It is no secret that the way you start your day has a big impact on your overall productivity during that day. If you start your day with a bad mood, your productivity will not be as high as when you start off the day with joy and excitement. Most of the successful entrepreneurs have morning habits that they consistently follow every day to help them be productive at work. These habits may differ in the order of execution but most of them cut across and can be used by any individual. In this post, I will share with you the morning habits that successful entrepreneurs use to have a productive day.
Habit #1: Wake up early enough
Waking up time may be different for every person. Some people may choose to wake up at 5 am or even 4 am depending on what time they sleep. But the whole idea for waking up early is to create enough time (at least 2 hours) for yourself before you move out for work. It’s within this time that you will prepare your mind and body for the workday.
Habit #2: Take a cold shower
This is a hard one especially if you have the option of showering with warm water. Taking a cold shower in the morning triggers your blood to move faster in your body in order to keep the temperature of your inner organs stable. This fast movement of blood increases your metabolism hence getting more energized for the day
Habit #3: Take 10 to 20 minutes in silence (meditation)
Meditation improves your focus and curiosity. These two are very important aspects if you want to be more productive during the day. Successful athletes like Kobe Bryant (R.I.P) have confessed being more focused in games whenever they take about 15 minutes each morning meditating. Starting to meditate is always challenging. For better results, you can look for a mediation App for guidance in the first days. You may also choose to start or end your meditation with a prayer
Habit #4: Visualize your day
Many people confuse visualization with meditation, but these two are different. With mediation, the focus is to be present in the moment and not having to worry about the future or think about the past. On the other hand, visualization involves seeing yourself doing something you haven’t done yet. Successful sportsmen like David Beckham and Lionel Messi have confessed using visualization to help them take better freekicks. So, as you start your day, try to visualize being successful at one of the major things you intend to do that day. If you are having a board presentation that day, try to picture yourself being confident and sharing your ideas with the board in the best possible way.
Habit #5: Do some exercising
When you wake up before showering, you can also do some light exercising. Doing exercise in the morning will help boost your metabolism hence giving you more energy to do work. However, don’t be tempted to do a lot of tiring workouts in the morning. For instance, jogging for 10Kms in the morning will drain most of your energy and you may end up going to work tired instead of being more energized.
Habit #6: Eat your breakfast
Most people prefer having their breakfast as the last thing before they leave home. However, it is okay to have it at any time that is appropriate with your morning schedule. But I wouldn’t recommend having your breakfast as the first thing after you waking up. Nutritionists recommend eating the same meal every breakfast to avoid getting digestion issues. Eating the same meal for breakfast is also known to be good for those who want to lose weight.
Habit #7: Read something positive
This can be a book or an article on a blog. Reading something positive will kick start your day with a good mood hence being more productive. You need to deliberately choose reading something positive. So, don’t be tempted to watch TV or randomly scroll through your Facebook newsfeed as these may lead to consuming negative or useless content. If you don’t drive yourself to work, you may choose to read a book while on your way to work.
Practising any of the above habits might be hard at the start. The only way to make it easy overtime is by practising every day. After a couple of weeks or months, you will start finding it easy to sit for 20 minutes in silence or even do your early morning exercise. Start by making small strides to avoid being disappointed. For instance, if you are new to mediation, it may be quite challenging to meditate for 30 minutes? So, start small and watch yourself grow over time.
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