These successful individuals are all in agreement: the first few hours of the working day are the most beneficial . Here are five reasons why.
1. Work Before Breakfast.
It is a common problem, you plan to have a relaxing evening but have to work instead. A strategy to avoid this is to start working earlier; Indra Nooyi, former CEO of PepsiCo wakes up at 4 a.m. and is in the office by 7 a.m. Therefore, by going to bed earlier you will have more efficiency the following morning.
2. Have A Good Breakfast.
Virgin Group founder Richard Branson said in a recent interview that he has breakfast at 5:45 a.m.; eating breakfast makes perfect sense as it will prepare you for the day ahead. A sufficient meal at the beginning of the day will give you an excellent amount of energy to manage work and focus. It also means if you have meetings well-passed lunchtime you will be able to cope.
It is always the way that you promise to exercise in the evening, only not to be able to get round to doing it as work takes over. So, do it before you start. Editor In Chief of Vogue Anna Wintour does this when she plays tennis at 5:45 a.m. Taking exercise at the beginning of the day is great and the release of endorphins will make you feel positive.
4. Make To-Do-Lists.
Scott Tanen, CEO of U.S. bedding company Boll and Branch is a fan of this. Making a to-do list will structure your day and each task added will become a real activity to you. Try writing your list the day before as this means you will get a good night's sleep as well as time to meditate before work without thinking about what needs to be done. This will also clarify the important items to be undertaken; as part of your morning routine re-familiarise yourself with the tasks, making any changes. Writing lists is not tidy, rather a messy approach full of amendments. Because of this, attempt the important jobs on the list first.
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Hollywood actress Reese Witherspoon and TV presenter Laura Whitmore are all known to like their books. Finding time to read is good whatever the time of day, but no more so than in the morning as you will become focussed before your working hours start. Google CEO Sundar Pichai does this; just ten minutes will motivate you for the day ahead.