Start the night before
Waking up early is a great way to pursue a productive day and the first step to achieving this is by getting a good night’s sleep. In order to wake up feeling energized and ready to take on the day, you should plan a bedtime that works for your schedule and the time at which you plan on waking up the next day. You should aim to get 7-9 hours of sleep each night and if possible, also give yourself time to relax and unwind before bed. Sticking with a consistent night time routine will make this so much easier!
Don’t hit the snooze button
As tempting as 5 more minutes of sleep sounds, this extra bit of “sleep” will not make you feel any more refreshed. By snoozing you are only wasting time, so skip the snooze button and get your day started! A simple trick in breaking the snooze habit is to place your alarm clock further from your bed. This way, once the alarm goes off in the morning you will have to get up to turn it off, thus preventing you from going back to bed.
Create a To-Do list
Sometimes needing to accomplish many tasks can be overwhelming — making a list can solve this issue. Organize your tasks by giving each one a level of priority. For instance, you can categorize your tasks into: most important, moderately important, and least important. This way, you will be able to know what tasks should be done first, and this allows you to get your most pressing work done earlier in the day. Creating a to-do list also allows you to physically see your plans for the day and no longer requires you to ponder about what you should do next. Therefore, this can lower stress levels and even keep your mind from being scattered.
If you’re worried about not having enough time during the day for your chores and tasks, set a timer! Giving yourself a set amount of time for each task enables you to focus more on it because you know precisely how much time you will be working for. Furthermore, timing yourself lessens your chances of getting distracted because you will be motivated to finish your tasks within the time frame and move onto the next.
Running around and focusing on a bunch of tasks can be exhausting. Make sure that you are taking breaks in between tasks or after a certain time interval. Not only will this make your day more enjoyable, but it can also allow you to work more efficiently when doing your tasks. Picking your ideal breaks varies from person to person. Some prefer working for several hours then taking a long break, whereas others prefer working in shorter increments and taking short 10-15 minute breaks. Try out both methods and figure out which one works best with for you.