Aloha
6) Find a ride or die friend
I love seeing my friends succeed and accomplish their goals. A Ride or Die Friend is someone who has your back no matter what. They are there through the good and bad times. Having a ride or die, friend or cheerleader will help ensure that you stay motivated and focused.
- Share your goals.
- Commit to getting things done.
- Set up weekly check-ins with your friends or mentors to share your goals and accomplishments.
7) Establish Boundaries
This is a big one. Sure, you’re working from home, but that doesn’t mean you should run errands or do anything but work just because you are out of the office. Establish boundaries for yourself and your partner and let everyone at home know that you are busy during work hours.
The key to working from home successfully is establishing a schedule and sticking to it. Reward yourself with breaks when you need them and try to stick to your regular routine.
Conclusion: Work Efficiency Tips for a Productive Morning, Day or Week
Start your day off right and set yourself up for success by creating a productive morning routine that works for you. Be proud of yourself for taking steps to be present and stay focused every day!
If you can’t get it done today, there is always tomorrow.
What are your favorite tips for creating a productive morning routine? Let us know in the comments.