Day-to-day productivity often starts with a great morning routine. That’s why most notable business leaders plan their morning routines with the same rigor as starting a new project. Here are several tips for fixing your morning routine so you are well prepared to face the rest of a busy day:
A great morning often starts the previous night, says John Burgess. He highly recommends that all entrepreneurs sleep between 6 to 8 hours per night. A good night’s rest is essential for being productive the following day. It’s actually backed up by scientific evidence. Several recent studies have shown the connection between sleep and business performance. Sleep deprivation is associated with a number of problems, such as lack of focus, which lead to less productivity at work. If you want to be in the best shape to be as efficient as possible, then get a good night’s rest.
Wake Up Before the Sun is Up
Of course, not all successful businesspeople are early risers. However, most business leaders and well-known managers are up before the sun comes up. Richard Branson, for example, has long promoted the benefits of waking up early. He is up by 5 a.m. on a typical workday regardless of where he is in the world. Branson has said that being up early gives him time to exercise and spend time with family. That puts him in a great mood for the rest of the day. Other notable early rising entrepreneurs include Jack Dorsey of Twitter, Starbucks CEO Howard Shultz, and Apple CEO Tim Cook, who wakes up at 4 a.m. daily. Waking up early to get ready for work will help you avoid the morning rush and most of the stress associated with that.
Have a To-Do List Ready for the Day
Don’t waste time each morning fumbling around wondering what to do. It’s best to get down to work right away. To do that, have a list at hand with tasks due for the day. There are many apps and software programs that can automatically generate a timetable of sorts for busy entrepreneurs. You can benefit from that, but it’s also necessary to spend a short amount of time at the end of each day writing down things that should be done the following day. When you are up and about the next day, you can quickly start ticking off things so you are never behind.
As it turns out, snoozers really are losers. If the alarm clock wakes you up, get out of bed. There’s really no point in hitting the snooze button for 10 minutes, which is not nearly enough time to sleep through a REM cycle that makes you feel better. Instead of wasting time snoozing, do something else that needs to get done, like brushing your teeth.
Additionally, start the day with the toughest task that’s due that day (unless something else with a deadline comes up). When you are done with the hardest jobs, then you can easily breeze through the rest of the tasks that are due.