You may or may not be a morning person, but you do realize the importance of morning rituals; after all, they do set the tone for the rest of your day. For entrepreneurs who would rather plan than stumble and rush away, hoping for yet another less-stressful more-productive day, this is what Steve Liefschultz has to offer in terms of advice.
No More “Snooze”
Wouldn’t the whole system kind of collapse if everyone, from government officials and CEOs to entrepreneurs, continued to sleep in? Surely, they must find it difficult to come out from under the covers too? Only if they weren’t so keen on making the most of their mornings, leveraging the extra cortisol and thus brain power each of us experiences 20-30 minutes after waking up.
Not getting the recommend 7-9 hours of sleep at night and the consequential oversleeping is simply another way of not staying healthy and alert.
Avoid Reaching for the Phone
As if opening the newspaper wasn’t bad enough, we have individuals now grabbing their phone as soon as they wake up. This might even mean checking their Facebook or email accounts in the middle of the night as well! A good way to stay informed, but damaging to the well-being; you may come across stressful scenarios such as a long list of client requests you need to address leading you feel worse and not fresh when you wake up. These can wait.
Charge the phone at the other end or even outside of the bedroom if you must so you get to stay focused on what’s actually important at the time of day. Adopt habits like making the bed or light stretching with each accomplishment reinforcing your positive visualizations and thereby improving the outlook and your mood for the day.
Plan the Day
This, according to Steve Liefschultz, is one of the most important elements of your morning ritual. As a successful entrepreneur, you cannot – should not – be multitasking, because if you are unable to put in a 100% on any of your projects, there is greater chance of it coming back at you. A to-do list of tasks that evolve every day keeps you on track and ensures you are not missing any of the minor details either.
Alternatively, you can choose Monday mornings to set goals for the whole week and take note of what needs to be done for the particular day when you proceed to your office. If you cannot start earlier than you need to, set the schedule a night before so you can start on them immediately the next morning.
Including Your Family Time
Sometimes, for an entrepreneur, not having clear boundaries between personal and professional time is a major reason they cannot focus on work at hand. This is especially true if you have little ones who constantly need your attention. Make sure you get to spend a quarter of an hour at least with the loved ones.
And a Healthy Breakfast
Your brain needs the right fuel if you want it to work effectively throughout the day. Consider fruits, vegetables, and even lukewarm lemon water to kick start the metabolism and boost your energy levels. Following that, you are ready to get down to business.