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.