We hear a lot about the morning routines of entrepreneurs. What their breakfast consists of, how long they meditate for and where they go for a morning run. And that’s great for them, really. But not everyone is ready to hit the gym at five in the morning.
Let’s face it, most freelancers breathe a sigh of relief when they realise they won’t be getting up at six to be stuck in traffic for two hours. And why not? Everyone loves a good lie-in. But we’re rarely told about an entrepreneurs evening.
So why is it that we hear all about the morning routines of entrepreneurs? Because morning people are synonymous with productivity. These are the ones who’ve completed half a day’s work before you’ve managed to brush your teeth. Take a leaf out of the entrepreneurial guide book and see what a week of early mornings can do for you…
Create a Routine
If you want to become a morning person, you aren’t going to do it without a routine. Picking a time before 11 might seem like a terrifying prospect, but we promise it will be worth it. Set your alarm and go to bed that little bit earlier. This can take a few days to get used to, but persistence will pay off!
Once you’ve decided on your routine don’t be tempted to grab an extra five minutes. Going cold turkey might leave you groggy and bewildered for the first few days, but hitting the snooze button will only set you back a week. Jump out of bed as soon as you hear your alarm for the quickest transition from night owl to early bird.
Start With Breakfast
Avocado anyone? Believe it or not breakfast doesn’t have to be the fancy affair entrepreneurs turn it into. You can get the right start to your day with a bowl of porridge or yogurt rather than an extravagant dish that deserves a Michelin star.
A tasty piece of fruit, some egg and toast or even some multigrain cereal will have a healthy impact on your day. Especially compared to having no breakfast at all! Any of these tasty treats will give you the boost you need to begin your day.
Exercise When You Wake Up
It’s definitely the last thing any of us feel like doing. Surely there should be an unwritten rule that being in a gym before nine is bad etiquette, but unfortunately that’s not the case. However, it is true that when you’re feeling weary the best way to get your brain in gear is to get the blood pumping to it, which means getting on that cross trainer first thing.
Exercising won’t just have you in a good mood for the rest of the day. Studies show working out reduces stress so you can have a calmer (and more rational) mind-set when you’re making big decisions. Setting your own goals can also give you the perspective you need to be the determined entrepreneur you always knew you were.
Begin the Night Before
The secret to an early start is getting the right amount of sleep, and if you’re guilty of sleeping with your phone under your pillow, this could take some work. Creating the right environment for the perfect night’s sleep doesn’t just mean investing in Egyptian cotton bedding and a down duvet (although for optimum comfort levels, why not splash the cash?).
Create the mood for a settled night by leaving all technology out of the bedroom and avoiding screens for two hours. This way you’ll wind down in time to get the perfect amount of shut eye. Rather than beginning a film right before bedtime, why not read a chapter of a book? You’ll be surprised by the affect it can have!
Why Do You Want to Be a Morning Person?
When you’re staring that the ceiling at half five in the morning, you might be thinking ‘what’s the point? Another five minutes won’t hurt’. And while this is good reasoning, it’s at these times you have to remember why you wanted to get up early in the first place.
Make a list of reasons why you decided to get up early and as you make the transition, decide how many of these things early mornings have given you. Did you get to spend more time with your loved ones this week? Or did you get the chance to spend time on hobbies you enjoy? If it’s working, why stop!
Are you a night owl hoping to become an early bird? Leave your comments and tips in the comment section below!
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