How to Establish Your Own Morning Routine

There was a time where I dread mornings. There’s just too much to do with so little time. It always felt like I’m rushing and running out of time. My morning was messy which makes me a lot less confident throughout the day. It made me realize that mornings has a huge impact on how you approach the rest of your day. If you feel refreshed, you would have more focus and confidence to conquer whatever activities you have later on. If you feel like a mess, you might feel distracted and not be able to do tasks efficiently.

So, having a morning routine is very important to avoid rushing in the morning and neglecting things.

Here are just some of my tips on how you can establish your own morning routine.

Your Morning Routine Starts from the Night Before

This is something important that a lot of people overlook when they’re trying to establish their own morning routine – your morning routine actually starts the night before. You need to prepare for the morning before you actually go to bed. You can plan for next day’s outfit or make a list of tasks to be done for the next morning. Making lists, setting up alarms and planning the night before actually saves you a lot of time for the next day.

Know What You Want to Achieve With Your Mornings

Each and every one of us have different priorities and goals. That’s why copying other people’s morning routine may not be the best for you. You are the one who needs to set what you want to achieve with your mornings. To some, they want to do some meditation to start their day. Some would want to exercise. Some would just want to relax while some want to have time to check a bit of their email. So, make a list of how you envision your morning.

Mine is actually pretty simple. All I want is to be prepared for the rest of my day. I want to have a substantial breakfast, I want to be able to shower without rushing and I want to make sure that all the things I will need is already inside my bag.

Evaluate How Much Time You Spend in a Specific Activity

Know how much time you take in certain activities like preparing breakfast and showering and take that into consideration.

For example, I know that I take 10-15 minutes in the shower. Preparing and eating breakfast takes up the bulk of my time in the morning so I allocate more time for that. I don’t spend much with my uniform/outfit because I prepare that the night before.

So… my morning routine is basically me waking up, showering, dressing up, preparing breakfast and then eating breakfast. My morning routine is basic because I really wanted it to be simple.

If you want to get more things done in the morning, evaluate how much time you need and then adjust the time you are going to wake up. If you want to have 30 minutes of jogging in the morning, then wake up earlier.

Knowing how much time you need is very important so that you will never have to rush.

Once You’ve Made a Morning Routine, Stick to it

Once you’ve set your wake up time based on how much time you spend on certain activities, it’s time to actually apply it and establish it. The most important thing is the wake up time. So that means you have to say goodbye to the snooze button. Stay faithful to that alarm, convince yourself to wake up right away. You can also download alarm clock apps that do not allow the snooze button.

So… those are my tips on how you can establish your own morning routine. Hope this helps you to have a more joyful and less chaotic mornings!

How to Stay Productive When Working at Home?

The world right now isn’t the same and we are transitioning to the “new normal” amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. To prevent the transmission of the virus, individuals and industries had to adjust and that includes some businesses opting to allow employees to work at home.

For some, the transition from the office to working at home is a very big change. Some has easily adapted and embraced the idea. However, there are people that are having difficulty with the new set-up. With the distractions at home so tempting, a lot of people have not been productive. Their television sets and phones are just in front of them and being in the safety in their own homes, there’s no one stopping them from procrastinating and putting off work for later.

In this post, I will list down ways how you can still be productive while working at home.

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Learn to Prioritize Using the Eisenhower Matrix

Whether you are a student, an employee or you are handling your own business, there are times when you are overwhelmed by simple and complex  tasks in our every day lives. Sometimes, it really gets so overwhelming that we do not know where to start anymore. You have to respond to the email but at the same time you are also rushing to finish a presentation. What do you do? What task do you prioritize? I have also struggled in choosing which tasks should I do first and which tasks can I put on hold. That is until I’ve tried using the Eisenhower Matrix.

The Einsehower Box is a decision matrix method/tool that will help us determine which tasks to prioritize using two categories – urgency and importance.

To learn this simple and easy method, just continue reading this post.

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How to Become More Productive with the Pomodoro Technique

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You may have already heard about the Pomodoro Technique before. A lot of people raved how much the technique has improved their productivity. The Pomodoro Technique is a time management technique developed by Francis Cirillo in the late 1980’s. The principle of this technique is simple: you work on a task for a specified amount of time and when that time is up you get to take a break.

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