Wake up early
One of the most common traits of a successful person’s daily routine is rising early. By the time the average worker sits at his or her desk at 9am, many successful people have already accomplished personal goals.
It may not come naturally to you, but getting out of bed before (or at least by) 6am offers a fresh supply of willpower, optimism and restfulness.
Once you build habits into your morning routine, you’ll find everything else falls into place.
One prerequisite for rising early is having a good sleep the night before, so try to get enough sleep in order to wake refreshed.
Exercising at any time of the day is a good thing, but exercising in the morning has so many benefits: it reduces stress, provides an endorphin rush and energy burst, improves sleep, and gives you a great feeling of accomplishment before you even hit your home office.
Find the exercise that’s right for you, be it yoga, running, Pilates, lifting weights, doing a gym class or a combination of them all. Whatever exercise you choose, just make sure you stick with it.
Eat a healthy breakfast
Ask any CEO or senior leader how he or she starts the day and most will report that eating a healthy breakfast is high on the list. Fuelling your body with nutritious food pays dividends throughout the day. Your attention is more focused, your energy levels remain high and you’re more likely to choose healthy foods for lunch and dinner. Eating breakfast also kick-starts your metabolism.
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Read the news
Catching up on the current state of affairs before the day begins is a common activity for successful people. It’s important to know what’s going on in the world, to keep your knowledge up to date and to get your brain into gear for the day.
Whether it’s sitting at the breakfast table reading the newspaper, listening to the radio, checking blogs or scanning LinkedIn and Twitter from smartphones, most successful people have a pre-work ritual for staying across the latest headlines.
Plan your day
Use the morning quiet time to map out your schedule for the day. Leaders may have assistants to do this for them, but there’s no reason why you can’t do this for yourself. If you have not properly prioritised your to-do list, or there are problems that need solving, schedule in time to complete these important tasks.
And don’t forget about your mental health. Taking time out brings perspective and renewed vigour to the rest of the day, so go for a quick coffee with a friend or a walk around the block.
Connect with loved ones
For successful people, the mornings offer a precious opportunity to connect with their families, especially if they arrive home late and feeling tired.
Capitalise on the mornings by reading to your children, chatting to your partner, cooking breakfast together, planning school projects and so on. It might only be for 30 minutes, but it can be the most cherished time of the day.
Successful people meditate because they need time to disconnect from any mounting pressures.
Meditation is an opportunity to calm your mind, focus your thoughts and practise deflecting all the distracting inner talk. People who meditate report feeling calm and less stressed, with a heightened sense of awareness.
Every hour is not created equally, so use the energised morning time to do your best work.
What do you do in the mornings? Do you agree that mornings are the best time of the day to achieve your goals?