Your a business owner, well, lets face it, your an entrepreneur whether you admin it or not. You’ve built a business with your bare hands and it’s time to turn your productive levels up and avoid burnout.
Are you tempted to hit snooze when the alarm clock goes off in the morning? The best business owner advice suggests you shouldn’t just roll over and take an extra ten minutes (take a look at this 35 tips to increase your productivity).
As an entrepreneur, the morning can be your most productive and creative time. Your morning sets the tone for the whole day. So if you want to increase your productivity, the best advice is to focus on your mornings.
Here are five things that business owners and entrepreneurs can do as part of their morning routine to enhance productivity.
1. Wake up on YOUR terms
I’m sure you’ve heard that morning people are the most productive people… “The early bird catches the worm!” Groan
While it may be true that people who wake up early in the morning are often more productive, that doesn’t mean night owls like myself can’t have a productive morning that leads to a productive day. The “mornings” of night owls just take place a little later, but can still be productive nonetheless.
It’s important to get in tune with your body’s clock according to Sleep.org. Your body actually knows what it should be doing and when, so don’t force it to step out of it’s natural rhythm to part of some early bird club.
You need to focus on getting enough sleep and waking up when your body is ready to. This will often lead to a more productive day in comparison to forcing yourself out of bed and bringing on the infamous entrepreneur burnout. If you are trying to become part of the 5am club in won’t be long until your body will put it’s foot down (on your head) as it forces you back into the rhythm that it is comfortable with.
2. Avoid Communication
This one was really hard for me because l had formed a very strong habit of checking my phone first thing in the morning. This led me to jump into a high alert status by reacting to other peoples priorities before l had even got out of bed.
Checking email, phone messages, Facebook, Twitter and other communication channels exposes you to the day’s potential tasks and problems.
Many productivity experts and successful people have reported that they spend their evenings preparing for the next day. by doing so it empty’s their heads of the priorities of the next day and frees up their mornings to focus on self-care.
3. Have a Healthy Breakfast
It’s important to eat a health breakfast as this is the fuel you are going your body to begin and sustain you through the day and until your next meal.
I love smoothies and love to start my day with great, nutritious smoothie. The best smoothies are packed with nutritious superfoods that power your mind and body for the entire day.
The Virgin Group founder Richard Branson has a healthy fruit salad and muesli to start his day. Twitter’s co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey has two hard-boiled eggs with soy sauce every morning. Professional tennis player Novak Djokovic follows a long, detailed order beginning with a large cup of room temperature water and ending with muesli or oatmeal, to provide his body with what he needs to perform at peak levels.
Whatever you decide to fuel your body with, just know that this is an important decision as it can effect your productive both in the morning and throughout the day. Choose wisely.
4. Get Some Exercise
I find with having a young family it can be a challenge to carve out some time in the morning to achieve this. Luckily l have a loving and supporting wife so l’m able to find this time.
Exercise has been proven to not just make you think clearer, be healthier and happier, it also allows you to combat stress as well.
It’s important to remember that it doesn’t matter whether you exercise for 10 minutes or two hours, simply moving around will get your blood flowing and help you get your day started on the right foot (pun intended).
Take care of your body because you don’t want to lose your health on the road to being a successful entrepreneur!
5. Set Goals
Most business owners and entrepreneurs are already goal-oriented, but it’s common for them to neglect writing down their goals and tracking their progress. Setting specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely goals (SMART goals) will increase the success of your day.
You need to open up your mornings and allow some time to think about what you want to accomplish for the day. Creating SMART goals you ensure you work on the things that are really important to your business, goals that will move the company forward. In doing so, you will have a clear plan of what you are going to achieve for the day that will help you avoid putting out fires instead.
Don’t let anything get in the way of making things happen.
Setting up a successful morning routine can take some discipline, but the rewards are well worth it – enhanced productivity and focus!
You have the ability to shape these tips to suit yourself, they are just a guiding post but l have reaped success from them and l’m sure you can too.