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11 Daily Morning Habits of Highly Organized People

Notice how certain people seem to have effortless, calm mornings while the rest of us rush through early hours in a whirl of bleary-eyed chaos? These tips from organization experts will set you up for a goof-proof, productive morning.

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Rise and shine

Looking to up your morning schedule game? Take note of these morning routine habits of highly organized people and then implement these tricks into your own life. Soon enough, you’ll be living your own version of a highly organized life, from sunrise to sundown. To keep the momentum going, check out these 50 organizing tips you’ll wish you knew all along.

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They try to be the first one up

Waking up 10 to 15 minutes before the rest of the house can be enough to make a difference, suggests founder and president of Supreme Organization, Jodie Watson, in an article on MyHomeIdeas.com. Getting those first few minutes to yourself before being pulled in a million directions really helps get a jump start on the day. Waking up earlier means going to sleep earlier, so if you’re having trouble dozing off at night, make sure you’re aware of the 8 unexpected reasons why you can’t sleep at night.

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They don’t check their cell phone immediately

“I recommend not keeping your cell phone in your bedroom when you go to sleep,” says Fay Wolf, author of New Order: A Decluttering Handbook For Creative Folks (And Everyone Else). When you immediately grab the phone as soon as you wake up, you can get lost in that black hole of emails, headlines, and social media posts that suck up those precious morning minutes. Instead, sit up in bed immediately upon waking, and take a few deep breaths for at least 30 seconds, suggests Wolf. “Every time I follow that principle I’m happier, and it’s an amazing alternative to picking up the phone.” Once it is time to pick up that phone, read up on the 26 secrets personal organizers would never tell you for free.

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They do a few things they love (for short time periods)

“I give myself the permission to do the things I want to do—like meditation, yoga, or music—in very small amounts of time in the morning, for five to 10 minutes,” says Wolf. She uses the free Insight timer for meditation and her phone timer or a yoga app when stretching so she stays accountable. For tasks she’s tackling later in the day, she’ll use Tomato-Timer.com to focus for 25 minutes. Doing things you enjoy is just one of the 24 things happy people never forget to do.

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They complete tasks in the same order

This is as though you’re creating muscle memory for your chores, says blogger Casey Osmundson on PrettyOrganized.com. You probably follow an order when you brush your teeth or shower because they’re a habit. “It’s the same theory for the rest of your routine,” Osmundson says on the blog. “The more you practice completing a task, the less you’ll have to consciously think about each step. What once seemed like a challenge will soon feel more like second nature.” Don’t miss these daily habits of clutter-free people. 

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They identify three things for a successful day

“Organized people think through their days,” says Laura Vanderkam, author of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast. “At the beginning of the day, they ask, ‘What do I need to do to make this a good day? If nothing else happens, what three things would make me feel like the day was a success?’ Then they figure out when these things can be scheduled, including back-up slots, given that life [interruptions] will happen.” This is how to define the true feeling of success.

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They reply to critical emails

Once you’re sitting down and checking work or personal emails, be prepared to take some action at that time, such as responding to important ones, suggests Wolf. This way, they won’t weigh on your mind while you go about your other morning rituals. Check out these almost effortless ways to get just a little more organized.

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They set realistic morning goals

Add one thing at a time, and limit the number of tasks to be completed, suggests Watson on MyHomeIdeas.com. If you try to change everything all at once, you’ll burn out and want to quit before you’ve given yourself the chance to actually build the habit you want to stick with, she says. “Your routine should be the bare-bones basics that you need to complete to keep life running smoothly before you rush out the door. If you have other must-do tasks each day, think about how you can simplify or spread them out differently on your schedule.” Make sure you know the 10 things wildly successful people do every single day.

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They prepare food the night before

“I personally am now in the process of starting food prep… and it’s revolutionary and helpful to know what you’re going to eat each day,” says Wolf. Plan out what you’ll eat for breakfast or lunch the night before so you don’t waste time scrambling to prepare meals or pondering the contents of your fridge in the morning. Find out the best ways to organize your pantry.

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They tweak their to-do list

Many organization pros emphasize the importance of starting your to-do list the night before. Come morning, you can tweak it based on any emails or tasks that came onto your radar overnight. Your to-do list should be something you interact with all day. “Your list should be given the same weight as your as your email inbox or calendar,” says Wolf. She uses OmniFocus for its functionality, but says the app “Reminders” on your iPhone is a great task list app, as are Wunderlist or todoist. Find out some of the sneaky reasons you never finish your to-do list.

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They “eat that frog”

Many of us know the Mark Twain quote: “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” The modern-day takeaway: Complete the task you don’t want to do first thing so you can have a productive day without it weighing on your mind. “It’s the best advice to get the hardest task done early,” says Wolf. If you’re ever feeling down on yourself, read about these 14 ironic “failures” of wildly successful people.

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They de-clutter key areas of the house before they leave

“I love to come home to a cleared off kitchen table, couch, and cleared out sink,” says Wolf. “Those are the three main areas of my home that makes me feel that I can do whatever work I have to when I get home, I can relax on the couch, or I can interact with foods without having to do dishes when I return,” she says. Streamline whatever you can at home before you walk out the door so you return to a cleaner environment later. Next, get motivated by 10 of the most inspiring home organization makeovers.