If you have an iPad you’re probably obsessed with it and are always looking for new tips, tools, and apps. You might be used to using your iPad for things like watching Netflix or browsing online but surprisingly, your iPad is the ideal tool to add into your morning routine. Plus, by using your iPad you can essentially store everything that you need for your morning (or evening) routine in one place so that you can be more productive and focused.
Here are 5 ways you can incorporate your iPad into your morning routine.
Listen to a podcast or watch YouTube while getting ready for the day or eating breakfast
If you’re wondering how to use iPad for productivity, start by filling up your small pockets of time in your morning routine. For example, this is the perfect time to listen to those podcasts that you never seem to have enough time for. I like to start a podcast or YouTube video while I’m getting dressed, doing my skincare, making breakfast, drinking my coffee, and running through my plan for the day. When you add up all of these little time slots, you can probably listen to at least 30 minutes or an hour of a podcast on your iPad.
Keep a digital morning routine checklist
Until your morning routine is completely ingrained in your mind, it’s helpful to have a checklist to follow to make sure that you do everything you want to get done. Maybe you’re wondering how to set up a daily routine on iPhone or iPad. Well, using a digital planner on your iPad like the Flourish To-Do List is an easy way to make this happen. Or, you could also use the Habit Tracker template in the 2022 Yearly Digital Planner. This way you can also start the day with a sense of accomplishment as you mark each item off as you complete it. If you’re starting your morning routine from scratch you might enjoy activities like a quick workout, meditation, journaling, or reading. Remember that your morning routine is completely flexible so find what works best for you and your schedule.
Try out the 5 minute morning journal
In the past, I struggled to stick with my morning routines because they seemed to have so many moving parts. I had a paper planner, a physical book to read, a journal, a notebook for affirmations, and the list goes on and on. When you can consolidate everything that you need in one place (your iPad) it just simplifies the whole process. Plus, the easier and more convenient something is, the more likely you are to follow through with it. If you haven’t tried it yet, the 5 Minute Morning Journal is a helpful way to start your morning on the right foot. By doing this you’ll begin the morning with what you’re grateful for and think about what you want to take action on and accomplish. Then, you’ll end with a short brain dump to get everything out of your mind and onto the digital page. You’ll love doing this with a cup of coffee or tea!
Zen out for a few minutes with a mindfulness app
Now, once you’ve had your coffee and finished your 5 minute morning journal, you can take 5, 10, 15, or however long you have to meditate. Apps like Headspace, Insight Timer, and Calm make meditation convenient and enjoyable. You’ll have dozens or sometimes even hundreds of choices available to you so that you can tailor your meditation to whatever you’re currently experiencing in life. While it might feel uncomfortable at first, give it some time and before long it will be a part of your morning that you won’t want to go without. And if you use the free version Headspace is a great app for daily routine use. You can start with a free trial and if you like it, you can get the premium version. Also, if you’re a student make sure to take advantage of the substantial student discount.
Listen to a book on Audible or read on the Kindle app
Reading in the morning is one of my favorite ways to wake up. I typically read non-fiction in the morning when I’m more alert and then fiction at night before bed. Even if it’s only 5 minutes, reading is such a good way to learn something new, think creatively, or just take a few minutes to zone out from your reality. And, just like with everything that we’ve talked about, reading (or listening) from your iPad couldn’t get more convenient. You’ll also find that Kindle books tend to be less expensive than paper books and you don’t have to worry about filling your home up with books that you might only read once. If you’re looking for book ideas, make sure to check out our recent post on 5 Books to Help You Increase Your Productivity This Year.
Now that you have a few ideas for inspiration, do some brainstorming of your own! What would your ideal morning routine look like? And, could you keep everything that you need for your routine right on your iPad to make things even more convenient? I know that your morning time is precious and it probably feels like there’s never enough time, I get it. But, think for a minute about who you want to become a year or two from now? What about your health, personal growth, and happiness? What habits and routines could you build into your morning to bring you closer to your ideal version of yourself?