Your morning really starts the night before with the plan you make — or don’t make — although not looking at your phone right away is also a good idea. A good breakfast, quality sleep and getting dressed are also recommended.



It has been impossible for many of us to feel productive since the COVID-19 pandemic began, which makes total sense. We’re just trying to get through the days while so many routines and norms are still totally out of whack.

But as the end of the pandemic inches ever closer — and more Americans return to work and school — many of us may be feeling a desire to boost our personal productivity, even if it’s just a little bit. And your morning routine can be a great place to start. Just a few simple tweaks can pay dividends in how energized and effective you are throughout the day.

With that in mind, here are seven common mistakes people make in the morning that hamper productivity, and what to do instead:

Mistake #1: Forcing yourself to wake up early

So many articles about highly productive people marvel breathlessly at how early those high achievers wake up. But the notion that you have to be an early bird in order to get a lot done simply isn’t true, said Chris Bailey, author of “The Productivity Project.”

“We tend to beat ourselves up about the time we wake up,” he said — but we’re “all wired differently.”A person who wakes up at 10 a.m. can absolutely be as productive as a person who wakes up at 5 a.m.; what matters is how “deliberately” they act once they’re awake.