You’re either a morning person or you’re not. Are you one of those people who hits snooze ten times, maybe even sleeps through at least once a month? Or are you up at the crack of dawn, bouncing like a feather on ice into the borders of your local gym? Even if you deem yourself a morning person, you may not be making the most out of this crucial time of the day.
So what can you do to squeeze the most out of your mornings?
Get a good night’s sleep
How can you expect to function properly if you’re constantly crippled by fatigue? We get it. There’s a whole world’s worth of factors that affect us getting the early night our body so desperately craves. From the likes of Netflix to the pull of the city for a drink or two, it’s all too easy to get carried away. The amount of time we need sleep-wise varies from person to person. Some people can survive on remarkably short bursts of sleep and others practically require hibernation, but it is said that, on average, you’re looking at around 8 strong hours in nod to recharge the old batteries.
Wake up 20 minutes earlier
I know this doesn’t sound like fun (BELIEVE ME) and the lure of the snooze button can be excruciating for some, especially on a Monday, but extending your morning prep time can be the difference between life and death. When I say life and death I don’t really mean that, but it can mean the difference between a good day and a bad day if you’re really superstitious. An extra 20 minutes provides you with a touch of wriggle room. You might want to pamper yourself with a leisurely cup of coffee or perhaps you want to make a pancake. You might be a clean freak and fancy an early morning hoover. You could even extend that 20 minutes to 30 minutes and grab yourself a fluffy blow dry. Essentially you’ll feel a lot less rushed.
Eat your breakfast
Eating a nutritionally balanced and nourishing breakfast really is the best way to start your day! If you’ve awakened a little earlier you’ll find you have time to do this and it’s important for numerous reasons. Breakfast bestows to you the energy to kick off your day and has been proven to curb snacking tendencies. If you’re feeling portlier than usual, particularly over the winter months, this can cause you to feel extremely dejected and dismal come January, so try starting your day with a bowl of porridge or some scrambled eggs. Something wholesome and crammed full of energy is your best bet.
Prepare for the night before
Something as minor as sprinting out of the door because you’ve spent a few too many minutes pondering and rummaging through your wardrobe can set you up for the worst day. Figure it out the night before when you’re feeling tranquil and peaceful and the morning is bound to be a breeze. Always know what you’ve got on the following day as well. Before you leave the office on an evening, make a note of all the tasks that are due for completion the next day. That way it’s always there on your desk and you’ll never overlook things.
Following on nicely from the above, it’s always beneficial to have a strong to-do list! There’s nothing worse than feeling bogged down by errands and chores, especially ones that you’ve had hanging over your head for a little too long so prioritise them. Ticking off a list of tasks can be so satisfying and you’ll generally feel like a more together person than the ‘you’ that forgets to return your ASOS orders and can’t stick to straightforward deadlines. A little advanced planning can go a very long way.
If you’re currently looking for new jobs, every single point listed above is going to assist you in conducting a comprehensive search and will give you the vigour you’re going to need for the likes of CV writing and early AM interviews! Setting yourself up for the day during the jobseeking process has many benefits. In particular, this kind of preparation can help alleviate the stress which is often associated with the job hunt. If you’re feeling fresh today and you’re in the right frame of mind for a browse, why don’t you have a look at some of our new marketing jobs? It doesn’t hurt to look after all!