Whether or not you’re a morning person, waking up on the right side of the bed and getting off to a great start definitely shapes your day. And, with the exception of things like getting a flat tire on the way to work, having a great day often starts with us. There are a slew of articles out there about what successful people do, especially in the morning. I thought I would share a few of my favorite things successful People do.
Wake Up Early
Waking up early is an important thing for successful people. Time is just too precious to spend our mornings in bed hitting the snooze button. If you’re not a morning person, the next item on the list might help…
Before your day starts, get your exercise in. This is really two-fold because it not only gets our blood moving and helps us get moving, but it also frees up that time later in our day. I have found this to be a real get me started and going routine that works. And I don’t have to think about working out after I am done for the day.
If you find yourself unmotivated, try laying out your workout clothes the night before so they’re ready to go. Or look for someone you enjoy more than going to the gym – with all of the variety of exercise videos and games out there, there’s bound to be something you can bring yourself to try. I particularly like P90X as a home workout routine when I miss the gym.
Tackle an Important Task
After you’ve gone to the gym or for that morning run and enjoyed a healthy breakfast, tackle an important task. Whether it’s professional or personal, there’s bound to a pending job that’s been weighing on your mind. Now that you’re awake and ready to take on the world, that task might look a bit less daunting and, if you’re able to finish it, will take some of the stress out of your day.
Connect with Family
Mornings can be hectic, but if you’re able to spend a little time reconnecting with your spouse or eating breakfast with your family, you should. With after-school activities, work meetings, grocery shopping, chores and errands, finding those few moments can be tough some days. Spending that morning time to spend with the people you love can help you start the day with a smile.
Create a Plan
Whether it’s for the day or for the week, creating a strategy, plan or to-do list for how to spend your time can make a real difference in your day. Set goals for the day, the week, or the month. While those goals are important to work toward, it all starts with small, daily or weekly steps. Before you start work tomorrow, sit down and think about what you want to accomplish, what you absolutely need to get done for the day, and what tasks you might be able to delegate or complete on a less busy week. Having a plan will help you stay on task and be more productive.
If you’re having trouble taking on any of these morning tasks, maybe it’s time to have a conversation with me. I can help you to develop the vision and goals needed to be successful. We can help you to win back your days, weeks and months.