Some of the smallest parts of your routine can make the biggest difference on your day.
Instead of starting my day with an ugly matrix of most visited websites, I now have a beautiful travel photo and focus statement with the Chrome extension "Momentum
" (non-affiliate). Instead of quickly jumping onto Gmail and Twitter with a new tab, I now take a moment to think about my focus.
Additionally, I think it covers some great main points of a start page-you get local weather in the top right, a large clock, and an inspirational quote towards the bottom. I never really feel like I am "losing time" by keeping this as the new tab page.
What is your new tab page? Anything interesting? Does it keep you on track?