5 Steps To An INSANELY Productive Morning

I would consider “morning hours” the first two hours after waking up. The average person will experience approximately 50,000 of these hours in their adult life.

While many of us use this time to ease into our day, I've developed the ability to turn these hours into productivity machines.

Remember, the goal of productivity is freedom, not achievement. It's to manage your time so effectively you are able to spend your remaining hours doing the things you truly love. Things that are not meant to be efficient, but organic.

Furthermore, it's my belief that our time is our most important asset. You can't make more of it. It's always running out. And it's the basis of all great memories.

Here are my : 5 Steps to An Insanely Productive Morning

1. 10 Minutes of Preparation Before Bed: I get to bed between 10:30-Midnight 7 days per week. But before I hit the pillow, I write down the following day's tasks. I don't use an app, I use a simple notebook. First, I add the date and everything I can think of (including items I didn't finish from the previous task list). Next, I add numbers next to each item to represent importance. #1 being the most critical and so forth. Then, lights out. No T.V. and no phone.

2. 10 Minutes of Stretching: From the moment I wake up, it's game time. But that doesn't mean I jump directly into Instagram or email. I get up and go through a basic stretching routine right on the floor next to my bed. I focus on my breathing and often times spend a few minutes talking to God. Then I walk to my phone, and start the day.

3. Reward Yourself With Food: The #1 item on my list is always a beast. It's the task I don't really feel like doing––especially 10 minutes after I've woken up. But I do it. Because if I don't, I can't eat. You heard that right. I don't allow myself breakfast until I finish my first task. Sometimes it takes me 15 minutes, sometimes an hour. But I crush through it and then make myself a healthy meal.

4. Quick, Healthy Meal: When productivity is the goal, there is no time for a 30 min breakfast. But at the same token, success is nothing without your health. So I've stocked up on organic items that take less than 5 minutes to prepare––bananas, organic oatmeal, egg whites, and granola bars. I eat while focusing on the next item on my list.

5. Power Window of Quiet, Focus Time: I spend the remaining 30-60 minutes of my morning in a quiet place where I can focus. No interruptions. Phone goes on airplane mode. Email is not a priority unless it's on my list. This is where I often crush through 2-3 more critical items for the day. Then, I take my first 30 minute break.

It's important to note, I stop working completely at 6pm. No matter what. No matter how important it may be. Work stops at SIX. It allows me to look back at the day's hustle and shift my focus toward my wife and daughter. It's at this moment where I think, “it was all worth it.”

Productivity without healthy relationships is nothing. Success at work without a strong home life is nothing. Let your time be used for great things, but never get too busy making a living that you forget to make a life.

What helps you have a productive morning? Share your tips with me in the comments below.

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54 Responses

  1. I’ve been using my journal to plan out my day for about a month now, and it really makes a difference. It gets me excited for the day ahead, knowing there’s so much I can have done by the end of it.

  2. I love the part you talk to GOD,many people don’t do this (or ashame to admit it, except he’s a preacher)… Bless you! 🙂

  3. knowing the purpose for what I am doing helps me keep on focus. A few moments to rest and align myself with why I am doing what I am doing helps me stay calm.

  4. I have a routine that works for me: The first hour I do 10 Min meditation (headspace app), write my morning pages (Julia Cameron), track my mood (moodscope) and then sit at my computer for a moment to look at (and tweak) my schedule and to do list. My to do list is a “Getthing things done” system (by David Allen) implemented into Evernote.

    After that hour is up I do the most important task of my day (most of the time work related) FIRST. I am a freelance teacher, working from home when not teaching. I very consciously DON’T eat, I do intermittent fasting (eating between 12.00 and 20.00). I work far better and am more energetic if I don’t have my digestive system making me sluggish (I eat mostly plant based and quite healthily).

  5. I really like the idea of stretching first, and taking a warm bath or shower before-hand makes stretching easier for me. I like the idea of doing the #1 item on the list first before
    eating; I will need to have my hot tea to accompany me on the first task. I like the idea of stocking up with organic breakfast items and rewarding self with food! I like making a protein shake with banana and another fruit (mango, strawberry, blueberry or peach) supplemented
    with a scoop of a flaxseed/psyllium mix as well as two tablespoons of aloe vera juice. If I want something warm, I like oatmeal with cinnamon, nuts and raisins with a tablespoon of wheatgerm (no sugar or milk).

  6. Thanks Dale. Much to not and copy. My to do list is often in my head and I always do first the things I like most, meaning that the things that get left behind are important but then become a drag on me. will use the notebook and pencil and try to tackle first what I least like to do.

  7. I’ve recently added stretching/meditation to my mornings and it really does help add focus to my day. Happy to know you feel the same way and practice this also!

  8. This is fantastic! What are your thought for those of us who work really well late at night? My most productive hours are between 9 am – 2 pm. I usually sleep til mid-morning and then get a start on my day.

  9. Way to go DALE. positive thinking is Gods way. Talking to him helps, & he always will listen. ; ) thumbs up.!

  10. This is so helpful, I am always my most productive (on my blog) in the morning because I am busy with other things the rest of the day. I’m definitely going to do this!!

  11. My preparation consists of meal planning, getting the things I need for the morning ready the night before and getting up early. I always start the day with a brisk early morning five mile walk too. Best way to get going and lovely experiencing the sun rise every day ????

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