Stop Feeling Groggy and Start Being Productive
Do you find it difficult to really ‘get going’ until the afternoon? Start taking back your morning and improving your productivity with these 5 simple techniques
This blog reveals
- How to stop feeling groggy and wake up refreshed
- The connection between gratitude and productivity
- Why you should ‘warm-up’ before you start your day
- And more!
As the clock struck midnight on January 1st you did a few different things…
- You hugged your loved ones
- You sent messages to those you couldn’t be with
- You toasted to a bright and cheerful future
- You made some sort of resolution
For many Americans, that resolution centered around upgrading their daily levels of productivity!
But it’s now the end of January… and we’re slipping back into old habits.
It doesn’t feel like our productivity levels have changed at all!
Let’s make sure 2022 doesn’t slip away.
Here are 5 simple morning tricks to upgrading your productivity NOW.
It’s simple: living well starts with sleeping well.
You can’t expect to be productive during the day if you’ve had a restless night. Feelings of irritability and grogginess only move our productivity goals further away.
That’s why everyone should know the secret to starting the day feeling refreshed and renewed: At Ease PM™!
This all-natural, vegan, gluten-free formula has three key functions:
- Calms your racing mind at bedtime… allowing you slip into relaxation
- Promotes restful and restorative sleep
- Helps you wake up feeling energized and ready for the day!
You’ll never meet your productivity goals if you keep waking up feeling like you haven’t slept a wink.
Wake up grateful to help your productivity
A lot of what holds us back from being productive comes from our own perspective.
If we find ourselves in a place of frustration and stress, we find it much harder to move forward with our lives.
It’s fairly common knowledge that employers who express gratitude towards their employees report greater levels of productivity.
So, why wait for someone to express gratitude to you? Why not express it to yourself?
After you get out of bed, simply write down three things you’re grateful for. Don’t overthink it; these can be as simple as “I’m about to have my favorite breakfast cereal.”
Try, if you can, to find something about yourself that you’re grateful for. Even if it is as simple as your health!
Once you’ve done that, just read them back to yourself out loud.
Reminding ourselves of the good parts of life right as we wake up can have an immense effect on our mood… and subsequently, our productivity!
Warm up your brain to boost your productivity
When you hit the gym, you don’t grab the heaviest weight you can as soon as you walk through the door.
You have to warm up your body first with stretching, and some light weight work.
Your brain is similar to your body in this respect. You can’t expect it to be fully firing without a little proverbial stretching.
Here are a few warm-ups we recommend:
Reading is a great way to warm up your brain for the work day.
It doesn’t have to be anything dense, and you don’t have to do it for long.
But by engaging in this activity for even 10 minutes, you give your brain the opportunity to start processing information and waking itself up.
It’s also been suggested that reading early in the morning allows you to shake off residual stress from the night before.
We’ve already touched on this by encouraging you to express gratitude.
However, writing can do more than just facilitate a positive mood.
It can also help us clear our mind.
When you wake up, your mind is often cluttered with various different thoughts and ideas that your brain hasn’t had a chance to organize yet.
By simply sitting and writing, you give your brain the opportunity to work through these things before the day begins.
To be clear, don’t worry about the writing being “good”. It doesn't have to be structured, or as long as a novel or even a blog post.
Again, even 10 minutes a day can make a world of difference.
Visualizations and affirmations
Many of us are fearful of being unproductive or slow, so we simply rush headfirst into our day without taking the time to understand where we’re going.
Before you really dig into your day, take a moment to visualize and articulate what the most successful version of this day looks like.
This gives you a target at which to aim. Now all you have to do… is shoot!
Create a schedule to help you manage your productivity
This piggybacks nicely off of visualizations and affirmations.
With so many of us charging into the day without a target, we often spend time on tasks that aren’t particularly helpful or impactful for where we want to go.
In short, we end up working harder on things that matter less, as opposed to smarter on things that matter more.
Creating a schedule the night before is a great way to avoid this pitfall.
Sit down, and think of the biggest goal to be achieved the following day.
Then simply schedule your day as specifically as possible in accordance with achieving it.
Take the time to truly understand what needs to get done in order to reach your goal… and what other tasks will get in the way of you achieving it.
Silence, meditation, and productivity
Many people assume that being productive requires us to really energize our mornings… we turn the music up to 11, run a couple of miles, and guzzle a couple of cups of coffee.
These actions may work for some people.
However, many successful people report doing just the opposite.
They find time for silence… and stillness.
Some may refer to this as ‘meditation’. Others simply see it as an opportunity to be reflective and hopeful.
What isn’t in doubt is that taking a moment to center ourselves before we start our day allows us to get our priorities in order, clear our mind, and get focused.
What better way to set yourself up for productivity?
Let’s use these techniques to revolutionize your mornings and uplevel your productivity in 2022!