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Try these simple steps to create a better, more productive morning which will lead to a more productive day! --www.LivinglikeLeila.com--

You may not be a morning person, or maybe you are but you find you mornings getting off to a slow start. The morning is important because it shapes your day, you definitely don’t want to “wake up on the wrong side of the bed.” Start your morning off productively with these few tips and your likely to fill your whole day with productivity!

  • Wake up earlier and DON’T hit snooze
    I wake up around 5 am everyday, yes, even on the weekends. I also try to avoid adding a few extra minutes of sleep after my alarm goes off, there are many reasons why you should try too! If you have trouble waking up earlier, set your alarm about 15 minutes earlier than usual, wake up that early for a week or 2, then set it even earlier. Keep doing that until you reach your goal wake up time! By waking up earlier, I can get a lot more done in the day and knock difficult things off my to-do list sooner.
  • Prepare the night before
    • Outfit
      Lay out exactly what you are going to wear for the day the night before, including shoes and any accessories! This will save you tons of time in the morning and you can put it on right when you wake up.
    • Breakfast
      Make it a good one too! You could try overnight oats in a jar or prep some frozen breakfast sandwiches. At least have an idea of what you’re going to eat. This way you can avoid spending time prepping and cooking in the morning and prevent yourself from eating a box of cookies instead!
    • Fill Up Your Gallon
      Keep a couple of gallon jugs filled and ready to go in the fridge, I always use the same one for a couple of months and just pour it into my water bottle through out the day. This saves you time from filling it up or from not filling it up at all. Hopefully it will encourage you to drink more water in the morning and throughout the day! If you need tips on drinking more water or a gallon a day read this post!!
    • Pick a Podcast
      Long commute to work? Make use of that time by listening to a motivating or inspirational podcast. I enjoy Lewis Howes’ interviews or I’ll just search on YouTube for Tony Robbins compilations or anything motivating! Sometimes it takes me awhile to choose one once I get in the car to leave, so I like to choose one the day before so I’m not late to wherever I’m headed.
  • Leave Your Phone Upstairs
    This is one I just recently started practicing…I noticed myself mindlessly scrolling through Instagram or Twitter during and after I finished breakfast. I was wasting a lot of time and looking at stuff that wasn’t so important. So leave your phone upstairs, no e-mails, no social media, just eat breakfast and enjoy it.
  • No TV
    TV is another time killer. Usually people watch the news in the morning, which can be really depressing and draining, especially first thing in the morning. If you do choose to watch anything, try turning on something informative or inspirational!
  • Read a Self-Improvement Book
    Instead of watching TV or looking through your phone, pick up a good book. I like reading self-improvement books morning and night, because it motivates me and starts my morning on a positive note. By reading in the morning you’ll be more likely to implement what you learned throughout the day.
  • Establish a Morning Routine
    I have a whole post on a morning routine if you want to start one! Creating healthy habits first thing in the morning on a daily basis can only lead to more productivity and positivity!

These are just a few simple steps that I try to implement into my mornings in order to set myself up for success, let me know if you try them!

What is your “must-do” in the morning? Share in the comments and let us know how it starts your day off productively!

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