Back in the 1980s, the U.S. Army ran a series of recruiting ads showing soldiers engaging in all sorts of activities with the tag line, “We do more before 9 a.m. than some people do in a whole day.” I have often thought back on that commercial, because getting a lot of work done early in the morning has been a cornerstone of my own productivity over the years. There aren’t a lot of people who want to have early meetings, so if you can hit the ground running on your own, you can make sure you have had a productive day even before lunchtime.
To make it work, though, you need a good routine. Here are four suggestions:
A GOOD MORNING STARTS WITH A GOOD NIGHT
One of the hardest things about having a productive morning is waking up refreshed enough that you’re ready to work at the start of the day. It’s amazing how few people have good sleep routines. If you’re someone who doesn’t sleep well, consider making a few changes.