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10 Morning Habits of Successful People That You Should Learn

10 Morning Habits of Successful People That You Should Learn

Do you want to develop a morning routine that starts you on the road to success?Be thoughtful about the habits you are starting to develop and the results will be amazing. Here are some habits of successful people to which you can ascribe part of their success. There is however no magic routine. These are all great tips, but it is up to you to decide which fit your life.

1. They get important things done early

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    Do you know that feeling of mental fatigue at the end of the day?

    Humans have limited willpower. It runs out as the day progresses. This is called “ego depletion”, or decision fatigue. Decision fatigue particularly describes how every time you have to exercise willpower to make a decision you lose some willpower juice. Get your most important things done first in the morning while you still have full focus and mental power.

    Mark Twain is often quoted saying “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day”. Start with the frogs, and take easier decisions and do easier things as the day progresses. Speaking of food in the morning, it’s actually good for you to not eat in the morning (link).

    What you can do: plan your most important and difficult tasks in the morning. There are several tasks that can help you determine the most important tasks but we recommend the GTD Method.

    2. They set serious priorities

    Priorities are what focus you during the day. Steve Jobs reportedly started the day by looking in the mirrors and asking himself a question: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” (This is especially apropos for someone that died from a disease at a young age).

    Whether you want to go as extreme as he did or not, start your day by determining what really matters.

    What you can do: take time in your mornings to determine to-do items things matter to you.

    If you have trouble deciding, I recommend the Eisenhower matrix.

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    Tools: Eisenhower matrix

    3. They start with their end goal in mind

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      It is fascinating how many people have no goals and then are surprised they aren’t getting anywhere. If you define where you want to be at the end of the day you can decide what things matter most in order to reach your goal. The best short-term goals have a long-term goal associated with them.

      Ron Friedman describes the start of his day: “Ask yourself this question the moment you sit at your desk: The day is over and I am leaving the office with a tremendous sense of accomplishment. What have I achieved?”

      What you can do: start your day by asking yourself what would need to happen for you to be satisfied by the end of the day.

      The tool I recommend for this is the visualization method — Imagine yourself at the end of the day to discover what you want to have accomplished.

      4. They start with the tasks they gave themselves yesterday

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        Kenneth Chenault (American Express CEO) writes down tomorrows tasks at the end of the day. This means that when his day starts he knows where to begin.  No more fidgeting start-up time. By defining tasks for your future self  at the end of  the day you can start the day with full momentum.

        What you can do: at the end of the day, write down tasks for your future self.

        Tool: Any.do todo manager

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        5. They have a morning routine

        The human body is made for structure. This is reflected in our biological cycle, the circadian rhythm. Both your body and mind will function a lot smoother if your morning is structured. it prevents you from wandering aimlessly (which a loft of people do). Personally I like making a matcha tea, or bulletproof matcha in the morning.

        Anna Wintour, Vogue editor-in-chief for plays an intense tennis match every morning. Margaret Thatcher, former U.K. prime minister apparently got up every day to listen to the “Farming Today” radio show. This part of the routine centered each of these successful people for decision-making throughout the remainder of the day.

        What you can do: choose a morning routine and stick to it.

        Tool: Post-its, I have them hanging around as a reminder of my routine

        6. They have a structured life

        As we discussed above, a morning routine is important. The truly productive use this structured morning as a template for the rest of the day. Once you gained momentum in the day, be sure to use that to fuel you for the rest of the day. Structure and productivity are very close friends.

        Benjamin Franklin is a great example of a man with a structured morning and day:

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          What you can do: structure your days. If your days differ, plan weekly.

          Tool: Google Calendar

          7. They get and stay in shape

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            Barack Obama plays sports in the morning. If someone that has such a structured schedule as the President of the United States does can find time for exercise, so can you.

            The reason exercise is quite simple. The human body functions best if it is used  for physical activity. In fact, playing sports doesn’t only improve your body, it develops your mental power. Remember the ego depletion we talked about? Exercise is a great way to buffer it. Studies actually show that exercise (and/or taking a nap) increase your willpower.

            Note: good food has an even bigger impact than exercise.

            What you can do: Exercise in the morning. No equipment needed.

            Tool: Books by Pavel Tsatsouline

            8. They work hard but make time for family and leisure

            No matter how productive your morning is, always make time for family and relaxation. Take the two successful US political figures: Obama and Franklin. Both of them were/are obviously incredible busy and successful. Both of them however make/made time for their family and to try and wind down.

            Franklin was known to make time to read, and while it is not a morning habit Obama always tries to have dinner with his family.

            What you can do: in your mornings, plan ahead some time for leisure and family.

            Tools: Goodreads, Whatsapp group

            9. They meditate

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              Meditation is great for productivity and your overall mood. Both the morning and night are perfect opportunities to incorporate this habit. Tim Ferriss is a great proponent of meditation in the morning. He is a best-selling writer on productivity and health and has shared that he uses meditation to start his day.

              Meditation is pretty easy to start off with.

              What you can do: meditate after waking up, incorporate it into your morning routine.

              Tool: Headspace app

              10. They use the morning go get inspired and motivated

              Nothing sets the tone of your day like how  you start it.

              Tony Robbins is known to use the morning to list a number of things he is grateful for, and to get himself psyched up for the day. It’s a consistent morning routine that gets him going.

              What you can do: think of some things you are grateful for in the morning.

              Tool: Trainings by Tony Robbins

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              Last Updated on August 16, 2018

              16 Productivity Secrets of Highly Successful People Revealed

              16 Productivity Secrets of Highly Successful People Revealed

              The same old motivational secrets don’t really motivate you after you’ve read them for the tenth time, do they?

              How about a unique spin on things?

              These 16 productivity secrets of successful people will make you reevaluate your approach to your home, work, and creative lives. Learn from these highly successful people, turn these little things they do into your daily habits and you’ll get closer to success.

              1. Empty your mind.

              It sounds counterproductive, doesn’t it?

              Emptying your mind when you have so much to remember seems like you’re just begging to forget something. Instead, this gives you a clean slate so you’re not still thinking about last week’s tasks.

              Clear your mind and then start thinking only about what you need to do immediately, and then today. Tasks that need to be accomplished later in the week can wait.

              Here’s a guide to help you empty your mind and think sharper:

              How to Declutter Your Mind to Sharpen Your Brain and Fall Asleep Faster

              2. Keep certain days clear.

              Some companies are scheduling “No Meeting Wednesdays,” which means, funnily enough, that no one can hold a meeting on a Wednesday. This gives workers a full day to work on their own tasks, without getting sidetracked by other duties or pointless meetings.

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              This can work in your personal life too, for example if you need to restrict Facebook access or limit phone calls.

              3. Prioritize your work.

              Don’t think every task is created equal! Some tasks aren’t as important as others, or might take less time.

              Try to sort your tasks every day and see what can be done quickly and efficiently. Get these out of the way so you have more free time and brain power to focus on what is more important.

              Lifehack’s CEO has a unique way to prioritize works, take a look at it here:

              How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

              4. Chop up your time.

              Many successful business leaders chop their time up into fifteen-minute intervals. This means they work on tasks for a quarter of an hour at a time, or schedule meetings for only fifteen minutes. It makes each hour seem four times as long, which leads to more productivity!

              5. Have a thinking position.

              Truman Capote claimed he couldn’t think unless he was laying down. Proust did this as well, while Stravinsky would stand on his head!

              What works for others may not work for you. Try to find a spot and position that is perfect for you to brainstorm or come up with ideas.

              6. Pick three to five things you must do that day.

              To Do lists can get overwhelming very quickly. Instead of making a never-ending list of everything you can think of that needs to be done, make daily lists that include just three to five things.

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              Make sure they’re things that need to be done that day, so you don’t keep putting them off.

              7. Don’t try to do too much.

              OK, so I just told you to work every day, and now I’m telling you to not do too much? It might sound like conflicting advice, but not doing too much means not biting off more than you can chew. Don’t say yes to every work project or social engagement and find yourself in way over your head.

              8. Have a daily action plan.

              Don’t limit yourself to a to-do list! Take ten minutes every morning to map out a daily action plan. It’s a place to not only write what needs to be done that day, but also to prioritize what will bring the biggest reward, what will take the longest, and what goals will be accomplished.

              Leave room for a “brain dump,” where you can scribble down anything else that’s on your mind.

              9. Do your most dreaded project first.

              Getting your most dreaded task over with first means you’ll have the rest of the day free for anything and everything else. This also means that you won’t be constantly putting off the worst of your projects, making it even harder to start on it later.

              10. Follow the “Two-Minute Rule.”

              The “Two-Minute Rule” was made famous by David Allen. It’s simple – if a new task comes in and it can be done in two minutes or less, do it right then. Putting it off just adds to your to-do list and will make the task seem more monumental later.

              11. Have a place devoted to work.

              If you work in an office, it’s no problem to say that your cubicle desk is where you work every day.

              But if you work from home, make sure you have a certain area specifically for work. You don’t want files spread out all over the dinner table, and you don’t want to feel like you’re not working just because you’re relaxing on the couch.

              Agatha Christie never wrote at her desk, she wrote wherever she could sit down. Ernest Hemingway wrote standing up. Thomas Wolfe, at 6’6″ tall, used the top of his refrigerator as a desk. Richard Wright wrote on a park bench, rain or shine.

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              Have a space where, when you go there, you know you’re going to work. Maybe it’s a cafe downstairs, the library, or a meeting room. Whenever and wherever works for you, do your works there.

              12. Find your golden hour.

              You don’t have to stick to a “typical” 9–5 schedule!

              Novelist Anne Rice slept during the day and wrote at night to avoid distractions. Writer Jerzy Kosinski slept eight hours a day, but never all at once. He’d wake in the morning, work, sleep four hours in the afternoon, then work more that evening.

              Your golden hour is the time when you’re at your peak. You’re alert, ready to be productive, and intent on crossing things off your to-do list.

              Once you find your best time, protect it with all your might. Make sure you’re always free to do your best uninterrupted work at this time.

              13. Pretend you’re on an airplane.

              It might not be possible to lock everyone out of your office to get some peace and quiet, but you can eliminate some distractions.

              By pretending you’re on an airplane, you can act like your internet access is limited, you’re not able to get something from your bookcase, and you can’t make countless phone calls.

              Eliminating these distractions will help you focus on your most important tasks and get them done without interruption.

              14. Never stop.

              Writers Anthony Trollope and Henry James started writing their next books as soon as they finished their current work in progress.

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              Stephen King writes every day of the year, and holds himself accountable for 2,000 words a day! Mark Twain wrote every day, and then read his day’s work aloud to his family to get their feedback.

              There’s something to be said about working nonstop, and putting out continuous work instead of taking a break. It’s just a momentum that will push you go further./

              15. Be in tune with your body.

              Your mind and body will get tired of a task after ninety minutes to two hours focused on it. Keep this in mind as you assign projects to yourself throughout the day, and take breaks to ensure that you won’t get burned out.

              16. Try different methods.

              Vladimir Nabokov wrote the first drafts of his novels on index cards. This made it easy to rearrange sentences, paragraphs, and chapters by shuffling the cards around.

              It does sound easier, and more fun, than copying and pasting in Word! Once Nabokov liked the arrangement, his wife typed them into a single manuscript.

              Same for you, don’t give up and think that it’s impossible for you to be productive when one method fails. Try different methods until you find what works perfectly for you.

              Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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