If you want to be successful, you need to start evaluating your morning habits. Morning is often the most productive time of the day. This is because our brains are fresh, our willpower is stronger and we tend to have a more positive outlook on life during this period. In comparison, in the evenings people tend to be more tired, more negative and have little willpower. This is why you need to do important things in the morning.
Begin asking yourself what your morning habits are like. What time do you wake up? What is the first thing you do after getting out of bed? Etc. After you’ve done this, you’ll start to discover whether your morning routines are helping or hindering you on your path to success.
Now that you know what you are doing in the morning, let’s go over some things you should be doing. Successful individuals understand how valuable their mornings play into their success. Here are 5 morning habits that successful people do before breakfast that you need to emulate.
Wake Up Early & Get to Work
Successful people understand how valuable time is and they don’t let it go to waste. They get up early. In fact, Laura Vanderkam conducted a study of 20 executives and discovered something interested. 90% of these executives said they wake up before 6 am on weekdays. This doesn’t mean they get up and go straight to the office. Instead, they use that time to accomplish other personal tasks.
For example, Disney CEO Bob Iger wakes up at 4:30 to spend time reading and Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey gets up at 5:30 to exercise. The bottom line is simple. If you want to be successful and make your millions, one of your morning habits needs to be waking up early.
There are several reasons why you should exercise in the morning. You will have less scheduling conflicts if you exercise first thing. If you wait until the evening, chances are that something will come up and as mentioned above, you will likely have less will power to go the longer you wait. Another reason that exercising early is beneficial is because it increases productivity. According to the Huffington Post, working out will help “increase your mental clarity for four to 10 hours” after you exercise. If one of your morning habits is exercising, then you will also get better sleep and reduce stress later in the day.
Create a To-Do List
I am one of those people who rarely creates a to-do list unless I really need to get stuff done. This is because I complete tasks more often when I put them on paper. This is true for many people. When things are written down, they are more likely to be completed. The success rate changes because written tasks require more accountability than tasks only listed in your head. Successful individuals understand this concept. Every morning, they create to-do lists of all the tasks they need to complete during the day.
If you want to be successful, you need to start creating a to-do list for yourself every day. Make sure to only put realistic tasks on your list so you can actually complete them.
Write Down Your Goals
Successful individuals are goal oriented and you need to be as well, if you want to be successful. One of your morning habits should be writing down your goals every day or at the very least, reviewing your goals. Keep them fresh in your mind so you will continue working towards them. Again, you need to actually write them down because there is power in putting pen to paper. Decide what your goals are and then focus on them.
Quality Time with Family
Who said that quality family time has to be in the evening? Many successful people use the mornings to connect with their family members. Connecting could be anything from making a big breakfast for the whole family, talking with your spouse on the bus ride to work or helping your young children get ready for school in the morning.
Finding balance is important for any successful person and spending time with family needs to be part of that balance. If you are too tired in the evenings to spend time with family, start making it one of your morning routines instead.
Creating a good morning routine is essential if you want to be successful. Start your day off right with these 5 morning habits and get started on your success today. Maybe you’ll even make a few million while you’re at it.
What’s your most successful morning habit? Let us know in the comments below!