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9 Productivity Mistakes You're Making in the First 10 Minutes of Your Day (Infographic)

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/320955

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9 Productivity Mistakes You're Making in the First 10 Minutes of Your Day (Infographic)
2 min read There are a number of things you're probably doing every morning that are actually hindering your productivity. If you're an avid coffee drinker, you might be surprised to find out that drinking coffee between 8 and 10 a.m can make you more stressed throughout the day.

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Drinking coffee

Drinking coffee

Drinking a coffee to kickstart your day is a bad idea because it interferes with the time when the stress hormone cortisol is peaking in your body.

Only drink coffee between 10:00 AM and noon or 2:00 PM and 5 PM, when your cortisol levels are lowest.

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Not emptying your brain

Keeping too much information in your head can make you think you are in control, even when that's not true.

Keep a notebook where you can empty your mind from any ideas or to-dos, before starting the day.

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Checking emails first thing

Checking emails first thing

It takes up to 25 minutes to get in a productive state after checking emails.

Keep your email closed for the first 30 minutes of your working day. Switch off email notifications while you're focusing on work.

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Going straight into a meeting

Block out meeting-free time at the start of every day in your calendar, accepting only the most unavoidable meetings.

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Sitting in your chair

Sitting in your chair

Standing rather than sitting can help you gain more control and power over a situation.

Go for a walk or use a standing desk for the first 10 minutes of your day.

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Away from natural light

Away from natural light

Exposure to light early in the morning is beneficial for your mood, alertness, and metabolism.

If your desk is near a window, open the blinds or curtains each morning lo let light in. If that is not the case, consider investing in a SAD lamp.

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Self-imposed deadlines

You need to share your deadlines with others for them to be effective.

Share your task list, deadlines and progress with your team on a daily basis.

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Opening web browsers

Opening web browsers

Most of us lose an hour a day checking personal emails and social media. Don't start the day by setting a bad habit.

Block your browser for when you start work.

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Several tasks at once

Multitaskers perform generally worse in tasks than those working sequentially.

Plan your day ahead for maximum productivity by allocating 40 minutes blocks for single tasks, with 20 minutes blocks in between to work on miscellaneous tasks.

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Time blocking

Time blocking

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Time blocking and focus

By scheduling every minute of your day you not only guard against distraction but also multiply your focus.

Also, focusing on one task at a time can make you up to 80% more productive than splitting your attention across multiple tasks.

Cons of the time blocking practice

  • It takes a lot of time and effort.
  • Few of us (if any) have the same schedule every day.
  • We’re bad at estimating how long tasks will take to do.
  • Constant interruptions and “urgent” tasks can destroy your system.
  • Flexibility is key in most workplaces.
  • You can lose sight of the bigger picture if you focus just on each day.

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Benefits of an evening routine

Haphazard evening routines can have serious effects on our sleep. 

The right evening routine helps us wind down, relax, and get into a deep, restorative sleep—making us refreshed and ...

The science of sleep

When we close our eyes for the night, our mind cycles through different stages of sleep:

  • Light sleep: Which is most similar to being awake
  • REM (or Rapid-Eye-Movement): Where our minds are asleep but active and where dreams are most likely to happen
  • Deep sleep: Where our mind is in “regeneration” mode

So many things can get in the way of us reaching deep sleep, from stress and burnout to late-night screen usage, eating late, and physical issues. To make sure we reach our deep, restorative sleep, we need a proper evening routine.

Create a “closing ritual”

For most of us it is the mind, rather than the body, that disrupts restorative sleep.

To cleanse our mind of the leftover responsibilities of the day, we need to bring a mental wind down into our evening routine.

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... is to maximize your productivity when you are working so that you can get more stuff done in shorter periods of time.

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Find the to-do list app that work for you

The best one for you depends entirely on your working style and personal preferences.

You can use a physical notebook around everywhere you go, but it's easier to use a to-do list app or tool that syncs across all your devices. That way, you can access your to-do items whenever and wherever you need to, whether you're at your desk, in a meeting, or on a business trip.

Prepare in advance

Write out your to-do list the day before:

  • You'll free your time to dive right into your to-do list in the morning - one of the most productive times of day.
  • It can help you spot obstacles ahead of time and prepare accordingly.
  • Knowing what you have going on well in advance could help you relax and sleep better the night before.