15. Make Your Mornings Intentional
Many people wait until the end of the day after the grind is over until they think about their own lives and pay attention to what is going on in the world. People rely on watching the evening news to tell them what happened that day instead of reading the morning newspaper to keep them on top of current events. They look at the rises and falls in the stock market with glazed eyes, not paying attention or even caring about what those numbers mean.
Making your mornings intentional and frontloading your day with meaningful information can put you on top of current events and make choices consistent with what’s going on in the world. Those choices are essential to being a successful entrepreneur. Maybe this image doesn’t look like something you could ever get adjusted to in the early morning hours. However, it only takes three weeks to develop a habit, you might surprise yourself.
14. Set The Pace For The Day
As we’ve discussed many times, a rushed and frantic morning makes for a rushed and unproductive day. You can spend hours creating all the spreadsheets you want or putting together slides for a big presentation and still accomplish a whole lot of nothing. If you are struggling to set a pace for your day outside of work, then focus on your hygiene. It’s simple to brush your teeth and comb your hair.
Maybe a quick, warm shower is the best way to jumpstart your morning. You can even do a quick rundown of what you anticipate your day to be like while washing. But if you can put your mind in gear through an intentional, peaceful, and motivating morning, then you can think through what you want to accomplish. Your mindset will shift from the tasks that you need to complete the goals that you want to achieve. The difference is tremendous.
13. A Breakfast of Champions?
There is no award waiting at the end of breakfast for the healthiest and most creative meal. In today’s health-conscious society, we place much emphasis on eating a perfect breakfast. A fresh smoothie made with the latest health-food fad, be it goji berries or spirulina or acai or charcoal—Keto coffee and eggs. People can get so stressed out about whether they had a breakfast of champions that it consumes them.
And that kind of stress is not conducive to a productive day. Not that there’s anything wrong with having a healthy breakfast, but that should not be the sole focus of your mornings. You do not fail for the day if you didn’t have an organic smoothie with almond milk and. You don’t have to go all-out like you’re in a fitness commercial. Go ahead and pour a bowl of cereal; of course, some fresh fruit, fat-free milk, and whole grains are better than the sugary stuff.
12. Buffett Loves His McDonald’s
Warren Buffett eats breakfast at McDonald’s every morning, and what he eats depends on how well the stock market is performing that day. He’s almost 90 years old and is so crazy about McDonald’s that there is a story about him taking Bill Gates out to lunch there and paying for the entire meal in coupons. It really doesn’t matter what you eat if you are used to eating nothing. Breakfast is the most important meal of your day – remember that.
Do you think cutting strawberries is too much? Maybe you’re just too tired in the morning. That’s okay, it doesn’t make you a failure. What is perhaps the easiest breakfast? Bill Gates enjoys a breakfast of Cocoa Puffs. There’s plenty of time later in the day to have a healthy snack or a big salad. Make your mornings about setting the pace for the goals you want to achieve, not about the latest, greatest health fad.
11. Drink Coffee Or Tea
The caffeine and antioxidants in coffee and tea help switch on your brain so that you can function with a higher level of clarity and focus. Yet not all successful entrepreneurs drink a caffeinated beverage in the morning. Sara Blakely, the Spanx founder, drinks a smoothie instead. Whatever your go-to drink is, make it part of your morning routine. It’s nice to enjoy a favorite drink before starting all your tasks.
Many, many successful entrepreneurs drink a caffeinated beverage to help jump-start their days. Keep in mind that an intentional and peaceful morning is not the same thing as a lazy and unmotivated morning, quite the opposite. Drinking coffee or tea while reading the newspaper and looking at the stock market can help turn your brain on to be more mindful and aware of what you’re reading.
Have you ever tried meditating, especially in the morning? It can change your entire outlook. Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter, begins his mornings by meditating for half an hour. Oprah meditates before starting an hour-long workout routine. In other words, meditating is not only for spiritual leaders who are trying to pass on techniques for inner happiness. It is also for people who want to develop successful businesses.
What can you accomplish while meditating? You won’t complete any work tasks, but you will re-orient your mind to be fully engaged with what’s going on around you. You’ll be more in tune with your thoughts and feelings, thereby enabling yourself to master them before they master you. And by focusing on bettering your mind and spirit, you will make yourself more goal-oriented than task-oriented. Therein is a key to successful entrepreneurship.
9. Don’t Hurry
You shouldn’t wake up and rush out of the door to the office. However, don’t stay in bed for another hour either. You have to find a balance. A clear, focused, and intentional morning is not about accomplishing many things at home before heading to work. It’s about taking your focus away from achieving the daily grind tasks and shifting it to becoming a better person with clear goals and a plan to achieve them.
Maybe you have a favorite news anchor you like to tune into each morning. Take a few minutes to check out the headlines. Do not spend your morning thinking about everything you have to do once you get to work, and for the love of all things beautiful, do not let yourself become rushed. If you are running late, meditate for 10 minutes instead of 20. But slow down, enjoy the view, and become the best you can be.
8. Get Some Exercise With Your Pet
Oprah reportedly starts her day by brushing her teeth and taking her dogs for a walk. Those who have pets know that they need to be cared for in the morning. Incorporating them into your morning exercise routine can be motivating for both you and your furry friend. It can definitely help you make your day the best it can be. Even if you don’t have a pet, you should try to go for a walk or get your heart pumping from some light activity.
Bill Gates starts his day off by exercising on his treadmill, so pets are not involved. There’s no denying that morning exercise can improve your entire day by giving you a hefty dose of energy, clarity, and focus. If you can get outside to exercise, that’s even better. The fresh air mixed with the morning sunshine is a great way to wake up and start your day. Your four-legged friend will love you for the extra TLC too.
7. Multitasking Is Okay
Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates both watch educational videos while doing their morning workout. They try to pack as much as possible into their mornings, but notice that exercising while watching educational videos is not about accomplishing work-related tasks. If you have a family life to balance by getting kids to school, that’s okay, too. Just be prepared and your morning can be smooth sailing for you and your children.
Starting the day by strengthening your mind and body is not the same kind of multitasking that many people frantically rush through all day long. So don’t be deceived – you can set the right tone for a successful day by multitasking, but not by being consumed with grinding tasks that you have to accomplish. It’s okay if you need to check your emails and have a coffee as you get a cab on the way to the office, just remain calm.
6. Mornings Are Just A Part of Success
The most successful people don’t lie in bed until noon and wait until they feel motivated to do anything. And they don’t stay up late at night, convincing themselves that they do their best work after everyone has gone to bed. They may pull occasional all-nighters, but for the most part, they are not night owls. It is important to find that balance between relaxing before starting your day and just being unproductive throughout the morning.
No, the most successful people wake up at a set time and are motivated, preferably their mornings than waiting for motivation to strike. But their morning routines are part of a broader lifestyle that is intentionally designed to help them continue succeeding. You can create a to-do list the night before or one for the week so you already know what your day will be like. Try planning ahead and you will notice your mornings become more productive.
5. Get Enough Sleep
Waking up every day at seven does not help you or anyone else if you are up until two in the morning. Jeff Bezos prioritizes sleep so much that he does not even set the alarm, although he does hold his morning meetings by 10. And Warren Buffett makes a point of going to bed by 10:45. What time do you go to bed each night? If it is super late then you should try something new to get some shut-eye a bit earlier in the night.
When your body is tired from not sleeping seven to eight hours a night, your brain does not perform optimally. Don’t fool yourself into believing that you do your best work when you’re tired – you don’t. Make adequate, restful sleep an intentional part of your lifestyle. You might seem unpopular going to bed at 9 pm instead of midnight, but it will be that much easier to wake up in the morning and get your day started.
4. Organize The Junk
Many people think of minimalism as having as few possessions as possible. And many billionaires are minimalist in this way (though they may have more toys than the rest of us). Warren Buffett could easily afford to drive the most expensive custom-made car that money can buy and live in a 20-bedroom mansion, but he drives a $30 000 car and lives in a house he bought 40 years ago.
Please keep in mind that junk doesn’t stop at material possessions; it goes double for poor relationships. Successful entrepreneurs get rid of the junk in their lives -excessive possessions, toxic relationships, and burdensome demands on their lives because these things weigh them down and keep them from becoming their best selves. Clean out the junk in your closet and under your bed, then clean out the rest of the junk in your life.
3. Learn To Unwind
True, successful entrepreneurship is grueling and involves long days, especially when you’re still building your brand. But the difference between running around all day, accomplishing one task after another, and productively working towards your goals is huge. Instead of spinning your wheels with the former, achieving the latter requires a change in mindset beyond extended workdays.
Although we live in a technological era, sometimes you need to tune out the digital world. It would be best if you took time every day to unwind and recharge. Unwinding may look like putting your phone away so you can have uninterrupted quality time with your loved ones. For Warren Buffett, it means spending the evening playing the ukulele. Whatever makes you feel recharged, do it to give your brain a break.
2. Be Intentional
What choices do you make every day, and how are those choices helping you improve yourself? How much time do you spend browsing social media instead of reading the news? Do you change your mind when it comes to your clothes (instead of deciding the night before)? Mark Zuckerberg wears a t-shirt every day to limit how many menial decisions he must make; this way, he is free to focus on bigger, more important ones.
While Zuckerberg’s minimalist wardrobe philosophy may come across as extreme, it does say something meaningful about successful entrepreneurship. He doesn’t waste time worrying about his wardrobe. Rather, he uses that time to benefit from other valuable decisions. Be intentional about your choices, and be intentional about yourself. Consistently make choices that will help you become the best version of yourself you can be.
1. Develop A Strong Work Ethic
No, you don’t have to wake up and run out of bed, but you should have a focused day. Billionaires may be much more privileged than the rest of us, and they may have the courage to focus on improving themselves through consistent and robust morning routines. But don’t be deceived into thinking that they are lazy. Billionaires work extremely hard-both on themselves and on the brands they’ve built.
Indra Nooyi, the president of PepsiCo, gets to work by seven in the morning and often works long hours. Mark Zuckerberg usually wakes up by eight, but he does pull an occasional all-nighter. What makes their long workdays different than those of most people? They are intensely focused on their goals and improving themselves. If you want to be like these major players, follow the previous tips for a successful morning.