Everyday begins with a morning, a morning full of opportunities and tasks for everyone to fulfil. And these early hours of the day are vital and essential, how you spend your mornings more over determines how you spend the rest of your day. Imagine waking up at 12 noon, there is a sense of lethargy and fatigue. You will feel like rolling into the blanket for the rest of the day because you’ve spend half your day sleeping, you might as well sleep off the rest too. It also gives you a feeling of regret and guilt for wasting time and not being able to accomplish due targets. Especially for those who yearn success be it in business, family, school or career, it is paramount that you start off everyday productively. Given below are few pointers that you could incorporate to have a successful life:
1. Wake up early
2. Decide and review what to do for the day
3. Work out
4. Have a healthy breakfast
5. Maintain a journal
7. Finish difficult tasks with focused work
8. Outlearn their competition
Well this may be a less known fact but people who have been on the top and reached the pinnacle of success like Benjamin Franklin, Ernest Hemingway, Starbucks CEO Howard Schulz, Virgin founder and CEO Richard Branson, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi, Twitter and Square founder Jack Dorsey- all wake up early. As early as between 4 to 5:30 a.m. This might sound crazy and you might be wondering why deprive yourself of sleep. Well, our body’s circadian rhythm (body’s internal clock) works best when we wake up when the sunlight hits through our windows during the early hours of the day. All psychologist emphasis on the Mantra of ‘a healthy mind, a healthy soul and a healthy body.’ When you wake up in the morning begin your day with some form of meditation, it helps in instilling peace and tranquility in you. And also improve focus, bring clarity and peace of mind, eliminate distractions, reduce stress, and boost health. In this way no matter what rough and rocky road lay ahead of your day, you have a positive outlook.
“Have breakfast like a King” is not merely a proverb but it’s extremely important that you begin your day with a meal which has all the essential nutrients and minerals to keep you fueled. Richard Branson has a breakfast early in the morning, while Hain Celestial CEO Irwin Simon has a breakfast meeting. Procter & Gamble CEO A.G. Lafley says: “I used to eat virtually nothing for breakfast. Now I have a V-8 juice, half a bagel, and a cup of yogurt. And I eat five or six times a day. It’s about managing your glycemic level. You don’t want to boom and bust.” Another important aspect is that all successful people are organised, they have targets set for every day. No day is wasted. The difficult tasks are focused on, efforts are made with high levels of efficiency coupled with willpower.
Some call it a gratitude journal, some call it an idea journal, some simply call it a record or a plain-old diary. Mark Twain, George S. Patton, Thomas Jefferson, George Lucas, Charles Darwin, Ernest Hemingway, and Ludwig van Beethoven all kept a journal. They recorded their thoughts, ideas, gratitude, plans, strategies, goals, progress, and reminders. Journaling is a powerful tool for planning, strategizing, reflecting, tracking progress, keeping ideas, motivating, and inspiring. It’s a doorway to yourself.
Last but not the least ‘Be a learner.’ Everyday provides you with learning experiences. Be a voracious reader, by doing so you will be able to learn and ponder from a wide array of information that you read and through the interactions you have with people you meet.