Everyone can become a morning person. It may not happen immediately, but there is tremendous power in getting things done early in the morning. In fact, it’s one of the best ways to set yourself up for a productive day.
There is truth to the saying: “The early bird catches the worm.”
While many people dislike waking up early, you can use it to your advantage by getting more done and being more productive before anyone else has even hit the snooze button.
It may require building in some new habits, but the dedication to morning productivity will yield fantastic results.
Your Extremely Productive Day: 10 Things To Do Before 10 AM
For a long time I considered myself a night owl. I would stay up late, opting to get my important work done in the late hours of the night and into the early morning. It’s when I felt that I was at my most productive.
But I was wrong.
The times where I would wake up early in the morning and get right to work were times that I would focus much more clearly, communicate more concisely, have more energy, and get my work done more effectively.
I had always assumed that I was a night owl because it was convenient for my schedule. But the fact of the matter was that I was considerably more productive in the morning compared to the evening.
And ever since coming to that realization some years ago, I now exclusively work on all my important tasks in the morning and save my evenings for downtime and rest.
For me, having a productive day starts in the AM.
Now based on my story, am I trying to say that you too are meant to be more productive in the morning than at night?
Maybe, but everyone is different.
What works for me may work for you, but it also may not. Your productivity style is unique so you’ll have to experiment to find what works best.
That said though, if you haven’t tried working in the morning as opposed to the afternoon or evening, I recommend it. If anything just to see when you are at your most productive throughout the day. After all, it doesn’t hurt to try it out – especially when the upside is a huge boost of productivity.
But what’s the deal with productivity anyways? Why is it so important and why is having a productive day so critical?
Well, it all comes down to your time.
Why productivity matters
I believe that you can create your ideal life by fully utilizing your 24 hours each day. That by harnessing your time and by using it in a way that helps you progress, you can create the life you’ve always imagined for yourself.
One where you own your time. Where you wake up tomorrow and can decide to spend your day however you see fit.
Now, there’s a lot that goes into that process of mastering your time. There are key factors that need to all come together to make it happen. Factors like:
When you can do each pillar well, and together, you can utilize your time like never before. That’s why productivity is so important, because of what it allows you to do – more effectively use your time.
Your productive day
So you know why productivity is so important. But what about your mornings? Well, when it comes to having a productive day it all starts with what you do when you wake up.
Because how you spend your morning will directly impact how the rest of your day goes.
If you wake up in a rush, get to work in a rush, get to your meetings in a rush, race to the gym in a rush, and get home in a rush, you’ll be rushed. And that’s fine in small doses, but you don’t want to live each day that way. You’ll burn out.
But instead, if you:
- Wake up and go through a deliberate routine
- Spend your morning in a calm fashion with your family
- Intentionally go to the gym before heading to the office, school, or airport
- And open your laptop with a thoughtful plan of attack
You will be so much more productive in each step of your day. So much more prepared and focused to tackle whatever problems try to knock you off course.
That’s why your mornings are so important – because they set you up for the rest of your day.
So don’t neglect them!
Use them to your advantage to help you be more productive and own your time. Use the tips below to help you start your mornings off right and set you up to have an extremely productive day.
1. Go to bed earlier
Want the recipe for a productive day? Here’s ingredient number 1 – go to bed earlier. Many people discount the power of sleep, but it is absolutely critical to being productive.
On one hand, lack of sleep can impair your ability to be productive and make clear decisions. And on the other hand, getting enough sleep will help you see problems with focus and intention.
The decision is easy. Get more sleep!
Instead of staying up late, try and get to bed earlier. Aim for more sleep so that you wake up refreshed, clear, and laser-focused as you go about your day.
Bed time troubles
This is a problem that I struggled with for a long time – staying up late and getting less sleep than I’d like.
To help me break the bad habit, I actually employed the use of a book to assist me in changing things up. The book was The Power of Habit.
After reading it, I went on a habit-changing-rampage. And since then, I’ve successfully transformed my habit from staying up late to now going to bed early, among others that I’ve successfully changed as well.
If you want to take a look at the book, I can provide an affiliate link for it. The link doesn’t change the price or product in anyway. If you make a purchase using that link though, I get a small commission to help keep this site running.
I will say though, affiliate link or not, this book has positively impacted my life and I recommend you check it out.
Here is the link for The Power of Habit.
Or if you’re on the lookout for other great books to pick up, I recommend these time management books.
2. Wake up earlier for a productive day
Tim Cook (Apple) wakes up at 3:45AM to exercise, grab coffee, and check his email.
Elon Musk (SpaceX, Tesla) wakes up at 7AM and begins his day by working on critical emails, getting his kids to school, and then heading into the office.
Jeff Bezos (Amazon) makes sure that he gets at least 8 hours of sleep and then starts his day by reading the newspaper while exercising at his treadmill around 7AM or 8AM.
See a pattern here?
Waking up early, especially if you’re getting enough sleep, allows you to focus on your priority tasks before other distractions and commitments start pulling at your attention. But just because you wake up earlier doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll be more productive. To make that happen you need to have a plan for your time.
If you’re looking for ideas, I recommend these productive things to do.
3. Avoid the snooze button
If you find yourself hitting the snooze button multiple times, you are not getting enough sleep. In that case, see number 1 above.
Or if you hit snooze because you like laying in bed, do yourself a favor and place your phone or alarm on the other side of the room so that you have to get up to turn it off.
Why is the snooze button so bad? Well, see it as a function of time. Whenever you hit snooze, you lose that many minutes.
So if you avoid getting up by 15 minutes every day, you’re missing out on time that could be used for something productive (ie. working towards your goals).
This is one of those lesser-known steps to a productive day, but once you realize how the time adds up, you’ll really start to notice the difference.
4. Set intentions for your productive day
One of the best ways to be productive is to be intentional with your time. And one great way to do that is by planning out your day.
Whether that is planning it out the night before or right when you wake up, planning your day will allow you to use your time wisely and focus on the task at hand.
Your days will feel calmer and you’ll be more effective as you go through your tasks because you will have taken the time to be deliberate with your schedule.
For more ideas on that, here’s how to be productive.
When you sleep, your muscles stiffen due to lack of activity. When you wake up, stretch to get your blood flowing again.
Elongate those muscles and feel great as you start your day.
If you have some extra time, yoga is an awesome way to stretch out. With that in mind, there are dozens of apps and YouTube channels that will guide you for free.
Bonus: Exercise of any kind in the morning is another great way to kickstart your day and send you off feeling energized and productive.
6. Eat breakfast for a productive day
There is no better way to express some self-love than by enjoying a nourishing meal. After all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
It doesn’t need to be fancy, it just needs to be nourishing. In turn, your body will turn that meal into energy that will keep you going strong as your day progresses.
Overall, it’s a great way to set yourself up for a productive day.
Some people claim breakfast doesn’t work for them, but I’ve always found it to be useful. It might just be one of those things that you’ll have to experiment with to find if it works for you.
7. Focus, focus, focus
Many people respond to email while at home cooking breakfast or getting dressed. But that’s not efficient and multitasking doesn’t work.
Instead, if you are at home, focus on your tasks at home – like making breakfast for your family or spending some much needed me-time.
When you get to the office, then do office stuff.
If you really have to respond to an email, make sure you are sitting down and doing just that. Otherwise, you are limiting your ability to properly focus and complete the task in front of you.
If distraction and focus are two things you struggle with, give the Pomodoro technique a try.
8. Get your clothes ready beforehand
Here’s an easy way to set yourself up for a productive day – get your clothes ready the night before. Instead of scrambling to put on clothes in the morning, take some time to plan them out before going to bed.
It will help to reduce decision fatigue and will allow you to be more deliberate with your clothing choices.
Plus, your mornings will feel more peaceful and less rushed because you will have already decided on your outfit for the day.
Starting your morning with meditation is a great way to bring peace and balance to your day. In turn, it can help improve concentration, reduce stress levels, and increase your overall feeling of calmness.
By spending just 10-15 minutes in the morning to meditate, you will be able to go through your day feeling more grounded and relaxed.
Similar to yoga, there are numerous free apps and YouTube channels that will guide you through simple meditation practices.
10. Eat the frog for a productive day
Coined by Brian Tracy, “Eating the frog” means to do your most important task first before attempting anything else.
There’s no point in just sitting and looking at the frog. You know you have to eat it. And because it won’t be enjoyable you might as well get it over with quickly. So get to it.
It’s kind of a weird story, but it makes a good point. If you have a daunting task to work on, don’t wait around procrastinating. Start working on it and watch how that momentum turns the rest of your day into a productive day.
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Moving forward with your productive day
Use this list as inspiration to supercharge your mornings and build out your productive day schedule. Don’t expect to do all of them at once though.
Instead, experiment to see which tactics work best for you.
Spend some time trying out the various methods. Keep track of your results, implement the changes into your life, keep learning, and watch your productivity and effectiveness continuously grow.