5 Things Successful People Do Before 8 AM

We know that super successful people have a number of traits in common and most of love digging deeper and finding out what they do differently to the majority of people.

Forbes Magazine listed 5 things they do first thing in the morning.

They are:

1. Exercise

Whether it’s a morning yoga session or a trip to the gym, exercising before work gives you a boost of energy for the day and that deserved sense of accomplishment.

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It’ll help wake up your body, and prep you for your day.

Even if you aren’t bright eyed and bushy tailed at the thought of a 5 am jog, try waking up 15 minutes early for a quick bedside set of pushups or stretching.

Anyone can tackle a pile of paperwork after 200 ab reps!

Morning workouts also eliminate the possibility of flaking out on your cardio after a long day at work.

2. Map Out Your Day

Maximize your potential by mapping out your schedule for the day, as well as your goals and to dos.

ListThe morning is a good time for this as it is often one of the only quiet times a person gets throughout the day.

The early hours foster easier reflection that helps when prioritizing your activities.

They also allow for uninterrupted problem solving when trying to fit everything into your timetable.

While scheduling, don’t forget about your mental health.

Plan a 10 minute break after that stressful meeting for a quick walk around the block or a moment of meditation at your desk.

3. Eat a Healthy Breakfast

We all know that rush out the door with a cup of coffee and an empty stomach feeling.

You sit down at your desk, and you’re already wondering how early that taco truck sets up camp outside your office.

No good. Take that extra time in the morning to fuel your body for the tasks ahead of it.

4. Visualization

work overloadThe morning is the perfect time to spend some quiet time inside your mind meditating or visualizing.

Take a moment to visualize your day ahead of you, focusing on the successes you will have.

Even just a minute of visualization and positive thinking can help improve your mood and outlook on your work load for the day.

5. Make Your Day Top Heavy

Here’s an easy tip to save yourself the stress – do that least desirable task on your list first.

Instead of anticipating the unpleasantness of it from first coffee through your lunch break, get it out of the way.

The morning is the time when you are (generally) more well rested and your energy level is up.

Therefore, you are more well equipped to handle more difficult projects.

And look at it this way, your day will get progressively easier, not the other way around.

By the time your work day is ending, you’re winding down with easier to dos and heading into your free time more relaxed.

O.K. – What are your morning rituals?

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'5 Things Successful People Do Before 8 AM' have 5 comments

  1. December 9, 2013 @ 4:18 pm Roman

    Michael just wanted to thankyou for the years of blogging. Your insight and links have been invaluable and always an inspiration.


    • December 9, 2013 @ 5:54 pm Michael Yardney

      Thanks for the kind words Roman
      It’s always nice to be appreciated


  2. January 4, 2014 @ 10:12 am Anne

    Years ago, this is how I lived and it made a major difference in how good I felt and what I was able to accomplish. After having children, I lost track of having a hearty breakfast and exercising before 8 a.m. I still dive into the day and now I want to get back to this morning routine. Thanks for an excellent reminder. I also like the idea of making the day top heavy – it makes sense to tackle the toughest task first, while you are still rested.


    • January 4, 2014 @ 10:28 am Michael Yardney

      Thanks Anne, like you there are times I forgot the importance of the correct morning routine, but I’m back to it again.


  3. December 15, 2014 @ 7:06 pm Grazina A. Szewczyk

    Meditation and visualisation are effective tools for anyone who wants results in any area of life.
    Breakfast tip doesn’t work for me, I’m one of those people who get sick if they eat too early in the morning.
    And I prefer to schedule my day the night before. That way I sleep better, and I give my brain time to quietly work on things that I planned.


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