For most of us, waking up in the morning is a mess. We drag ourselves to the kitchen to make breakfast. We stare at the wall while the coffee is brewing. These days, we browse our social media feeds to see what we missed overnight. Such mornings are alien to successful entrepreneurs.
You don’t need to look at the likes of Bill Gates or Elon Musk. Look at the owners of the deli at the far end of your street. They’re up and about even before the sun starts to rise. Is their business thriving? It may not have 100 branches across the country, but it does its job to provide for the owner’s family, right? In a sense, that’s already considered a success.
Wake Up Early and Consistently
Wake up at the same time every day. This will give your day more structure. Wake up 30 minutes before you should start to move around. It means you are not going to rush around. You can keep your head clear. That extra 30 minutes will give you enough time for all the other mundane things you need to do around the house-take out the garbage, wipe the kitchen countertop, fix the kids’ toys, etc.
Meditate and Exercise
Give yourself time to exercise and meditate. You don’t need to do high-intensity training. Just 30 minutes on the treadmill or a run around the neighborhood will be an instant pick-me-upper. You will feel better throughout the day. At the same time, you have to do meditation, too. There are plenty of free tutorials on YouTube. All you need to do is follow one account and do the basic yoga poses with the guru.
Exercising and meditating in the morning give you energy for the rest of the day. You will be surprised how many successful entrepreneurs, artists, and athletes meditate every morning. Do these consistently, and you will feel the difference in your daily life.
Drink Coffee (or Tea)
People need a shot of caffeine in the morning. You can get a Hario Mizudashi 600 ml for a cold brew. The less acidic cold brew is perfect for people who suffer from hyperacidity. The smoothness and sweetness of the brew are the perfect pick-me-upper, too. If you are not too fond of coffee, you can opt for tea. It has caffeine, too. Just make sure not to overdrink caffeine throughout the day, especially in the evening, because this will affect your sleeping pattern.
Eat a Hearty Breakfast
Successful entrepreneurs eat a hearty and healthy breakfast because this is what will fuel them for the rest of the day. Sometimes, you might be tempted to skip breakfast because you do not have the time to prepare one. Resist the urge to do so. If possible, make something the night before so that you can heat it. You can also grab a sandwich from a deli during your morning run.
Do not, however, eat a sugary breakfast because that will lead to a sugar crash later on. A power breakfast consists of fruits, eggs, and oatmeal. These are enough to fuel you until lunch.
Mornings are also opportunities to do some small tasks for work. You can clear out your emails, analyze yesterday’s work, and finish other mundane tasks. This will make sure that your time, later on, will be for the bigger tasks ahead. However, make sure that you are working mindfully. If you are getting distracted by conversations and social media, you are wasting your time sitting in front of your laptop. Make sure that you are focused on your goal of finishing these small but equally important tasks.
Stay Up-to-date with Current Events
Successful entrepreneurs keep up with the news. You should read or listen to the news as you get ready for work. Although experts hate multitasking, this is the kind of multitasking that can work for your benefit. Make sure you are listening to verifiable sources.
Set Goals and Priorities
If you want to succeed, you have to set goals and priorities early in the morning. What do you hope to accomplish that day? You can set small and big goals, depending on what you should do at work. Mornings are the best time to brainstorm because your mind is clear and the ideas are fresh. Maximize this time to think about what you need to accomplish that day.
You should be consistent in doing these things. This routine is designed to tackle small and big tasks each day. Once you get the momentum, it’ll be easier to follow through with it every day.