5 Ways To Be More Productive In The Morning (Even If You’re...

5 Ways To Be More Productive In The Morning (Even If You’re Not A Morning Person)

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Maybe you jump out of bed each morning like the energizer bunny. Or maybe you think mornings are just plain evil.  They say that “to win the morning is to win the day”, so if you want to be productive throughout the day, it has to start with a productive morning. Here are 5 ways to be more productive in the morning (even if you’re not a morning person.)

  1. Wake up earlier- just by 15 minutes.

This might be the most cliche productivity advice but stick with me for a minute. It’s not about waking up at 4:30 in the morning (although that does work well for some people). It’s about giving yourself a little extra time at the start of your day to set yourself up for success.

If you’re a night owl, waking up at the crack of dawn isn’t going to help you. It’s probably just going to frustrate you and make you less productive. However, waking up just 15 minutes earlier than usual gives you an advantage over your day. It’s also be a much more doable change.

  1. Eliminate decision making in the mornings.

Mornings are hard. Don’t make them harder than they have to be. If you’re looking for a way to make your mornings more enjoyable and less stressful, get rid of as much decision making as you can.

You know that feeling – lying in bed thinking “Ugh, I have to pick out what to wear today.” and “Oh man, what am I gonna take for lunch?”. It makes it so much harder to actually get out of bed and get moving.

Try to eliminate those decisions by planning them the night before, or even earlier in the week! I pick out of all my outfits and plan my meals on Saturdays for the next week. This saves me tons of time about thinking about decisions in the morning. It helps me get out of bed and let myself run on autopilot for a bit.

  1. Just get moving. 

Everyone says “work out” in the mornings, but that’s probably not the best advice. It just doesn’t work for everybody, and it’s also not always an option. While there’s definitely merit to that advice, it’s not mandatory. The principle is that you should get moving in the mornings, and that’s something you can do in a variety of ways.

You can do yoga, walk the dog, do a few sit-ups, go for a ten-minute run… whatever you want to do, even for just a few minutes! There are so many options. Moving around definitely helps get your day started, but it doesn’t have to be an hour long work out at your gym.

  1. Write your to-do list.

If you start the day in charge, you’ll find that you’re more likely to finish the day in charge. If you start with a plan, you’re less likely to let anything interfere with your most important tasks.

But the only way you can prevent those interruptions and distractions is to know what your most important tasks are! Spend a few minutes in the morning thinking about (and writing down!) what you’re going to focus on for the day. For bonus points : Visualize yourself actually doing those things, and they’ll be even more likely to happen.

  1. Pause and reflect for a few minutes.

You might think the word “meditation” sounds too new-agey and not something you’re into. I didn’t think I was into it either. But then I tried it. I found that spending a few minutes in the morning to pause and focus actually helped me gain clarity throughout my entire day.

You don’t have to do anything fancy. Just spend a few minutes focusing on your breath, or “watching” what you think about. You might be surprised by just how busy your brain is.

Having a busy morning and tempted to skip? Experts say that those are the days you should spend even MORE time meditating. Those are the days you’ll need it the most.


By waking up earlier, removing willpower and decision making from your morning, and focusing on your day, you’ll propel yourself into the best day possible. And you can do this every day!

So now that you know how to be more productive in the morning, make sure to use that extra time to achieve your biggest goals. Make sure that you’re making the most of your time all throughout the day and not just in the morning.


  1. I have struggled with waking up early and just can’t seem to stick with it, despite feeling so much better when I do.

    I’m going to try some of your suggestions. Cheers!

  2. This is really helpful. At this point I’m motivated to try this for 60days and see what works best for me. I have always hated waking up early sleep is my best friend! Now with being pregnant we’ve only became closer. I even feel like it’s taking a toll on me. I feel pure lazy! I know that’s normal while pregnant but I’d like to get in the habit of waking up early before the baby comes so I can be sure to feel well rested at all times. All the negative thoughts and sayings are surly what I say each morning before getting out of bed. I’m late every morning to work. Always rushed and never prepared for my morning meetings. I feel useless. I hope these tips can help me out.

  3. Really great tips! My normal commute in the morning is between 45 mins and an hour so I already wake up pretty early (6AM). However, I would really like to start walking my dog in the mornings before work (which would put me to waking up at 5:30), I really do enjoy being awake in the mornings and could see myself walking my dog and sipping some coffee before work. Thanks!

  4. I actually really enjoy waking up early. I like to waver between 430am and 5am to get the day going, but I cannot think of a single friend who also genuinely enjoys it. I like the feeling of productivity earlier in the day so that, no matter what goes on throughout the day, I can at least say that I got something done. I also find that meditating right before bed helps ease the body into the relaxation needed to get up early so as to avoid the struggle.
    It’s incredibly empowering to get up at 430, grab a shower and breakfast immediately, and get a project done before most people even have alarm go off. I totally agree though, this is something that is rough to go into all at once. That’s how I operate also, and it was REALLY hard the first few times. But it does get better.

  5. Interesteing, but what is the use of getting up early? I tried for a while but all it did was force me to go to bed early as you get tired already at 8 in the evening if you get up that early. Also I am much more prductive in the evening. So getting up early actually reduced my productivity , I got less done and just got super stressed out about it every night as I was to tired to do my work. I work in the creative sector so just being up and able to preforme some chore does not help me, I need my brain to function and it has never done that in the morning. So for me, getting up early is counterproductive. Just think about when you are most productive, for people who can be productive at 6 in the morning, getting up early is great. But chances are they are already doing that.

  6. I need this! I hate waking up. I do all the things on your list and have such a hard time with this. It’s my biggest weakness. My dad used to never let us sleep late. He would come in my room at 6:00 am and kick my bed saying “what are you going to do? Sleep all day?” He was highly successful. It did not matter what he did the night before, (up all night at a fire call as a volunteer firefighter, up late drinking, up late with one of us sick) He was up, showered and dressed at 5:30 every morning. Then on to his “home work”. One thing I noticed here at Toys R Us is it does not matter how late you work. If your not in early (8:30 the latest) every one will look down on you.

  7. I wake up at 5am M-F. Although this is by necessity and not a choice I would have made were it not for my long commute, it has turned into something I enjoy. I always feel productive and successful on the days I wake up early. After having a baby who was not a strong sleeper and living exhausted for 5 years on minimal sleep, getting 7 straight hours of sleep feels like winning. Although I did have to start this routine by jumping right in (and I don’t drink caffeine) I don’t suggest this for everyone. I do wish my mornings offered me some “extra” time to start the day off slowly with meditation or writing. However, I have an accelerated version of what you suggest. I try to use my commuting time for these things. I have read more books in the last 4 months than I have in years. I’m grateful for the ability to get up early in a beautiful place and go to a job I really like. When I look at it like that, it doesn’t seem too tough.

  8. Since having my son I have been forced into getting up earlier than I would like. I have noticed those few mornings I wake before he does, I really enjoy those 10min just sitting and having coffee. I always say to myself “I’m going to make sure I get up earlier every morning”. This has yet to happen, but I have been way more productive on theses days. My dad says you should be up every morning to see the sunrise, it’s so beautiful. Nature is a miracle. He’s up every morning by 4:30, no matter what. And he is usually done with all his tasks by the afternoon. Although 4:30 is a bit early for me I would like to take your advice and try baby steps to getting up early, having some me time before the baby is up.

  9. This piece makes so much sense … for me it’s tough to get out of that warm bed in the winter & much easier during other times of the year.