Do you know what most top entrepreneurs have in common? They have a morning routine.
Whether it’s Richard Branson’s rigorous exercise routine or Seth Godin’s blogging and meditation schedule, it is pretty clear that cutting edge innovators greet the day with a routine that helps to focus their minds.
For those entrepreneurs who don’t have a routine, you may find yourself running around like a headless chicken in the mornings sleeping late, or generally feeling unmotivated. You may find that your phone keeps buzzing, you start off
grumpy, you feel rushed, and nothing else pans out for the day.
Having a morning routine centers the mind, which enables you to work systematically through your tasks for the day without being distracted by daydreams and anxieties.
A Quick Note on Morning Routines
In order for those morning routines to work, they need to be sustainable. Forcing yourself into strenuous, length morning routines every single day will only leave you feeling exhausted.
Variety in your morning routines helps to keep things fresh, while also helping you to achieve the same ‘flow state.
Instead of doing the same thing every morning, why not create a menu of mindful, useful activities that aim to gear you up for the day? That way, when you’re feeling less motivated or tight for time, you can pick from a handful of less strenous activities without breaking your routine.
No clue where to start? Try these ideas.
Meditation is one of the most obvious ways to start your day. By clearing your mind, you’re able to center your being and focus on what needs to be prioritized.
Headspace, a popular meditation app, has a library of studies that show the cumulative effect of meditation on both on mental and physical health. By practicing taking
control of runaway thoughts, we can use thistactic throughout our day. This not only keeps lis calm and focused, but it also enables us to let go of unhelpful commentary in our brains that slow lis down during our working day.
For entrepreneurs, meditation can also help you to make better decisions by providing the tools to reactless emotionally to stressful situations. The breathing action reduces the stress-inducing hormone cortisol, relieving anxiety, and allowing the brain to make more useful connections, leading to better problem solving and greater resilience.
In fact, Ray Dalio, Bridgewater Associates Founder, and Padmasree Warrior, Cisco CTO have both meditated for a long time and cannot recommend it enough as a tool for entrepreneurs
Exercise opens up the blood vessels to pump more oxygen around the body. Not only does this have great physical benefits, but it also helps your mental state.