I started waking up at 6 a.m. every day - here's what I'm able to accomplish with the extra time

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A few days a week, I start the day with an early workout.

For over a year, I woke up for work around 8:15 a.m., got ready in a hurry, and rushed into the office.

But after hearing friend after friend tout the benefits of an early start, I finally decided to become a morning person - and stop starting my days flustered and unfocused.

Now I get up around 6 a.m. and spend the extra time exercising, preparing for the day, and getting myself in the right mindset for what's to come.

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Read on for a glimpse into my (much more productive) morning routine.