Setting yourself up for a productive day can be tough at times, it can be easy to either chain watch Netflix or sleep all day. When you do manage a truly productive day you can feel like you’re on top of the world with everything you’ve achieved. I have to admit, I’m no stranger to avoiding those pesky weekly chores for as long as possible but sometimes you need to get stuck in to ensure you have a productive day. Here’s how you can achieve this.
1. Get enough sleep
Getting enough sleep is so important for our health and productivity for the next day. On average we need 6-9 hours of sleep each night. The more sleep you get the more energy you’ll have for the day ahead, although an excessive amount of sleep can result in fatigue. I find if I go to bed around 9pm and have 8 hours sleep I feel great in the morning, although if I turn in about 11/12pm and still have 8 hours I wake up feeling tired. Find out what sleeping pattern works for you.
2. Eat the right food
Food is fuel, if you’re putting greesy and highly processed food that burns energy quickly into your body, it isn’t going to keep you motivated and fuelled for the day. Shortly after you can feel tired and hungry again. You need to ensure you choose the healthier options that slowly release energy throughout the day, keeping you fuller for longer.
3. Stay hydrated
Remember to stay hydrated, drink 2-3 litres of water throughout the day. This will keep your brain and body awake and active, if you don’t drink enough you can start to feel drowsy and laziness kicks in. If you have problems keeping track of your water intake each day, why not buy a litre plastic bottle so you know you need to drink 2-3 full bottles per day. The other option is using something like an app to track your intake, I use one called “Water Balance”, every time you drink you update the app and it shows you how much more you need to consume.
4. Get out of bed
This is a no brainer, in order to have a productive day you first need to get out of bed. I’m not one of those people who can lay in bed all day but I know a few who believe a day in bed, is a day well spent. Staying in bed simply prolongs your day and laziness can kick in. I find the best way to wake up and start my day is by having a shower and putting clothes on. Once you’re up and ready, then begin to check emails and scroll through social media.
5. Exercise in the morning
Fitness has been proven to improve your mood, setting you up for a good day. For me, a productive day always includes a little fitness, I find that if I exercise in the morning I have more energy to tackle the day ahead.
6. Write down your goals for the day
Understanding what you want and need to achieve in a day is so important. Take a moment to note everything down. I find that writing something down can help embed it into my mind.
7. Get out of the house
Even if your productive day is meant only to include things around the house it’s still a good idea to get some fresh air. Take a break at some point during the day and walk to the local coffee shop, breath in the fresh air and clear your mind.