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Start each day off in a productive way

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Making a few small changes to your morning routine can give you a serious boost of productivity, writes John Brandon, an Inc. contributing editor. He suggests doing these eight things at the start of each day.

1.  Start by getting one to-do out of the way. Finishing a task at the start of your workday can set the tone for getting things done the rest of the day.

2.  Motivate yourself. Set up a re­­ward midmorning to give you something to aim for as you’re working.

3.  Put yourself in a productive state of mind. Instead of focusing on how much you have to do or how busy you are, jump into it with the attitude that you excel at getting things done.

4.  Fuel your body. Breakfast isn’t optional. Focus on lean proteins and some fruit for the jolt you need.

5.  Schedule your calls. Talking on the phone can eat up more time than you want it to, so make your phone calls tasks and block out specific times to make them.

6.  Ignore the phone. After your scheduled calls, put your smartphone aside.

7.  Limit Internet time. It’s important to be well-read and informed, but after you’ve checked the headlines, there’s no reason to go back to them when you’ve got work to be done.

8.  Stay positive. Focus on your work and those who can help, and let the others go.

— Adapted from “8 Smart Things Super-Productive People Do Each Morning,” John Brandon, Inc.

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