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Morning Habits of Highly Organized People

May 6, 2016 | Others

Notice how certain people seem to have effortless, calm mornings while the rest of us rush through early hours in a whirl of bleary-eyed chaos? These tips from organization experts will set you up for a goof-proof, productive morning.

They try to be the first one up
Waking up 10 to 15 minutes before the rest of the house can be enough to make a difference, suggests founder and president of Supreme Organization, Jodie Watson, in an article on MyHomeIdeas.com. Getting those first few minutes to yourself before being pulled in a million directions really helps get a jump start on the day.

They don’t check their cell phone immediately
“I recommend not keeping your cell phone in your bedroom when you go to sleep,” says Fay Wolf, author of New Order: A Decluttering Handbook For Creative Folks (And Everyone Else). When you immediately grab the phone as soon as you wake up, you can get lost in that black hole of emails, headlines, and social media posts that suck up those precious morning minutes. Instead, sit up in bed immediately upon waking, and take a few deep breaths for at least 30 seconds, suggests Wolf. “Every time I follow that principle I’m happier, and it’s an amazing alternative to picking up the phone.”

They complete tasks in the same order
This is as though you’re creating muscle memory for your chores, says blogger Casey Osmundson on PrettyOrganized.com. You probably follow an order when you brush your teeth or shower because they’re a habit. “It’s the same theory for the rest of your routine,” Osmundson says on the blog. “The more you practice completing a task, the less you’ll have to consciously think about each step. What once seemed like a challenge will soon feel more like second nature.”

They do a few things they love.
“I give myself the permission to do the things I want to do—like meditation, yoga, or music—in very small amounts of time in the morning, for five to 10 minutes,” says Wolf. She uses the free Insight timer for meditation and her phone timer or a yoga app when stretching so she stays accountable. For tasks she’s tackling later in the day, she’ll use Tomato-Timer.com to focus for 25 minutes.

They Identify Three Things for a Successful Day
Organized people think through their days,” says Laura Vanderkam, author of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast. “At the beginning of the day, they ask, ‘What do I need to do to make this a good day? If nothing else happens, what three things would make me feel like the day was a success?’ Then they figure out when these things can be scheduled, including back-up slots, given that life [interruptions] will happen.”

They reply to critical emails.
Once you’re sitting down and checking work or personal emails, be prepared to take some action at that time, such as responding to important ones, suggests Wolf. This way, they won’t weigh on your mind while you go about your other morning rituals.

They prepare food the night before.
“I personally am now in the process of starting food prep… and it’s revolutionary and helpful to know what you’re going to eat each day,” says Wolf. Plan out what you’ll eat for breakfast or lunch the night before so you don’t waste time scrambling to prepare meals or pondering the contents of your fridge in the morning.

They tweak their to-do list
Many organization pros emphasize the importance of starting your to-do list the night before. Come morning, you can tweak it based on any emails or tasks that came onto your radar overnight. Your to-do list should be something you interact with all day. “Your list should be given the same weight as your as your email inbox or calendar,” says Wolf. She uses OmniFocus for its functionality, but says the app “Reminders” on your iPhone is a great task list app, as are Wunderlist or todoist.

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