5 Things Super Successful People Do Before 8 AM

Rise and shine!
Morning time
just became your
new best friend.
Love it or hate it,
utilizing the
morning hours
before work may
be the key to a
successful and
That's right, 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.; Frank Lloyd
Wright at 4 am and Robert Iger, the CEO of Disney
wakes at 4:30am just to name a few. I know what
you're thinking – you do your best work at night. Not
so fast. According to Inc. Magazine, morning people
have been found to be more proactive and more
productive. In addition, the health benefits for those
with a life before work go on and on. Let's explore 5
of the things successful people do before 8 am.
1. Exercise. I've said it once, I'll say it again. Most
people that work out daily, work out in the morning.
Whether it's a morning yoga session or a trip to the
gym, exercising before work gives you a boost of
energy for the day and that deserved sense of
accomplishment. Anyone can tackle a pile of
paperwork after 200 ab reps! Morning workouts also
eliminate the possibility of flaking out on your cardio
after a long day at work. Even if you aren't bright
eyed and bushy tailed at the thought of a 5 am jog,
try waking up 15 minutes early for a quick bedside
set of pushups or stretching. It'll help wake up your
body, and prep you for your day.
2. 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. The early hours foster
easier reflection that helps when prioritizing your
activities. They also allow for uninterrupted problem
solving when trying to fit everything into your
timetable. 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 meditation at your desk. Trying to eat
healthy? Schedule a small window in the evening to
pack a few nutritious snacks to bring to work the
next day.
3. Eat a Healthy Breakfast. We all know that rush
out the door with a cup of coffee and an empty
stomach feeling. You sit down at your desk, and
you're already wondering how early that taco truck
sets up camp outside your office. No good. Take that
extra time in the morning to fuel your body for the
tasks ahead of it. It will help keep you mind on what's
at hand and not your growling stomach. Not only is
breakfast good for your physical health, it is also a
good time to connect socially. Even five minutes of
talking with your kids or spouse while eating a quick
bowl of oatmeal can boost your spirits before heading
out the door.
4. Visualization. These days we talk about our
physical health ad nauseam, but sometimes our
mental health gets overlooked. The morning is the
perfect time to spend some quiet time inside your
mind meditating or visualizing. Take a moment to
visualize your day ahead of you, focusing on the
successes you will have. Even just a minute of
visualization and positive thinking can help improve
your mood and outlook on your work load for the day.
5. Make Your Day Top Heavy. We all have that
one item on our to do list that we dread. It looms over
you all day (or week) until you finally suck it up and
do it after much procrastination. Here's an easy tip to
save yourself the stress – do that least desirable task
on your list first. Instead of anticipating the
unpleasantness of it from first coffee through your
lunch break, get it out of the way. The morning is the
time when you are (generally) more well rested and
your energy level is up. Therefore, you are more well
equipped to handle more difficult projects. And look
at it this way, your day will get progressively easier,
not the other way around. By the time your work day
is ending, you're winding down with easier to dos
and heading into your free time more relaxed.