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The best morning routines for success

What are you like in the morning?

Do you drag yourself out of bed and rely on a few coffees to get going? alarm-clock-2116007_1920

Do you amble from one task to the next with no clear sense of purpose?

Or, like many successful people, do you have a morning routine that ensures you get a jump on the day?

If you ask any highly motivated and successful person about their mornings, I bet you’ll discover a fairly strict routine.

Very few just wake up and see what they feel like doing.

Of course, this makes a lot of sense.

Not only are our brains a lot fresher in the morning, but getting up early and tending to a list of tasks, it frees us to get on with the rest of our day.

No emails hanging over our heads, no gym to rush to after work.

Here are a few important foundations upon which to build that morning routine:

1. Get moving

Richard Branson gets up every day before 6 a.m. and fits in a workout.

This is a great idea.

You don’t have to kill yourself, either, but choose an exercise you enjoy doing, whether it’s getting lost in your thoughts on the treadmill at the gym or setting a quick walking pace outdoors.

Exercise releases those feel-good chemicals, endorphins, adrenaline, serotonin, and dopamine, and you will arrive at the office in an upbeat mood rather than in a half-asleep state.

2. Do the worst job first

No matter what your job is, there will be a task you enjoy doing less than any other.

Maybe it’s responding to emails, maybe it’s dealing with staff requests. Whatever it is: do it early and get it out of the way.

And of course, if there’s a task that must be done, get that out of the way first.

It will feel like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders and is far better than putting off the task until the last moment.

3. Eat up

The benefits of a good breakfast cannot be overstated. avocado-829092_1920

Gone are the days when you can get by on a strong black coffee and little else.

If you don’t believe me, try it….

Eat a healthy breakfast every morning for a fortnight and see how much more energy you have.

It sounds clichéd but it’s true: a healthy diet and a healthy mind go hand in hand.

4. Activate your mind

The last thing you want is to be heading into work feeling sluggish.

So it helps if you can find something that gets your brain cells firing.

It could be a crossword, a puzzle or a book, but either way, it’s important to start the day with an active and engaged mind.

Set challenges for yourself, such as completing the puzzle in under 10 minutes each morning, and try and get closer to the goal each day.

5. Take a moment

Finally, it’s important to carve out some space in your morning routine to take stock.  Journal 791286 1920 (1)

Some people like to meditate with the popular app, Headspace, which requires only 10 minutes of your time each day and is extremely effective.

Or you can simply enjoy that time to yourself to set your goals for the day or spend some quality time with the family.

There’s no right or wrong way to construct your morning routine.

The only way you can go wrong is by not having one at all.

And you can always tell those who don’t.

Just look around the office first thing in the morning, and they will be the rushed and frazzled employees, rushing from task to task.

ALSO READ: Six things successful people never do…. Twice

About Mark Creedon is Director of Metropole's Business Accelerator Mastermind and business coach to some of Australia's leading entrepreneurs - each who call him their "unreasonable friend"
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