5 Things Successful People Do … and What to Do If You Don’t Have the Time!

A guest post by Keli Lenfield

Let’s explore 5 of the things successful people do before 8am…and those who struggle at that time of morning and want to be successful without all of the bonuses!

1. Exercise.

I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again. Most people that work out daily, work out in the morning. Whether it’s a morning yoga session or a trip to the gym, exercising before work gives you a boost of energy for the day and that deserved sense of accomplishment. Anyone can tackle a pile of paperwork after 200 ab reps! Morning workouts also eliminate the possibility of flaking out on your cardio after a long day at work. Even if you aren’t bright eyed and bushy tailed at the thought of a 5am jog, try waking up 15 minutes early for a quick bedside set of push ups or stretching. It’ll help wake up your body, and prep you for your day.

Hah! Seriously, by the time I have woken up to my son if asking if I’m awake and wanting to know if his pancakes are ready – whose to exercise? Try doing your personal body movement before you go to bed … you know you have some peace, you have 20 – 30 minutes the yourself, you’ve had a shower and seriously if you need anything to go to bed with, it’s with a the serious muscle ache of completion and some serious endorphins bouncing to the previous 20 minutes of pure “me time”?!

2. Map Out Your Day.

Maximize your potential by mapping out your schedule for the day, as well as your goals and to dos. The morning is a good time for this as it is often one of the only quiet times a person gets throughout the day. The early hours foster easier reflection that helps when prioritizing your activities. They also allow for uninterrupted problem solving when trying to fit everything into your timetable. While scheduling, don’t forget about your mental health. Plan a 10 minute break after that stressful meeting for a quick walk around the block or a moment of meditation at your desk. Trying to eat healthy? Schedule a small window in the evening to pack a few nutritious snacks to bring to work the next day.

What’s to stop a truck jack knifing in the middle of the road and what about your child hitting his head and heading for sick bay right before lunch? How about the car breaking down or some incredibly tragic accident delaying your run to work… plan your day and have some serious flexibility available in your life – I mean serious reserves – you will need them!

3. Eat a Healthy Breakfast.

We all know that rush out the door with a cup of coffee and an empty stomach feeling. You sit down at your desk, and you’re already wondering how early that taco truck sets up camp outside your office. No good. Take that extra time in the morning to fuel your body for the tasks ahead of it. It will help keep your mind on what’s at hand and not your growling stomach. Not only is breakfast good for your physical health, it is also a good time to connect socially. Even five minutes of talking with your kids or spouse while eating a quick bowl of oatmeal can boost your spirits before heading out the door.

Can I just make a suggestion? Get yourself some protein powder, so fruit and some kale. Mix it together and get some green and all your vegetable into you now! Just start it happening while you are making the breakfasts and the school day lunches. make it up, tell them to finish their breakfast and slam it down! Trust me your body and mind will thank me later… let the dishes dry while you’re at work. no one will penalize you for having clean, dry dishes on your sink when you  come home, 🙂

4. Visualization.

These days we talk about our physical health at nauseating levels, but sometimes our mental health gets overlooked. The morning is the perfect time to spend some quiet time inside your mind meditating or visualizing. Take a moment to visualize your day ahead of you, focusing on the successes you will have. Even just a minute of visualization and positive thinking can help improve your mood and outlook on your work load for the day.

The way you wake up can predict how the rest of your day is going to look … you do have the power to change that. There had been many a morning when I have woken up in an absolute flurry, not wanting to get out of bed and knowing full well that I have the power to change the rest of my day. Only God knows how your day is going to end up, but you do have the power to change it – just make the decision to do so, Make the decision to not react … not to fall for the same line .. to not answer the same questions in the same way, to not enter that meeting with the same head space – no matter what is directed at you!

5. Make Your Day Top Heavy.

We all have that one item on our to do list that we dread. It looms over you all day (or week) until you finally suck it up and do it after much procrastination. Here’s an easy tip to save yourself the stress – do that least desirable task on your list first. Instead of anticipating the unpleasantness of it from first coffee through your lunch break, get it out of the way. The morning is the time when you are (generally) more well rested and your energy level is up. Therefore, you are more well equipped to handle more difficult projects. And look at it this way, your day will get progressively easier, not the other way around. By the time your work day is ending, you’re winding down with easier to dos and heading into your free time more relaxed. Success!
Why are you waiting? Get it done – just do it… life is too short! Seriously, the world will keep spinning. You do not know what outcome you will bet from this action in the long run. Your actions ALWAYS create a ripple affect. Just get it done for the right reasons and then watch the world open up to you. Create lists and bust through all of those apparent barriers, even if its the simplest of actions, you are making changes and each change creates improvement and change in itself.

What else has helped you become successful? All pointers and tips are runs on the success ladder –  have a look at www.kelilenfield.com

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