Unless you’re a morning person (I’m certainly not), getting your day started on the right foot for productivity can be difficult. The folks at 99U offer a few solid tips to make it easy to slip right into the groove without too much effort.
The article is full of suggestions, but one we really liked was the idea of assembling the right tools to help you get down to business long before you need them:
Preferably, you can have all of the tools you need to complete a particular type of work laid out in a beautiful, organised fashion — and within arm’s reach. This makes you more efficient and reduces your resistance to doing a certain task because it requires getting up to fetch something. If you can’t leave everything out or you have a mobile working situation, carry a bag stocked with all of your essential tools, materials, electronics, and papers. Put it together once, and then as soon as you use up any supply, immediately replace it. This allows you to quickly and efficiently transition to a new location without feeling frustrated that you forgot a critical item.
We’d take the idea even further and suggest that at the end of your workday you carve out a couple of minutes to set yourself up nicely for the next day so you can just come in with your coffee and bleary eyes and get right to work. It helps a lot to sit down and just know where everything is without having to spend a lot of time “setting up and settling in” for the day ahead.
Additionally, the article suggests adjusting your notifications to help your productivity instead of detract from it, something we’ve discussed (and fixed) before, along with how to tame distractions while you work. Hit the link below for some more suggestions on how to make your workspace conducive to getting things done.