One of the most difficult aspects for many people we work around is actually getting going early in the day.

Making time in the morning

Whether you’re a morning person or you “kick in to to gear later in the day,” it’s important to look at what I call the “first third” of the day. For me, the day is pretty much divided in to three parts:

Morning: approximately 5am – 2pm

Day: 2pm – 6pm

Night: 6pm – 5am

I write a lot about pacing and routines in the book, chapters 2 and 6 specifically! (Click to read the reviews!)

How you start your morning can set the tone of your entire day. Those of you managing major responsibilities and having created real-life commitments, you can no longer afford to ease into your day leisurely (or even accidentally oversleep). Establishing a productive morning routine now can help you to make the most of each and every day. Here are three tips to follow for success.

Get Out of Bed On Time

There is nothing that shaves time off the clock faster than oversleeping. With this in mind, the very first part of any productive morning routine is to find a way to get out of bed on time each morning. Some people will put their alarm clock on the other side of the room, and others will set their bedside alarm clock as well as the alarm clock on the phone to go off at slightly different times. You may need to try out different things to see what works for you. You may even find that you grow accustomed to one alarm sound, so you may need to change up the sounds periodically.

Prepare for the Morning

Many adults wait until they stumble groggily into the kitchen to get the coffee pot going. They may wait until they climb out of the shower to iron their clothes for the day, and they may even wait until minutes before they walk out of the door to think about packing a sack lunch. In reality, all of these things will take the awake version of you about ten minutes to do, but in the morning when you are barely awake, it may take you twice as long or more to complete these tasks. Your goal is to get out of the door as quickly as possible, so consider investing in a programmable coffee pot and setting it to start brewing ten minutes before your alarm clock goes off. Pack your lunch, and pick out your work ensemble the night before.

Multi-Task at Breakfast

Most people have heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t multi-task while you fuel up. You can check email in the morning, read or watch the news and even perform some of those mundane tasks that may gnaw at the back of your mind all day like checking your bank account balance or monitoring your stock portfolio.

Me, I watch a TED talk over “most” breakfasts; those 10-20 minutes are mine, and it’s amazing what I learn! Here’s a link to a recent TED Talk I wrote about after learning about Lemn Sissay’s story of being a “Child of the State.”

When you adopt this productive morning routine, you will notice that you can get out the door and off to work more quickly. Plus, when you are at work, you will feel more focused and relaxed because you got your day off to a wonderful start!