5 Morning Rituals to Boost Your Productivity

You arrive at the office and, as if on cue, distractions start to pile up, fires need to be put out, customer complaints come in, and needy co-workers buzz around your desk asking for (demanding?) things, like, pronto. It’s not even 9 a.m., and you’re ready for a lunch break.

If that sounds familiar, psychologist Melissa Gratias, an expert in all things productivity, recently wrote about a morning ritual she recommends you follow the moment you sit down at your desk. According to her blog, this is the way to master your morning:

1. Follow a predictable routine.

Map out the first 30 to 60 minutes of your day. What do you need to do to start the day well and how much time should you allocate to each task?

2. Avoid jumping into email.

Once you open your inbox, you may be sucked into a whirlpool of others’ needs. Do this last.

3. Minimize interruptions.

Mute your phone and make sure your email notifications are off. Schedule morning huddles rather than interrupting others.

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