5 Things Productive People do in the Morning


Productivity is something everyone would like to raise in their life. To accomplish more is a goal most people have. Recently, I’ve been doing a lot of reading on time management, productivity, cutting things out of your life and how to step your game up. It seems like productive people accomplish more than everyone else and it isn’t because their life is easier or they have more hours in the day. They do specific things that everyone does not do.

Here are 5 things productive people do in the morning:

  1. Make their bed. I came across this from Admiral William McRaven, the Navy SEAL who commanded the operation to capture Osama Bin Laden. He says, “Start every day making your bed, which was the first task of the day at SEAL training. If you do so, it will mean that the first thing you do in the morning is to accomplish something, which sets the tone for the day, encourages you to accomplish more, and reinforces that little things in life matter. And, if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made–that you made,” McRaven said, “and a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better.”
  2. Read. Productive people read in the morning. It might be the bible, a leadership book, but something that will grow them. This is pouring into themselves so they have more to give to others. In this time, they don’t check their email. It seems the most productive people check their email either at lunch or a few hours into work. You’ll see why in #5.
  3. Eat breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and starts thing off well. Productive people not only eat breakfast, but they eat a high protein breakfast. That means, no cereal. You will be hungry in an hour and then spend the day snacking, which will hurt your health and you’ll end up eating too much sugar and you’ll feel it in the middle of the afternoon.
  4. Exercise. I could also say they get a good night sleep, but that isn’t necessarily a morning thing. Productive people do get better and more sleep than unproductive people. They go to bed at a decent time (usually the same time each night) and get up at the same time each morning so their life is more routine. By getting up early enough, they exercise. This helps to clear your head, get your blood flowing and get ready for the day. It also allows you to make sure exercise happens as it is easy for the day to get away from you or your evening to be busy.
  5. Plan your day. All of us have known the feeling of our day getting away from us. That doesn’t happen to productive people. They don’t waste time. They don’t sit in meetings they shouldn’t be in, they check their email on their time table, not someone else’s. The first thing I do after reading in the morning is list the 2-3 most important things I need to accomplish in a day and then strive to do those things.


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Links of the Week

  1. Some helpful responses to the death of Osama Bin Laden: The Resurgence on Loving Your Enemies, John Piper on Is God glad Osama Bin Laden’s dead?, and Justin Taylor on How should Christians think about the death of Osama Bin Laden?
  2. Perry Noble on I’m sorry your life/church is so normal. My thoughts exactly.
  3. Four reasons your church isn’t growing.
  4. Some wives of Acts 29 pastors share how they develop gospel relationships and how much they share with other women in the church. This is a tough balance as a pastor and wife, to develop community but also to know what to share and with whom.
  5. Sam Storms on What forgiveness is and is not.
  6. Practical tips for expository preaching from Alistair Begg.
  7. Bob Franquiz on Don’t preach to Mom on mother’s day. As crazy as that sounds, Bob is right on.
  8. Susan Hunt on Redeeming Womanhood. Katie and I just taught on this last week and these are some great resources on what biblical womanhood is.
  9. Matt Chandler on Is church membership biblical. This is a great look at what matters in relating to a community of Christians.
  10. Mark Driscoll on How to know if you are called to plant a church.
  11. Russell Moore on Remember the infertile on Mother’s Day.