Successful entrepreneurs rise and shine early. ”Having a productive morning is very important to the outcome of your day,” explains career expert and life coach Stacia Pierce, CEO of Ultimate Lifestyle Enterprises. “When you start with mental clarity, physical strength and emotional balance you will be ready to achieve your daily goals with creativity and confidence. You take control of your day when you take control of your morning.”
During the rush of the day, it is harder to focus. Mornings give you a chance to think clearer without daily distractions. You might actually get more done in two quiet hours of the morning than a full day in the office. Ely Delaney, co-founder of YourMarketingUniversity.com, does. “The hardest thing to deal with is a rush of things coming at you first thing in the morning such as office fires, emails, questions, phone calls, etc. By getting up early, you give yourself some time to plan your day and get things done before the rest of the world’s hustle catches up,” says Delaney.
Visualize your day. “Mediate on your outcome, be still and see yourself as productive and progressing toward your goals,” offers Pierce. “Insight comes early; if you sit quietly in the morning and meditate and then listen within, you will discover brilliant ideas are ready to burst out of you.” Think positive thoughts. “Say your affirmations before you get into your morning routine. Your mind is a powerhouse and works as an incredible attraction machine. It attracts the very things into your life that coincide with your thoughts and feelings,” says Pierce. “It’s very important that you start your morning routine with thought commands.”
Get your creative juices flowing. “Start with some reading. It gets the creativity going. I like to start my day with something in personal development. It helps get me in the right mindset first thing,” says Delaney.
Make your To-Do List. “Write a list of your goals for the day in the morning. Writing is a key component to daily accomplishment. This process will cause you to think about your day in advance and create a plan for what you want to achieve,” explains Pierce. And categorize your to-do List. “Be ruthless and divide your to-do list into these three categories each day,” adds life and career coach Val Wright of Val Wright Consulting. Could do: These are biggest time suckers but not essential. These things could be done another time; Must do: These are time-sensitive items that cannot be delegates. Focus on these as priorities; and Don’t want to but need to: These, says Wright, causes the biggest amount of stress. Do these tasks first in your day and get them out of the way.
Do a fast email check—but no reading and replying. “Take two minutes to do a quick run-through and delete anything that you don’t need. Get rid of the spam and the newsletters that you don’t want to read right way,” suggests Delaney. “Don’t use this time to read emails. Just to do a quick clean-up. This makes it much easier to get right to the meat when you’re ready to reply to emails.”
Go into airplane mode. Turn off the technology and take advantage of the quiet. “Switch your phone to airplane mode and turn off the WiFi on your laptop. Now focus on those critical tasks. Don’t turn it back on until you are finished,” says Wright.
You time. Take some time in your mornings to focus on you – and only you. Natalie Stezovsky, vice president of Influence & Co., says it is the perfect opportunity to work on personal growth. “Watch webinars, reading articles, etc.,” she suggests.
Make long-term goals. Wright says ask yourself, “What do you need to work on today to achieve your 6 month or 12 month goals?” Then come up with a plan. “Many people spend too much time working on the next three months and lose that long term focus that could set them apart from their peers,” Wright says.
Catch up with a client or colleague. You don’t always have to go to lunch to catch up with a client or peer. “If you commute to your office, maybe there’s a client on the way that you can stop by their office real quick just to stop by and make sure everything is good with them,” says Delaney. “This kind of unexpected visit to ‘stop in and say hi’ can help build your relationship with them.”
Nourishment is important. Lastly, don’t forget to eat, says Stezovsky. Remember the saying, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”? You need energy to start your day off right so have a good, nutritious breakfast.