7 Morning Habits to Boost Your Productivity in the AM

May 2, 2016
Oliver Stahl

At Tribe we’re all about productivity and fine tuning ourselves to become more efficient and GTD! Big things, little things, we’re always on the lookout for ways to optimize what’s already there. That’s why we thought it might be fun to share some of the things we do every morning with our readers to help everyone get more out of those early hours of everyone’s day.


Here are 7 ways to make your mornings more productive:

  1. Wake up and sit at the edge of your bed for 1 minute and meditate. By doing this you can quickly center yourself for your day. Trust me, take a minute and slow yourself down before you rev yourself up for the day. Think about it, there’s a reason NASCAR drivers don’t just take the car from 0-200mph on the first lap out…
  2. Do the most time-consuming bathroom activity first, everything else will feel fast after. For me it’s showering, usually takes me 10-15 minutes and after that its all downhill with everything else taking me a minute or two. Gives me a nice mental boost as I progressively do more stuff, faster as I continue to prepare.
  3. Look up the weather before leaving the house. In the past, listening to the weather reports was as effective as asking a tarot card reader what you were in a past life. Take a minute to pull up the weather and prepare for the day. Consider this, if you took 1 minute to look up the weather and it saves you 1 minute from being rained on because you remembered your umbrella, is it worth it?
  4. Use your commute to get ahead on the day. Don’t waste your time listening to brain draining Top-40’s hits on the way into the office. Throw on an industry-related podcast or radio, then use the tidbits of info you pick up to be a step ahead when you get to work.

  5. Don’t use your for phone for the first 20 minutes of every morning. There is new phenomenon that’s happening: We wake up and first thing we do is check our phones for updates / communications. That’s fine, but it’s when we sleepily respond only to realize later we called the other person the wrong name or misspoke. Do yourself a favor and fully wake-up before responding to anyone.
  6. Don’t overthink your outfit. This can become a huge time waste and can kill mornings. Make fast decisions about what you’re going to wear. If you have trouble with this, then lay out clothes the night before. What you wear affects how people perceive you, but trust me they won’t change what they think of you based on the shade of blue you want to wear.
  7. Use a to-do list or calendar to get an overview of your day. Being able to get focused is critical during these morning hours. You can waste mornings thinking about everything you need to do or start knocking things off your to-do list. Consider using something like Tribe to lay out work to fully see your objectives.

Hopefully one of these new habits makes its way into your morning routine. I can tell you that I am definitively not a morning person. I depend on following these steps to help prepare myself well for the day. So get out there, have a great morning and as Michael Scott once said, “The early worm gets the worm!

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