Successful people start the day early, and start the day right. Instead of hitting the snooze button and taking another 15 minutes to doze off before hitting the shower, they give themselves the advantage of a head start, paving the way for a productive day. Here are 10 things successful people do in the morning that you could also incorporate into your daily routine.
1) They get up an hour before their alarm clock says it’s time to do so
Being the go-getters that they are, successful people are rearing to start the day and make it a point to wake up on schedule, day after day, even if they’ve been out late the night before. Waking up earlier gives you time to do more and achieve more. Successful people cultivate and nurture the discipline it takes to do this, which then translates to consistency in other aspects of their life.
2) They sweat it out
Successful people take the time out to exercise for at least 30 minutes each day. For them, 30 minutes is just a fraction of their day so there’s absolutely no excuse to workout. Exercise clears the mind and gives them a much-needed adrenaline boost to take on challenging tasks all throughout the day. And with everything going on in their lives, successful people can’t afford NOT to be healthy, and thus make fitness a part of their daily routine. Get that yoga mat out of the closet, give those running shoes a good dusting and get those endorphins pumping through your system!
3) They enjoy the outdoors and get a breath of fresh air
One of the things achievers love to do is to step outside, embrace the sun’s warmth, breathe in the fresh air, and marvel at the miracle of a brand new day. For achievers, each morning is a reminder that they could let go of yesterday’s mistakes, start again, and do their best.
4) They know their priorities, and list them down
Kitchen chores, helping the kids with schoolwork, dinner with friends, sports and hobbies, client meetings, emails that have to be answered, networking events to be attended. The list goes on and on. Domestic, social, and work-related responsibilities demand a lot of your time and attention and can be overwhelming if you’re not on top of things. Successful people take a few minutes to list down all their To Do list items and prioritise them accordingly, from the most urgent to the least important, and plan their day around it.
5) They visualise what goes on in their day
What needs to be done? What steps are needed to accomplish each task? Successful people map out their whole day before they even start it. Some think about this in the shower while others plan while enjoying a hearty breakfast. Visualisation makes it easier to turn your goals into reality. And speaking of goals …
6) They are focused on achieving their goals and see the big picture
Successful people don’t just tick off task after task. They don’t do things just for the sake of doing them; they constantly evaluate how each task they complete contributes to achieving a bigger target. What do you ultimately want to achieve with a project? What are the milestones you have to achieve to get there? Where are you going with mentoring that colleague? Ask questions relating to your goals and keep your focus. Eyes on the prize!
7) They eat a healthy breakfast
When you wake up later than usual and would want to beat the rush hour, there’s the tendency to grab the first thing you see in the fridge. Even worse, you skip breakfast altogether and just head out the door. Successful people know that these are not good ideas and do better. They make themselves a wholesome breakfast and relish every bite. From bananas to scrambled eggs, porridge, toast, and yoghurt; healthy food energise the body and helps maintain focus as well as alertness throughout the day.
8) They savour their cups of coffee
For successful people, drinking a cup of freshly brewed coffee (or tea) not only wakes them up; it also gives them the chance to sit down, and reflect on where they are in their lives. They use this time to think of improving current processes, exciting initiatives, or to be just thankful for the positive people and energy surrounding them both at home and at work. With just a cup of coffee, successful people get to reconnect with what’s important in their lives, which inspires them to get out of bed with a happy heart each morning.
9) They greet people with a smile, and do it often
Successful people understand that a smile can open a lot of doors and pave the way for unexpected opportunities. And even if it doesn’t, they know that it makes people feel great. So they greet people with a smile, colleagues and strangers alike. What’s more, it’s free and highly contagious. Everyone’s in for a great day – it’s a win-win situation.
10) They keep their desk clutter-free
Successful people believe that the state of their desk reflects their current state of mind. Go-getters constantly file documents, know which ones to keep or discard, and have mastered the art of putting things back to where they belong. Successful people like to start each day fresh and keep their desk neat and organised.
What it all comes down to is that successful people are consistent. They do the same things day in and day out. Not only do they get the results they want, but they also spend less energy doing their morning routines because visualising or working out, for example, has become second nature to them. They could then use this saved energy for other important pursuits. It takes 21 days to develop a habit so keep going!
Do you have morning rituals that you feel have helped you become a more successful person in and out of the workplace? What routines will you be implementing today? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section below!