10 Things Successful People Do Before 9 a.m.

By | December 15, 2018

[December 15, 2018]  Does early bird really get the worm? According to research, that’s true: “People whose performance peaks in the morning are better positioned for career success because they’re more proactive than people who are at their best in the evening.”

That’s a secret of many successful people. Before they go to work, they’ve been active and completing tasks that will prepare their mind and body for all challenges that the day brings.

Are you curious to find out what exactly high performers do before 9 a.m.? Then keep on reading.

  1. Wake up early: Successful people are early birds who usually get up between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. That way, they have more time for themselves and their rituals, so they can prepare better for all upcoming challenges.
  2. Meditate: Most successful people spend some time in the morning in meditation. It has many benefits for their mental health. Meditation helps them clarify their thoughts, focus better, relieve stress, increase their brain activity, and more.
  3. Eat a healthy breakfast: High-achieving people know that a healthy breakfast is the best way to fuel their body for a busy day ahead of them. They usually eat fruit, whole grains or slow-release carbohydrates that gives them enough strength for an active life.
  4. Physical activity: Successful people prefer to exercise early in the morning, before tackling the planned to-do list. Some of them go to the gym, some of them run, while others exercise at home. Physical activity makes them feel good, but at the same time, it improves cognitive function.
  5. Drink water:  Prosperous people drink a glass of hot water when they get up. Drinking water instead of coffee rehydrates their body and kick-starts their metabolism. That way, they feel more alert which makes them ready for a new day.
  6. Learn something new:  Michael Richardson, an editor for movie review writing service, emphasizes that “High-performing people are committed continuously to learning. They spend some time in the morning developing a new skill, reading professional articles or listening to podcasts related to work. Learning keeps their mind flexible and helps remain nimble at work.”
  7. Eat the frog: Most successful people start the day by crossing off the most difficult task or a project. That way, they get a sense of accomplishment that makes them feel lighter and motivates them for the rest of the day.
  8. Make a plan: Morning is the time when most effective people plan their activities for the day. Before all distractions set in, they take time to consider their goals, what it takes to achieve it and plan their day accordingly.
  9. Express gratitude: Another morning habit of high-performing people is to write down the things that they are grateful for. Before going to work, they set some time aside to jot down the opportunities, people and places they appreciate in their life.
  10. Connect with their family: Prosperous people take advantage of the morning to invest in family time. It is a perfect occasion to spend some quality time with the family around the breakfast table and talk about what’s going on.

All these little rituals set high achievers up for positive outcomes throughout the day. That way, they get the most of their day and their life, as well.

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Author: Jennifer Sanders

Jennifer Sanders is a writer and an editor from London. She loves sports, to listen to music, and to communicate with different people. Find Jennifer on Twitter (https://twitter.com/Jennife83276414) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/jennifer.sanders.9883739).

11 thoughts on “10 Things Successful People Do Before 9 a.m.

  1. Georgie M.

    Hi Jennifer. Great article today and thanks for posting here on General Satterfield’s leadership blog. Your work is an example of why I keep coming back to read this daily. Well done!

  2. Andrew Dooley

    I propose adding one more: Successful people set personal boundaries. Many of us want to say yes to everything and want to help everyone. Successful people set boundaries for themselves in order to preserve their energy, time and space.

  3. Len Jakosky

    Research on achievement shows that successful people reach their goals not simply because of who they are, but more often because of what they do. Throughout my research of successful people within society and in my own world, I have found that they all create and form positive habits that propel them to that next level.

    1. Mr. T.J. Asper

      Good point, Len. I think most of us see this in our daily lives just by observing successful folks.

  4. Nick Lighthouse

    Having close access to ultra-successful people can yield some pretty incredible information about who they really are, what makes them tick, and, most importantly, what makes them so successful and productive.

  5. Mike Baker

    “Whenever you see a successful person, you only see the public glories, never the private sacrifices to reach them.” –Vaibhav Shah

  6. Martin Shiell

    Key phrase that you will find in most blog posts on this leadership topic,
    ‘If you want to be successful, one of the best things you can do is emulate other successful people. While every successful person has his or her own unique approach, there are a lot of common patterns you can find when you read their books and watch interviews and lectures.’

    1. Lady Hawk

      I agree with you Janna that Jennifer’s article is better. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  7. Army Captain

    Hi Jennifer. Great list. I would say most successful people do this before 7am. They get all this done before most people even wake up.

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