Help me be more productive in the morning
March 5, 2013 8:15 PM Subscribe
I have a hard time being productive in the morning. I'm more productive in the afternoon and evening. Unfortunately, I have to be at work in the morning so it would be helpful to be more productive then since I have to be there anyway. Does this sound familiar to anyone? Do you have any suggestions?
posted by kat518 to work & money (15 answers total) 40 users marked this as a favorite
I would like to be more of a morning person but it is hard for me to get up and moving. Occasionally I get up early in the morning and go for a run but it's been a while and it's especially difficult when it's so cold. I have a sleep disorder but I'm taking medication for it.
At my best, I might get up early and get a run. Even if not, at my (second) best, I have an outfit for work picked out the night before, I make myself some coffee, get ready for work and go no problem, get to work close on time (8:30-8:45), do a handful of things before noon, have lunch, do some more things, and leave around 5:30. That rarely happens.
More often, I leave the apartment by 8:30, get to work at about 9 a.m., check work email, screw around on the internet, start trying to do something, get distracted, try to remember what I was doing before, work on it some more, get distracted again, look at the clock, think where did the time go, get lunch late in a failed effort to get something done before lunch, feel guilty that I haven't gotten anything done, realize late in the day that I actually need to get stuff done, stay late to do aforementioned stuff.
The worst, in my opinion, is when I get to work at a reasonable time and feel like I can't leave until late because I have stuff to do that I couldn't get done earlier in the day for absolutely no reason.
I'm a night owl by nature. I feel like I never stopped having college hours - sleep late, have a first class at maybe 10 a.m., get some lunch, do some work, take more classes, maybe work out, stay up late studying and doing homework. If I could make my own hours, I would probably choose to work 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. I would still feel guilty about not really being a morning person but I could totally work out before work. Then I could totally leave at 6 p.m. and not feel guilty.
Part of this is probably burn out. This time last month, I was working crazy hours at 110%. I did not have as much of a hard time focusing because I absolutely had to do it. But now that I don't have to be a crazy person, I'm having a hard time adjusting. This is something that happens every year - I work like crazy, then it feels nearly impossible to get anything done. I'm taking two long weekends the next two weekends so that will help me recover a little. But I was trying to hit the ground running and it's not happening.
TL; DR - How do you get going in the morning? What do you do to be productive in the morning?