Entrepreneurs, executives, and influencers know just how important mornings are to their overall success. Self-discipline and routine rule supreme for highly successful people, which is why many exhibit similar morning habits. After all, a productive morning leads to a more productive day, less stress, and better health.
Here are 10 things successful people do every morning:
1) They’re early to rise
Morning people tend to be more productive, and having an early morning can create more optimism and confidence in confronting the day. Most successful people wake up before the sun — some as early as 4:30 a.m. — to give a couple of hours of “me time” before heading into the office, attending a meeting, or responding to emails.
2) They make the bed
Making your bed is fast and easy, and often overlooked as something that contributes to productivity. According to Gretchen Rubin, an expert of habits and happiness, “Making your bed is a step that’s quick and easy, yet makes a big difference. Everything looks neater. It’s easier to find your shoes. Your bedroom is a more peaceful environment. For most people, outer order contributes to inner calm.” This simple morning routine establishes other good habits as well, and is also associated with achieving long- and short-term goals.
3) They hydrate
Hydration is vital to our survival — so why do we so often forego drinking water? Consuming water first thing in the morning (and lots of it) not only helps to rehydrate the body, it also boosts your metabolism and makes you feel more alert. Instead of reaching for a cup of coffee first thing (which dehydrates, gives you a temporary sense of alertness, and suppresses your appetite), try enjoying a large glass of water first.
4) They eat breakfast
Successful people understand that the key to a productive day starts with a nutritious breakfast. Some of the many benefits include increased energy, a better mood, and improved concentration. Furthermore, folks who enjoy breakfast every day have better metabolisms and tend to have a better diet overall, which helps maintain a healthy weight.
5) They exercise
Although exercise is important no matter what time of day it is, getting it out of the way first thing in the morning has many benefits. Getting up early to squeeze in a workout for as little as 15 minutes centers the mind and calms emotions — especially important for those in stressful work environments. Successful people who get their body moving in the morning also enjoy a better night’s sleep. Win-win.
6) They spend time with loved ones
Many successful people spend time with their significant other or children before getting down to business. This could mean cooking together or sitting down for a meal, reading aloud or going over homework, or simply talking about the day or week ahead. And if you live alone, scheduling a morning phone call or Skype date with one of your favorite people can help you be more present, get you outside of your own head, and ease the demands of work.
7) They meditate
Breathe in, breathe out. Successful people meditate each morning, which has proven to increase focus and improve your overall outlook. Some opt to clear the mind entirely, while others visualize what they want and how to achieve it. Set aside as little as five minutes, and let the benefits of meditation and visualization transform you. If you are new to the practice, here is a breakdown of guided meditations from renowned meditation teacher Tara Brach.
8) They read
Successful people are interested in the world around them, and most start their day out by reading the news so they can stay informed. Staying up-to-date on the news and how it may affect your business so that you can continue to grow and adapt to fit the world we live in is vital to the survival of an entrepreneur. But if you’re more into watching the news, reading an informative or insightful book first thing in the morning will also help to make you a better leader, and will also activate your mind.
9) They prioritize
Planning out the day helps successful people achieve the most productivity throughout the week. Instead of checking emails first thing in the morning, successful people start with the most daunting task to get it out of the way (unless email is the most daunting task). You usually have the most energy in the morning, which means you have all the tools to tackle a difficult project. And who doesn’t want to end their day with the easy stuff?
10) They practice gratitude
It’s easy to get caught up in life’s hardships. By practicing gratitude, you focus on the positives that are happening, which suddenly lifts the burden of some of the more difficult things. Many successful people spend five minutes writing down the things they are grateful for, which creates centeredness and perspective. Expressing what you’re thankful for also aids in getting more done during the day and increases overall happiness.
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