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9 Productivity Mistakes You’re Making Each Morning

9 Productivity Mistakes You’re Making Each Morning

Studies show that mornings count when it comes to being successful. But are you guilty of wasting some of the most crucial minutes of our day checking social media or grabbing a coffee? There are a number of things you’re probably doing every morning that are actually hindering your productivity.

If you’re an avid coffee drinker, you might be surprised to find out that drinking coffee between 8 and 10 a.m can make you more stressed throughout the day. That’s because caffeine early in the morning interferes with the time that the stress hormone, cortisol, is peaking in your body. It’s best to get your fix between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Not all of the mistakes we all make in the first 10 minutes of the day are caused by procrastination. In fact getting on with our work in the wrong way can have a negative an impact on our productivity. Checking your work emails first thing is a common mistake. New York University’s Adam Alter says that it takes an average of 25 minutes to get back to being most productive after you’ve checked your emails.

9 Productivity Mistakes You’re Making in the First 10 Minutes of Your Work Day, courtesy of Resume.io

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35 Productivity Habits

35 Productivity Habits

Tech

  • Limit email replies to one per minute
  • If you can’t understand what an email asks, don’t answer
  • Tune out the news. Nothing important happens, most of the time.
  • Do not answer the phone, unless it’s a true emergency. (Emergencies are rare)
  • Use keyboard shortcuts.

Clothes

  • Define your fashion uniform.
  • Wear it daily.
  • Wear smart fabrics.
  • Carry an all-occasion outfit with you.
  • Discard what you stop using.

Hacks

  • Visualize your end product
  • Start before you feel ready, avoid chicken-and-egg.
  • Assume you are right, when in doubt
  • Decisive is productive.
  • If you can’t write it down, record it.
  • When you read something helpful, write to the author.
  • Manage anxiety – run, swim, dance
  • Sleep more. You will get more done.
  • Take naps when energy runs low.

Schedule

  • Do the easiest things first.
  • Prioritize one item per day.
  • Set a daily routine.
  • No meeting unless they are decisive.
  • Better done than perfect.

Food

  • Routinize your diet.
  • Eat healthy food.
  • Get delivery to save time.
  • Negotiate a daily deal with your trusted cafe.

Mind

  • Notice the 80/20 rule. Which 20%? of work produces 80% of the results?
  • Focus on the important, suppress the urgent.
  • Decide the outcome before even starting.
  • Start ‘Idea Dump’ book for genius ideas you can’t work on now.
  • Eliminate trivial decisions, like what to wear.
  • Learn to ignore. No need to respond to everything.
  • Do a bad first draft. You can’t edit a blank page.
  • Treat time as your money.

 

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