Your morning routine can be the thing that makes or breaks you. The way you start your day can set you up to be productive throughout the entire day. That’s why many leaders have crafted morning rituals that maximize their energy, productivity, and creativity all day long. Whether you’re an aspiring high profile CEO, author, investor, entrepreneur or athlete, is your morning routine setting you up for success?
Wake Up Early!
Time is the most valuable of all our possessions, and that’s one thing highly successful people know for sure. With Jay Z and Mark Zuckerberg waking up at 8 am, Warren Buffet, Gary Vaynerchuck, and Oprah Winfrey wake up around 6:30 am and some business leaders like Apple CEO Tim Cook waking up as early as 3:45 am! Not only do they have more control in their early hours, but they’ll also have more opportunities to do things that matter to them.
Early bird gets the worm. Start with waking up 15 minutes earlier than your usual time. Then, gradually adjust to waking up early.
You don’t have to have an intense exercise regimen – you can simply do yoga, or walk for 10 minutes every morning. President Barack Obama is sure to sweat it out at least 45 minutes a day, six days a week and Billionaire tech investor Mark Cuban gets at least an hour of cardio per day. Exercise will not just make you think clearer but be healthier and scientifically happier.
Make time for exercise. An hour-long routine can seem too daunting, so start by running, dancing or even walking around the neighborhood for at least ten minutes.
Staying calm and keeping your inner energy aligned is essential for a successful and ultimately happy life. Oprah sits in stillness for 20 minutes, twice a day. Tim Ferris says that 80% of the successful people he has interviewed meditate daily. Take a few minutes to Relax and let your inner peace guide you as you pray or meditate. Remember, 90% of illnesses are stress-related, so forget the rush and enjoy a few moments of alone time with yourself. Focus on your breathing. You may even want to recite an empowering mantra during your meditation.
Keep a Journal
Write it down. Not only can a journal be a place where we store valuable information, record quotes or sayings that move us, but it’s also an excellent tool to help us analyze where we are at and where we want to go. A journal is also a great way to express gratitude for the things we have. By writing the blessings, they’re grateful for, highly successful people become more open to optimism and inspiration and improve their outlook on life.
Every day, write down at least one thing that you’re thankful for. Learn to count the small wins. Document where you are and write down where you want to go.
Tackle the Biggest Task First
In the morning, the willpower of highly successful people is fresh and ready to go. So, this is the best time to take advantage of it – do your hardest task, your “frog” first. Brian Tracy’s class time management book “eat that frog” gets its title from a Mark Twain saying that, if you eat a live frog first thing in the morning, you’ve got it behind you for the rest of the day, and nothing else looks so bad. This way, you’re more likely to get it done, and you’re more likely to finish it without other people barging in on you.
Choose your “frog” of the day – only one – and stick to completing it before you even get to eat breakfast. Do one thing every day that will get you closer to your goals.
Of course, many other factors go into a successful morning routine but starting with this five habits will create a more efficient and productive day to day routine.
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