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Mornings set the tone for the rest of your day. If you start your morning stressed and frazzled, unfortunately the rest of your day is likely to continue on that path. To start your day off on the right foot, try stealing the morning routines of some very successful people!
Rise and Shine
We think you have known this for a long time, but have never wanted to admit it. Getting up early is something nearly all successful people do. In a poll of 20 executives, 90% said they wake up before 6 a.m. on weekdays. PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi wakes up at 4 a.m. and is in the office no later than 7 a.m.
We hate to be the bearer of bad news, again, but exercising in the morning is crucial for anyone with a busy schedule. Not so surprisingly, CEO and founder of ClassPass, Payal Kadakia exercises every morning. She goes for a 30-minute run that helps her wake up and plan out her day. If she is too busy for her run, she makes sure to squeeze in a 10-minute core workout and always keeps her yoga mat and weights laid out just in case. By exercising in the morning, you ensure you don’t skip it when you get busy later in the day. According to nutritionist and fitness expert Mitzi Dulan, RD, CSSD, by working out early in the day you will boost your metabolism, sleep better, eat better and even improve your productivity.
Take a Breath
Many are guilty of the smartphone wake up call. As soon as the alarm on your phone goes off, you start scrolling through your social media feeds. Instead of focusing on what others are doing, focus on yourself. Arianna Huffington starts every morning by taking a minute to breathe deeply, be grateful and set her intentions for the day. Most morning she also squeezes in yoga where she focuses on breathing which balances her for the rest of her day.
Side Hustle Early
Author Laura Vanderkam of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast says that it is important to work on personal projects before work when you aren’t tired and won’t want to push it to tomorrow. Vanderkam cites one study of young professors that showed writing a little bit every day rather than in intense bursts made them more likely to get tenure. Start a morning routine where you accomplish a small amount of your personal project and all of those mornings will add up quickly.
Are you an early bird who gets the worm or more of a night owl?