Six Ways to Boost Your Productivity in the Morning

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A few positive habits can make a big difference in your life. Check out six easy tips for upping your productivity in the morning.

  1. Rise and shine with sunshine. Increasing your productivity in the morning starts with a good night’s sleep. Studies have shown that exposure to natural light can improve sleep quality and provide health benefits. Enjoy a more restful night by avoiding artificial light and sleeping near natural sunlight. Sunlight can also help you wake up naturally in the morning time.
  1. Start your day early. Start your day your way, before heading to the office and diving into e-mails, phone calls and meetings. Wake up early and use that extra time for reading, journaling, meditating, enjoying your family or working on a passion project. Early morning hours will be under your control, helping you focus on things you’re passionate about.
  1. Jot down things you’re grateful for. Focusing on gratitude first thing in the morning can give you a positive outlook for the rest of your day. Jot down a list of some of the people, places and experiences you’re thankful for. Then consider future things you’re excited about. Having a grateful attitude can make you a happier and more productive person.
  1. Make your bed. This daily habit may seem like it wouldn’t make a difference in your day, but making your bed every morning can help improve your productivity. It gives you a sense of achievement, which leads to more good habits. And before you know it, this small task will result in checking task after task off of your to-do list.
  1. Wake up and work out. Begin your day with a pre-breakfast workout. Working out can increase productivity while releasing endorphins and reducing your stress level. Try Pilates, jogging outside or going for a quick bike ride. Looking to stay fit inside? Go online and choose a free workout video that suits your fitness personality.
  1. Plan ahead. Use the morning to think ahead. Plan out your week or month and think of strategies for getting those tasks done. It’s a great way to improve your time-management skills, plus you’ll be able to better handle tasks once you get to them.

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