Do you ever wonder what makes some people more successful than others? What is it about the self-made millionaires out there that sets them apart from everyone else? Small business owners striving to be as successful as possible often look at the habits and routines of other successful people and try to incorporate those habits into their own lives. One very common “secret” of many successful business owners is waking up early. In fact, a five year study of self-made millionaires found that almost 50 percent of them woke up at least three hours before their workday began.
Yes, waking up early is all well and good but the important thing is what you do with that time. Let’s take a look at five ways that successful people take advantage of their time before the workday.

1. Morning work-out

Exercise is good for the body, brain and soul. Oprah Winfrey sets aside one hour every morning to exercise. She’ll go for a run or do some resistance flexibility training. Arianna Huffington begins her day with meditation and yoga. And the good news is that your morning routine doesn’t need to be more than an hour. A study from 2018 found that setting aside just 10 minutes for a light workout significantly improve your memory throughout the day.

2. Make a plan

Elon Musk is extremely precise in how he plans his day, and schedules his activities in 5-minute blocks. Making a solid plan for your day can help you prioritize and stick to what you need to accomplish. Determining when during the day is the best time to tackle your toughest jobs can help reduce stress and increase performance.

3. Get motivated

Devote time in the morning to relaxing, thinking and feeding your soul. Steve Jobs used to begin each day by asking himself, “If today was the last day of my life, would I be happy with what I’m about to do?” Tony Robbins does a 10-minute form of meditation called “priming,” which he defines as “the act of taking time to adjust your thoughts and emotions, so you can live your life in peak state.” Meditating, reading and enjoying a podcast are all ways to help reinvigorate your motivation.

4. Spend time with loved ones

Start the day by prioritizing the people you love. Richard Branson makes family time a morning commitment. Our relationships affect all aspects of our lives, and making time to cultivate and care for them will impact your success. A 75-year study led by Harvard Medical School found that life success depends more on warm relationships than anything else, including intelligence. The simple act of sharing coffee with someone you care for can make you feel more grounded and supported.

5. Spread positivity and joy

This can be as simple as saying “good morning.” Sending good vibes to others will not only create a positive start to your day, it will also boost your performance. A combined study published in 2011 by Wharton School and Fisher College found that people’s mood in the morning affects productivity throughout the day.

Healthy routines are essential to a successful life

The routines and habits that we follow are a matter of personal choice; successful people have varied morning routines, but what they all have in common is that they all commit to following whatever routine they choose. Make habit out of activities that will energize and inspire you to become a stronger and better person both personally and professionally. So set your alarm a little earlier tomorrow and see what you can accomplish, committing to a healthy morning routine is a step toward a more productive and successful life.

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