That’s the conclusion of a 2012 study published in an American Psychological Association journal, Emotion. Among the 700 adults asked about their emotional state, health and preferred time of day, self-professed “morning people” reported feeling happier and healthier than night owls. Between that research and the fact that a standard workday is conducive to the schedules of morning people, it stands to reason that they’re also the most productive employees in the office. Want to be like them? These are the tasks that high-functioning, productive employees complete before lunch:

  1. Make a work to-do list the day before
  2. Get a full night’s rest
  3. Avoid hitting snooze
  4. Exercise
  5. Practice a morning ritual
  6. Eat breakfast
  7. Arrive at the office on time
  8. Check in with your boss and/or employees
  9. Tackle the big projects first
  10. Avoid morning meetings
  11. Allot time for following up on messages
  12. Take a mid-morning break