5 Steps to a More Productive Morning Routine

Today I wanted to write a post all about getting into a more productive morning routine. Let’s be honest, I’m not the most productive person in the mornings- and I find it hard to force myself out of bed at a reasonable hour.

However, since I’ve started working- and I’ve had to be more effective about time spent on my blog- I’ve had to get into a better morning routine, using the start of the day to be productive and work on my blogging to-do list.

With many people working from home at the moment, having a more productive morning routine can be a great way to start your day- and your morning habits can keep you feeling healthy, happy, and focused throughout the day

Whether you’re a morning person already, or you’re someone who needs a push to get out of bed and ready in the morning- I hope these steps will encourage you to create a more productive morning routine, and help you reach your daily goals.

Below, find 5 steps to a more productive morning routine, helping you achieve your daily goals and get the most out of your mornings.

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1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

Drinking water is super important, and especially during the mornings. Pour yourself a big drink of water when you first wake up and make sure to regularly drink water throughout the morning while you work to keep you hydrated and awake.

If you’re going into work at the moment, a water bottle can be super helpful to stay on top of your drinking habits- or if you’re working from home, make sure to keep refilling that glass. I actually use a water bottle even when I’m at home too, as it means I can easily measure how much water i’m drinking during the day.

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2. Write a list

One of the best ways to implement a more productive morning routine is to write a to-do list the night before. Choose which tasks and activities you’re going to do in the morning. This means that as soon as you sit at your desk, you can get started- and you don’t need to spend time deciding what to do.

I find lists very helpful as I don’t always wake up as early as I should, and so a well-crafted list means I can get started with work straight away, and I’ve not wasted any more time getting my tasks done.

3. Choose a good place to work

I think preparing a good place to work is so important to a more productive morning routine. If you have a desk or clean area where you can set up your work, this means you have a space to solely focus on your work without any distractions.

At the moment many of us are stuck in the house together, and so it’s tough to work without any distractions at all- but there are ways to reduce morning interruptions. Try and take yourself to a different room, or put in headphones to shut out any distractions.

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4. Wake up at the same time everyday

I really do believe this is a great idea if you’re trying to get into a more productive sleep or work routine- although it’s not one that I’m very good at sticking to. Except from my morning shifts, I set my alarm for 8 am every morning and I try to get myself out of bed, dressed, and working by 9.30/10 am.

I’d like to wake up earlier in the next couple of weeks, but I find that waking up at the same time everyday makes me feel like I have a more rigid, productive routine- and when I sit down to work I know I have a few solid hours before lunch.

5. Get some advice

If you find it hard to reach your goals or improve your productivity- and these steps aren’t quite detailed enough for you- I really recommend checking out *Emily’s ebook, “Perfect Productivity“. She writes about how to be productive and meet your goals, all while avoiding procrastination and burn-out along the way.

If you fancy checking out this advice, head over to Emily’s *Gumroad page and find some very helpful, researched resources on being more productive in your routine, working life, and meeting your daily goals. You can find out more about Emily’s book in my recent review.

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I hope these steps encourage you to put a more productive morning routine in place, helping you reach your goals every day and stay focused on your aims.

Becoming more productive in the morning can help if you want to focus on your blog, you’re working from home, or you just want to start your day on a positive note.

Do you have a morning routine? Do you have any tips for improving your morning routine? Have you changed your routine since the start of the pandemic?

Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below πŸ™‚

Happy reading x

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  1. Staying properly hydrated is so very important. I think this one is huge because honestly I feel horrible when I am not getting the proper fluid intake. On the days that I do better with it I feel like a new person. It’s something I didn’t really care about when I was younger but as I am nearing 30 I definitely am worrying more about it. Thanks so much for sharing these awesome tips!

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    1. I agree πŸ™‚ yes I’m the same- I’m sure I read once that you’re meant to have more water in the morning to help you filter it through the say (although that’s probably a myth!). I definitely respond better when I keep to a strict hydration schedule ahaha x

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  2. Such fantastic tips here! Productivity isn’t necessarily my morning struggle: it’s actually slowing down! I know that might sound crazy to some, but I love working and have a hard time *not* working. I usually wake up and immediately jump on my phone to start the social media work for my clients. But I’m attempting to create a slower, more mindful morning routine so that my productivity throughout the day is more effective rather than just routine. I’ll have to take some of these tips to heart from here on out!

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    1. Thank you Stephanie! I mean it’s great to hear that you’re productive- but I agree it’s equally important to have that balance and look after your body and mind πŸ™‚ I think mindfulness is a great way to practice that, and I’m glad you’re finding it more effective for your work and your health! Thank you x

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  3. I totally agree with you. I really need to work on staying hydrated. I usually drink more water after lunch. I don’t drink at all in the morning even though the bottle of water is always on my desk in front of me. Thank you for sharing these tips.

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  4. Great tips! I am a list maker for sure and it definitely does help keep me on track. I could use a little more water in the morning though. I drink coffee in the morning and don’t start drinking water until later. I think starting my day with a glass of water could be beneficial. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Me too (most of the time)! I think that’s the same for a lot of people- I’m lucky that I’m not currently interested in coffee, but I can imagine it’s great for a little pick-me-up x

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  5. This is such a great list – I struggle with waking up at the same time but I need to do a lot more work on that.
    What I found so true though it the drinking water – that keeps me focused so much more than I ever thought possible! And lists, always making lists! x

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  6. I really need to work on being more productive, my morning usually go so fast and end up not doing much and then have to hurry in the afternoon to catch up! Drinking and waking up at the same time though have been helping a lot! Thanks for sharing these tips xx

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      1. Such a fab post here! I’m not a morning person at all but since starting Couch to 5K I tend to get up and go in the morning so that it’s over and done with! πŸ˜‚
        Xo

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  7. Agree with all of these tips – I have a pint glass of water next to me that I can refill easily. And finding a good place to work will be a lot simpler once my daughter goes back to school next Monday. I’ve almost forgotten what it’s like to be productive! x

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  8. I appreciate you sharing these tips. This post was really helpful. I am trying to make my mornings more productive and this is what I needed to hear, especially the bit about waking up at the same time every day. I am awful at that, but I will make it a goal of mine to work on that. What a great read!

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    1. Thank you πŸ™‚ I definitely need to follow my own advice and get more productive earlier in the day- it can be so hard to motivate yourself sometimes (especially at the moment) but it’s important x

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  9. I get up at the same time every day because I have an alarm for my pill so I’m in a pretty good waking up routine! So important to hydrate in the morning, you can definitely tell when you’ve not drunk enough water!

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  10. I find sticking to the same routine everyday really helps me! So get up at the same time (as you say), drink some water (ditto), then I do my workout, then shower, then skincare, then makeup!

    Katie | katieemmabeauty.com

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  11. Yes, yes, yes to drinking water first thing! My water bottle is the first thing I reach for in the morning and it just makes me feel a thousand times better! I’m trying to incorporate time for exercise into my morning routine but so far haven’t stuck to it. Maybe I’ll try your most idea and write down times for when I want things done by.

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  12. I loved this post, there’s so much great advice! It’s been rough maintaining a good morning routine with lockdowns β€” I almost feel like I’ve forgotten how. I’m definitely going to test out some of this advice β€” especially hydrating early!

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  13. All really great tips. I find hydrating right after waking up is really important for me. That first sip of water really helps to wake up. And yes, being consistent at what time you wake up and get to work is also important. I do have a morning routine and even though I would never call myself a morning person I do find that making and sticking to that routine really helps keep my days productive.

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  14. I am absolutely terrible at drinking enough water. It is something I am constantly having to remind myself of this. Although I have been having a lovely cup of tea in the morning. These are some great suggestions for creating a productive morning. Another one I am working on is the waking up at the same time as it has been a recommendation because of my chronic illnesses and creating good structure. Thank you for sharing.
    Lauren – http://www.bournemouthgirl.com

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  15. Loved this! Lists make everything so much more easier and help you to be so much more focused and productive! I also sleep with a water bottle on my side table so I can wake up and have water first thing in the morning,

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  16. These are great tips. It is so true to drink water. For the past couple of months, I have been this during the morning and in the afternoon because before I had a really bad habit of not drinking a lot of water.
    Writing is a list before the day get started is great as well. Sometimes I use a regular notepad or OneNote to create my list.

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  17. These are great tips! I mostly need to work on getting up around the same time every day. I am so tired by the end of the week that I end up sleeping in way too late on weekends, then it throws off my sleep schedule and I am exhausted by Monday morning.

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  18. Great advice! I have to admit that my morning routine is horrible at the moment. Lockdown has well and truly messed up any form of routine I had. It’s time to take back control!

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  19. These are fab tips Eleanor. I am a morning and night person haha. I work well regardless of whether it’s morning or night but these are great tips to help boost my productivity in the morning even more. I drink water a lot. Some people even call me a water tank haha. I drink more than 10 bottles of water in a day and I can tell you that water is definitely an overall game changer. Also, writing a list helps me a whole lot too. Writing a list is like having a guide for me. It helps remind me of what I need to do, it motivates me to get those things done and the joy I feel when I get to tick completed tasks is one in a million. Lovely post.

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    1. Thank you Ruth πŸ™‚ Wow that’s a lot of water! I think that it’s so important too, and I’m glad you find it boosts your productivity! These are some great tips to keep productive whatever time of the day, thank you x

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  20. Great post! I’ve recently came across a book called ‘The miracle morning: The 6 habits that will transform your life before 8am’. It could be of interest to you or your readers, it mentions things like affirmations, visualisation, reading and exercise in the morning.

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  21. It can be so hard staying productive, can’t it? Great tips and advice here – I’m really slipping with my water intake so definitely need to increase that more. Thanks for the tips!

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  22. This is great. I am rubbish at routines but trying to wake up at a regular, earlyish time is a huge help. I am also more productive if I am in a clear and tidy space. Clutter distracts me terribly.

    Helen
    Tea in the Tub

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  23. It is so important to hydrate the first thing when you wake up. At least that way, you get some water after hours of sleeping. So important to keep a list of things to do – that way you make the most out of yourday! Thanks for sharing a nice morning routine!

    Nancy ✨ mdrnminimalists.com

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  24. These are all great tips! I find writing lists so helpful because it gets everything out of my mind. Then I’m not constantly thinking about it.
    I love the idea of writing at the same time every day. I really need to work on making that a habit.

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