People who do well in their careers tend to start the day with a positive attitude. They claim the early hours of the day as theirs, and then they make the most of every moment.
Here are five fundamental ways you can use the early mornings to set you up for a successful day ahead.
1. Wake up early
Mornings offer a rare moment of liberty where you are free to do your own thing. So make the most of this ‘me’ time by getting yourself out of bed at the crack of dawn.
Early mornings are a matter of habit. It may be a struggle at first, but your body clock will soon adjust. And, it’s a lot easier when you are getting up to do something more interesting and fulfilling than just get ready to go to work.
2. Keep fit
Exercise delivers an energising boost to your mind as well as your body. A pre-breakfast workout – whether running, cycling, a yoga practice or a few press-ups, sit-ups and lunges – wakes you up and helps reduce stress later in the day.
By taking time to exercise first thing in the morning, you’ll start the working day with the energy and enthusiasm you need to maximise your productivity and performance.
3. Plan your day
While we sleep, our brains organise, process and prioritise all the information from the preceding day. Mornings, therefore, are the perfect time to create your to-do list for the day to come. The start of a new day helps you sort out the key objectives from the distracting clutter and put together a plan of action to achieve your goals.
4. Tackle a demanding project
The oasis of free time mornings provide is a rare chance to concentrate without interruption on a specific project. Resist replying to emails or looking over yesterday’s work – that sort of thing can eat up valuable time without achieving anything – and get stuck into something more significant.
Look at your plan for the day and pick out the most challenging task (which is usually the one that would not get done). Make progress on this and your day will only get easier.
5. Enjoy every moment!
It’s not all about work work work for successful people. They know how to have a well-balanced life. So savour every moment of your mornings. Talk with your family, walk the dog, water the garden, enjoy a leisurely breakfast. When you your mind, body and soul are well-nourished, you can approach the coming day feeling balanced and grounded.
One thing that makes people feel more inclined to make the most of their mornings is having a great workplace to go to. That’s where HR Rockstars come in. We’re the go-to people for any business that wants to build a solid team of highly motivated employees.
Now, let’s get to work!