How I prepare for a productive day, every day.

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The idea of setting the tone for a productive day is a huge topic with me, because I spent a HUGE part of my life suffering simply from bad scheduling. It wasn't even that I procrastinated so much as the fact that my day had no structure or order to it at all. I would wake up at three in the afternoon, start cold calling at 4 pm, give up at 5pm because my clients had all gone home, head online and start scanning the internet for leads, find myself finally starting a project at 4 in the morning.

Naturally, this had a massively negative effect on my productivity. I resolved to overcome this problem, and eventually, I did. Here are the five things I do every day to guarantee a productive day, whether I'm sick, tired, depressed, or hell, even in mourning.

1. Start preparing at night.

I put away the computer 2 hours before I go to bed, because computer screen contains the potential for distracting stimulation that can make it hard to get a good night's sleep. I spend those two hours showering, reading, and planning my next day.

2. I set my stereo system to wake me up with music.

Alarm clocks are annoying and when I used them, I always just wanted to hit the snooze button. Get a stereo or boombox that you can configure to start playing music when you wake up.

3. I start my day with a cold shower and sit ups.

Coffee is a drain on productivity in the long run because eventually it makes you crash, even if you don't notice it. The slight "shock" of a cold shower will wake you up in the morning, and a bit of light exercise will sustain that energy.

4. I include some fruit, grains and milk in my breakfast.

I'm not a huge health buff, but I find a combination of fruit, bread and milk keeps me energized for the day. I'll admit that I don't whether there's any science behind this or not.

5. I'll review my day planner the first thing I do after eating breakfast.

Before I go to bed, I make a list of plans for the next day. When I wake up, after my shower and breakfast, I'll review these plans, then either revise them or quickly get started on the first task. I work from home full time so being organized is of crucial importance.

These five strategies have done wonders for my daily productivity, health and mood. If you're having trouble with productivity, feel free to try a few of them out for yourself. Or, if you have a productivity strategy of your own, share it here to give other people ideas.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan Bainbridge
    Originally Posted by Andy Button View Post


    5. I'll review my day planner the first thing I do after eating breakfast.

    Before I go to bed, I make a list of plans for the next day. When I wake up, after my shower and breakfast, I'll review these plans, then either revise them or quickly get started on the first task. I work from home full time so being organized is of crucial importance.
    I think 1-4 are all good and will help, great to be healthy and active and all of that of course. But I think mostly personal preference, and as long as you do "your thing" to get into the right state of mind, then it doesn't matter what your 1-4 are...

    For me it is all about number 5 ... simply making plans, to do lists, and schedules... once I started breaking my day down into tick-list like this then my productivity just went through the roof.. it's the single biggest influence on my success I think.. but it's so simple that most people won't do it and instead go off searching for the magic bullet...
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  • Profile picture of the author tjcreation
    [QUOTE=Andy Button;5349767]

    3. I start my day with a cold shower and sit ups.

    Coffee is a drain on productivity in the long run because eventually it makes you crash, even if you don't notice it. The slight "shock" of a cold shower will wake you up in the morning, and a bit of light exercise will sustain that energy.

    There have been many times I wish I could give up the coffee habit. I got addicted in college and have never broken the habit. I just really like it! I admire your ability to do without. However, I don't think I could ever do the cold shower idea brrrrrr
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  • Profile picture of the author JoeDRL
    I like what you have just outlined.
    It's true that kicking starting a day sets the pace for the rest of it. That's why it's important to do really important things in the morning.

    What I like to do is do the hardest or the most boring tasks soon in my day, that makes the rest of it look easier!

    Be happy, be successful,
    ~ JoeDRL
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    • Profile picture of the author Aesop87
      Originally Posted by JoeDRL View Post

      I like what you have just outlined.
      It's true that kicking starting a day sets the pace for the rest of it. That's why it's important to do really important things in the morning.

      What I like to do is do the hardest or the most boring tasks soon in my day, that makes the rest of it look easier!

      Be happy, be successful,
      ~ JoeDRL
      This is the secret right here. By doing the hardest things first, you are able to push your boundaries and expand your ability while your faculties are at their freshest. In addition, getting the hard things done first creates a momentum that pushes you throughout the day, getting you through the easier tasks to come like a knife passing from steak into butter. Once the hardest task is done, you've already won the day -- everything else is just gravy.
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  • Profile picture of the author ProScribe
    I think how you start the day is very important because it sets the pattern for the rest of the day.

    If you start the day with bad habits its easy to consider that a "wasted" day and that you will do better tommorrow.

    But if you start the day well you set a standard which you will want to live up to for the rest of the day.

    As others have pointed the exact nature of your morning ritual is up to personal preference, although I think some element of exercise is essential.
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  • Profile picture of the author mimi k
    I do the things I really don't want to do first to cross it off my list, the reward myself with a little net surfing time. I have to limit myself because the internet can be a big time waster if you let it be.
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  • Profile picture of the author rondeeb
    Alot of good information from everyone. I get in the habit of before going to bed, writing down "things" that I have to do the next day. This way When I wake up It's all organized and my mind doesn't have to scramble figuring out what needs done.
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  • Profile picture of the author mdmarketingexpert
    how you start your day is very important sets the tempo for the rest of your day
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  • Profile picture of the author rondeeb
    Good starting out that way
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  • Profile picture of the author stemich
    Thanks for sharing!
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  • Profile picture of the author paul_1
    I start my day by thanking and appreciating all the good things that I have. Secondly, I intensely think about my dreams, my goals and my aspirations. That serves as my motivation to start the day. I end my day the same way.
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  • Good tips. I stopped drinking coffee a long time ago. It's a super tool but it wears out quickly. Better to sleep well and eat healthy.

    I do the same with planning but never write anything down in the evening, unless it's very concrete. Then take a half hour during the next morning to write my plan (10 and 30 minutes breaks included) for the day.
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  • Profile picture of the author focused
    You've really come a long way, Andy, in
    setting up a meaningful structure to your day.
    But the cold shower and sit ups are not for me.
    And I must have my morning coffee.
    But the concept of a workable structure to the day
    is a valuable one. Thanks for the ideas.
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  • Profile picture of the author tropvik
    I really recommend Yerba Mate

    Yerba mate - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Its a drink that originates from the "Gauchos" from the Uruguay/Argentina area.

    Im can honestly say that thing will change your life.

    Its like Coffee, but "Mateine" gives you a stronger "upper experience" with no downter, it also helps digestion, and alialinizes your blood.

    In life the secret is to have your pH ALKALINE.

    Ex: Coffee, Sodas, not enough water, will make you ACIDIC, which basically means that your body is not oxigenating properly. Lack of oxygen = eventual cancer.

    Its basically slowly draining your body of life.

    Water with Lemon, Yerba Mate, Green Tea, being properly hidrated, makes your pH ALKALINE. Which means your body is oxygenating; thus cells are regenerating properly, which is the opposite of Cancer Cells. They don't die, thus they create a "Fungus".

    Anyways, YERBA MATE IS THE ELIXIR OF THE GODS.

    GUYS, RUN, DONT WALK, RUN AND GET IT.

    In Miami i find it in the local Super Market, but this is the capital of Latin America, in other places, you might need to order online. Although i think the Vitamin Shoppe is carrying a really good organic Yerba MAte.

    Guayaki Yerbamate Bulk by Guayaki Sustainable Rainforest Prod - G1-1008 - at The Vitamin Shoppe

    But i recommend the Argentinian/uruguayan ones though if you can find them

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  • Profile picture of the author chansgrose
    Warm shower, 100 pushups, my day planner, and a nice hot cup of coffee
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  • Profile picture of the author abugah
    Your method is similar to mine. However, I prefer to wake up and go straight to the computer and write a predetermined number of words-usually more than 2000. After that 2-3 hours ritual, I take a shower and breakfast; which is normally at around 7 in the morning.
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  • For me it is very important to have a monthly and weekly plan which you done modify and apply on a daily basis. I would actually write down a "to do" list that you can hold physically and cross out. I think it is a lot better to have something physical you can touch and read then on a computer screen. Don't go crazy with your to do list and make sure you put down reasonable goals. Also it is good to get some exercise first thing in the morning, have a healthy breakfast and then get to work!
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  • Profile picture of the author ginnysclub1
    I intend to include Mindfulness mediation into my schedule.
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  • Profile picture of the author charidemos
    Scheduling your day from the night before is probably the most useful tip. It really improves on my clarity for the goals and the actions of the next day
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  • Profile picture of the author danlew
    You've got the right mindset, buddy! Just keep it up and maintain what you are doing every single day. We'll for me, yoga is one of those activities that keeps me relaxed and eliminate stress while working some daily stuff. Just do everything to keep yourself motivated.
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  • Profile picture of the author AndreasJacobsen
    It is great having morning routines! I have a four minute workout routine I do every morning, for example

    Thank you for the inspiration!
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  • Profile picture of the author Nick Kolos
    At least you have schedule..rather than me...sleep
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  • Profile picture of the author vliddico
    Love this. Before I wake up I know what I am doing that day because I plan my day the night before so I hit the ground running. Anyone who wants my Maximise Your Day activity planner its here free: http://www.howtoearnmoneyonlineblog....mise-your-day/
    My routine before this work includes "gratituding" writing out the 10 things I am most grateful for and 30 minutes of Personal Development whilst I reply to emails and of course contribute to Warriors!!
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