Increase Productivity Before 9AM With These Tips


By Takia McClendon

We've heard it before: you're not a morning person. If you want to be successful, rumor has it that being an early riser has its advantages. Although pressing the snooze button may seem more appeasing, starting your day 1 or maybe 2 hours earlier can be a great way to increase productivity throughout the rest of your day. Why so early? If you plan to toss new activities into your routine, you'll still need time to handle your usual tasks - shower, get the kids ready, commute, etc.

1. Meditate:

According to Andy Puddicombe of Headspace, "the great thing about your morning schedule is that you have time to do it (meditate)... Once the afternoon comes along and it gets very hectic, then any number of things can come along and bump it off the to-do list." So why meditate? There are a bunch of reasons, but here's a few...

  • Physical Benefits: Increases energy levels, reduces anxiety, lowers blood pressure

  • Mental Benefits: Increases creativity & happiness, helps you gain a "peace of mind"

How do you get started in meditation? We love Headspace's Take 10 Program. Click here to learn how it works. 

We also love the Zen Habits website.

2. Sweat: 

Did you know that exercising in the morning helps boost your metabolism? Start the day burning calories and get your endorphins going with a morning workout or run. By getting your workout in early, you won't be tempted to skip it when life gets hectic in the afternoon/evening. 

3. Eat breakfast (preferably with family, friends or coworkers): 

What's better than a tasty breakfast? A tasty breakfast with the ones you love most. Whether you're having a full meal or grabbing a cup of coffee, taking time to discuss your goals for the day, current events, etc. is a great way to put the day in perspective.

4. Listen to a podcast: 

Don't spend your morning scrolling or watching repeat news segments - trust us, the weather isn't going to change. Instead, throw on your favorite podcast to help get your ideas flowing for the rest of the day. Not familiar with podcasts? If you have an iPhone, you can easily access podcasts from your phone (there's also apps like Podomatic and Soundcloud). Search your app for topics that interest you - sports, science, fashion, food, etc. - and learn what professionals (and aspiring professionals) are saying about your favorite things.

  • Ted Radio Hour: If you love TED Talks, you'll love TED Radio Hour. Host Guy Raz sits down with some of TED's most inspiring speakers about creativity, health, technology, and more.

  • If you're not into listening to podcasts (which I won't believe), read this tips to unplug your commute to work: 8 Tips To Unplug Your Commute

Do you have your own early morning productivity tips you'd like to share? Let us know in the comments section!

Takia McClendon is the co-founder of City Fit Girls. She's a shoe expert and manager at a running store in Philadelphia and a Certified Level 1 USATF Coach. Follow her online at @takiamcclendon. 

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