We all wish we could do everything more efficiently. Most of us have a tough struggle every day, trying to conciliate our demanding job with our family life, and even hobbies, time with friends, and so on.

So, how can you be more productive? Well, improving your morning routine is a good place to start. When you look at it, mornings can have a huge impact on the rest of the day. Since mornings come before everything else, they can automatically set you up for a successful or unsuccessful day.

Let’s take a look at some things you should be doing during the morning for extra productivity.

1. Give Yourself Some Strategic Time

One of the first things that a lot of people do when they wake up is to check their phones. If you do that, you’ll probably find a work-related e-mail or some other notification that tells you you have work to do today.

The thing is, when you do this, you automatically get anxious because you get the feeling that you’re already late and should be working on the task that was entrusted to you. But the feeling of anxiety does not do anything to help you with your work.

So, don’t check your e-mail and social networks for at least 90 minutes after you wake up. Wake up earlier if you have to. This gives you some alone time to relax, organize yourself, and implement the next tip.

2. Create a “Top 3” List for Today

Every day you have to deal with a lot of small tasks, like reading and sending e-mails, attending meetings, and so on. These tasks are an obligation, but not the ones you should really be focusing on. They do nothing to help you achieve your long-term goals.

Instead, you should be working on the things that you’re really good at and make you use your expertise and skill. Define 3 of those things for the day write them down with as many details as needed.

3. Use Your Most Productive Hours for the Important Stuff

Now that you’ve defined the top 3 tasks for the day, when should you work on them? Probably during your most productive hours.

These hours vary from person to person, but you’ve probably noticed that there’s a time during the day when you always seem to be extra focused and really move forward with your work. These are your most productive hours. For most people, this happens sometime between 9 AM and 12 PM. Use this time well and work on the things that really matter!