9 Things Highly Productive People Don’t Do in the Morning

#9: Highly productive people don’t plan their day.

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Highly Productive People Don’t Plug-In

What’s the first thing you do when you get out of bed?

Highly Productive People Don’t Wing It

Your day is only as good as your routine. But it isn’t only your morning routine that counts — it’s your entire day.

Highly Productive People Don’t Jump Down the Rabbit Hole

The news media isn’t there to make you happy. So it shouldn’t be surprising when you feel terrible after watching it.

Highly Productive People Aren’t Reactive

Do you know how it feels to wake up in the morning and immediately have to deal with your problems? It’s not a good feeling.

Highly Productive People Don’t Do Things They Hate

You need something to look forward to when you wake up. If you go to bed knowing you have to do something you hate in the morning, it’s much harder to get out of bed.

Highly Productive People Don’t Wake Up Spinning

The seconds after you wake up can make or break your day. If you wake up with your head spinning, it’s going to hurt your productivity for the day.

Highly Productive People Don’t Switch Tasks

Tim Denning warns against what he calls “task switching.” That means avoiding a sharp change of focus in your work for the day.

“Task switching causes you to be unproductive“ — Tim Denning

If you switch from one task to another it causes focus problems. For one thing, you’ll never be able to focus long enough to do deep work, which studies show an essential practice if you want to master a skill.

Highly Productive People Don’t Give Themselves to the World

It’s insane to think you can wake up and immediately start taking care of everyone’s needs except your own.

Highly Productive People Don’t Plan their Day

What? How can that be? I’m glad you asked.

Final Thoughts

Highly productive people are intentional about how they spend their time. Full stop. They plan their days ahead of time so they don’t have to make decisions in the moment. Your intentionality and consistency will help you take the right action to achieve success.

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