Morning people are successful people. In order to get ahead in life, you need to get ahead on your day, every day. CEOs, professional athletes, entrepreneurs, they all harness that much needed willpower to develop a morning routine that gets them ahead of the competition. They don’t have a snooze button. Instead they jump out of bed each morning with energy and enthusiasm, well rested and ready to tackle their day.
Here’s the top 5 things that successful people do every morning:
1. Get up an Hour Early:
If you haven’t guessed it, not only are they morning people, successful people get up extremely early. Research has shown, not only are early risers more optimistic and conscientious, they also anticipate problems and minimize them more efficiently. Which is critical to success in the business world.
2. Eat Breakfast:
It may be common sense, but you’d be surprised how many late risers run out the door and skip breakfast, not eating until lunch time. Food is fuel, not just for your body but for your brain. If you are tired and lack energy or the ability to focus because you are hungry, your day can not be as productive as it should be. So grab a bowl of oatmeal and your favorite fruit every morning and put fuel in that tank before your day starts.
3. Eat The Frog:
An expression made famous by Mark Twain, “Eat the Frog” means to do the thing you most dread first. The big, daunting task you’ve been putting off is what needs to get done first. Get it out of your way and free up your day with a huge sense of accomplishment and time to be more productive.
4. Get Moving:
The sooner you get moving and start being productive the better. Successful people not only get up early, they start being productive as early as possible. They’re not afraid of 6 or 7 am appointments or workouts, and actually enjoy the sunrise. Its easy to get chained to your computer, tv or other device and become distracted. As a rule of thumb, to be most productive, some people don’t even check their email before 10 am in the morning just to make sure they are as productive as possible early on
5. Plan Ahead:
Sometimes the hardest part of your day is actually getting it started. You may not know where to start, and half your morning is spent trying to figure out what needs to be done for that day. Successful people plan their days out and stick to their timelines to make sure they are as productive as possible. Make a list the night before in order of priority and stick to it. You’ll feel accomplished as you watch the list grow shorter and shorter.