The simple morning routine to turbocharge your productivity

Sam McKeith

From Bill Gates, to Richard Branson and Steve Jobs, it’s what so many business high flyers have in common – a killer morning routine.

Indeed, it’s no secret that how you spend the first 30 minutes after getting out of bed can determine whether or not you’ll be set up for a productive and successful day.

While there are heaps of theories on the best way to kick off the day with a boost, psychologist and author, Dr Tim Sharp, shares his tips on how to achieve a supercharged morning routine.

First off, Sharp said developing a morning routine was a top idea because, if done right, it would definitely help get your day off on the right foot. But he noted there was no one-size-fits-all routine that worked for everyone

“It’s a fantastic idea,” Sharp said. “Most successful people do have certain morning routines.

“No doubt if you can develop a morning routine that works for you, it creates positive momentum, and an energy that can lead through to the rest of the day.

“But it is important that everyone understands they’re different and what works for Bill Gates or what works for me might not necessarily work for them; we have to tweak it.”

Whatever you came up with for your own morning routine, Sharp’s big tip was that it should contribute to minimising stress.

Sharp, who is also the ‘chief happiness officer’ at the Happiness Institute, said there were some common themes, with one of the big ones being to stay offline.

“It’s generally recommended not to check emails and not to actually use the computer or smartphone to look at news within that first 30 minutes,” he said.

“Instead do things like meditation, exercise or stretching – psychological things like imagining that the day goes fantastically, for instance, that all the meetings that you’re going to attend turn out really positively.”

He said, if possible, this step could even be done the night before so that there was time for it to sink into the subconscious.

“That’s even better,” he said, adding that other preparations could also be done the night before to ensure the next morning went smoothly.

“If you’re going to exercise get your gear ready, if you’re going to have meetings get whatever resources you need ready – it makes it so much easier in the morning,” he said.

“You want to remove as many obstacles as possible that makes it difficult in the morning.”

Other morning boosters could also include listening to positive music or eating a healthy breakfast.

Whatever you came up with for your own morning routine, Sharp’s big tip was that it should contribute to minimising stress.

“You don’t want to create stress. You want to create a quiet, peaceful energising time as a boost for whatever comes ahead.”

Sam McKeith

Sam McKeith is Sydney-based media professional. He has contributed to many leading publications including The Huffington Post, The Australian Financial Review, The Australian and BRW Magazine. He was previously a senior reporter at the Australian Associated Press where he covered national affairs.