What Do You Do Before 8am?

Jennifer Cohen just wrote an article entitled The 5 Things Super Successful People Do Before 8am. I have already expressed my opinion about this topic. Early mornings, before the family wakes up, are the best time to get your head in the game for the day, but I thought it would be interesting to learn what the super successful do in those quiet hours:

The early bird really does get the worm.

  1. Exercise
  2. Map out your day
  3. Eat a healthy breakfast
  4. Visualization
  5. Make your day top heavy

This last idea is a take on Brian Tracy’s Eat that Frog – the idea that you get out of the way the biggest, ugliest, most dreaded task first thing in the morning while you are fresh and the most creative so that you free up the rest of the day for the things you enjoy doing. 

You could argue that “making your day top heavy” is actually the most important thing to do before 8am. If you dread exercise – get up early and get it out of the way. If you are a terrible planner – get up early and make your to-do list and then imagine how you will feel once the list is complete. 

Not a breakfast eater? There are so many studies that prove how important that first meal is and yet we still resist, insisting that a hot cup of coffee and maybe a quick doughnut or bagel is enough to get us through until lunch. 

How often do you jump out of the bed in the morning and the first thought is about you? Never? Rarely?

Usually we start the day thinking about how quickly we can get the kids up, breakfast around, lunches packed, homework gathered and then if there is time, a quick shower, dash of lipstick and a cup of coffee before we head out the door, already behind.

Let’s start tomorrow by making ourselves a priority and following the example of some truly great leaders by doing at least one of the above listed five things before everyone else gets up. Which will you start with?