Are you a morning person or a night owl? I think I lean more towards a night out, as I’m never quite ready to go to bed. There’s always more tea to drink, snacks to nibble on, social media to scroll, and people to text. How bad does that sound? I know I know… that’s why I constantly have bags around my eyes. Eurgh.
However, that being said, if I have to be up early and my alarm goes off at 6am, I might feel crap for about 15 minutes, but after that I feel pretty powered up. I feel like I have magically produced more hours to my day. I mean, technically I have. I’ve got up earlier, giving myself more hours to get stuff done.
They say it starts from your mindset in the morning. If you lie there hitting snooze, telling yourself ‘just 10 more minutes’, it’s almost as if you are dreading the day.
Here at Powder Rooms, I wanted to round up some tips from successful women all over the internet – be it business women, happy people, and even those people that just ‘have their s*** together’.
I’ve always wondered if successful career women know something the rest of us don’t. The short answer is: yes. Their determination and desire to get up and do things differently does have an impact on their success. Everything from their morning routine to the end of day meal helps them get ahead.
So if you want to get up and go get ’em in the morning, here are a few things that all successful entrepreneurs are sure to do – before 9am!
It turns out than many successful people, including Glossier founder and CEO Emily Weiss, spend around 20 minutes in the morning meditating. Emily says she practices Vedic meditation with incense before she scrolls Instagram and email and gets stuff done. Accroding to social media, she’s not alone, as Oprah Winfrey and Arianna Huffington often wax lyrical about the amazing changes to their lives that meditation has had.
Spend the morning getting yourself into the zone by eliminating distractions and focusing on being in the morning. This will help you think strategically and actually get ahead of everything you need to do.
If you don’t know where to start, try looking on YouTube for a meditation help video. There are so many of them out there which can truly help you get started. I’m not personally to good at meditation, so if I do practice it, I try to just dedicate 10 minutes to sitting alone cross legged listening to a meditation soundtrack on Spotify, and run through self-affirmations and clear my mind as best I can.
2. Reviewing goals
So many powerful people have admitted to reviewing personal and work goals in the morning, such as Richard Branson and Bill Gates. If you want to take control of everything you have to achieve, you should create a to-do list that directs you to the most important thing you need to do.
You can write to do lists in your favourite diary, on a white board somewhere, or via an app. It’s best to do this during the morning, before getting stuck into your day, while having your breakfast and looking at your calendar and workload. I’ve just downloaded ‘Todoist’ app, to try and keep my lists with me at all times on my phone. The joy I get from clicking the tasks as ‘complete’ is magnificent!
You’ll find that the most important thing on your to do list is usually the hardest thing. Review your goals for the day (or week) and make sure that they make sense, can be completed, and that you have enough time for everything else that will get in your way and distract you.
3. Start the day crossing off a small task
Once your to do list is done, you’ll find there will be a very easy-to-do task which sits on the list that can be crossed off early doors. It can even be the simplest task that takes a couple of seconds, like making your bed, which can completely change your mindset for the day.
Remember the phrase: ‘Tidy space, tidy mind’. It might even be to come into the office and give your desk a wipe down, a mini declutter and tidy.
4. Read a few pages of a book
Great leaders read. You never stop learning when you read. The beauty is that reading covers everything from reading a variety of books, fiction and non-fiction, to autobiographies, magazines and blogs.
Think about grabbing a book and reading it during your morning commute. Look at the best-sellers list rather than what you’d usually grab, and try to read at least two books a month.
5. Give themselves a small treat
We should enjoy our mornings, doing whatever we can to make those hours before 9am full of joy and inspiration. It could be about making yourself or buying a specialty coffee, or having a sweet treat breakfast on a Friday morning.
Maybe it could be using a luxurious face mask one morning before work, or whatever makes you smile! Remember to think about the feeling of coziness, which can vastly improve your mood and make sure you’re feeling positive all day long.
6. Try journaling
Journaling is sometimes done in the evening when it comes to gratitude journaling, however, by switching it to your morning routine can work wonders for your day.
Not sure about journaling? Read my article about it here. The method of jotting down all your thoughts, fears, worries and dreams really helps clarify the mind and get you track for where you want to go with your day.
7. A bit of exercise
By this, I don’t mean that you have to squeeze in a gym session every morning of the week. I mean, you can if it’s do-able, but for many it isn’t. A bit of exercise first thing in the morning could be walking to work, or doing 10 minutes of dancing to the radio in your bedroom. You could do a quick 10 minutes YouTube workout, or a little bit of jogging on the spot!
Moving your body gets your blood pumping which not only warms you up but helps to clear your head and makes you feel strong, powerful, and capable of anything.
8. Make time for people you love
A morning breakfast ritual can be incorporated with the people you love, if you let it. This is a perfect way to start the day. You can try to catch up with the people you love by having breakfast with colleagues when you get to the office, or with your partner at home before setting off out for your day. Or, why not tell yourself to drop those close to you a morning message a few times a week?
It could be a message in your group chat with your best friends wishing everyone a good day, or a message to your parents or siblings checking in on them.
9. Wake up earlier than you have to
Try getting up a little bit earlier every single morning, even if it’s just by 15 minutes. Those extra minutes could do wonders for your morning routine for success and allow you to get more done before you even leave the house.
Studies have shown that the earlier you wake up, the more time your brain has to get into gear and get you ready for the day!
How many of these are you willing to try? Do let me know in the comment!