Did you know that Margaret Thatcher was up every day at 5am, Frank Lloyd Wright at 4am, and Robert Iger, the CEO of Disney wakes at 4:30am? Early rising is a common habit shared by many CEOs, government officials, and other influential people. Using morning hours before work may be vital for a successful and healthy lifestyle.
The Inc. Magazine reported that morning people were found to be more proactive and more productive. In addition, the health benefits for those with a life before work seem to be long-lasting.
Let’s explore 5 of the things successful people do before 8 am.
1. 1. Exercise.
Exercising before work – be it aerobics, yoga, etc - gives you a boost of energy for the day and that deserved sense of accomplishment. Morning workouts also eliminate the possibility of flaking out on your cardio after a long day at work. Even if you aren’t bright eyed and bushy tailed at the thought of a 5am jog, try waking up 15 minutes early for a quick bedside set of push-ups or stretching. It’ll help revitalize your body, and prepare you for your day.
2. 2. Map Out Your Day.
Maximize your potential by planning your schedule for the day, as well as your goals and to-dos. The morning is an ideal time for this as it is usually one of the only quiet times a person gets throughout the day. The early hours foster easier reflection that helps when prioritizing your activities. They also allow for uninterrupted problem solving when trying to fit everything into your timetable. While scheduling, do consider your mental health. Make some space for a 10 minute break after a stressful meeting and schedule a small window in the evening to pack a few healthy snacks to bring to work the next day.
3. 3. Eat a Healthy Breakfast.
Make sure you do not leave for work with an empty stomach or without a cup of coffee. Take that extra time in the morning to fuel your body for the tasks ahead of it. Not only is breakfast good for your physical health, it is also a good time to connect socially. Even five minutes of talking with your kids or spouse while eating a quick bowl of oatmeal can boost your spirits before heading out the door.
4. 4. Visualization.
These days we talk about our physical health but we often neglect our mental health. The morning is the perfect time to spend some quiet time inside our mind meditating or visualizing. Take a moment to visualize your day ahead of you, focusing on the successes you will have. Even just a minute of visualization and positive thinking can help improve your mood and outlook on your work load for the day.
5. 5. Make Your Day Top Heavy.
We all have that one item on our to-do list that concerns us. Here’s an easy tip to save yourself the stress – do that least desirable task on your list first. Instead of anticipating the unpleasantness of it from first coffee through your lunch break, get rid it of it from the very beginning. The morning is the time when your energy level is up. Therefore, you are better equipped to handle more difficult tasks. So, your day will get gradually easier and you’ll be winding down with easier to dos and heading into your free time more relaxed, instead of the other way around!
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