A Morning Routine: Save 20+ Hours per Week

The traditional 9–5 workdays are poorly structured for high productivity in the knowledge economy.

If you’re like most people, your workday is a blend of low-velocity work mixed with continual distraction (e.g., social media and email).

When you are results-oriented, rather than “being busy,” you’re 100 percent on when you’re working and 100 percent off when you’re not. Why do anything half-way? If you’re going to work, you’re going to work.

The first three hours of your day are your most precious for maximized productivity.

Here’s a morning routine you can copy that will save you 20+ hours per week:

  1. Protect Your Mornings This may require waking up a few extra hours earlier than you’re used to and taking a nap during the afternoon. Spend the first 90 minutes of your workday on your #1 priority. Schedule all of your meetings for the afternoon and don’t check social media or email until after your 3 hours of deep work

  2. Mind-Body Connection What you do outside of work is just as significant for your work-productivity as what you do while you’re working. Rather than managing your time, you should really be focused on managing your energy. Your work schedule should be scheduled around when you work best, not around social norms and expectations

  3. Psychologically Detach and Play “Recovery” is the process of reducing or eliminating physical and psychological strain/stress caused by work. True psychological detachment occurs when you completely refrain from work-related activities and thoughts during non-work time

  4. Listen to Songs on Repeat When you’re listening to a song on repeat, you tend to dissolve into the song, which blocks out mind wandering. You can use this website to listen to YouTube videos on repeat. I normally listen to electronic with no lyrics for writing and Daft Punk for repetitive tasks