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How to Focus in the Morning

If mornings are the bane of your existence, you’re not alone. While there are many lucky people that thrive in the early hours after sunrise, not everyone is a morning person.

It can be hard to get up and at ‘em, especially now that the temperatures are dropping and the bed is warmer and comfier than ever.

Key takeaways

  • Setting up a routine can help you feel more focused and be more productive in the morning.
  • You can make small changes that will greatly affect the way you feel in the morning.
  • Using supplements can help jump-start your brain.

How to focus in the morning

Most of us function best in the morning - even if it doesn’t seem like it. If you’re able to jump out of bed as soon as the alarm goes off without pressing snooze 10 times, you’re on the right track. 

However, getting up isn’t the only way you can jumpstart focus early in the morning. We’ve got some handy tricks that’ll help you feel more productive and alert in the morning

Plan your day

Planning your day can make all responsibilities, tasks, and entertainment seem more intuitive. You can do this the night before or right when you wake up to maximize time and start the day off on the right foot. 

Take a few minutes to lay out what you want to achieve that day, no matter what it is. Even if your plan is to curl up on the couch and spend the day watching TV, it’s important to mentalize yourself for what the day has in store. 

Accomplish the most important task first

If you like to get the worst out of the way as early as possible, you’ll probably benefit from getting the most important or urgent task done as soon as the eye boogers are gone and you’ve had breakfast. 

Say goodbye to distractions (no matter how loud endless social media scrolling is yelling your name), put on some music, take a deep breath, and get to work. Once the most imminent task is out of the way, you’ll have the rest of the day to do anything else at your pace.

After a while, it’ll become a welcome routine that allows you to make the most out of the 24 hours you have. 

Wake up at the same time every day

Waking up at the same time every day can help you build a routine and habits that will follow you, helping you feel more focused and productive. Picking a time to get up, have breakfast, get ready, and do your morning routine will set a precedent for your brain to be on its A-game as soon as the alarm goes off.

Rest assured, we won’t snitch if you want to sleep in on the weekends. After all, you deserve a little more beauty sleep after a productive week.

Relax your mind

The brain is (arguably) your most important organ. While all of them are essential to keep you alive, your brain really takes the cake since it basically controls all the rest.

Making sure your mind is in a comfortable and relaxed place is critical to feeling alert and energized in the morning. If you struggle with stress, anxiety, and tension, there are plenty of things you can try to feel more at ease.

Doing exercise, meditating, practicing a healthy diet, using supplements like CBD, and finding time to do things you love can all help you feel calmer, especially in the morning. 

Move your body/take a walk

Getting your blood pumping in the morning can help set the mood for the entire day. Although you’ve probably heard it a million times, a healthy lifestyle must include physical activity. 

We’re not saying you need to hit the gym every morning at 6 A.M., although that does work for some people. Exercise isn’t one-size-fits-all, so find something you enjoy and you’ll be all set.

Whether it’s going for a neighborhood walk, doing some yoga, having a solo dance party, signing up for a sports team, or taking a swim lesson, you can reap the benefits of an active lifestyle and your body and mind will thank you.

Devote time daily for learning/self-improvement

We’re at our best when we’re learning and improving, so why not implement these habits into your morning routine? You don’t need to take a two-hour lecture on a subject of your choice first thing, but you can do smaller things to keep your mind sharp and interested.

Try reading a few pages of a book, watching tutorials on something you enjoy, trying out a new breakfast recipe, taking a five-minute language class online, or jotting down what you’re grateful for in a journal.

Jump-starting your brain with learning and self-improvement can greatly impact the way you feel during the day.

Small changes to stay focused

You don’t need to change every aspect of your morning routine to feel more focused. Sometimes, all you need is one little thing to push you into a mood that lets you be more productive and alert.

Start your day with a cold shower

A cold shower can have many benefits, from relieving pain and improving circulation to lowering stress levels and zapping out fatigue. While it’s not for everyone, a cold shower can really get the juices flowing and have you ready to face the day ahead.

If you’re not into the whole cold shower thing, you can start by dousing yourself with a shock of cold water after a warm shower. 

Declutter your workspace

Your workspace is a direct reflection of how you’re feeling, especially if you work from home. Just making sure everything is to your liking and not taking up mental space, you’ll feel more relaxed and focused once you get to work. 

You can also decorate it to help you feel more at ease with the space. Having fresh flowers, plants, your favorite action figure, a hot coffee, or a totally decluttered space can also be helpful in your journey toward focus and productivity.

Find a repeatable habit for maximum morning focus

Now that we’ve gone through some ways that you can jump-start your focus in the morning, you’ve got the tools to find a routine that works for you. 

By creating habits that you repeat every day, you’ll feel ready for the day ahead. Here’s an example of a morning routine, although you can tweak it to your liking:

  1. Wake up at 7:00 A.M. 
  2. Take a shower and brush your teeth immediately. 
  3. Have breakfast and make a coffee.
  4. Go for a walk around the block.
  5. Write down your goals for the day.
  6. Get to work!

Best supplements for focus and concentration

If you want some extra support in the whole “morning routine” department, we’ve got some tricks up our sleeve. 

There are supplements you can take that’ll help you feel like a million bucks, ward off brain fog, help you feel relaxed, and keep you in top shape early in the morning, especially if you also implement other healthy habits like the ones we talked about above.

For an easy daytime supplement, we suggest checking out the FOCL Day capsules. The blend of nootropics helps with focus and energy, with Lion’s Mane, Vitamin B6, CBD, and other natural ingredients that will have you powering through your to-do list like never before.

If you like FOCL Day, you’ll love the Focus Bundle by FOCL. You’ll get the capsules mentioned above, but you’ll also get Premium CBD Drops and Better Together. The first can enable your mind to feel calm and focused, while the latter can be taken in the mornings to help amplify productivity and ease an anxious mind.

For pure CBD, we suggest looking into our Premium CBD Gummies. Not only are these sugar-coated and fruity gummies delicious, but they’re also packed with 25mg of pure, hemp-derived CBD. 

Last, but certainly not least, we’ve got to talk about the FOCL Premium CBD Drops. While the effects are similar to CBD gummies, not everyone is into sugary sweetness. These drops offer the same benefits, using clean and simple ingredients to help soothe the body and mind.