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How to be Productive in the Morning

Serghiy
May 14, 2019

Do you hate mornings? Do you not enjoy the fresh morning air, the chirping of birds and the bright sun? Unfortunately, our society is geared towards “larks” (early risers) and you need to be creative, productive and fresh in the morning. What to do? I have few ways to wake up your muse and start your projects right in the morning.

When do you need to get up? Wake up an hour earlier than that.

If you don’t like the morning, you are familiar with the 10 minute alarm snooze, and then another 10 minutes. As a result, you only have time to brush your teeth in a hurry, drink a cup of coffee and jump out the door.

Try to set the alarm one hour earlier and place it so far away that it cannot be turned off without getting out of bed. One hour of sleep, interrupted by constant awakenings, will not do any good. If you get up an hour earlier, it will give you time to wake up.

By getting up earlier, you will not get a daily portion of morning stress from rushing and arriving late.

Coffee & tea

Frequently, new studies are published confirming the natural benefits of coffee. This drink helps you to wake up, improves mood and reaction, and stimulates memory. If you want a gentler invigorating effect, you can drink a cup of green tea. It also contains caffeine, but unlike strong coffee, it is not a blow to the nervous system, but soft stimulation and a cheerful mood for the day.

Write by hand

On one hand, it seems strange that in our age of high technology, when the preservation of ideas takes a couple of seconds, some people still sell, and even buy paper diaries and notebooks.

Against the background of an abundance of gadgets and applications, it seems that writing by hand is an archaic act, like walking with a cane. In fact, writing by hand improves memory, helps to better capture ideas and save them anyway, even if you break or lose your devices.

Make a schedule and stick to it

It would be great if creative individuals could work quietly, lounging on the couch and waiting for inspiration. But in our harsh world, most creative professions are tight deadlines, overdue projects, crazy customers, and constantly distracting factors.

Therefore, it is better to make yourself a list of tasks, to arrange them in importance and perform in order of priority. If you do this in the morning (manually or not), you can tune in to execution. So to say, concentrate your mental energy on those projects & tasks that are waiting for your attention.

I recommend very helpful technique to keep it called Getting Things Done (GTD) by David Alan.

Take breaks

It is necessary to make short pauses during the day. Periodically break away from the screen for at least 15 minutes.

Different options are possible here, for example, I use the Pomodoro technique: I arrange small five-minute warm-ups every 25 minutes and a break for 15 minutes every 2 hours.

Minimise the effects of external stimuli

A consistent environment has the best effect on performance, which improves the concentration of the programmer. I have some simple recommendations:

  • Disable notifications in chrome, gmail, facebook, etc.
  • Turn off the sound on your phone and turn it over.
  • Make it difficult for yourself to enter the social network

If you follow at least half of what is written above, your productivity will increase severalfold. Personally, I try to do everything exactly as I described, and I'm happy to say that I do not suffer from lack of time or excessive idleness.

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