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Make the Most of Your Morning by Preparing the Night Before
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Make the Most of Your Morning by Preparing the Night Before

Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple Inc., starts his day as early as 4:30am to send emails. Sergio Marchionne, the CEO of Fiat and Chrysler, wakes up as early as 3:30 am to deal with the European market. Jeffrey Immelt, the CEO of General Electric, says he wakes up by 5:30am for his daily workout routine. All successful and highly productive people wake up early. However, for rest of us, mornings can be quite chaotic, as even after many efforts, we tend to wake up late. So, here is an interesting way to deal with it better. Prepare the night before.

Spare 30 minutes of every night, before you hit the bed, to save time and avoid chaos the next morning.

Write a brief checklist for the next day

Decide what you have to do the next day, both at home and at work. And make a gist of the tasks. Review your day and see if you have any unaccomplished tasks. If you have any, write that down as well. Prioritize the tasks as well and ideate as much as you can. Also, if you have to send an important mail that needs to be sent right away after waking up, you can save it as draft. You can read it again after waking up and shoot it.

Complete the time consuming tasks

Tasks like deciding what to wear the next day and ironing it should be something you do the previous day. You cannot wake up, pick up any cloth from the wardrobe and walk straight out to work. Ticking of morning chores the previous night can help you reduce stress. You can also include mundane tasks like setting your coffeemaker ready, polishing shoes among others.

Take shower around bedtime

This is something many busy people practice. They take a shower at the end of the day. It will not only increase the quality of your sleep, it will also help you save time in the morning. Initially it will be something unacceptable, but it's something that will save a lot of time in the morning.

Well, you all have 1,440 minutes a day and work an average of 45 hours a week. So, take the last 30 minutes of the day, before you hit the bed to get organised for the next day. Your mornings can make or break your day, so save them for cognitive tasks like reading your newsletters, hitting the gym and not mundane tasks like ironing your clothes. A productive morning will ensure you get into the working groove well and make the rest of your day productive as well.

(Also read: 5 Simple Steps To Turn Your Smartphone Into A Productivity Companion )

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