Checking your email in the morning is one of the best ways to derail your productivity. If you find you're too tempted, switching to a normal alarm clock could keep the temptation at bay.
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PBS Mediashift details a number of ways to "unplug" on its blog. While unplugging completely can be a nice way to relax — say, on holiday — some of the tips apply to regular daily life, too. For example, if you use your phone as an alarm clock, you're probably more tempted to use it as soon as you wake up:
First, get yourself a traditional alarm clock. If you rely on your phone, the first thing you do in the morning is grab that phone. It takes a lot of control not to then check email or shoot off a text. Put the phone in another room while you sleep and have a moment to welcome the day before embracing technology.
It may seem silly and outdated to some of you — and may seem obvious to those already using normal alarm clocks — but if you're tempted to check email, Facebook, and other sites before you even get out of bed, this can help you ease the temptation and start getting work done.