Ever wonder what habits make the world’s most successful professionals so successful when you’re hitting the snooze button every morning? It’s probably simpler than you think. Most of these successful people are also “morning people,” not necessarily because they were born that way, but because they understand and cherish the value in taking the time to optimize their entire day from the moment they wake up. If you want to save time, reach your goals faster, and be more productive during your workday, try incorporating these five morning habits shared by the world’s top achievers.
1. Make more “morning time.” This may seem like a no-brainer, but getting up one to two hours earlier each morning may be extremely beneficial to your professional success. For starters, a greater span of time in the morning before you go to work allows you to think clearly and set daily goals before you’re bombarded with projects, e-mails, and requests from co-workers. Also, you’re much less likely to be rushed – and late for work. Creating the habit of having more time at the beginning of the day will open up great opportunities to set a positive course for the rest of the day.
2. Create the habit of mapping out the day. As mentioned above, one of the biggest advantages of having morning time is the ability to strategize proactively. When you’re not rushed and under pressure, you can think more clearly and concisely about what it is you have to accomplish and how you want to execute your plans. So, in the tranquil hours of the early morning, have a seat, reflect on your priorities, and jot down the day’s gameplan.
3. Get moving. The benefits of regular exercise at any time of day are boundless, but the benefits of exercising in the morning carry over into your entire workday. Not only will you feel proud of yourself for getting your workout in first thing, but the physical perks of exercise – the release of endorphins, the reduction of tension, the increase in energy and oxygen flow – all work together as a one-two-punch to your workload. Especially if you find yourself routinely lagging behind your agenda, get up early enough so you can exercise in the morning. You’d be surprised at the difference in your work performance after making this a habit.
4. Eat a good breakfast – really. Experts have been telling us for years that eating breakfast is a crucial component in maintaining good health and a healthy weight. It’s no wonder, then, that eating breakfast is also extremely beneficial to our cognitive functions, and thus, our productivity. By eating breakfast, you will improve your ability to concentrate on tasks, and you won’t be desperately eyeing the clock hours before your lunch break. Even if you’re not normally “breakfast eater,” even a little bit of nutritious food in the morning is far better than nothing.