Virgin Group founder and chairman Richard Branson rises with the sun at around 5:45 a.m.

Michelle Obama is working out by 4:30 a.m.

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is at the office by 6 a.m.

Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey wakes up before dawn for a 6-mile run.


1.Get Your Time Back

I'm sure you can see the trending pattern here.  Reclaiming your mornings can dramatically boost your mindset for the rest of the day.

Do you ever wonder why some people manage to get so much done, whilst for a lot of us it feels like a major achievement rolling out of bed and getting to the shower in the morning.

The good news is that these people have adopted similar tips to these and added them into their daily routine.  They're not superhuman after all! (although with those arms on Michelle I beg to differ) 

Those extra hours when you're fresh and less easily distracted will give you an opportunity to exercise or to do some creative thinking or reading.

So instead of using your bedtime to scroll through cat videos on Facebook, use it to plan out your 3 MIT's (most important tasks) for the next day.  Use an alarm clock and leave your phone in another room.  

Just try it, block out all social media and technology an hour before you go to bed, put pen to paper and write your tasks for the next day.  There's time saved already.

2. Establish A Morning Routine 

Starting a morning routine doesn’t need to be a chore.  Getting this right can kickstart your day in the best way possible.  

Here are three simple habits that will get your day off to the best start possible 

  • Drink 500ml of lukewarm LEMON WATER- you’ve been asleep for 7-8 hours (or 14 in my brothers case) you need to rehydrate.   Use fresh lemon and squeeze half into a glass.  Lemon water will aid digestion, helps clear your skin and most importantly gets rid of that morning breath ;)
  • Be Grateful- I recently purchased "Self Journal" I'll pop the link at the bottom so you can check it out.  Each day you write down 3 things you're grateful for along with your targets and an inspirational quote.  Being grateful for the most simple of things puts you in the right frame of mind for the day ahead.
  • Read-but not on your phone.  Instead of aimlessely scrolling through your phone find 20 minutes to read something that will add value to your day.  If you start flicking through filtered photos before you've got out of bed your mind will already be cluttered.

3. Sort Out Your Dead Time

Dead time accumulates for the time spent doing things such as travelling to work or going to the shops.

You’ll be amazed how much time is lost on these daily activities.  Instead of opening and closing Instagram every 30 seconds on your commute listen to an audiobook or a podcast.

A little self development each day will make a huge difference to how your 2017 will pan out.   Establish the morning routine first and the other habits will fall into place.

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References: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/analysis-and-features/23-successful-people-who-wake-up-incredibly-early-a7252171.html

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