Thursday

5 Things Super Successful People Do Before 8 AM

Rise and shine! Morning time just became your new
best friend. Love it or hate it, utilizing the morning
hours before work may be the key to a successful and
healthy lifestyle.
That’s right, early rising is a common trait found in
many CEOs, government officials, and other influential
people. Margaret Thatcher was up every day at 5 a.m.;
Frank Lloyd Wright at 4 am and Robert Iger, the CEO of
Disney wakes at 4:30am just to name a few. I know
what you’re thinking – you do your best work at night.
Not so fast. According to Inc. Magazine , morning people
have been found to be more proactive and more
productive. In addition, the health benefits for those with
a life before work go on and on. Let’s explore 5 of the
things successful people do before 8 am.

1. Exercise. I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again. Most
people that work out daily, work out in the morning.
Whether it’s a morning yoga session or a trip to the
gym, exercising before work gives you a boost of energy
for the day and that deserved sense of accomplishment.
Anyone can tackle a pile of paperwork after 200 ab reps!
Morning workouts also eliminate the possibility of
flaking out on your cardio after a long day at work. Even
if you aren’t bright eyed and bushy tailed at the thought
of a 5 am jog, try waking up 15 minutes early for a
quick bedside set of pushups or stretching. It’ll help
wake up your body, and prep you for your day.
2. Map Out Your Day. Maximize your potential by
mapping out your schedule for the day, as well as your
goals and to dos. The morning is a good time for this
as it is often one of the only quiet times a person gets
throughout the day. The early hours foster easier
reflection that helps when prioritizing your activities.
They also allow for uninterrupted problem solving when
trying to fit everything into your timetable. While
scheduling, don’t forget about your mental health. Plan
a 10 minute break after that stressful meeting for a
quick walk around the block or a moment of meditation
at your desk. Trying to eat healthy? Schedule a small
window in the evening to pack a few nutritious snacks
to bring to work the next day.
3. Eat a Healthy Breakfast. We all know that rush out
the door with a cup of coffee and an empty stomach
feeling. You sit down at your desk, and you’re already
wondering how early that taco truck sets up camp
outside your office. No good. Take that extra time in the
morning to fuel your body for the tasks ahead of it. It
will help keep your mind on what’s at hand and not
your growling stomach. Not only is breakfast good for
your physical health, it is also a good time to connect
socially. Even five minutes of talking with your kids or
spouse while eating a quick bowl of oatmeal can boost
your spirits before heading out the door.
4. Visualization. These days we talk about our physical
health ad nauseam, but sometimes our mental health
gets overlooked. The morning is the perfect time to
spend some quiet time inside your mind meditating or
visualizing. Take a moment to visualize your day ahead
of you, focusing on the successes you will have. Even
just a minute of visualization and positive thinking can
help improve your mood and outlook on your work load
for the day.
5. Make Your Day Top Heavy. We all have that one item
on our to do list that we dread. It looms over you all
day (or week) until you finally suck it up and do it after
much procrastination. Here’s an easy tip to save
yourself the stress – do that least desirable task on
your list first. Instead of anticipating the unpleasantness
of it from first coffee through your lunch break, get it
out of the way. The morning is the time when you are
(generally) more well rested and your energy level is up.
Therefore, you are more well equipped to handle more
difficult projects. And look at it this way, your day will
get progressively easier , not the other way around. By
the time your work day is ending, you’re winding down
with easier to dos and heading into your free time more
relaxed. Success!

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