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Oscar Wilde may have said ‘only dull people are brilliant at breakfast’, but in this case the wise writer isn’t completely correct. While you might enjoy this quote as a good excuse for getting nothing done before mid-day, your morning productivity is actually something you can train just like anything else.

You may not be brilliant at breakfast now, but with the right regime and the right tricks, you can actually turn this into your most productive time. Here are some tips that will help you get up on time and start producing great quality work – brain fog be damned!

The Most Important Thing…

First things first: the single most important factor here is that you get a good night’s sleep. Getting to sleep on time will help you to wake up feeling refreshed and ready to go, and it will help to reduce that brain fog as much as physically possible.

And a good night’s sleep doesn’t only mean getting your eight hours. It also means trying to go to bed at a consistent time (the body likes regularity in this regard), it means getting good quality sleep, and it means avoiding dosing past your alarm which actually makes you more groggy.

Get Up Earlier

If it takes you two hours to get your brain in gear, then waking up an hour earlier will mean you’re more productive an hour earlier too. Shift your schedule back a notch and you should line it up better with the times you want to be productive. That’s also another important reason not to hit snooze!

Create the Right Morning Regime

Several things you do now can help to invigorate you and wake up for the day ahead. If you’re a dedicated type, then nothing will get you started better than a morning workout followed by a cool shower. Also important is to have a big breakfast that’s full of fiber and carbs – a high-fiber cereal with fruit on top is ideal, along with a boiled egg.

Finally, that cup of coffee really will help you to wake up and to improve productivity throughout the day but don’t overdo it or the effects can be lost. Have your first mug of coffee about 30-45 minutes before you want to start work, as that’s how long caffeine takes to be synthesized by the body.

Develop Productive Work Strategies

Additionally, try to use the right strategies to get yourself into work the next day. One example of this is to set your homepage to the first page you need for work everyday. That way you won’t be tempted to have a quick search on Google, or to start watching YouTube videos.

Another useful tip is to leave some work unfinished from the day before. This might sound counterintuitive, but it’s actually a useful way to trick yourself into working. The human brain hates to leave things unresolved.

Finally, make sure that you warm yourself up into work. You’ll find that the words don’t flow at first when you start writing – so it can help to do some exercises which might include writing a shopping list. Schedule relatively easy tasks for the start of the day too so that you’re not approaching the most monstrous jobs with a half-asleep brain.

And there you go, you’re now brilliant at breakfast!

About the author: The founder of Berkeley Sourcing Group, Greg Fisher, is the brain behind this article. When he is not busy working, he enjoys reading tech magazines or playing a good game of chess with his friends. He has a strong affinity for creative writing and an undying allegiance to eco-friendly living.


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  • My morning routine is the keystone to my productivity. Once I started waking up at 5 am, my output soared.

    I’ve also found that short bursts of exercise midday can help when caffeine doesn’t cut it.

    If you’re tired midafternoon, and you really want to make sure your coffee works for you, try a Coffee Slingshot.

    Here’s how it works: Drink 8-12 ounces of coffee, fast. (Tepid or lukewarm coffee works best.) Then lay down and take a nap for fifteen minutes.

    When you wake, your muscles will be relaxed, just as the caffeine is beginning to take effect. You will return to work alert and energized.

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