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3 Morning Habits of Highly Productive People


Not all of us need to be morning people to have a healthy morning routine. I have found that when I take care of myself, my day tends to go a lot smoother. Morning routines are excellent ways to ensure that self-care is taken first before the rush of the day starts and attention is turned in a million directions. Like they say, “An empty cup cannot fill another”. Rushing to the office without breakfast, coffee, or a moment to pause and enjoy the sunset may seem like an ideal way to get the day going and over with fast, but if you are like me you will burn out by 2pm. While I am no longer rushing to my office, I now stay home with my daughter and work from home. The same principles still apply: if I want to have energy to run around all day and get my writing done, I must tend to myself a few minutes every morning.

All it really takes is 20-30 minutes. I find that my mind is much more free to go about my day once I do the following three things. Now, I am not perfect and there are certainly mornings that I have NO time to do anything but brush my teeth and throw on my shoes and rush my toddler out the door. Sometimes I have a deadline I must meet and am in my robe at 5am with no coffee or breakfast. Overall, the consistency of a morning routine enhances my life and keeps me from burnout.


  1. Eat breakfast

We’ve probably all had this instilled into our minds from our mothers, but there is truth to be said here. Breakfast is so important to maintain proper blood sugar levels, get nutrients to the brain to get working, and start our metabolisms. Choosing a simple and quick breakfast with a good balance of protein and carbs will keep me fuller, longer, and able to keep my attention on things other than my grumbling stomach. With breakfast comes another very important rule of thumb: if you enjoy coffee or tea, take 5 minutes out of your day to enjoy a cup at home. It actually saves more time than driving through Starbucks as well as puts more cash in your wallet, and then take a few minutes to do #2 on my list.


2. Take a moment to yourself

How many of us actually take a moment every morning to devote to ourselves? Probably a very small number of adults. It is so important for me to “fill my cup first”. I have found that reading in the morning, especially something that makes my soul happy, helps me to start my day with a smile and gratitude rather than rushing around like a mad woman. This is important when I  have an inbox filled with requests and a hungry toddler pulling at my clothes. Even just 5 minutes of reading or journaling helps me process my priorities and be thankful for my day, and puts me in a better mindset to get going. This is one of my favorite morning routines because it is all about me and also good for me!

3. Make a list.

Once the belly and mind are set, it is time to get going. Making a list is the best way for me to start my day. It helps me put down on paper what I need to get done, what I hope to get done, and what I would like to get done. If I don’t make a list I usually end up not prioritizing my time right. I love to buy cute little notepads to keep around the house for all my lists. I love lists- they help me to stay on task and look back and see if I had a productive day or not.

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  • Reply rochkirstin

    I make it a point to eat a heavy breakfast (rice meal) to kick-start my day. I don’t like feeling bloated though but just enough to get me through the entire morning without hearing my tummy growl of hunger. I also make lists to make me feel more productive and fulfilled on daily accomplishments.

    January 22, 2016 at 3:06 am
    • Reply Tiffany

      That is great! Rice meal? I might have to try that! Thanks for sharing!

      February 2, 2016 at 9:43 am
  • Reply ellen from Ask Away

    Yes these are so on point!
    XO Ellen from Ask Away

    January 22, 2016 at 4:43 am
  • Reply Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma)

    These are great habits! I always find that when I eat breakfast in the morning, I am more productive. I find that I am fueled up for the day. There are still days when I skip because I was too busy to grab something on the way out the door, but my productivity suffers!

    January 22, 2016 at 12:14 pm
    • Reply Tiffany

      I am the same way. I always try my best to have something at home, but sometimes I end up having to drive through Starbucks.

      February 2, 2016 at 9:44 am
  • Reply Sicorra@NotNowMomsBusy

    Excellent tips! Today is the first time in a long time that I skipped breakfast and I am really feeling crappy.
    Quite often we feel that prioritizing our needs over other work is silly, but it is actually very important to look after ourselves first.

    January 22, 2016 at 12:53 pm
  • Reply Britni

    Ooh I love this list because it includes doing something for you. My toddler wakes me up most mornings, so it always ends up being time for him from the moment I wake up. I’ll have to try taking some time for me and seeing if that changes my productivity!

    January 22, 2016 at 2:25 pm
    • Reply Tiffany

      No- I am the same way! I take a few moments to snuggle with my girl, then we get on our day. I won’t trade in those snuggles for anything! 🙂

      February 2, 2016 at 9:45 am
  • Reply Amanda

    These are really great tips on how to get your day off to a great start. I really need to figure out how to get to bed earlier so I am more energized and alert in the morning…it would be even better if I woke up before my kids did so I could have a moment or two to myself.

    January 22, 2016 at 2:41 pm
  • Reply Christy Hoover

    These are such great tips for establishing a morning routine. I HAVE to write a list. Although I am not the best list maker I am being more intentional because they are so very helpful.

    January 23, 2016 at 2:50 am
  • Reply Michelle

    I need to be more productive, this is a great list. My husband gets on me every day to eat breakfast. This yogurt/oatmeal is something I could do.

    January 24, 2016 at 9:03 am
  • Reply Donna Ward

    Yep – I have my morning routine…
    1. Brush my teeth
    2. Mini Breakfast of fruits and nuts (later oatmeal or eggs!)
    3. Visit with hubby and
    4. Make my list
    5. Devotions
    Off to my office upstairs to get business going!

    January 24, 2016 at 5:21 pm
    • Reply Tiffany

      I love that list! So great! I love that you do a devotion first. I have really been trying to get into that habit myself. What a great list!

      February 2, 2016 at 9:46 am
  • Reply Mommy Pehpot

    Very helpful tips!

    Breakfast is indeed one of the most important habits to have a productive day. I read from somewhere that not having breakfast gives you that lazy feeling after 10 AM.

    January 24, 2016 at 5:53 pm
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