Like it or not, waking up early to make the most of the hours before the workday may be the key to a successful and healthy lifestyle. Early rising is a common trait found in many CEOs, government officials, and other influential people. Margaret Thatcher was up every day at 5 a.m.; Anna Wintour is already at the tennis courts by 6am and Robert Iger, the CEO of Disney wakes at 4:30am just to name a few. Even OneShift's own CEO Genevieve George is part of the 'up-and-running by 6am club.
Although you might think you do your best work at night, studies have shown that morning people are in fact more proactive, positive and productive. Here are the five top things you should do in the early hours of the morning to make the most of your day day:
Most people who work out daily do so in the morning. It might be a yoga session you prefer, a run around your neighbourhood or a refreshing morning swim. Either way, doing some exercise before you head off to work will boost your spirits for the day and give you extra energy. Plus you'll feel better about yourself for accomplishing a work out before the day begins. Responding to emails and preparing for presentations and meetings will seem like a breeze after a 5km run. Getting cardio out of the way in the morning also means that you don't have the opportunity to bail on your workout in the afternoon, which we all know is so easy to do.
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Plan your day
You'd be much better off dedicating an extra hour in the morning to organising your plans for the day in order to ensure an efficient and productive day of work. Map out your schedule accordingly to your to do list and your goals and objectives. This might be the only quiet time you get all day so use it to make the rest of your day run smoothly by scheduling time for the little things that are often left forgotten, such as setting aside some time in the evening to pack a few snack s and lunch for the following day at work. It's the helpful little things you do to look after yourself that make everything seem so much easier.
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Eat a Nutritious Breakfast
We all know how easy it s to forget about breakfast and leave the house running on caffeine. Then as soon as you sit at your desk, you begin to ponder your lunch options, often leaning towards the worst of choices as time goes on. By midday you're ready to down a whole pizza! Take some extra time in the morning to fuel your body properly so that you can spend the next few hours focused on work rather than your stomach. It's also a great way to spend some extra time with your family before you head to work.
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Get to work early
When you commute early, the traffic is much lighter so you get to work faster and therefore save yourself more time that you can use doing more important things. Waking up early also gives you more options in the means by which you commute. You can ride your bike, get off the bus early and walk the rest of the trip or even take on the whole trip by foot, depending on how far from home your office is.
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Deal with the big jobs early
Save yourself the stress by getting the big jobs you hate out of the way as soon as possible. We all have one or two tasks we avoid for most of the day or even week because we dread it. We then procrastinate for long periods of time until there's no choice but to do it. And then it seems even more unpleasant because you're in a hurry to get it done. Do that task first thing in the morning and you'll save yourself all that energy and time. This way your day will progressively become easier, not the other way around. By the time your workday is ending, you're winding down with easier jobs and heading into your free time more relaxed.
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