The first few hours of the morning can play an important roll in how the rest of the day will go. Jennifer Cohen (columnist for Forbes and personal trainer), the personal assistant of many CEO’s, politicians, and other influential people, says the majority of successful people follow the same pattern of waking up early and taking advantage of the early hours of the day.
At one end of the scale, there are people like Margaret Thatcher, who woke up everyday at 5 am or Bob Iger, CEO of Disney, who wakes up at 4:30 am. However, despite what you may think, starting the day that early doesn’t mean beginning to work early, but rather simply waking up your senses.
In order to understand it better, take a look at the four things that this columnist highlights in people that she is an assistant for and that she believes, at least in part, are responsible for their success:
They stretch their body and activate it. They begin their day with extra energy and create a positive inertia because of the hormone flow that is produced from exercise. They somehow make this well-being feeling from when you finish exercising be the starting point of the day. This exercise doesn’t have to be very intense. 20 minutes of biking or walking at a fast pace and stretching, for example, is enough.
2. Plan the Day and Visualize
The majority of them already know what they’re going to do but they dedicate a few minutes to make schedules and visualize their activities so that they can anticipate the stressful moments and be able to think about how to deal with them outside of the moment. Also, it helps you fit breaks or times when you want to be free during the day (that are just as important or more than those moments that are perfectly structured and planned).
3. Eat a Healthy Breakfast
If you want your body to do well, it needs energy and the best way is to provide it properly. If you don’t do that, you will probably feel tired from the start of the day or spend the morning snacking or eating unhealthy food. Your nervous system will also be much more prone to anxiety and at the end of the day, you will be twice as tired.
4. Start with the Task You Don’t Want to Do the Most
The first thing they try to put on their agenda are the ones they don’t want to do the most or that are the hardest. You have the most energy at the beginning of the day and as a result, the best time is to make the call you don’t want to, do the boring report, or organize your workspace. Just like exercise, doing this in the beginning of the day and finishing these tasks will make your day much more enjoyable.
Just like with any routine, waking up early and taking advantage of the first hours of the day is hard. Sleep is necessary and your body will feel well rested and more when you live a stressful day to day and you don’t give it much rest. But if you begin now, you will see little by little all of these advantages and you will also feel that it is less difficult every time and you have much more positive energy during the day.
Articles originally published in La Mente es Maravillosa