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3 things successful people do before 9am

It’s time to make mornings your new best friend! Hard as it may be, utilising the mornings can be the key to a happy, successful lifestyle – something we can probably all agree was on our list of resolutions this year.

Rising early is a common trait found in many of the most successful and influential people for instance, Bill Gates was up every morning at 6am; Richard Branson wakes up at 5.45am; and for Jack Welch GE’s CEO: 5am.

So we thought we’d explore some of the things successful people do before 9am.

1. Exercise

Whether it’s a morning yoga session or a trip to the gym, exercising at the start of the day gives you a boost of energy for the day and that deserved sense of accomplishment. Anyone can tackle the day after 10 ab reps! Morning workouts also eliminate the possibility of falling asleep on the lounge after a long day with grandchildren. Even if you aren’t bright eyed and bushy tailed at the thought of a 5am jog, try waking up 15 minutes early for a quick bedside set of pushups or stretching.

2. Eat a healthy breakfast

It’s easy to rush out the door with a cup of coffee and tell yourself you’re not hungry, anyway. Then you get to where you are going, and you’re already wondering how early that little cafe opens up across the street. No good. Take that extra time in the morning to fuel your body for the tasks ahead. Not only is breakfast good for your physical health, it is also a good time to connect socially with your kids or your grandkids before heading out the door.

3. Map out your day

Maximize your potential by mapping out your schedule for the day, as well as your goals and to dos. The morning is a good time for this as it is often one of the only quiet times a person gets throughout the day. While scheduling, don’t forget about your mental health. Plan a 10-minute break after that stressful meeting for a quick walk around the block or a moment of “me time”.