3 Ways to Boost Productivity with a Morning Ritual

The Weekly Brief: Quick Tips & Tools to Apply in Your Work

Our bodies have limited reserves for fueling our productivity. Studies have shown that when our energy and self-control are depleted, our motivation wavers, making it difficult to focus on tasks and follow through to completion.

So how can you avoid exhausting these valuable resources? Start with an energizing morning routine.

A good morning routine can positively influence your attitude, energy level, and performance throughout the day.

Here are a few ideas for morning routines from top professionals. We hope they’ll help you reenergize your morning—and sustain you throughout the day.

1. Rise Early

In his blog post Why I Wake Up Early, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson reflects on the importance of using his morning to set a positive frame for the rest of the day. By waking up early, he has time to begin the day by doing something he enjoys, like exercising or spending time with his family.

Sleep is essential for good performance, but if you train yourself to adhere to a routine, you too can be an early riser.

2. Exercise

Travis Bradberry, an authority on emotional intelligence, lists exercise as the #1 activity to include in your morning routine.

“Researchers at the University of Bristol found that people who exercise during the workday have more energy and a more positive outlook, which are both critical to getting things done,” he says. “Getting your body moving for as little as 10 minutes releases GABA, a neurotransmitter that makes your brain feel soothed and keeps you in control of your impulses.”

Don’t have time for a trip to the gym? Something as simple as a 10-minute walk to the office can help kick-start your endorphins.

Read the rest of Bradberry’s tips:11 Tweaks to Your Morning Routine Will Make Your Entire Day More Productive.

3. Nourish, Reflect, and Prioritize

Sally Susman, executive vice president of corporate affairs for Pfizer, shared her morning routine with Forbes in The Morning Routines of 12 Women Leaders

Her morning involves a fairly structured routine that begins with coffee and several minutes of creative writing or journaling. She also sets aside 15 minutes to read the newspapers, and another 15 minutes to outline the tasks she wants to complete that day.

Such simple habits as daily journaling or planning can help you prepare for the day ahead. And they also help ensure that you dedicate time to do things that interest you.

Certainly, effective and efficient workflows are critical components of productivity. But sometimes it is important to take a step back for personal reflection.

Consider your morning routine. If you can, make some changes that could improve your energy and frame of mind so you can bring your best to the day ahead. 

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