Are you a night owl with a passion for testing your snooze button’s limits? You’re not alone, trust us. But with studies showing waking up early can directly impact your professional success; people are switching to the early-rising plan and making the most of their mornings. Check out what some successful people do first thing that sets them apart from us sleepy-eyed coffee pushers.
Steve Job’s mantra
Steve Jobs and even Benjamin Franklin favored asking themselves important questions. From his commencement speech at Stanford, Jobs explained his morning mantra:
“If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today? And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
In line with that thought process, this was Benjamin Franklin’s daily schedule. Great minds think alike!
Workout your brain
P.G. Wodehouse and Vladimir Nabokov used breakfast relax their minds, to indulge in a book before the day’s work began, to enjoy time with their spouse before some time with the typewriter.
Make an omelet instead of coffee and cereal; watch the news, or check social media; meditate to focus your energy. Getting your brain juices flowing guarantees you’re awake and alert for the day’s first tasks.
You saw this coming, but it’s true! Everyone from Barack Obama to Anna Wintour favors an early morning workout to really feel awake and ready to conquer the day. Try something like light yoga, or a jog, and make sure to pack your gym bag the night before if you really need the push to get up and get it done.
Listen to Mark Twain
“Eat a live frog
first thing in the morning,
and nothing worse
will happen to you
the rest of the day.”
Do you just dread something so much you put it off until the last second, making you hate it even more? Make your day get progressively easier, rather than stressful, and get those horribly pesky tasks done first! Your energy is up, your focus is razor-sharp, and your day will feel much more accomplished knocking it off your list.
Don’t just make a today list, make a tomorrow list too
This is a popular one, and for good reason. Kenneth Chenault, CEO of American Express, likes to make a list of the top three things he wants to accomplish the following day, making sure his days aren’t left to chance and a lack of productivity. Maybe take this and Twain’s advice and make your top three the biggest tasks of your day, so your afternoon is better spent on fostering client relationships, keeping up with your social networks and LinkedIn presence, and strategizing your marketing plan with our always ready consultants!