With only 24 hours in the day, utilising your time wisely is key to staying one step ahead of the game. We have narrowed it down to 6 things successful people do before 8am.
Wake up rested
If you are guilty of overusing the snooze button then the idea of waking up an hour earlier will, most likely, fill you with feelings of dread. It’s no secret that in order to wake up earlier you need a great night's sleep and here’s how to do it;
- Ensure all technology is in “sleep mode” silent (or at least on silent) so you are not disturbed by notifications or artificial light.
- Scent your bedroom with lavender and chamomile - both known to help relax and calm.
- If you still find that your brain can’t switch off, a great tip is to listen to a sleep podcast. This often works for people who find themselves falling asleep in front of the TV, but when they move to bed they are suddenly awake again.
- Most importantly, a solid and consistent routine will ensure that no matter how stressful and hectic your day is, you can relax and switch off before bed.
Make your bed
Starting your day off with purposeful actions, like making your bed, actually starts a sequence of productivity. According to Charles Duhigg in “The Power of Habit”, daily bed-making is something that kick-starts a chain of other good decisions throughout the day and gives you a sense of taking charge. Duhigg claims that these keystone habits lead to "a greater sense of well-being and stronger skills at sticking with a budget."
If you find you are always cancelling your gym plans on the day, you need to think about the practicalities of the time you are setting aside for this. By working out before the day begins, you won’t end up skipping your workout later if you have to stay at work late or have other priorities.
When you are running your own business, networking often gets pushed to the bottom of the pile. This isn’t an every day routine, but making use of this time to network every few weeks will make a direct impact on your business success.
Set your priorities
How often do you arrive at the office with a clear head? You waste time in the morning reading through emails, deciding what to start first. Ensuring that you have a clear structure to your day means that you can hit the ground running. Why not take 10 minutes on your morning commute to establish the days priorities?
The truth is, only around 1 in 4 people are actually morning people. And for around another 1 in 4 people, they are night owls. For these people, waking up early will actually be unproductive. So, know your own body!
These tips will help you no matter what time you start your day at, the key is making time for yourself and your routine.