Like it or not, rising early and utilizing the morning hours before going to work could be the key to a successful and healthy lifestyle. Research has shown that many CEOs and influential people have a common trait of rising early. From research results it is evident that people who rise early are far more proactive and productive. So what are most common things successful people do before going to work or during the first half of the work day.
Exercise – The vast majority who take the time to work out do it in the early morning. Whether it is taking an hour run or a session at the gym, exercising in the morning will give you an energy boost for the rest of the day and a sense of accomplishment. Early morning workouts also eliminate the possibility that you will flake out after a long day at the office. Even a 30 minute workout of stretching and pushup has huge advantages and long term benefits.
Take the time to map out your day – Planning and mapping your daily schedule will ell help to maximize your potential This includes all your daily goals and to dos. Given that the early morning hours is probably one of the only quiet times you have for yourself it is a good time to map out your day. Early morning allows you to reflect on your day and prioritize all your daily activities. The quiet time allows you to problem solve and fit everything into your daily schedule. Never forget about your mental health and take a 10 minute break for a walk or mediation. And never forget to nourish your brain with healthy food.
Always eat a healthy breakfast – We have all heard the saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Most people are always in a rush in the morning and leave home after a cup of coffee and go to work on an empty stomach. By mid morning you already start thinking about what you are going to have for lunch. If you take the time before work for a healthy breakfast will provide your body and brain with fuel for the day. Breakfast is not only beneficial for your health, it is a good time to socialize with your partner and family.
Meditate and visualize – Not only do we need to take care of our physical health, it is important to take care of your mental health. Early morning is the perfect time to make use of the quiet time to massage your brain with some meditation and visualization. Visualization and positive thinking can lift your mood and outlook for the day ahead at the office.
Avoid stress and take on least desirable task first – We all have that one task on our to do list that we dread and try avoid all day or week. To avoid stress, it is recommended to take on and complete your least desirable task first. By doing this, it will help you to avoid the stress and get it our of the way, thereby opening the rest of the day or week to be more productive. Not only will you feel a sense of accomplishment, it is during those early morning hours when you have more energy and avoid the stressful anticipation of completing the dreaded task.