Hey bloggy friends!
Most times when I read about role models or successfull individuals and their way to success, it often implies that they have been dedicated to a strategy or goal that involves focus, dedication, determination, courage, and my favorite word, passion. And after reading the article, interview or biography, I myself find that I am more motivated, passionate and incentivized to prioritize my own goals, whether it revolves around work, projects, health, maintaining a fitness regime och just being at the peak of one’s energy and focus.
And as much as I get incentivized at that moment and for a while on, sometimes the focus and attention gets blurred or out of focus. And that’s when you and I need a source of inspiration to spice up/speed up/stop procrastinating or just simply get some motivation!
So here goes todays inspiration on 10 things successful people do before breakfast! Let’s give it a try, shall we?
1. They wake up early.
Successful people know that time is a precious commodity. And while theirs is easily eaten up by phone calls, meetings, and sudden crises once they’ve gotten to the office, the morning hours are under their control. That’s why many of them rise before the sun, squeezing out as much time as they can to do with as they please.
2. They exercise before it falls off the to-do list.
The top morning activity of the rich and powerful seems to be exercise, be it lifting weights at home or going to the gym. According to Vanderkam, Xerox CEO Ursula Burns schedules an hour-long personal training session starting at 6 a.m. twice a week; Christies CEO Steve Murphy uses the mornings to do yoga; and Starwood Hotels CEO Frits van Paasschen runs for an hour every morning starting at 5:30.
Beyond the fact that exercising in the morning means they can’t later run out of time, Vanderkam says a pre-breakfast workout helps reduce stress later in the day, counteracts the effects of high-fat diet, and improves sleep.
3. They work on a top-priority business project.
The quiet hours of the morning can be the ideal time to focus on an important work project without being interrupted. What’s more, spending time on it at the beginning of the day ensures that it gets your attention before others (kids, employees, bosses) use it all up.
4. They work on a personal passion project.
Novel-writing and art-making is easy to skip when you’ve been in meetings all day, are tired and hungry, and have to figure out what’s for dinner. That’s why many successful people put in an hour or so on their personal projects before they officially start their days. Carving out the time in the morning to write, and making it a habit, meant she would actually follow through.
5. They spend quality time with family.
We may exalt the family dinner, but there’s nothing that says you have to have a big family meal at night, says Vanderkam. Some successful people use the mornings to invest in family time, whether reading stories to the kids or cooking a big breakfast together.
6. They connect with their spouses.
In the evening, it’s more likely you’ll be tired from the day’s activities, and time can easily be wasted with dinner preparations and zoning out in front of the TV. That’s why many successful people make connecting with their partners a morning ritual.
Besides, as Vanderkam wonders, what could be better than pre-dawn sex to energize you for the day? After all, regular sex may make you smarter, boost your income, and burn calories.
7. They network over coffee.
Especially if you like to make it home for dinner, the mornings can be a great time to meet with people for coffee or breakfast. Plus, networking breakfasts are less disruptive than midday lunches and more work-oriented than boozy cocktail parties, Vanderkam notes.
8. They meditate to clear their minds.
Type-A personalities typically demand as much from others as they do from themselves, so it can be difficult for them to disconnect from their mental to-do lists and calm their minds. Before they head out the door, many successful people devote themselves to a spiritual practice such as meditation or prayer to center themselves for the rush of the day.
9. They write down things they’re grateful for.
Expressing gratitude is another great way to center yourself and get the proper perspective before heading to the office. Writing down the people, places, and opportunities that you’re grateful for takes just a few minutes but can make a real difference in your outlook.
10. They plan and strategize while they’re fresh.
Planning the day, week, or month ahead is an important time management tool to keep you on track when you’re in the thick of it. Using the mornings to do big-picture thinking helps you prioritize and set the trajectory of the day.
11. They check their email.
While time management gurus may suggest putting off email as long as possible, many successful people start the day with email. They may quickly scan their inboxes for urgent messages that need an immediate response or craft a few important emails that they can better focus on while their minds are fresh.
12. They read the news.
Whether it’s sitting in the corner diner and reading the papers or checking the blogs and Twitter from their phones, most successful people have a pre-breakfast ritual for getting the latest hedalines. By the time they get to work, they have a pretty good idea of what’s going on in the world. Then, they can get down to the business of changing it.
The above suggestions are based on author Laura Vanderkam’s book: ”What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast.”
Read the article here.
Why not pick one of the above strategies and try it for 90 Days, (it is said that a habit can be obtained and maintained after doing a task for 90 days in a row). Which strategy would you pick of the above 10?
I am taking on, or already focusing on, strategy nr 4:They work on a personal passion project. In my case it is about a developing and hosting a tv-format and coverage of this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Interviews. Behind the scenes. Premieres. Fashion. Moviestars. Movies. Old Hollywood Glam. It’s gonna happen.