5 Habits Seriously Productive People Do In The Mornings
Besides a brewing up a hot cup of Joe, there are a few extra habits the most productive people you know do. There is a secret sauce for getting work done in a timely, efficient manner, and it all starts with how you treat your mornings. Want to become a seriously productive person? Read on:
1. Control Your Mind
Waking up on the right side of the bed doesn’t always happen on its own, but that doesn’t have to set the tone for the day. Mentally strong people are able to choose their attitudes. Seriously productive people have a positive, productive mentality. If you wake up with the assumption your day will be stressful, overloaded, and a waste of time… then it will be! Kill the sour attitude and train your mind to think positively. Encourage yourself and say, “Today is going to be AN AWESOME day!”
2. Eat A Healthy Breakfast
Eating a healthy breakfast in the mornings will kick-start your metabolism, wake up your body, and provide you with the energy you need to kick some corporate tail. After a long night of sleep, your body is starving. Even if it’s just a small bite, eat something to improve brain function.
3. Make A List
People who get stuff done are organized and methodical. I can guarantee you at 95% of highly productive people make a daily to-do list. Write down all the responsibilities you have for the day and week ahead. Prioritize tasks and form a plan of attack. As you complete items, cross them off. Actually seeing your list items crossed off will make you feel motivated, productive, and encouraged to keep pushing through and getting work done!
4. Notification Zero
If you’ve been in the professional world for any given time, I’m pretty sure you’ve hear of “Inbox Zero”—where your email is constantly maintained and there are no messages in your inbox. Well, productive people practice “Notification Zero”. The secret? Silence your phone/social media and put them away while you work. This way there are zero notifications to disrupt your flow. It’s very easy to succumb to the allure of scrolling Twitter and Instagram until your thumb is borderline numb. Unless you’re a social media professional, this doesn’t help you efficiently complete work.
5. Reward Yourself
I’m a big believer in rewarding yourself. Set mini goals for your day and when you accomplish them, treat yourself. If you’re a writer, make a goal to write 2 blogs within a certain time frame, then go on a walk outside for 10 minutes. Maybe you want to leave the office to go buy something you need… tell yourself if you complete an important task, and then you can go. Treat little things like this as a reward for extra motivation and productivity.
Denis Coleman is the founder and CEO of Work Compass, a cloud staff performance collaboration software platform that helps teams align their efforts with strategic goals and continuously improve performance. Frustrated with the disconnect between strategy setting and day to day execution and the lack of tools available to managers to help them be great at their most important function …. Aligning their teams activities with strategic goals and actively managing for high performance Denis spent over 5 years researching strategy execution and performance management practices before founding Work Compass to create a software solution. Denis has held senior roles in Ireland, Czech Republic and North America with high performing electronics manufacturing and professional services organisations for more than 12 years. Denis has worked as Finance Director responsible for €800 million in annual revenues for Flextronics International, Key Account Manager responsible for annual revenues of more than €600 million for Dovatron International and Management Consultant for BDO one of Europe’s most successful professional services providers.