5 Best Practices to start your day
It wouldn’t be helpful to lay out a morning routine for you because what may work for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another. What we can do, however, is provide you with the consistent daily morning habits of successful people.
#1. Getting up early – Everyone’s idea of this is different but typically, we’ve seen successful entrepreneurs and business people start taking action on their day by 6:00 a.m.
#2. Get active – Breaking a light or heavy sweat, the choice is yours, before getting to the office is an effective strategy to getting momentum going for the day. If you refer to our 2 highly recommended YouTube Videos near the end of the article, you’ll discover how something as simple as making your bed can have an impact on not only your day but those around you.
#3. Mental Preparation & Gratitude – Whether you call it meditation, priming, or anything else, taking 10 minutes or more to get mentally prepared for the day is a sure way to help control the oncoming stresses of the day. Meditation also creates a state of gratitude (it’s hard to be stressed and grateful simultaneously).
And you can train yourself to be calm even at the most intense moments during your day. Every successful person I’ve researched does some form of meditation or journaling early in the morning.
#4. Email – We often hear how we aren’t supposed to check emails when we get out of bed in the morning because we start the day with reactionary habits. By responding to emails, you are creating reactive habits instead of proactive habits. However, there is an exception to the rule that we have found. Ashton Kutcher
has a simple yet brilliant email strategy and made a great point that email is everyone else’s to-do list for you; https://www.thriveglobal.com/stories/15124-ashton-kutcher-s-simple-yet-brilliant-email-strategy. He shifts the focus on emailing from inbound responses to sending outbound emails instead. This is a great productivity hack that allows you to take control of the beginning part of your day.
#5. Read, Podcast, or AudioBook – Most of us have to do some traveling to get to work. Instead of listening to the same songs every morning and evening, try doing research on Podcasts and AudioBooks to see what options there are for you to listen to. It’s an easy way to get some knowledge in that doesn’t require any additional time throughout the day. For those who don’t have to travel much to get to work, this gives them additional time to read through a chapter of a book. Either way, all great leaders and successful people do some form of reading in the morning to get their day going.
Here are the 2 Bonus YouTube Links we discussed earlier;
Start With Why – Simon Sinek (TED Talk)
Change the World by Making your Bed – Admiral William H. McRaven