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How To Build a Productive Morning Routine

by Monsurat Momoh
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For a lot of people, our morning routine is to wake up by 5 am, get dressed and get stressed by traffic from 7 am. If the danfo driver isn’t a reckless man who will take you past your bus stop and still insult you. It’ll be the crazier conductor who won’t have change but increase the transport to an unreasonable amount.

Is it then surprising that we’d be grumpy, moody and angry all day? It shouldn’t be. But what if I tell you that creating a productivity schedule could go a long way in structuring our day?

Within those few hours you use while getting ready for work, doing something you like or something that motivates you will improve your spirit. So much that no unpredictable “danfo” driver will stress you.

Starting the morning with a little positivity actually shows that your day will be positive. So, when you run into a problem, you’d just find a way to sort it out. Because you’re thinking “I can’t let this ruin my mood”.

Here are tips to help you build a productive morning

  • Get enough sleep:

According to research, we need a minimum of 7 hours of sleep to wake up early and without headaches or pain. That guarantees perfect sleep. And when there’s good sleep, why wake up on the wrong side of the bed?

  • No snoozing your alarm clock:

Personally, I try as much as possible to resist snoozing my alarm. Why? Because I always end up oversleeping and getting up much later than I intend. And then I rush much more, instead of enjoying the morning. You know waking up by 5 am fits perfectly into your plan, then why wake up by 6 am on purpose?

  • Drink a lot of water

Medically, we’re advised to drink tons of water to help us stay healthy. It also helps with glowing skin and all. So, you’re stepping out looking refreshed and glowing. A total baddie. You can read more on how to have healthy skin here.

  • Coffee and breakfast

My secondary school teachers on the assembly ground used to say “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”, so I took it up. It’s easy to skip breakfast because there may not be time. But when you do the above? There should be time. I can’t function without breakfast. There would be no “juice” in me for work or thinking.

  • Speak positively to yourself

Imagine doing all these listed above and staring into the mirror before stepping out. Without a doubt, you’d definitely think “Ha! Do I look good or what?”. Probably with a daring smirk. And that’s all good, right?

  • Listen to Music

Do you have a favourite song? Something that makes you want to dance? Or something with incredible lyrics that make you smile? I do. Not too loud, not too low. Just plug in your earphones and have a little “you time” on your way to work.

Usually, I do these and a few more depending on the day of the week. Of course, everyone can’t have the same routine. How different is yours? Share with us!

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