I know many of you will read this suggestion and instantly drop down to hack #2. Some of you, I know, think it should only be birds and dairy farmers who wake up this early. However, this could be the most important way to be more productive of them all. My early wake-up allows me to get my most important work done in the early hours of the morning before other people are up and requesting my time for their needs. It is a true case of self-discipline leading to results—the definition of what I think of as a productivity hack.