Guest Post: How to have a Productive Morning

So excited to share with you a post from Aly today! Aly is a Biology student who is passionate about writing. Her blog, Welcome to Aly’s World, is a college lifestyle blog that focuses on helping fellow students improve themselves and their blogs. When she’s not blogging or studying, she’s probably reading, writing in a journal, listening to music, cuddling her dog, or watching a Marvel/Disney movie.

How to Have a Productive Morning

Many people think mornings are a drag, but it doesn't have to be this way! With a little planning, you can make your mornings a little less rough. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your morning.

Go to sleep early the night before.
It's easy to lose track of time at night. For example, you only meant to watch one episode of that show on Netflix at 10PM, and now it's 2AM and you've watched half the season without even realizing it. (Let's be honest: we've all done it.) To avoid this, set an alarm on your phone for when you should get ready for bed. I did this and it worked!

Wake up when your alarm tells you to.
This is probably the hardest part, but please listen to your alarm.

Set your clothes out the night before.
This is such a time saver! When you're still groggy and trying to fully wake up, it'll be much easier to just throw on an outfit you already laid out than to pick out an outfit then and there.

Have a morning routine and follow it.
When you repeat the same actions every day, your body will get the idea that this routine means it's time to wake up.

Have a yummy (but healthy) breakfast.
A good breakfast will give you the nutrients you need to get you through the morning. Remember to include some protein, grains, fruits, and vegetables.

Create a plan for the day.
Before you do anything else, take a few minutes to think about what you would like to accomplish today. Write these things down on a "to do" list.

Figure out what time of the day you function best. We all function best at a different time of the day. Find out when you function best and try to complete your most important work at that time. If you're a morning person, get your most important tasks done in the morning. If you're not a morning person, that's okay. Start your day with easier tasks, then move on to the most important tasks later.

Mornings don't have to be terrible. With a little bit of planning and will power (it takes a lot of will power to avoid pressing the snooze button!), you can have a productive morning.
How do you make the most of your mornings?

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