How you start your day sets the tone for the rest of it.
Most successful entrepreneurs will tell you that morning time is the most important of their day.
Here are some of the things you can do to spend your morning like the successful entrepreneur that you are:
Wake up early/earlier
I heard you groan. And, yes- some people are very successful and productive by staying up late. But for most, waking up early is key.
“Early” is subjective. It doesn’t mean you need to wake up at 5 am. It means you start your day earlier than when you need to be whereever it is you need to be so that you can get your day started in a way that is mindful and that you are in control of. For some of you it means waking up earlier than when your kids do so that you have time for yourself and/or your business before they need you.
How could you spend an extra hour in the morning?
Is it hard to wake up?
Be sure you’re going to bed at the same time each night and that you’re getting at least 7 hours of sleep. You may need more than that.
If you’re getting enough sleep but still finding it hard to drag yourself out of your warm and cozy bed, ask yourself this:
What can you look forward to in the morning?
For many, it’s sitting with a cup of coffee. For you, it may be a cup of your favorite tea or an enticing parfait with granola and fresh berries. Or, it could be knowing that you will be going straight into 15 minutes of stretches and yoga.
What would you do with an extra hour in your morning?
Have A Plan
It can be extremely difficult to start your day early when you have nothing calling your name, even with that fresh cup of coffee waiting for you.
Go to bed the night before with a plan for the morning in place.
Know what the goal of waking up earlier is and what you’ll tackle and in what order.
Maybe you wake up every morning and exercise. Or perhaps you cozy up with a blanket on your favorite chair and do some journaling and then do 30 minutes of work. Make sure you know exactly which work projects you’ll tackle before you go to sleep.
Eat the Frog
If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.
The message is clear- Identify your hardest and most important task, and do it first.
That proposal you need to work on that may generate a big client? The important presentation that you’re giving next week? The fresh content that you need to add to your website? Do it first, before the nagging requests come in.
That frog will be easier to eat when your mind is fresh and the world isn’t asking placing demands on you yet. And getting it out of the way first will give you a huge sense of relief, energy, and motivation.
Start your morning with focus on what you need to get done and avoid anything that might put you on a path of procrastination. If you spend the first hour of your day taking care of important things, then the rest of the day will go much smoother.
Protect this important time that is yours by fighting the urge to use this time to respond to emails or texts. Don’t allow things in your space that will get in your head and disrupt your plan for setting the tone for your day.
For many of us, this precious time in the morning may be the only time we have to focus on us. Starting the day with a heavy focus on your social media and phone alerts means you’re more likely to get easily distracted throughout the remainder of your day too.
Take Care of Your Body and Mind
Taking time to start your day by stretching and moving your body for even a few minutes can help increase your energy levels and reduce stress. Follow it up with a healthy breakfast to nourish your mind, kickstart your metabolism, and give you the energy you need to handle the day. Drink some cold water too. Huffington Post founder, Arianna Huffington, says she always starts her morning with hot water with lemon.
Stick to Your Routine
Experiment a bit. Find out what works for you and make your morning your own.
Once you find what works for you, stick to it!