I don't care what anyone says. If you listen to what I am saying in this article, the productive morning will be a few steps away. This stuff is not rocket science, but we make it hard because we tell ourselves we are not morning people.

For the longest time, I would fight my brother on this. He is more of a night owl, but I told him its way harder to control the evening than the night. Most people hate waking up, so it provides space for productive morning people to get crap done. You start the day with momentum and carry that through the day.

Most people hate waking up, so it provides space for productive morning people to get crap done. You start the day with momentum and carry that through the day.

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You Need a Mission to Have Productive Mornings 

It always comes back to the mission. If you have no mission there is no why. When people ask me why I get up at 3 AM I know right away that they don't see my vision. If you know my vision and my hunger and what I want to accomplish in my short time on this earth, you would not be shocked by my wake up time.

When you have a mission, you move differently. You move like your life has a lot more value, and you have less time to waste al of a sudden. Your mission is what you want to accomplish on your death bed, and it should be so large that you have no idea how you are going to get there. The only way to bring the mission alive is with well-set goals and consistent habits.

Know What Needs to Be Done The Night Before

If you want a productive morning, you need to know what needs to be done the night before. If you focus on one thing or you like to write down your three tasks for the day, it should be done the night before.

Writing what needs to be done the night before helps you to go to bed with a purpose. You are going to sleep, so you have the energy to conquer the next day. You can also wake up and get started. Nothing kills productivity like having to think of what to do.

If you want a productive morning, you need to know what needs to be done the night before. If you focus on one thing or you like to write down your three tasks for the day, it should be done the night before.

Go To Bed Pissed and You Will Have More Productive Mornings

You should go to bed pissed that you gotta stop going after your mission. Some people won't like seeing this because they will tell you that you need to enjoy your rest and blah blah blah. Here is the thing, it requires a level of obsession to succeed. There is nothing worse than being in a nice workflow and having to stop going to sleep. It sucks!

When you go to bed pissed, it helps you be excited to get up and get back to work. Don't forget that sleep is a means to an end. We sleep so that we have enough energy. If humans did not sleep but could do it anyway, what would be the point? You live life when you are awake.

Wake Up Like You Mean It

There are two things you need to do to wake up like your day and life matter. 1 Move as quickly as you can and get your feet on the floor. Having two kids under the age of 3 taught me this in a hurry. When my alarm went off, I would get up so quickly to get over to It and turn it off.

Even if I wanted to go back to sleep, it would be weird after moving with that much urgency. I realized there is something to it. When you are in those warm cozy sheets, you want to stay in them longer, but when you move quickly, it lets the cold in and ruins your comfort, when your feet hit the floor it's easier to start walking, and that gets your body out of sleep mode.

When you go to bed pissed, it helps you be excited to get up and get back to work. Don't forget that sleep is a means to an end. We sleep so that we have enough energy. If humans did not sleep but could do it anyway, what would be the point? You live life when you are awake.

Make Your Bed to Kick Off More Productive Mornings

There is nothing new here. Making your bed helps you to get something done as soon as you wake up. When you wake up on time and make your bed right away, you got two important things done in the first few minutes of the day. Success is all about gaining momentum.

Read Something Motivational Right Away

I like to read Discipline = Freedom by Jocko Willink. The books are not for everyone because all he says is get your ass up and do what you need to do. I love that, but some people want their hands held a bit more. I like to read this in the morning because it helps me to stop being a baby. If I am feeling bad for myself because I'm still tired, his words wipe all of that away.

Habit Stack

Go right into your habit stack. Follow the system we have created that makes it easy.

Habit Stack

Go right into your habit stack. Follow the system we have created that makes it easy.

Stack

A normal habit loop depends on an external cue. You may only eat candy after you smell it, for example. Habit stacking is different because your cue is another habit. For example, waking up on time is a habit that may trigger you to make your bed and then go workout. You need to build your stack!

Start

Habit Stacking always is built off of waking up. If you develop your habit stack off of another habit like drinking coffee or a workout, what if you don't do it that day? Then your whole stack falls apart.

You know you're going to wake up every day, and if you don't, you have more significant issues. By starting in the productive morning you make sure that your day has the space needed to be successful.

Schedule

You ensure you have the space needed by blocking the first portion of your day to get habits done. The more time you block, the more habits you can block, of course.

Habit stacking is different because your cue is another habit. For example, waking up on time is a habit that may trigger you to make your bed and then go workout. You need to build your stack!

Show up

You have to be there for your habits. So much of success is just showing up. There are no tricks or hacks to do this, and you just have to be there.
For example, I always had to do my one thing in my habit stack. The night before, I know my essential task, but I can not show up for it in the morning by doing something else or avoiding work altogether.

Ian Warner

About the author

I went from a broken leg to a 2012 Olympian. I have spent the last 15 years building positive habits as a track athlete and entrepreneur. I founded Habit Stacker and dedicated my life to helping people to develop winning habits. I have helped over 5,000 people...

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