Why I'm more productive in the mornings

Why mornings are the best time to get your work done.

Alice Holmes
23rd February 2022
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I’ve always found that I am more motivated, productive, and willing to complete tasks to a higher quality in the mornings. Perhaps it’s due to a deeply imbedded routine from years of living with a family of early risers, or perhaps it’s more scientific, regardless of reason, the morning is when I, personally, am most productive.

That being said, I’m not an extremely early riser. I don’t wake up at 5 am and run miles before the sunrise – although if this is you then I am in awe. However, waking up around 7 or 8 am, and getting an early start to the day is ideal for me. 

When I’m overwhelmed, I feel stressed and incidentally, I am less productive.

Firstly, my key to getting things done is planning. I like to write out to-do lists, plan out my week and organise what I am doing. When I’m overwhelmed, I feel stressed and incidentally, I am less productive. Writing out what I need to do on a blank canvas each morning sets the right tone for the day. It makes me feel organised, relaxed, and ready to get started. Importantly, I like to complete this at the start of the day, so I have a full range of hours to tick things off. 

For me, I feel like there is so much to pack into one day, and in the evenings, I am much more inclined to do something unrelated to work. When I can, I like to leave my evenings free for plans with friends, and I don’t want to be doing any work late into the night unless I absolutely have to. Therefore, to get everything done in one day, the only way I can have a free evening is to get up early and make the most of those hours. This way, I don’t feel overwhelmed by a list as long as my arm of things to do, and a dwindling number of hours to get them done. 

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