Let’s be honest, being an adult is pretty tough. With professional jobs, bills to pay and food to put on the table, we can often find our days rolling into one another. We wake up early, skip breakfast, get stuck in traffic on the way to work, work an extra hour or so at your desk to try and whittle down your constantly overflowing in-tray, get stuck in traffic on the way home from work, scoff down a questionable microwave meal, go to bed and repeat. Instead of living, we’re surviving, and it’s pretty darn rubbish. So how do you improve your productivity without burning out? Well, we have the answer. It’s all about the first 30 minutes of your day.
Experts suggest that we need to set aside 30 minutes of our day every morning (i.e., as soon as you wake up) to work on ourselves and think about our work, our career, our relationships and our personal lives. To start off, you need to take a few minutes to be grateful for what you have in life and truly appreciate that. So, as you lay in bed, think about three things you can be grateful for in your life. In a world full of negativity and constant pressure to be better, this will allow you to focus on what you have achieved and what makes you truly happy.
Try to meditate
Okay, meditation isn’t for everyone. You might be the kind of person who laughs at the sheer stupidity of sitting on the floor with your legs crossed (which is pretty hard to do), listening to your breathing and the dolphins screeching from your music player. However, it’s likely that you need to meditate more than the rest. Many researchers suggest that people take at least 20 minutes out of their day to meditate. This will allow you to clear your head, focus on the day ahead and be able to tackle anything that comes your way. Trust us, it works!
Focus on your goals
In a world full of struggle and strife, it’s easy to lose track of what you really want in life. However, it’s important to constantly remind yourself of what you’re working towards, and how you can get there. The easiest way to do this is to write yourself a list of goals you hope to achieve in the next six months. Every morning, read this list aloud to yourself so you can understand what you need to do to get to your end goal.
Set your daily intention
As well as setting yourself bi-yearly goals, it’s also important to set yourself daily goals and intentions. This is not a to-do list, a work list or a shopping list, this is a list of how you want to better yourself and better your life. Perhaps you want to create a new contact in your industry at a networking event, perhaps you want to focus on writing your novel in your lunch break, or perhaps you just want to reduce the amount of coffee you want to intake. Knowing what you’re doing with your day and how you want to do that will drastically improve your happiness and your productivity.
What you shouldn’t do
So we’ve talked about how you should spend the first 30 minutes of your day, but what about how you SHOULDN’T spend the first 30 minutes of your day? Well, researchers suggest that you should avoid looking at your phone, social media, emails, or even looking at any form of technology before bringing the attention to yourself and your body. Check in on yourself before you check in on others.
Are you looking to improve your productivity? Well, all you need is 30 minutes, and you’ll be sorted!