8 Productive Morning Habits To Adopt Before 9 AM To Jumpstart Your Day

8 Things You Need To Do Before 9 AM For A More Productive Day
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Do you ever feel like you have trouble getting stuff done?

Or maybe you don’t feel like you’re being as productive as you could be during the day.

Having a great morning routine and the right positive mindset to carry you through the day is so important if you want to be successful and get stuff done.

In my post today, I talk about 8 productive morning habits you can cultivate and adopt each morning to have a more productive day.

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8 Things To Do In The Morning To Be Productive

Following these habits and adding them to your morning routine will help boost your productivity levels, help you get closer to achieving your goals, and transform your life for the better.

Before we begin, check out my 30-Day Transform Your Mornings Workbook that will teach you how to create a stress-free and positive morning routine to help jumpstart a productive day.

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What You’ll Get In The 30-Day Transform Your Mornings Workbook

  • 30 days of habits and skills you’ll develop and practice to have stress-free and productive mornings
  • Morning routine template
  • Habit tracker
  • Gratitude journaling page
  • Weekly & monthly reflection
  • Morning routine reflection
  • Lined notes page
  • Cover page

1. Get up early

The very first thing you’ll want to consider doing to have an awesomely productive day is to get up early.

They say that the early bird gets the worm which is so true.

By getting up early, whether that’s an hour or 4 hours earlier compared to your usual time, you have more hours of the day to use to your advantage to get stuff done.

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These few extra hours you’re awake are so crucial and can add up big time over a period of time.

Let’s say you get up 2 hours earlier each day for a whole entire year, you would get a whole whopping 730 extra hours a year to get stuff done!


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Now imagine multiplying that number by however many more years you plan on waking up early and you’ll see that doing this can be so beneficial to you.

It’s crazy to see just how many extra hours you’d get and how much you can accomplish and achieve instead of sleeping in.

Use this extra time to work on yourself by reading self-help and personal growth books, writing in your journal, having quiet time to reflect, working on a side hustle, getting some chores done around the house, and so much more.

The possibilities are endless.

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2. Work Out

Do you ever feel like you never have time to work out during the day because you’re too swamped with your 9 to 5 desk job only to have to come home to care for your kids, run errands, and finish up chores?

It’s easy to just skip out on exercising with all of the craziness that happens in our lives but taking care of your health is extremely important and should be a priority.

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If you feel like you’re not able to slot in time to work out during your normal routine, start a new habit.

Make it a priority of getting up earlier and get your workout over with right in the morning.

Whether that’s dragging yourself out of bed to go to the gym before work every other day or walking your dog around the block for 20 to 30 minutes right when you wake up, getting your exercise right in the morning can be a great way to start off your day.

You’ll get your exercise in for the day and not have to worry that you didn’t have time to fit it in if things come up later on in the evening.

Other great upsides are that you’ll kick your butt into shape, feel better about yourself, feel more confident, and learn to practice willpower and self-discipline.

You’ll also start the day off in a great mood because you’ll be high on endorphins all day long.

3. Connect with the world & read the news

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Do you feel like you aren’t as connected and up-to-date with what is happening around the world as you should be?

Or maybe you feel a little too connected because you’re constantly being bombarded with news notifications from social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook.

A ding here or there when you’re just checking out a specific news article that pops up on your phone can lead to googling other random things on the internet, scrolling through your feed, and a whole lot of time wasted.

If this sounds like you, I totally get it.

morning habits for a productive day

We live in such a technologically intertwined world that it’s hard not to constantly be connected.

It’s so important to constantly be learning about what is happening worldwide so that you’re both informed and able to keep up or start daily conversations with others around you.

But you also don’t want to be constantly distracted because it’ll stop you from being as productive as you could be during the day.

Rather than constantly being distracted by news notifications and scrolling through social media during the day, silence the news notifications and stop looking at your phone.

Instead, take some quiet time in the mornings when you wake up to focus on reading the news and get up to speed with what is happening around the world.

Whether that’s through social media or actually reading news articles online or in print, read it and then stop checking for new news during the day.

You’ll be more focused, your productivity level will soar, and you’ll get a lot more done.

4. Plan your day

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Another thing you need to do before 9 AM to help you have a more productive day is to have a mini-planning session and get a rough overview of your day.

You want to accomplish something each day and tackle the most important outstanding tasks on your to-do list so that you’re on your way to getting closer to realizing your goals and dreams.

We all only have 24 hours a day to get stuff done so whether your goal is to graduate with a degree, learn a new skill, or start your own side business, planning is very important to help you get there as efficiently as possible.

Check out my post on 100 goal ideas you can work on right in the mornings to reach your dreams.

Knowing exactly what you have to get done each day and when you to do them will give you a solid plan to make use of your time wisely.

Seeing yourself check off your to-do list one by one will make you feel more motivated to accomplish more, and you’ll feel like you’ve spent the day being productive.

If you’re looking for a great planner, I highly recommend checking out my post on my 25 favorite planners to boost your productivity and help you stay organized to get you closer to your goals.

5. Meditate

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A very important way to achieve success and be as productive as possible is to have the right mindset.

Making sure that you always start the day with a positive outlook is essential to having a great day and being as motivated as possible.

A great way to encourage a positive mind early on in the morning is to meditate.

Meditating is a great way to refocus, destress, clear your mind of negative thoughts, and improve your overall well-being.

Start the day off new by adding a little bit of mindfulness and yoga into the mix and you’ll feel more recharged and ready to take on the rest of the day.

A great app to help you start getting into the habit of meditating is Headspace. Try Headspace for free for 14 days and see if it helps you relax and reset.

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6. Make Your Bed

Starting your day off by making your bed might sound silly and obvious but it’s something that can really help boost your productivity levels right at the start of the day.

Whenever I make my bed right when I get up, I get a sense that I’ve already accomplished something right off the bat and that makes me feel motivated to get the rest of my to-do list done.

Making sure my room is tidy, orderly, and organized also subconsciously gives me a feeling of calmness and less anxiety, which helps me feel ready to take on the day.

If you don’t tend to make your bed in the mornings, you might want to try starting today and see how much more productive it makes you feel.

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7. Drink a tall glass of water

Right when you wake up, it’s a good idea to rehydrate yourself with a tall glass of water or two.

Since our bodies are made mostly of water, it’s so important to drink 8 glasses a day to hydrate yourself properly.

Drinking water often gets lost amidst our busy lifestyles or we just don’t have the willpower to drink so many glasses a day.

Dehydration can hinder your productivity levels because your mind and body can’t function optimally, so start the day off right with a big glass.

You’ll feel more clear-headed and ready to take on the day when you’re hydrated and cleansed of the toxins from within your body.

If you hate the taste of plain water or you feel like you don’t drink enough, I recommend that you check out my post on my tips on how to get your 8 glasses of water every day so you can stay hydrated and healthy.

8. Eat a nutritious breakfast

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If you want to feel your best and be as productive as possible, help yourself reach 100% capacity by making sure you eat a nutritious breakfast each morning.

It’s important to feed your body right (along with drinking water like tip #7) so that you have the energy to get what you need to get done.

Without fuel, your brain won’t function properly and you’ll end up getting distracted more easily.

I personally love having some oatmeal with fruits in the morning or toast and some eggs with a cup of coffee. It really helps set me up for a productive workday.

Create a Productive Morning Routine

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Looking for more guidance on how to create the best morning routine for you?

I have a blog post laying out the steps on how to create a productive morning routine that fits your goals.

Don’t forget to also check out my 30-Day Transform Your Mornings Workbook to create a personalized stress-free and positive morning routine for a productive day.


It’s so important to have a great morning routine set up and be in the right positive mindset to get stuff done and be as productive as possible.

I hope you enjoyed my 8 ideas on some productive things to do in the morning to help you achieve your goals and dreams.

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More Productivity and Goal Setting Ideas

Now I want to hear your thoughts in the comments on this topic. What’s on your productive morning routine checklist?


  1. Annie Stein says:

    Love these tips! I feel like I could meditate more in the morning though haha

  2. Katherine says:

    These are all definitely #morninggoals for me! The hardest part for me is deciding between working out or working on the blog. I’m so productive in the early mornings, but I don’t know how to squeeze in the workout and shower AND work on the blog before 9:00am! But then again, I am more likely to workout in the mornings, so the struggle is real. Lol I also loved that you pointed out how many extra hours we’d have in a year just by waking up 2 hours earlier! Maybe 5:00am wouldn’t be too terrible if I could get so much done by 9am!

    1. You might want to alternate days between working out and working on the blog so you can get the best of both worlds! Or getting up even earlier and doing both also works haha. Thanks for sharing, Katherine ?

  3. Lauren Brockman says:

    This is so great! I recently started meditating and let me tell you it’s amazing! – Lauren @ Live by the Sunshine

    1. Glad meditating is working out for you! Thanks for reading, Lauren ?

  4. Kristi McAllister says:

    I am so not a morning person, but I do enjoy that first sip of coffee when I wake up. I have taken a break from college and life in general which has made me a whole lot LESS productive, so I needed to red this today! The one thing I don’t do that I should do? Make my bed! Maybe then I’d get out of it more often! LOL!

    1. Drinking coffee in the mornings when I wake up is one of my favorite things to do that definitely helps me get up. Glad that this post helped, Kristi 🙂 Sometimes a reminder is all that’s needed!

  5. Victoria Fiermonte says:

    I wish I could get up early!! I work overnight shifts, and I miss getting up at 4 a.m. It’s the best feeling to get hours worth of work done before the sun even rises!

  6. Maria Van Ewyk says:

    these are great tips!

  7. alexisnichole says:

    I love mediating. That’s ones of my favorite things to do. I try to stay away from the news because it’s filled with such negativity and I definitely don’t want to start my day off negative. Great tips, btw!

  8. Abigail Green says:

    Yes! Great list! I try to do all of these things during the week, when I do my days are soooooo much better 🙂

  9. These are all so very important! It makes me want to cry when I think about all the hours I’ve wasted sleeping in ?? The two things on this list I need to focus more on is reading the news in the morning and planning my day before it starts.

    I love the work out and meditation points – I combine them for yoga sessions a few time a week and it does WONDERS on my body and my mind!

    Great job with the list ?


    1. I’m glad that working out, meditating, and yoga is working for you! I wasted so much time sleeping in too in the past but I try not to kick myself too much and just work on what I can change today and in the future! Thanks for reading, Carlie 🙂

  10. I love all the tips except making the bed haha I will let my husband do that 😉

  11. Great tips! I’m going to start applying them starting next week!

  12. Making my bed definitely makes me feel more put together, which leads me to being more productive!

    1. I totally agree, Summer. I love how something so small can make your whole day more productive!

  13. Jasmine Maria says:

    every morning I like to watch the news to see what’s going on. I also like to make sure I eat breakfast and then make the bed.

  14. Yes, girl!! I am all about getting up early, making my bed, and planning my day in order to have a productive day!

  15. I definitely need to work on getting up earlier. I’m just such a night owl, it’s hard to make it happen! But once I’m up, I eat breakfast, make my plan for the day, and make my bed.

    1. I’m a night owl myself so I definitely get how it is to hard to get up early! Just keep working on it and it’ll soon become a habit and routine! 🙂

  16. Cristina, I totally feel your pain! It’s always dark here in the morning during the winter so it takes me so much more willpower to get up early!

  17. Sophie Tate says:

    This is such a positive post, I loved reading it. I want to try and be more productive!

  18. Andrea Bolder says:

    These are great tips. One thing I’ve started doing is making my bed and it helps bring order to my day.

    1. I find it does for me too! Thanks for reading, Andrea 🙂

  19. Heather Saez says:

    You have some great tips here!! I wish I could get myself to do these things, but it’s so hard for me to wake up early and get moving! I’m sure if I incorporate all of your tips I would eventually feel better in the mornings and this would become a normal routine. Definitely pinning this for a reminder to work on these things, thanks for sharing this post!

    1. Waking up early is definitely the hardest part for me of the day! Thanks for pinning!

  20. Lela Penn says:

    Lovely article! I agree with it! I try to do most things! What I really need to work at though is the connect with the world…I feel like I have no idea what is going on around me…and it’s bad…I’ll try to take on your advice! 🙂 xx

    1. Thanks Lela! Reading the news and browsing social media will definitely help you feel more connected.

  21. Have to say that im not doing these things haha. But still get my shit done though. But that there definitly are some good tips here:)

    1. As long as stuff gets done, that’s all that matters! Thanks for reading! 🙂

  22. Laura Canfield says:

    Love these tips!!

  23. Wicked Wonders VIP Bling says:

    I love love love these tips. Still working on getting that workout part in. LOL

    1. Thank you!! Taking baby steps is all you need to get started 🙂

  24. That was super useful! You said that right. The first thing I do is to make my bed. It energises me even more.

  25. Styledbysolita says:

    very useful tips. A few of them I already do. need to implement the news part to my morning routine

  26. Lauren Smith says:

    These are very helpful tips. I am going to try to get up early enough to get a good work out in before I have to go to work.

  27. Great post. I love getting up early. It makes me feel great about my day. I think accomplishing stuff before others get in the office actually makes me feel more energized. Love the tip about planning your day. It really does help!

  28. Joanna Fields says:

    Very helpful tips!! While I don’t do all of them, I do know that getting up early, making my bed, and eating breakfast all help me have a more productive day. Now it’s time to try some of the other tips. 🙂

  29. That feeling of accomplishing so much already when it’s still early on in the day is pretty awesome! Thanks for sharing Cristal!

  30. Danica Anne Panganiban says:

    you got me at Mediate and make your bed. =)

  31. Jane Davidson says:

    I really need to get better about my morning routine and this was the perfect inspiration!

    1. I’m happy to hear that this inspires you, Jane!

  32. tabithablue says:

    Love all of your ideas!!! I’ve had many of these as goals and have fallen out of the habits of them… a perfect reminder I needed today!

  33. These are all wonderful ways to have a great, productive day! I really need to work on eating breakfast in the mornings and drinking more water.

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