If you’re a rising entrepreneur, at some point in your career, you’ve probably hit a block where you realized 24 hours in a day just isn’t enough.
After a long day of mental work, who wants to go home to a pile of chores and responsibilities?
No one, that’s who.
Learning to delegate work throughout your morning is crucial, as it will shape what the rest of your day will look like.
Maybe we aren’t as blessed as Kylie Jenner in the mornings, but developing a morning routine to get your extra work out of the way is as easy as being aware of a couple early morning steps.
Wake Up Earlier
Start slow. First, wake up 10 minutes before you normally do. Then bump it up to 20 minutes. Then 30. Then an hour.
You haven’t heard “The early bird gets the worm!” since Kindergarten for nothing. The most successful people are up at the crack of dawn getting down to business.
Virgin Group founder Richard Branson shares his early morning perspective with Entrepreneur magazine.
“I have always been an early riser. Like keeping a positive outlook, or keeping fit, waking up early is a habit, which you must work on to maintain. Over my 50 years in business I have learned that if I rise early I can achieve so much more in a day, and therefore in life.”
Solidify Your Morning and Night Skincare Routine
So, so, so crucial. Having a consistent skincare routine shaves off a couple of minutes every morning. Lay out your beauty products the night before. Make sure you have a clean towel on deck.
If morning showers are your thing, try and get up a few minutes early so that you can enjoy the steamy, heavenly bliss raining down on you, absolving you of any sin committed the night before.
Check out this article by She Knows to read up on what products you should be using daily. Cleansers, toners, moisturizers, and morning makeup play a role in what you should be looking out for in the before and after bed.
Do NOT Skip Breakfast
Spongebob knew what he was talking about.
Breakfast, the most important meal of everyone’s day, should be a priority. Balance a healthy breakfast by allowing yourself enough time to prepare and cook in the morning.
The best part about breakfast is while breakfast foods are jam-packed with energizing supplements, it doesn’t have to be difficult to make. Check out the Greatist’s list of healthy, quick morning recipes that you can throw together.
Breakfast elevates mood and energy. Research has also shown that people who eat breakfast are normally thinner and healthier than those who don’t, since a filling breakfast keeps you fuller throughout the day.
Fit A Morning Workout In
This isn’t for all of us. Some of us don’t want to wake up and put our body through an intensive cardio session in the AM.
If a workout seems to be too intense for you, then maybe practice stretching, mindfulness, or meditation techniques that will allow you to clear your mind and prepare you for the rest of the day. Working out releases endorphins, happy brain chemicals, that leave you feeling light and vibrant.
Envision Your Goals of the Day
Take a minute to look over your daily goals, map out your time-schedule and what you’re fitting in every slot. Some tips on delegation can be found here.
The Huffington Post describes the importance of visualization and how it works.
According to research using brain imagery, visualization works because neurons in our brains, those electrically excitable cells that transmit information, interpret imagery as equivalent to a real-life action. When we visualize an act, the brain generates an impulse that tells our neurons to “perform” the movement.
This creates a new neural pathway — clusters of cells in our brain that work together to create memories or learned behaviors — that primes our body to act in a way consistent to what we imagined. All of this occurs without actually performing the physical activity, yet it achieves a similar result.
So daydream your day away.
Watch That Beautiful Sunrise
There are added benefits to watching the sunrise, believe it or not. It’s as peaceful as it is beautiful, and also… Healthy?
Sunbeams have been linked to reducing anxiety. The added dose of vitamin D will placate any deficiencies you might have, boost mental health, and drape you in a world of calm.
Pretty colors in the big, blue sky breaking through clouds as you sip on your morning coffee. Sounds pretty ideal, huh?
This one shouldn’t come as a shocker. Read. Read the news, read a book, read your favorite celebrity’s drunken tweets from the night before. Check out this list of what successful entrepreneurs are reading during their morning routines.
If reading really isn’t your thing in the mornings, check out the benefits of podcasts. All you have to do is listen, as you get briefed from the latest news, gossip, and interesting discussions.
Check Your Email
Once you’ve gone through your morning motions, it’s time to snap back into reality.
Check your morning emails & catch up on the group chats that you put on mute. Send out those pending replies and get ready to slip back into the groove of work.