By: Bobbi Escobar

Productivity during the workday starts the second you wake up in the morning and ends the second you fall asleep at night.

If you want to be a more effective leader, you should be looking at the entire day to optimize your productivity, starting with your morning routine. With a few adjustments, your morning routine can set you on a path toward having a great day at work.

Below are a few suggestions on how you can tweak your morning routine to become a better leader.

Make a Checklist

The best way to tackle your personal morning routine is to break it down and analyze it. Take a few moments to jot down all the things you absolutely must get done in the morning and the amount of time it should take you to complete each one. Then, see how reality matches up with your ideal routine.

It might seem obsessive to make a checklist for your morning, but it only takes five minutes and once you’ve identified flaws in your routine, you can ditch the list.

Get Some Quick Exercise

Getting in some crunches, yoga stretches, push-ups or any other kind of exercise not only help you achieve your physical fitness goals, morning exercise also tells your body it’s time to wake up.

You don’t need to head to the gym for a grueling workout to reap the benefits of morning exercise. A quick five minutes is more than enough to jumpstart your day’s productivity.

Establish a Routine For Your Kids

If have your pre-work routine down cold, but your kids have other ideas about theirs, you can make your mornings run a lot smoother by keeping your kids on a tight schedule.

It requires some time and persistence, but keeping your children on schedule and not giving into calls of, “one more minute!” will help you relax and stay focused in the morning. In fact, your children will soon grow to appreciate knowing their routines.

Keep Your Phone Out of Sight

It can be hard to get motivated in the morning. The last thing you want to do is have a time-wasting temptation like Facebook sitting in front of you.

Put your phone near your front door and make sure it’s the last thing you grab before leaving.

Match Tasks With Your Energy

Pay attention to when you do your best mundane, repetitive work and when you do your best creative work. Once you have a sense of your energy rhythms, you can make sure you do your best ‘morning work’ in the morning – and your best ‘afternoon work’ in the evening.


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