October 28, 2016

Four Things to Do in the Morning for a Productive Day

Texts. Tweets. Tags. Threads. The moment you hit “stop” on your iPhone alarm—after you’ve hit “snooze” three times— you’re hit with notifications. Everything you missed in the last (hopefully) eight hours is at your fingertips, and it’s so tempting to scroll through it all and catch up. You give into the temptation, and before you know it, you’ve wasted twenty minutes lying in bed while you scroll through Instagram and send out “I woke up like this” selfies on Snap.

To avoid the resulting guilt, and to take back the time you have to get ready for the day, there are four things that you can do once you wake up that will keep you off of your phone and help you to start your day on a productive note. 

+ Keep your phone on “do not disturb” mode for 30 minutes-1 hour after you wake up.

Once that alarm stops going off, your first instinct is to switch your phone out of sleep or airplane mode, but don’t. Leave it disconnected from the outside world (or on silent, at least), and put it right back where it was. Get out of bed without looking at it.

+ Make your bed.

The first thing you should do after you brush your teeth and whatnot, while your phone remains asleep and out of your reach, is to make your bed. I know that this tends to be the first tip in all of those “How To Be a Morning Person” and “How to Have a Productive Morning” articles out there, but there’s a reason. Making your bed is sort of a game-changer: before the day has really started, you’ve organized something. Your entire room/apartment looks more put-together, and when you’re not surrounded by clutter, you feel put-together, too. 

+ Journal, read, or write.

Before I do anything else, I try to sit down each morning to read a devotional and a couple of Bible verses and to pray. This starts my day off on the right foot; if I skip  If this isn’t for you, journaling, free writing, or reading a few pages of a book or some inspirational quotes can also help center you, clear your head, and prepare you for the day ahead.

+ Write a to-do list.

The last thing you should do smartphone-free is to write your to-do list for the day. Go over your agenda to see what deadlines are coming up, jot down those couple items that you need to pick up at the grocery store, and figure out the best time to make that phone call. At the end of the day, crossing something off of a sticky note with a pen is much more satisfying than simply deleting a note on your phone.

Is there anything you like to do in the morning before powering up all your technology?

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