Sophie Rosie

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3 small changes I made to my morning routine to have a more productive day.

3 small changes I made to my morning routine to have a more productive day.

This Christmas and New Year, I was very lucky to be able to spend a whole two and a half weeks at home, and it was lovely. I felt so relaxed and cosy, and well...at home. I've never spent so long away from London since I moved here, and it was only when I realised just how much I was dreading coming back, I knew that some things needed to change. There are a lot of things that are a struggle in getting used to when you move from the North to London, but the thing that I hated the most, was my commute to work. I would get to work every single morning feeling so angry at the commuters of London. How unfriendly and selfish and willing to physically knock you out of the way they are. How jam-packed the trains were and just generally how stressful it was having to try and fight to get on any train or tube. And it would really affect the rest of my day because I'd just be in the worst mood. And so now I get the bus to work instead. It takes a little longer but its so, so much better. I get on one, single bus, I always get a seat, and all I have to do is sit there and wait for my stop... and I have 4G all the way! Oh, and I'm saving at least £4 a day. Bonus. But, it's not just this that I've changed about my morning routine to make me happier and more productive, here are 3 other small changes that I made to my morning routine.

This Christmas and New Year, I was very lucky to be able to spend a whole two and a half weeks at home, and it was lovely. I felt so relaxed and cosy, and well...at home. I've never spent so long away from London since I moved here, and it was only when I realised just how much I was dreading coming back, I knew that some things needed to change.

There are a lot of things that are a struggle in getting used to when you move from the North to London, but the thing that I hated the most, was my commute to work. I would get to work every single morning feeling so angry at the commuters of London. How unfriendly and selfish and willing to physically knock you out of the way they are. How jam-packed the trains were and just generally how stressful it was having to try and fight to get on any train or tube. And it would really affect the rest of my day because I'd just be in the worst mood.

And so now I get the bus to work instead. It takes a little longer but its so, so much better. I get on one, single bus, I always get a seat, and all I have to do is sit there and wait for my stop... and I have 4G all the way! Oh, and I'm saving at least £4 a day. Bonus.

But, it's not just this that I've changed about my morning routine to make me happier and more productive, here are 3 other small changes that I made to my morning routine.

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P O D C A S T S

I am 100% a podcast convert now. I used to whack on the same Spotify playlist every morning on the train, as I thought that some upbeat music may be the way to try and motivate and distract myself from the stresses of London. 

But oh man, I've found podcasts to be so, so much better. I have a post coming up that features my fave ones so far, so I won't go into detail about those for now, but honestly, a good podcast has the ability to motivate you ~so~ much.

I love listening to podcasters discussing important, and not-so-important topics on my way to work. It really gets my brain in gear as I'm thinking about my own opinions on these topics as I listen.

There's also nothing better than listening to some fab career  women to get you all set up for a day at work!

W A T E R

I mentioned in this post that I really needed to start drinking more water, and it's something that I've incorporated into my morning routine, too. Now that I'm on the bus - and y'know, actually have space to move - I carry a big water bottle with me and make sure I drink it all by the time I've got to work, to start the day off in the right way!

Obviously, there are so, so many benefits to drinking water first thing in the morning, but the ones I've noticed the most have been the difference in my energy levels and my general mood, as well the difference in my skin!

Hopefully, I can really keep this one up.

G E T T I N G   O R G A N I S E D Having 4G all the way to work, now means that I have a good 45-60 minutes extra to be productive in the morning... before I've even sat at my desk! Instead of picking my phone up as soon as I wake up, I now simply just switch off my alarm, and get started on getting myself up, showered, dressed and ready. I'm able to take a little more time in the morning to do more skin care and not be in so much of a rush, as I do all of my catching up for the day on the bus! We're off to a better start already. I'm able to scroll through Instagram and plan my posts for the day. I can catch up on Twitter and the news, and I can also sort through my emails and reply to any 'quick fixes' there and then. This means that rather than getting to work and spending the first hour doing those emails and getting settled and writing my to-do list for the day, I've already done it before I've even got there! I'm now able to grab a coffee, sit down at my desk and get stuck in to actually completing my tasks for the day straight away. It's quite literally changed my working day. 

G E T T I N G   O R G A N I S E D

Having 4G all the way to work, now means that I have a good 45-60 minutes extra to be productive in the morning... before I've even sat at my desk! Instead of picking my phone up as soon as I wake up, I now simply just switch off my alarm, and get started on getting myself up, showered, dressed and ready. I'm able to take a little more time in the morning to do more skin care and not be in so much of a rush, as I do all of my catching up for the day on the bus! We're off to a better start already.

I'm able to scroll through Instagram and plan my posts for the day. I can catch up on Twitter and the news, and I can also sort through my emails and reply to any 'quick fixes' there and then. This means that rather than getting to work and spending the first hour doing those emails and getting settled and writing my to-do list for the day, I've already done it before I've even got there! I'm now able to grab a coffee, sit down at my desk and get stuck in to actually completing my tasks for the day straight away. It's quite literally changed my working day. 

Do you have any little rituals that you do in the morning to get you motivated? Let me know!

Soph

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