How to Make Mornings Less Stressful and More ProductiveNov 07, 2022
Do your mornings tend to be stressful and unproductive?
In this article, I will tell you how you change this.
You have to choose and commit to it to have less stressful and more productive mornings.
Hoping or crossing your fingers are not strategies.
You've got to do whatever you must to get yourself to believe you can have less stressful and more productive mornings.
If you're not willing to commit to having stress-free and productive mornings, the odds of you doing so go down tremendously.
Second, have a plan.
Gift yourself five to 15 minutes the night before to plan your tomorrow.
- How many hours are you going to work?
- What is already on your schedule?
- How much free time do you have?
- What can you fill that free time?
I'm not suggesting you fill every nook and cranny of your day. On the contrary, I highly recommend you don't do this. You need to allow your schedule to breathe. At the same time, you need to be intentional about what will go on your schedule for tomorrow.
I also suggest you aim for seven to nine hours of sleep every night.
Here's my very simple sleep formula:
- Determine what time you want to wake up in the morning.
- Subtract from this time how many hours you're going to sleep. This will give you your bedtime.
- From this time, subtract a minimum of 60 minutes which will be the time you cut off the use of all screens.
For example, let’s say you want to get up at 6 am and have eight hours of sleep. This means you should aim to be in bed by 10 pm (6 am minus 8 eight hours equals 10 pm). If you want to cut off screens an hour before bedtime, the new time you should aim for would be 9 pm.
When you are well-rested, you don't have as much stress, and you tend to have more energy, which means you can be more productive.
Upon waking up, allow plenty of time to get everything done. You know what you need to do in the morning, whether it’s just you, a spouse, three dogs, or you, your spouse, and five kiddos.
How much time do you need in the morning based on what you have to do? I suggest you add 30 to 60 minutes to the time you think you need. It’s better to have too much time than to run out of it and enter a world of stress!
If you oversleep or if life happens (one of your kids is uncooperative, for example), you will have to prioritize. Let's say you normally do 12 things every morning, and it takes you two hours to do it, but you wake up an hour late one morning. You'll probably not be able to get all 12 things done, so you'll have to prioritize.
Don’t forget to extend yourself grace. You will have stressful mornings. Life will happen.
Maybe the power blipped overnight, like in the movie Home Alone, and you woke up late. Maybe one of your kids wakes up sick or has a nightmare.
When this happens, and your schedule blows up, extend yourself grace. Don't start beating yourself up and calling yourself names.
So how do you do mornings that are less stressful and productive? Let me know.
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