Simplifying Your Morning Web Routine

If there is one underlying secret in simplifying the web, it must be to make the web work for you. The vast majority of web users will jump from website to website, browsing until they find an item of interest, then moving on to the next. Power users, however, make the content they want come to them, rather than actively seeking it out.

This is a valuable web philosophy in and of its own right, but I’d like to concentrate on how it applies to your morning routine. There is no more opportune time to get your most important work done- but getting lost in the maze of the web is particularly harmful to your productivity in the wee hours. That being the case, here are my recommendations for creating your morning web.

Some say email is dead. I beg to differ. On the contrary, it can be a very valuable tool, especially to your morning routine. Newsletters are going strong, and are a wonderful way to bring the web to you. The following is a list of newsletters I find valuable enough to warrant my attention on a daily basis:

New York Times

There is still no more valuable source of information than the Times. Every morning, their newsletter arrives in my inbox with the headlines I need to know. Once logged in, you can also subscribe to individual sections of headlines from their digital paper. The Huffington Post is a great alternative (or complement).


Summify is an indispensable tool to my morning arsenal. Every morning, it scours your Twitter and Facebook feed for the top five most-recommended stories among your friends, and sends them to your inbox. Whether it’s been five minutes or five days since you last checked in with your stream, the cream of the crop is never farther away than your inbox.


NextDraft is a beautifully curated list of articles from Dave Pell, who chooses ten pieces from around the web that he deems worthy of your interest, adding his own commentary and insights to each piece. I’ve subscribed for a few months now, and I eagerly anticipate each new edition.

Using these simple tools, I never have to leave my inbox to satisfy my web hunger- I’m up-to-date on what matters to me, and I’ve completely eliminated random browsing. Once my email is read, I’m ready to move onto the tasks at hand. It’s an easy way to remove friction from your morning web experience, and removing friction is at the heart of simplifying your web.