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The Newsletter of the Graduate Management Admission Council
Discover what successful people do in the morning to boost their productivity.
"The early morning has gold in its mouth"
— Benjamin Franklin
You don’t have to rise at 4 am like Ben Franklin to boost your productivity, but there are many things you can do to turn your morning into gold. Here are five you can start now.
Exercise. Whether it’s a morning yoga routine, a mile or two on your home treadmill, or a trip to the gym, exercising before work can boost your energy for the day. Even waking up 15 minutes early for some pushups or stretching can make a difference. Taking some time to get the blood flowing will help you all day long.
Eat a Healthy Breakfast. We demand that our kids leave
for school on a full stomach, so why shouldn't we make the same demand
of ourselves? Take time in the morning to fuel your body for the demands
of your day. A meal in the morning kick starts your body’s metabolism
and replenishes blood sugar levels, helping you remain focused.
Pick three priorities and map out a plan for them. Jot down
the three most important things that will make the biggest difference
in your day and plan around them. Remember that a to-do list is only as
effective as the execution plan. Assign each task a block of time and
try to stick to it throughout the day. Here’s a tip: do the least
desirable first, so that instead of anticipating the unpleasantness of
that item, you get it out of the way. The morning is a good time for
this as it is often one of the only quiet times a person gets throughout
the day. Early hours allow for the uninterrupted reflection time needed
to prioritize and gain some much needed perspective on tasks and goals.
Do something for you. It may seem impossible, given the
demands of family, commuting, and everything else you need to do to get
out the door, but carving out time to do something for you, whether it
be a side project, a passion, such as working on that novel, or just an
enjoyable hobby, like doing the daily crossword puzzle over coffee, will
put you in a positive frame of mind as you face the demands of the day.
Dress for success. There is something to
be said for dressing the part. Clothes make a strong visual statement
about how you see yourself and how you want others to see you. Start
your day off by sending a message to the world that you’re a
professional and have respect for your colleagues and your clients.