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Want to Be More Productive? Start Every Morning Like This

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It's no secret that your morning routine sets a precedent for the rest of your day, every day. If you start your day lethargic, you'll struggle with lethargy the rest of that day. If you start your day excelling, you'll likely excel the rest of that day as well.

Some people will wake up and hit the gym. Some will mainline coffee. Some will sit and watch the sunrise. These are all great! But before any of that, here's how you should start every morning. It's so simple!

Drink a tall glass (16oz) of cool water every morning, as soon as you wake up. You just spent 7-8 hours in a dutch oven of blankets. You're dehydrated, and every cell in your body needs help ramping up for the day ahead. A simple glass of water - first thing in the morning - is what you need to kickstart your day and your productivity.

From here, you've got a few options to further boost your morning routine. You can add fresh lemon juice to your water. Lemons are full of antioxidants to help your body function at a higher level. One of my coworkers drinks a mug of water with two full lemons every morning, and swears by it.

I, on the other hand, find lemon water disgusting, so I get my antioxidants from a different, more popular source. Black coffee has the highest concentration of antioxidants of anything you consume on a daily basis. My best days happen when I drink a glass of water, and follow it up with one cup (standard coffee mug) of that delicious nectar.

Obviously, there are other options for antioxidants - fruits, vegetables, powders, smoothies. These are good for you, but they're probably too much. Once your body reaches a saturation point with nutrients (which, if you're moderately healthy, isn't that high), it flushes out all the extra. If you have a smoothie, let's say, packed full with 2000% of your daily recommended values of XYZ, what you're really getting is expensive urine.

Exercising, morning walks, reading, prayer, studying, writing, meditation - these are all great activities to add to your morning routine that will increase productivity throughout your day. But before any of that, kickstart your day and your body by drinking a tall glass of cool water as soon as you wake up.