Hands up if you can’t wait to crawl into bed once the kids are asleep. I am exhausted most days from all of the tasks, errands, and lack of personal time. BUT, if you can spare just 15 minutes before jumping into bed your morning self will thank you. These 5 tasks are a productivity booster to start your day off on the right foot.
Drink Station Prep
Coffee, tea, smoothie, water? Whatever your beverage of choice, be sure to prep your supplies to have drink in hand first thing in the morning. For me that means topping off the Keurig water tank and making sure my favorite mug is clean and ready to go.
Knock Out Dishes
Nobody wants to wake up to a sink full of dirty dishes. Load and run the dishwasher at night so it’s ready to empty first thing in the morning. To make things easier we load the dishwasher right after dinner and then add any stragglers at bedtime. First thing in the morning, you guessed it, everything is emptied and put away for a fresh start. If you dread dishes try setting a timer. Oftentimes we perceive hated chores as taking a long time to complete. In reality, loading and emptying a dishwasher can be done in a matter of minutes.
Laundry is another of those pesky, never-ending, chores. If your washing machine has a delayed start feature, use it! Throw in a load at bedtime and set it to run in the early morning hours. When you wake it will be ready to pop in the dryer.
Over the past year more and more people have been working from home. My husband and I have for years. Whether, you work from home or not, at the end of your day be sure to clean up your workspace. A clear desk reduces stress, promotes efficiency, and is just plain cleaner (remember that snack you ate earlier?).
Make a List
To-do lists are my biggest productivity booster that I can’t live without. Before turning in for the night, review your calendar and prepare a to-do list for the following day. Knowing what you need and want to accomplish helps prioritize your time and eliminates wasted time pondering “what now?”.
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