The 1 Terrible Habit We’re All Guilty Of—and How Eliminating It Can Increase Productivity Tenfold:

6:13 A.M. — my alarm goes off.

(I don’t like setting my alarms at times that end in “0” or “5.” I have absolutely no explanation why).

I grab whatever book I’m reading — currently between Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari and 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris— slip on my slippers, walk downstairs and brew a pot of coffee.

I read while it brews. When it’s done, I head back upstairs to my laptop, sit down, and write.

That whole process takes about 15 minutes.

The first thing most people do when they wake up is check their phone.

I used to do it all the time.

I would wake up, unlock my phone half-blinded by the white light of the screen, send my girlfriend a good morning text, open Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and scroll.

I did this for about 30–45 minutes every morning without even realizing it. It’s not that I was “dying” for social interaction or consumption or anything like that. Half of the time, I didn’t even want to scroll.

It was just habit.

I got into a more ‘holistic’ lifestyle after a bout of stomach issues.

It started with nutrition but naturally grew into sleeping habits, meditation and healthier exercise like yoga. The more I learned about health, the more I realized how bad my morning habit was. So, I decided to make a change.

I made a promise to myself that every morning, I’d spend at least the first 15 minutes away from technology.

My daily productivity increased tenfold.

I realized that checking social media first thing every morning only made me want to check it again and again throughout the day.

Each time I logged on, I’d stay for 20, 30, 40 minutes wasting time. I probably wasted 3 to 4 hours every day just scrolling.

Taking the first 15 minutes every morning to read, have a coffee and prepare for the day ahead has literally changed my life. I read more, write more, sleep better. The urge to check social media throughout the day has almost entirely disappeared.

By not opening my phone the second I wake up, I worry less and have immensely reduced my overall stress levels, allowing me to be more productive.

Maximizing daily productivity doesn’t have to be a long, drawn out process.

You don’t need to jot down a million “to-do’s,” or go on a 5 mile run the second you wake up.

All you need to do, is take that first 15 minutes completely to yourself and find clarity.

Thanks for reading!