We all wish we could be a little more productive. So what’s the secret to increasing daily productivity? It’s as simple as making the most of your mornings, when our mind is clearest. Alas, not all of us are morning people but with these simple habits from successful women, you’re sure to have a productive day.

First thing’s first: make your bed

Successful women from Cameron Diaz to Gretchen Rubin swear by making the bed every single morning. It’s a little task that gives you an instant sense of accomplishment.

Two words: lemon water

“I squeeze half a lemon into room temperature water every morning,” said our very own #bosslady Debra Goldblatt-Sadowski, rock-it promotions President and Founder. “It’s detoxifying, hydrating, helps flush the digestive system, helps produce collagen for your skin and gives a shot of vitamin C. Small thing – big results!”

Take a minute: meditate

“A big part of my morning ritual is about what I don’t do: when I wake up, I don’t start the day by looking at my smartphone” – words of wisdom from the one and only Arianna Huffington. “Instead, once I’m awake, I take a minute to breathe deeply, be grateful, and set my intention for the day.”

Make it a routine: skincare

“I’m very diligent about my skin-care routine,” says Rosie Huntington-Whiteley to Harpers Bazar. “Washing your face in the morning is essential to clean away any lingering nighttime bacteria, dirt or makeup residue.”

Get moving: exercise

Every morning at 5:45 a.m., Anna Wintour, Vogue editor-in-chief, arrives at New York’s Midtown Tennis Club for one hour of tennis.

The most important meal: breakfast

Smoothies are an easy and delicious way to pack loads of nutrients into one glass. However, if drinking your breakfast isn’t you thing; Audrey Hepburn always ate two eggs and a slice of whole wheat toast first thing and never skipped her morning meal.


Hopefully you can implement some of these habits into your own morning routine, especially when Daylight Savings Time hits this Sunday.