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Q&A with 10almonds Subscribers!

Q: Would love to hear more ideas about effective first thing in the morning time management to get a great start on your day.

A: There are a lot of schools of thought about what’s best in this regard! Maybe we’ll do a main feature sometime. But some things that are almost universally agreed upon are:

  • Prepare your to-do list the night before
  • Have some sort of buffer between waking up and getting to productivity.
  • For me (hi, your writer here) it’s my first coffee of the day. It’s not even about the caffeine, it’s about the ritual of it, it’s a marker that separates my night from the day and tells my brain what gear to get into.
    • Others may like to exercise first thing in the morning
    • For still yet others, it could be a shower, cold or otherwise
    • Some people like a tall glass of lemon water to rehydrate after sleeping!
    • If you take drinkable morning supplements such as this pretty awesome nootropic stack, it’s a great time for that and an excellent way to get the brain-juices flowing!
  • When you do get to productivity: eat the frog first! What this means is: if eating a frog is the hardest thing you’ll have to do all day, do that first. Basically, tackle the most intimidating task first. That way, you won’t spend your day stressed/anxious and/or subconsciously wasting time in order to procrastinate and avoid it.
  • Counterpart to the above: a great idea is to also plan something to look forward to when your working day is done. It doesn’t matter much what it is, provided it’s rewarding to you, that makes you keen to finish your tasks to get to it.

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