The best morning routine isn’t the one that leads to more productivity. It’s the one that actually works for your life

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We all have mornings that don’t go perfectly. For me, the culprit is a 10-month-old baby. For you, it may be anxiety about an afternoon presentation. Or a text from a friend. Or construction outside. The point is: the morning can easily get sidetracked, and that can be problematic, as it’s a period of a few minutes that can define the rest of your waking hours.

Fortunately, the “right” morning routine is the one that works with how you wake up, not against it, whether you’re an early morning phone checker or not. No, you don’t have to spring out of bed at 5 a.m. to an hour of Peloton in order to maximize your mornings. …


Laura Vanderkam

Laura Vanderkam is the author of several time management books including Off the Clock and 168 Hours. She blogs at

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