As a business owner, your days are crammed with important tasks – from managing your employees to handling your business’ finances.
It’s important to start the day off right so you’re prepared for the responsibilities of running a small business. Here are a few morning rituals that can help you start your day on a positive note.
Wake Up Early
There are a few advantages for early risers. For one, there’s a sort of tranquility in the morning that you can’t get at any other time of the day. You can think about the things that need to get done without having 10 different people in your ear about other issues, separate from your own tasks. You can focus on what you need to do for your business or for yourself as an individual.
Many successful business owners wake up early. But why wouldn’t anyone want to get a head start on the day while others are still asleep? Of course, waking up early means going to sleep early. Adults need 7-9 hours of sleep to maintain a healthy lifestyle. You can’t expect your body to want to wake up after four or five hours of sleep. Get the rest you need, wake up early, and start your day.
Some would rather sleep in for an extra 10 minutes and skip breakfast. That’s a bad habit to have. You need fuel for your mind and body. Not only does it give you energy to start your day, having a wholesome breakfast will help you maintain focus through the long work hours. You won’t find yourself taking numerous breaks from your tasks to look for something to eat if you have a good breakfast because your body will be fuller from the start. Of course, this doesn’t mean to fuel up on doughnuts or cereals that are mostly sugar.
Eating a healthy breakfast can provide multiple benefits: more strength and endurance for physical activities, better concentration and problem-solving skills, and a more nutritionally complete diet that is higher in nutrients, vitamins and minerals. After eating a nutritious breakfast, you’ll feel much better throughout the day and be ready to get things done.
Use the quiet of the morning to think about your business goals – short and long term. Map out your day and make any side notes necessary to guarantee that your day will run smoothly. If you are the kind of business owner who likes to map out your week in advance, that’s fine, too. But take a look at your daily tasks every morning. Sometimes unexpected things come up and your plan needs to be restructured or reprioritized. The morning is the best time to get this done.
Maybe you want to put the task that’s been looming over your head for the past few days or week on the top of your list. As Mark Twain once said, “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” Eat the frog and get those projects out of the way early so you’ll have the rest of the day to tackle smaller tasks with a determined fire in your eyes.
Like eating a healthy breakfast, morning workouts can give you a boost of energy to start your day. Exercising gets your adrenaline pumping and awakens your mind and body. When you get started with your work day, you’ll be ready to take care of any problem that comes your way. Apart from just saying you’re ‘too tired’ to work out, there aren’t many other excuses that can be used in the morning. If you aren’t getting your morning workout in, it’s because you don’t want to. Not because you can’t. All you need is a 10 minute walk or a five minute jog. A few pushups or crunches might even do the trick. You’ll start feeling a difference after only a few days. Just a side note: exercising (at any point of the day) will help you sleep better at night; therefore allowing your body to wake up easier in the morning. *Hint hint*