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The Focus Ritual That Can Help You Get More Done
09.01.19
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5 min read

Chances are, your morning already involves a routine. Maybe you’re a parent who rushes around making sure everyone is dressed, fed, and has everything they need for the day, all while trying to get yourself ready. Maybe you’re a student who spends the time before your first class cranking out last-minute assignments or cramming for exams. Perhaps you work a stressful job that requires an even more stressful commute, so you struggle to leave early enough to beat traffic.

No matter what kind of day you’re facing, you probably start each one in a similar way: Get up, get coffee, get dressed, and get out the door. And chances are this routine involves a certain amount of stress that leaves you feeling frazzled and unfocused. Not a great way to start the day.

What if, with very little in the way of extra effort, you were able to transform your morning? When you create a morning focus ritual, your routine goes from ordinary to extraordinary, and you may find yourself getting a lot more done during the day. And all you need to do is make a list! Here are some tips to get you started.

Pick a Time and Place to Organize Your Day

Since you probably already feel pressed for time in the morning, you may need to get up a few minutes early to make your daily to-do list. But it’s worth it, we promise! 

The night before you start your focus ritual, pick a quiet spot for morning list-making. Maybe you’ll want to sit at the kitchen table so you can be close to the coffee maker. Or maybe you’ll prefer the comfort of your bedroom. (Just don’t fall back asleep!) 

Ideally, you’ll choose a space where you can store materials like paper and pens so you don’t have to waste precious minutes scrambling around, looking for what you need. Of course, you can always make your list on your phone or computer if you prefer.

Prioritize and Itemize

If you’re already a person who makes to-do lists, you may be wondering how this one will be different. But a morning focus ritual isn’t just about the list, it’s about the act of making the list. When you’re intentional about the process, you get more out of it in the moment, and you have a better chance of actually getting the stuff on your list done.

Think about the day ahead. What do you absolutely need to do, and what can possibly wait? Assess the importance of your various tasks and try to list them with the most pressing ones first. Some people like to rank their lists in numerical order, but if the numbers make you nervous because they show you exactly how many things you have to do, leave ‘em off!!

Start with the Hard Stuff 

If nothing on your list is particularly time-sensitive, consider ordering tasks from most to least difficult. When you get the hard stuff out of the way first, everything else will feel that much easier to accomplish.

Remember that hard doesn’t always mean laborious when it comes to the stuff you need to get done. It could be a phone call you’ve been putting off because you’re worried it will be awkward, or making a dentist’s appointment even though you don’t love going to the dentist. (Who does?) Listing tough-for-you tasks first will prevent you from postponing them inevitably, and the sense of satisfaction you feel when you get them done will likely send you sailing right through the rest of your list.

Fuel Up, Wake Up

Before you dive into doing the stuff on your to-do list, you’ll want to give yourself a chance to perk up. This is why coffee is such a crucial component of the morning focus ritual. You can enjoy your morning cup while you make your list, and by the time you’re done you’ll be ready to face the day’s challenges.

To really put the “focus” in your focus ritual, consider swapping your plain old coffee for a cup of Wildcrafter’s Creative Genius blend. Creative Genius is made from organic 100% Arabica coffee as well as botanicals chosen for their ability to help you stay on task. These include:

  • Bacopa, which has been shown to improve mental function and promote a feeling of composed concentration*
  • Ashwagandha, an adaptogen that supports the body’s stress response and fosters mental calm*

When you choose Creative Genius over plain coffee, you’re adding thoughtful amounts of focus-boosting herbs to your morning ritual. These botanicals can be the difference between merely making it through the day and OWNING it. They really help you get in the zone.

Give Yourself a Minute

Once you’ve completed your list, take a few moments to center yourself. This pause gives you a signal that you’re done planning and ready to start getting things done — it’s a bridge between to-do and doing. Here are some transitioning techniques you can use to complete your morning focus ritual. 

  • Do a quick breathing exercise like the 4-7-8 method, where you breathe in for a count of four, hold the breath for a count of 7, and exhale for a count of eight.
  • Take a few whiffs of an energizing aromatherapy scent. Citrus oils like grapefruit and orange are uplifting, while peppermint helps clear the mind.
  • Do some yoga stretches to get your blood flowing. You only need ten minutes and five poses to prepare your body for a productive day.

Turn Your Routine into a Focus Ritual

You already have a morning routine, so why not take it to the next level by incorporating a focus ritual? When you set aside time to thoughtfully craft a daily to-do list and give your body the fuel it needs to power through the items on it, you’ll be able to find your focus and tackle the daily grind. Instead of starting your day feeling rushed and stressed, you’ll feel revitalized, refreshed, and ready to handle whatever life throws at you.

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