Telling yourself, “Today will be productive,” on the commute to work is a good practice, but sometimes just saying it to your steering wheel doesn’t cut it. Productivity is greatly decreased in offices across the country due to internet distractions, cell phones, donuts in the break room, chatty co-workers, and overall lack of motivation. Thankfully, there are some steps you can take each morning to combat your unproductive tendencies and maximize your time at the office each day.

1. Exercise: Props if you wake up at the crack of dawn to hit the gym for a full workout, but if you like your sleep and would rather work out later in the day, even a small burst of exercise for just seven minutes in the morning can wake up your body and shake the sleep from your eyes.

2. Fuel Up: Since you already eat breakfast, this shouldn’t be hard. If you want a morning boost that your coffee and toast don’t give you, try green smoothies. These are your basic fruit smoothies blended with a couple of handfuls of spinach or kale. Add protein powder or flaxseed to take it up another notch.

3. Grasp the “Power of Three:” You can do this in the shower or in your car on the way to work. Decide on three things you want to accomplish at work today. Keep your three to-dos realistic and feel satisfied knowing you’ll hit your desk running.

4. Manage Your Time: Map out how long each to-do will take you and give yourself 33% more time than that. That way, when an unexpected e-mail or chatty co-worker interrupts your work, you will still be on schedule. If your to-dos are big, time consuming projects, separate them into chewable chunks so you don’t overwhelm yourself.

5. Reflect: After lunch, take a few minutes to go somewhere sans phone, computer, tablet, or people and reflect on how the day has gone thus far. How is your to-do list coming along? What do you need to do in order to go home feeling accomplished? Is your day going as planned? Why or why not? Taking the time to answer these questions can get you on taks and pump you up for the remainder of your successful day!

For more helpful health and wellness tups, be sure to visit our website at