Let’s be clear - nothing on this list should surprise you. Every business book claims to tell you something revolutionary, but we all know we hear the same tips over and over. Rather, this list is here to be a gut check moment. More like, you know this. Why aren’t you doing it?
Step Number 1: Wake up at the same time everyday. Creating this habit can be difficult, but sets the basis for your morning. Whether you wake a 6 am for a run or 11 for coffee, your body is working hard to maintain a routine. According to the CBC, waking up at the same time daily allows our bodies to align with your Circadian Rhythm. This puts your body at ease, lowering your risk for disease in the future and allowing your brain to focus on the easy stuff in the present.
Step Number 2: Get a planner and write down what you need to get done that day. There are thousands of great options for planners out there. From the simple, inexpensive to the ones with all the bells and whistles. My suggestion? Don’t do this the digital way. I have a digital calendar and you can certainly use that for the “on the go” moment, but writing something down allows you to put a physical stamp on it. A written planner also gives you a place for the business and personal world to collide, but better yet it allows you to have a checklist of what you need to accomplish daily. Better planning = more accomplished. Always.
Step Number 3: Eat a healthy breakfast. Bacon and Eggs anyone? You need energy for the day. Starving at 11am and losing your focus is no way to get ahead in life. Basic proteins and healthy fats allow you to feel full and charged all day long to bring out your brightest ideas. Examples include chicken, eggs, nuts, avocados, yogurt, oatmeal, etc. The list could go on and on. Stop procrastinating and start Pintersting. Let’s get excited about breakfast, people!
Step Number 4: Exercise. You can take a walk, go for a run, practice yoga, etc. It doesn't matter which one, but pick something you like and do it for a half hour. Reader’s Digest points out that exercising for 20 minutes a day has been proven to produce more brain cells, decrease anxiety and increase cognitive function. Who wouldn’t want that to start the day?
Step Number 5: Read. Reading improves brain function. It extends vocabulary and allows the mind to expand. Plus, reading in the morning allows you to focus without the pressures of the day bearing down on you. Mark Cuban once said “It’s not about money or connections - it’s the willingness to outwork and outlearn everyone when it comes to your business.” Learning about your craft is one of the biggest steps to success. Pro tip - join the local library. Books are expensive and in the modern age many libraries have digital options and solutions that make reserving your favorite book a breeze.
Don’t let this overwhelm you. Start with one and build on. Pick and choose what works for you and let us know how it improves your day!