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How to start your day productively!

Wouldn't it be nice to start your day full of focused energy instead of having a frenzied morning, being all over the place and feeling exhausted by the time you start work?

Here are some steps you can take to ensure you start the day right.

Plan your day on paper down to the hour the night before .If your day is organized on paper you are more likely to stick to the schedule and accomplish tasks. Eg. 7am Wake up, 7:30 to 8:00 am Meditate, 8:00 am to 8:30 Walk in the apartment garden, 8:30 to 9:00 whip up breakast and eat, 9 am to 10am clear all pending emails and so forth. I personally use planners from Odd Giraffe available on Amazon as it has some funky motivational quotes and artwork to keep me going.

Planning the night before saves so much of your energy trying to figure out how to start your day and instead you can focus on the tasks at hand.

Spend 15 minutes on yourself, doing what you like. Just give yourself 15 minutes of quiet and peace, away from the responsibilities and the hustle bustle of the morning and drink your coffee on your balcony, journal or read a book. Think like a Monk by Jay Shetty and The Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel are my current reads.

Don't check social media. The media we consume impacts our brain. Checking your email or social media as soon as you wake up will put you in a reactive state. If you read something negative or read work emails as soon you open your eyes it can make you anxious or stressed. And there will be a natural tendency for your brain to start focussing on that draining energy. Stay away from electronics for as long as possible after waking up.

Do you skip breakfast? Skipping on breakfast will leave you low on energy and reaching for sugary and junk food making you feel sluggish. Instead have a hearty breakfast and add a healthy dose of good fat like a handful of nuts which is great for brain function and will keep you alert, some yogurt to keep your gut healthy and any protein source like eggs to have a filling meal.

Tidy your workspace. Marie Kondo the hell out of it( Go watch Tyding up with Marie Kondo on Netflix if you still havent) Living in a cluttered environment drains our energy. Our physical environment has a significant impact on us and when our space is in a mess, so are we. Keep your workspace tidy and clutter free so you don't waste precious time searching for things. In fact, if possible try and clear your desk at the end of each day so you don't get demotivated or overwhelmed as soon as you get to work and you start the day in a clean space.

Having a morning routine in place will ensure that you start your day smoothly but having too many things to do as soon as you wake up can also feel overwhelming. So choose the habits that work for you and incorporate them as a part of your daily routine to set the tone for a productive and energetic day.

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