You’re young and resourceful, and the world is your oyster, but you still haven’t found your very own key to success? Have you tried looking at your morning routine? There are six things you can do around breakfast time to achieve the success you’ve been dreaming about, whatever it might be.
1. Rise and shine!
If your mind is ready to wake up, your body should be too. Studies have shown that people who wake up before 6 am are more productive and energetic. Granted you lead a healthy life, if you wake up only an hour earlier every day, you can gain extra 15 days in a year. Seems that sleeping in is a bit of a waste of precious time. If you don’t believe science, though, consider history. Benjamin Franklin and Margaret Thatcher were known to wake up at 5 am.
People who exercise in the morning feel more in control and happier because of the endorphin rush. Their muscles and bones are stretched and they feel refreshed. This includes any kinds of physical activity, from running in the park while everyone else is still asleep to practicing yoga in the comfort of your own home. Many gyms in larger cities are open 24 hours a day, so that young entrepreneurs can work out any time they want.
3. Bon Appetite!
Biologically speaking, the rest of the day is a struggle for your body to keep your energy levels up. That’s why breakfast is so important – it fuels the brain to work hard until your next meal. Breakfast needs to be both nutritious and delicious, but not too complex to prepare. A reasonable combination of healthy carbs and protein can be easily prepared at home and it will make you feel full for longer. Also, give your breakfast as much time as it deserves, because as studies show, distracted or hurried eating can be one of the causes of unwanted weight gain.
4. Read and listen!
In the globalised world, it’s crucial to know the latest news. This could be as simple as turning on your TV while you’re dressing, or listening to the radio while showering. If you work in the finance, law or any other associated field, you absolutely must know the latest figures, verdicts and political affairs.
Learn to be your own assistant and plan your tasks for the day. If you did it last night, that’s fine but check again, in case your schedule needs updating. This will help you stay on track and make sure you get everything done on time. You need to be flexible, though, as new responsibilities can come at any time and your ability to adapt, that’s in your resume, can prove handy.
6. Keep up the good work!
When you arrive at the office, use your highest energy levels to work on biggest, most complex and demanding tasks. Just do it, do it right, and when finished, the rest of the day at work will seem just a tiny bit lighter. If you work as part of a team, communicate with other members on the strategy for the day so you can update your calendar and ideally stick to it.
Success is a result of many different factors put together, but it hardly ever happens without the main ingredient – you. You might already do all of the above every morning, or none of them. As long as it works for you, it will do the trick. After all, success is YOU.