4 Morning Habits of Entrepreneurs
Entrepreneurs develop morning rituals to stay focused and stay motivated. I wanted to share these so you can stay focused and motivated everyday.
1. Wake up early.
Entrepreneurs don’t sleep in. They wake up early, ready to attack the day. How early? It can range from 4:30 a.m. for Apple CEO Tim Cook to around 5 a.m. for Xerox CEO Ursula Burns to former Procter & Gamble CEO A.G. Lafley’s 5:30 a.m. wake-up call. Early risers have many advantages. They tend to procrastinate less compared with people who stay up late at night, according to a 2008 study published in The Journal of General Psychology.
People who wake up early are also less stressed, because instead of rushing out the door, they take time for themselves and prepare for their day. Not a morning person? Gradually work on waking up early. For instance, wake up 15 minutes earlier for a week and then 20 minutes for the next week, and keep going until you reach your goal wake-up time.
I typically get up at 4:00 am, pray and meditate for at least 10 minutes, drink tea, and eat breakfast. I tend to tackle my challenging tasks first because my mind is clear at that hour.
2. Get moving.
Top entrepreneurs invest in their health. After all, a healthy body and mind go together. Many use their mornings for exercise as a way to jump-start their day. Plus, they don’t have to worry about squeezing it in later in their busy day. If you need some help, hire a personal trainer or look for videos on You Tube.
It doesn’t always have to be high-intensity exercise, either. Go for a walk outside. For me, if I don’t do something in the morning, my energy level is lower and my stress level is higher throughout the day. This is like “medicine” for me. I do run, lift weights, or walk each morning, even if I can only get in 15 minutes.
3. Recharge your motivation.
Successful people understand that motivation doesn’t last forever and needs to be constantly recharged. Devote time in the morning to reading, meditating, listening to a favorite podcast, reviewing empowering quotes, or writing in a gratitude journal in which you record at least one thing that you are thankful for. Feeding your mind and soul and reflecting on where you are, and where you want to go, can help keep you focused on your larger goals.
4. Eat your frog.
Mark Twain once said, “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” In other words, tackle your day’s toughest job early when your mental energy is at its highest. Choose only one “frog” of the day and complete it before your normal workday begins. My energy is highest in the morning, so that is when I tackle my biggest projects, but yours may be later in the day. Identify when your energy levels are at their peak in order to “eat your frog.”
Every day, you wake up with a new chance to improve and grow. People who have reached the top of their professions understand that how you begin your morning sets the tone for the rest of your day. Devoting yourself to a simple morning routine builds success for today and the days after.