How to Become More Productive in the Morning

woman sleeping in bed

I made a post about becoming more productive at home and now realize how to become more productive in the morning is a BIG PROBLEM for many people.

I finally read a book called the 5am Miracle, which helped me realize that getting up at a certain hour of the day can change everything when it comes to your daily productivity.

Early Risers Are Less Distracted

Think about it. If you can rise around 5 am, who else is up at that time? Not many others. Just by getting up earlier than most people, you are already ahead of the game. Why? Because you can immediately start getting an important task done before the phone starts ringing or emails start flooding your inbox.

In addition, your mind isn’t cluttered yet with daily activities. Your mind is free to concentrate on something immediately. I recommend working on something very important as soon as you wake up because this may be your most productive part of the day.

Complete a Task Immediately Upon Waking Up

Here’s a secret. Try working on an important task as soon as you roll out of bed. Don’t eat, don’t exercise, and don’t meditate. If you can immediately get something significant finished when you roll out of bed, you will already have momentum and a sense of accomplishment.

This will provide motivation for the rest of your day.

Meditation or Prayer in the Morning

When you sit in silence, you are allowing creativity to bubble up from your depths.

Silent time in the morning helps clarify and simplify your course forward. Life is not as intimidating after you pray or meditate.

This helps you become more productive because you are less likely to procrastinate if you are serene and present.

Exercise in the Morning Provides Energy

I do a 4 minute workout, which you can find here.

Perhaps, you could take a 30 minute walk or run around the neighborhood? Studies show that people who exercise early also workout consistently.  For you, how to become more productive in the morning may just be about getting an early workout.

Once you get the blood flowing early, you will find it much easier to get things done efficiently in the morning. Doing any kind of aerobic activity changes your chemical composition. It boosts tryptophan in the brain, which aides in the production of serotonin.

A Green Smoothie in the Morning

For years, I’ve been drinking a simple green smoothie in the morning. This provides super nutrients on an empty stomach after sleeping for hours. This and water are the best items you can consume in the morning upon waking up.

My recipe is simple: a little unsweetened almond milk, some frozen organic blueberries, a quarter of banana, and fill the rest of the blender with organic kale or spinach. That’s it. Talk about an energy boost!

Write Down Your Daily Goals and Learn How to Become More Productive in the Morning

Before you go to bed, write down your daily goals for the next day. This is a powerful habit because it eliminates confusion upon waking up.

You wake up and simply look at your list to get started immediately. Otherwise, you could spend a lot of extra thought trying to decide what direction to take for the day.

You can prioritize these tasks quickly the day before and have a “ready” to-do list upon waking up.

In addition, there is another benefit to preparing your daily tasks for the next day. Solutions to your current tasks may come to you while you sleep. The subconscious works on items you are thinking about as you fall asleep.

This list should help answer how to become more productive in the morning. Out of the many methods I’ve tested during morning time, I find these some of the most productive methods.

You may need to juggle the order of these items or experiment with other routines before you find a sweet spot for morning productivity.

There are some people who accomplish more in a couple of morning hours than average people accomplish in a whole day!

This is your time to attack priorities and launch yourself for the rest of the day. Let me know if you have any other tips, which work for you.

8 Ways to Become More Productive Working at Home

girl working on laptop

Here are 8 ways you can become more productive working at home. I use these techniques all the time. You need to stay cognizant of outside and inner distractions, which are trying to derail from succeeding at the most important things in life. Working from home can be an amazingly productive time if you set the right conditions and don’t allow yourself to be overcome by the myriad of outside influences fighting for the attention of your eyeballs and ears!

1. Clear the Clutter from Your Desk

You physical work environment should be very comfortable and clutter free when you begin to work.  Louise Hay reminded me that a cluttered home or work environment is a sign of a cluttered mind. You need space to relax and focus on the most important work items in your life.

2. Surround Yourself with Beauty

Studies are showing, unsurprisingly, that our surrounding environment has a direct impact on our inner state and ability to concentrate when at work. How does your workspace currently present itself? What colors make you comfortable? Do you like being around plants? These are just a few points to consider when designing your work environment.

3. Classical or Ambient Music can Help you Concentrate

I use the Focus@Will app to play music, which has scientifically been proven to help concentration levels. People with ADHD have been tested to see, which sounds and music help them focus and these have been incorporated into the Focus@Will app. Baroque classical music has long been known to help people focus and get tasks completed.

4. Get a Pair of Noise Cancelling Headphones

These Sony Headphones are one of the best purchases I’ve ever made for myself. I was initially hesitant about paying around 350.00 for headphones, but now I’ve shown them to all of my family and friends. Imagine yourself being in a coffee shop with your computer and pushing a button on your headphone that cancels out surrounding noise. It is amazing! This is especially true if you’re very sensitive to noise like I am.

5. Simplify your Task List

Distractions at home can be prevalent so make sure your task list isn’t too long or your may not get started on anything! Work on simplifying to 5 tasks or less when deciding what to do for the day. Remember, it’s o.k. to only complete one task as long as that one task is truly important and gets you closer to your goal.

6. Turn Over Your Cell Phone and Silence It

When you around about to perform a task like answering email or calling a customer, silence your cell phone and turn it over so you don’t even see the screen. Remember there are many forces of advertising that are working through your cell phone to keep you distracted from YOUR life goals. Your phone can prevent you from achieving great things in life. It is a TOOL that YOU need to control. Don’t let it control you. Turn it off and put it away once you start on your tasks and practice not looking at it for longer periods of time.

7. Take a Walk During Your Break

While working from home, take advantage of your neighborhood and get a 30 minute walk or exercise period after a main task is completed. Your walk is your reward for completing a task. This bit of exercise will rejuvenate you and give you a pep to continue working when you arrive back at home.

8. Start Work Immediately When Awaking

This might be the most impactful tip on this list to become more productive from home. When you awake, don’t meditate, pray, or exercise. Try to immediately go to your desk and complete one important task. Tell yourself that your reward for completing this task is your normal morning routine such as eating, praying, meditating, or working out. Just imagine how much more you will accomplish when starting something important the second you get out of bed. This is a habit in process that ensures you become a productivity machine by completing tasks FIRST and then rewarding yourself later.  Becoming more productive in the morning is a huge benefit!  Try it and let me know!

Hopefully these techniques can help you become a productivity machines while working from home or anywhere such as a coffee shop or a cruise ship!

7 Ways to Prioritize Your Life

schedule words in collageThere simply is not enough time to get everything done. You may have been fooling yourself most of your life by pretending that it’s possible to get everything done, but we must get clear on reality.

How do you know what to prioritize when you simultaneously understand that everything will not get done? You can establish a willingness to let go of unnecessary baggage in life. Every day, successful people practice the art of letting go. This is key if you want to become efficient reaching your goals.

1. Set Your Grandest Goals

What are the main goals for your life? Would you like to have children, become a millionaire, own a business, or become a spiritual teacher? You must know your main life goals, which can take years to achieve. Once you have this, you can start taking baby steps every day towards those goals. These goals should make you feel excited when you think about them…and you SHOULD think about your goals every day. By now, you probably understand the power behind the subconscious mind and how it produces much of our reality.

2. Stop Putting Everyone Else First

If you don’t take care of yourself first, you can’t help others efficiently. It is not selfish to take care of yourself and love yourself. Contrarily, it’s a necessity if you want to serve others. You may need to get professional help or join a support group if you’ve been a caretaker your whole life and want to establish a new pattern of giving yourself equal care.

3. Learn to Say No

Once you’ve established your clear life goals, now you can learn to say no to everything else. Parry away those incoming distractions and regain focus on your established goals or priorities. Saying “no” is a learned skill. Also, remember it is “how” you say it, but not necessarily “what” you say. You can say “no” to family and friends in a compassionate way that allows you to maintain relationships while staying focused.

4. Find Activities to Stop

Take an inventory of your daily activities. Which ones can you “stop” because they do not align under your few established life goals? Remember, any activity that doesn’t align with your established life priorities is a distraction and should be eliminated. Beware of the wandering mind! It loves distraction.

5. Clearing Clutter

Take 5 minutes per day to walk around your home and declutter. Put things away as much as possible. A cluttered home is the manifestation of a cluttered mind. Keeping your space somewhat neat and orderly helps you stay focused on your primary goals. This is especially true if you have a desk or workspace. Try to keep that work surface clear and organized especially in the morning when you begin your work.

6. Simplify, Simplify, Simplify

Henry David Thoreau once said, “simplify, simplify, simplify” and this quote is often present inside when I’m trying to become more efficient and aligned towards my life goals. Can you simplify your email accounts? Can you digitize your paperwork? Can you cut down on the amount of furniture you own? Studies show some of the happiest people on Earth own very little material items.

7. Meditate or Spend Time in Silence

When I spend a few minutes each day in prayer and silent meditation, I finish the sessions with a vision consisting of more clarity and less anxiety. I naturally see the next step in my journey more easily. Previous to meditation, I became confused more easily and held less confidence regarding my next steps in life.

These are seven steps that should give you a beginning towards a more conscious life pregnant with your loftiest dreams and exciting steps along the way. Most people do not have clear priorities in life, which have been established after careful consideration. Journal your main goals in life. Brainstorm this subject and you will be way ahead of most people on the planet.