How Routines Increase Your Productivity

Alarm goes off…. I hit snooze a couple times… or maybe five. Get up, brush my teeth, make coffee, guzzle lemon water down like I have been deprived of it for about a week. Mozzzzyyy back to my room, open my laptop and starting working. This is how I jump start my morning routine. Coffee. Work. And more coffee.

Taking it wayyy back to when I was a sophomore in high school, when I had a health/diet switch up forcibly through arising allergies I didn’t know about until weeks before when my throat swelled up to just about EVERRYYYYTHANG I tried to eat. Discovering what I was intolerant switched up my life entirely, and more so, my diet. I would get up at 5 am every morning to have a fiber-filled breakie, get a workout in, make my way to school finding myself at home to do homework and go to a relaxing yoga class the second the school bell rang. Waking up at 5 am meant I had to go to bed around 7 or 8 pm, which surprisingly, I wasn’t mad about. Over time I didn’t notice what my actions were doing overall. I had created a solid daily routine that increased my productivity and energy levels, leaving me frustrated and out of wack if I couldn’t follow through with them every morning. Not only did I create a routine, but I was also the healthiest, happiest, balanced, and most productive I have ever been.

Now fast forward to my senior year of college struggling with a random schedule pursuing classes, an internship, and working as a barista some (very early) mornings. I used to hate getting up at 4:00-4:30 am to get ready for work on the weekends, but now I love it. As my routine switches every day I have figured out the trick to get my body up and running regardless of the hour I get up. The one simple hack is to have time for MYSELF. Getting up a little earlier every morning to sit and actually ENJOY my cup of coffee, plan out my day, maybe get a couple tasks done before my actual “day” starts, and nourishing my body accordingly instead of rushing around feeling frazzled all the time due to running late….. again.

Many people, including myself, see increases in productivity and overall happiness when waking up at 5 am or even earlier. For instance; Tim Cook starts his morning at 3:45, Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, and numerous other successful individuals wake up before the sun rises. Personally, I work 10x better when I wake up around 4:00 am making this a crucial part of my morning routine.

When I get up early and go through my normal routine, especially if I workout in the morning, I find myself getting more done in a single hour than I would throughout a day I let myself sleep in, half asleep get dressed, and skip brekkie. To me my morning routine sets me up for success or failure that day. Whether it is your morning, afternoon, or evening routine, routines play a huge rule in someones productivity and success.

There is something about getting up, having a cup of coffee, and cranking out those projects you’ve been pushing off on your to-do list or get a good workout in. If you are curious to what my morning routine was as of a couple months ago, I will leave it linked here (it has switched up a little bit since I’ve been back).

And until next time beauties,

Kayla

xoxo

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