Productivity Trick: Stop Focusing on Your Morning Routine and Think About Your Afternoon
After fine-tuning for pretty much our entire adult life, we’ve finally perfected our morning routine. We won’t get into the nitty-gritty, but it involves tea, soothing music, some brief stretching and general good vibes. We’re energized and ready to conquer the day. Productivity hacked, right? Not necessarily.
Cut to 3 p.m. We’re cranky, we’re bored and we’re stuffing our faces with popcorn because it’s there and we’re hungry, dammit. Turns out, our morning routine doesn’t mean much if we don’t take the time to plan an afternoon routine, too.
It actually makes sense. It’s great to start your day on the right foot, but when are you most tired and distracted? After lunch. Still full from your Greek Lemon Chicken Skewers and more susceptible than ever to random internet videos, the early afternoon is rife with interruptions. To combat the urge to fall down an Instagram wormhole, take 15 minutes to get your afternoon routine hashed out.
Your routine, of course, is dependent on what you need to accomplish, but a few things that work regardless of your to-do list are getting up and moving (ideally outside), tackling the easiest items on your list, strategically drinking your first cup of coffee when you start getting sluggish after lunch and getting a jump on planning the next day’s tasks.
Trust us: Try it and bask in your unflappable ability to get sh*t done.