Mornings are a great time to get things done. Fresh off the back of a good night’s sleep and less likely to be interrupted than you are later in the day, it is the perfect time to turn personal priorities such as exercise and strategic thinking into a reality. But with an endless to-do list and a full-day ahead, it can be hard to find the time. That is why we have rounded up a list of things the most successful people do before breakfast.
Wake Up Early
Successful people know that time is a precious commodity. And while theirs is easily eaten up by phone calls, emails and sudden crises when they get to the office, the early-morning hours are under their control. Starting the day early results in more time to do what you please. The bottom line: productive mornings start with early wake-up calls.
The benefits of exercise are much exalted in the beauty industry so it’s no wonder the most successful people make time for this before their bowl of cornflakes. Whether it be lifting weights, cardio or going to the gym, they all indulge in a 6am training session twice a week. Beyond the fact that exercising in the morning means they can’t later run out of time, a pre-breakfast workout helps to reduce stress later in the day, counteracts the effects of a high-fat diet and improves sleep.
Network Over Coffee
If you like to make it home for dinner, this one is a must! The mornings can be a great time to meet with people for coffee or breakfast plus, networking breakfasts are less disruptive than midday lunches and more work-orientated than boozy cocktail parties. By the end of the day, your mind is likely to be more cluttered resulting in a less productive meeting.
Type A personalities typically demand as much from others as they do from themselves, so it can be difficult for them to disconnect from their mental to-do lists and calm their minds. Before they head out of the door, many successful people devote themselves to a spiritual practise such as meditation or prayer to centre themselves for the rush of the day.
Read The News
Whether it’s sitting in a well-known coffee shop and reading the papers or checking blogs and Twitter from the comfort of their sofa, the most successful people have a pre-breakfast ritual for getting the latest headlines. By the time they get to work, they have a pretty good idea of what’s going on in the world. Then, they can get down to the business of changing it…
Planning the day, week or month ahead is an important time management tool to keep you on track when you’re in the thick of it. Using the mornings to do big-picture thinking helps you to prioritise and set the trajectory of the day.
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