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5 Morning Rituals to Boost Your Productivity

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January 03, 2019
The following is from an article on Inc.

5 Morning Rituals to Boost Your Productivity
 

The morning ritual that really counts starts at the office

You arrive at the office and, as if on cue, distractions start to pile up, fires need to be put out, customer complaints come in, and needy co-workers buzz around your desk asking for (demanding?) things, like, pronto. It's not even 9 a.m., and you're ready for a lunch break.

If that sounds familiar, psychologist Melissa Gratias, an expert in all things productivity, recently wrote about a morning ritual she recommends you follow the moment you sit down at your desk. According to her blog, this is the way to master your morning:

1. Follow a predictable routine.

Map out the first 30 to 60 minutes of your day. What do you need to do to start the day well and how much time should you allocate to each task?

2. Avoid jumping into email.

Once you open your inbox, you may be sucked into a whirlpool of others' needs. Do this last.

3. Minimize interruptions.

Mute your phone and make sure your email notifications are off. Schedule morning huddles rather than interrupting others.

4. Include productive tasks.

Your "opening ritual" is a time to look at your calendar for the next few days, update your to-do list, note your top priorities for the day, clear off your desk, do some stretches, etc. Avoid tasks that steal your productivity or that of others.

5. Use self-imposed rewards.

If it is hard for you to stay on track with your morning ritual, choose some self-administered rewards for performing the less pleasant tasks. Maybe you use your favorite coffee creamer only when you've finished your opening ritual.

To read the full article: https://www.inc.com/marcel-schwantes/5-morning-rituals-to-boost-your-productivity.html?cid=sf01001&sr_share=twitter