Mornings can be a struggle for many of us and let's be honest if we manage to get ourselves ready for work on time every day we're doing well.
It doesn't always have to be this way, however. Here are five ways to make your mornings more productive and get your day off to a great start.
Prepare the night before
Make mornings easier for yourself by doing a little preparation the night before.
Make sure your space is clean and tidy, pick out your clothes for the next day, get your bag ready, prepare your lunch and/or breakfast and you could even layout your skincare and makeup products in order of use.
You will thank yourself in the morning when all of these little things are done, so your tired self doesn't have to think about it.
Don't look at your phone until breakfast
Let's be honest, we're all guilty of checking our phones as soon as we wake up in the morning and wasting time on social media.
It's too easy to waste 10, 20 or even 30 minutes in the mornings mindlessly scrolling on social media but this is precious time we could use to be more productive and get things done.
So instead, apart from turning off your alarm, don't allow yourself to check your phone until you're sat down having breakfast.
You could go one step further and only allow yourself to stay on your phone for five minutes after you've finished eating.
Be careful not to cheat this by taking longer to eat!
Be realistic about what tasks you want to do
You may have grand ideas of all the tasks you'd love to get done in the mornings in an ideal world but you need to be realistic about it.
Most people have limited time in the mornings as they have to get to work or college or bring the kids to school, so you need to sit down and think of what 2-3 tasks are possible for you to get done in the mornings.
Keep in mind that these tasks don't have to be big, you can keep it simple with smaller tasks such as dinner prep, meditation, replying to a few emails, planning your day, or reading a book.
Eat a good breakfast
Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so even if you're not a fan of eating a full meal so early in the day try to at least have something small.
Overnight oats or smoothies are both great healthy breakfast options that can be prepared the night before.
Having a healthy breakfast or snack in the morning will provide you with the energy needed to have a productive morning.
Perfect your morning routine
Finally, if you don't have a set routine every morning then this makes being productive more difficult.
Having a morning routine that you can do automatically will allow you to carve out some time to get more done.
It's important to give yourself time to do things you love in the mornings too, whether that's catching up on social media or bringing your dog for a walk, it helps start your day off on the right foot.
Do you have any hacks for a more productive morning?