Productivity Tip: 3 Must-Do Actions for a Productive Morning

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Image of a sunrise, photography by R. IsipDo you find it difficult to get ready and leave the house in the morning?

Are you always taking care of “one last thing” so much so you lose track of time?

Here are three tips to help you get ready and get on with your day.

Make a list of must-do morning activities.

It may sound like overkill to sit down and list out what you absolutely must do each and every morning, but creating a list can help solidify your priorities.

There’s nothing like seeing the facts listed out in plain sight…you might find you have a lot more going on than you thought!

What items must be taken care of each and every morning? Focus on completing these items and save others for later in the day.

Refrain from checking your cell phone and/or computer until you’ve bathed, dressed and eaten.

That’s right, no sneaking a peek at your emails or messages as soon as you wake up, while you’re getting dressed or eating. Now’s not the time to multitask; you’ll only slow down your process of getting ready.

Of course, if you absolutely must check items before you leave the house, check the time and set a timer for five or ten minutes to complete the task. When the timer goes off, it’s time to get on your way.

Practice task-awareness (or know what steals your attention).

Lastly, the best way to minimize distractions in the morning is to actually know what distracts you in the first place. Do you get distracted by morning television news segments or commercials? Do you find yourself attending to non-essential paperwork or mail? What about doing a quick round of dusting before you head out the door?

Practice being aware of what you are doing in the morning at any given time. Will your actions help you get out the door on time or will they slow down and hinder your efforts?

Now to you…does your morning routine always seem to get sidetracked? Have any ideas as to what the issue might be? Leave a comment below and join in the conversation!

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Rashelle Isip is a New York City-based professional organizer and productivity consultant who helps people get organized so they can stress less, have more fun, and be happier at home. Her work has been featured in Good Housekeeping, Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, Business Insider, and The Atlantic. Get access to her free guide, 10 Simple Ways to Make Your To-Do Lists More Effective, by clicking here.