By Amber Lowther
The early bird catches the worm! You can be on your way to catching more worms (metaphorically speaking) by following this list of 9 things to do before 9am! It’s time to get productive, organised and you’ll feel better for doing so.
This one may seem easy, but a lot of people skip breakfast and go straight for coffee, only to arrive at work starving or not as concentrated. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Try something light and healthy to give you enough energy and won’t make you bloated. If you've got enough time in the mornings, try out one of our favourite places for the best sweet and savoury breakfasts in Brisbane!
Exercise and go outside
Starting the day with exercise will have you feeling awake and ready to go in no time! Whether you’re running around the block, exercising at home or heading to the gym for that pilates class, it’s something. You’ll feel accomplished in the early hours of the day. If you’re not exercising outside, it’s always nice to take a break and breathe in the fresh air. Unless it’s -15 degrees out... then that won’t be fun.
Read the news
Know what’s happening locally and around the world by reading or watching the news. It’s always great to be aware of current happenings and be able to discuss them if they happen to come up during the day. Be aware of your surroundings and the world you live in.
Get your emails over and done with by checking them early. This way, if there’s anything urgent to work on, you can add it to your day first thing in the morning. This can also be a time to get rid of unwanted emails, spam and other messages that are clogging your inbox.
Do dreaded tasks and jobs first
Get the things that you’re dreading out of the way and put them at the top of your ‘To-Do’ list. The morning is the best time to get things done, as you’re more concentrated and able to be productive. As the day comes to an end, you start to relax. The sooner, the better so you can focus on tasks that aren’t so daunting.
Work on something you enjoy
After you’ve completed that thing you really didn’t want to do, reward yourself by doing something you enjoy. Whether that’s working on a personal project, networking with someone you look up to or simply writing in your journal.
Write down what you’re grateful for
It’s always nice to stop and think about your life and what you have in it. Write down something that you’re grateful for and think about why. It could be your job, a friend or garlic bread. As long as you take a break to think about things that aren’t just things, it will be a positive way to start the day.
Write down what you’re hoping to accomplish tomorrow
This will be something that may take time to master. It’s important not to get too clustered with the current day’s tasks. If something important comes up which leads you to postpone something, write it down for tomorrow. Planning ahead is a way to get yourself organised and to remember what’s important to get done.
Spend time with your family or spouse
You’ve spent the morning doing things for you, so why not spend some time with those who mean the most to you (pets included, they count as family). Surprise your significant other with breakfast, see what your kids have going on at school today, or have a cuddle with your dog. Whatever it is that means the most, you’ll find a way to fit it in.