4 things to do before you get out of bed for your most productive day ever

 The point is, as humans we were not designed to be consumed by technology devices 24/7 — especially not first thing in the morning!

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While it’s no big secret that having a solid morning routine helps set you up for a productive day, I say what you do before you even get out of bed is just as important. These are the top 4 things I have found make a huge difference in my daily life. Even if I have to be up for work at 6:30 am, I like to set my alarm 10-15 minutes earlier, to do these things and ensure I have the best day possible!

1.  Avoid reaching for your phone

The first one is more of a what not to do. Many of us (including me at times)are guilty of reaching for our phones first thing when we’re still half asleep in the morning. Whether it’s to catch up on the numerous notifications you’ve missed while sleeping or to check your email,  this almost always ends with aimless scrolling on Instagram and Facebook. This not only delays you actually getting out of bed, but also means you’re not starting your day in a very healthy or intentional way.


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I notice when I don’t check my phone first thing in the morning, I spend less time scrolling throughout the day… Sometimes I even forget to check Instagram (shocker!) The point is, as humans we were not designed to be consumed by technology devices 24/7 — especially not first thing in the morning!

Which leads me to point number 2:

2.  Take a moment to breathe and be present

When was the last time you allowed yourself 5 or even 10 minutes to simply do nothing?

Instead of reaching for that phone, take a moment while either lying or sitting (I prefer to sit up. Otherwise you may fall back asleep!), and simply be. Take several deep breaths and remain present. Even if I have a million things to do, or have to be out the door early in the morning, I like to set my alarm 5 minutes earlier, to allow time for this simple practice. If you have more time, really make the most of it and incorporate a meditation practice. I love to use the meditation app Headspace. It has loads of different breathing and guided meditations. Or, check out my friends at Mindspo, who are an awesome mindfulness and meditation company – they have tonnes of content and even an online meditation school.

Whether you have 5, or 20 minutes, be sure to take a moment before you begin your day to simply sit and breathe. It’s so simple, yet so effective.

3.   Write it out

The power of journaling is limitless. I’m a huge advocate of writing anything that comes to mind, whether it’s for clarity, to make sense of thoughts or express whatever is going on in my mind. I like to keep a journal and pen on my bedside table, so I can do this while I’m still in bed. Every morning is different: sometimes I jot down to-do lists, write daily or weekly goals, or even create a simple gratitude list. I especially notice a HUGE difference in my mind and day when I write down 5 things I’m thankful for. These can be as simple as my awesome friends, loving family, the opportunities in my life — you get the gist. This is an awesome way to start your day as it allows you to get yourself in the right state of mind to handle whatever your day holds.

4. Express gratitude

While it’s no big secret that having a solid morning routine helps set you up for a productive day, I say what you do before you even get out of bed is just as important. These are the top 4 things I have found make a huge difference in my daily life. Even if I have to be up for work at 6:30 am, I like to set my alarm 10-15 minutes earlier, to do these things and ensure I have the best day possible!

This article originally appeared on A Girl in Progress.


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