Things highly successful people do every morning.

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You know what makes highly successful people less stressed, happier and more productive? They know that their personal priorities are worth more than other people’s priorities.

Upon waking up, these significantly successful professionals don’t immediately check their email – they make it a point to claim the early hours of the day as their “me” time.

After all, these extraordinary people believe that if their priority needs to be done, then it has to be done first. 

What do highly successful entrepreneurs and executives do upon waking up in the morning? Let’s learn from this morning routine for success:

PLAN AHEAD

One of the most productive things you can do to start your day on the right foot should actually happen before you go to sleep the previous day, make a plan. It doesn’t need to be a minute-by-minute itinerary, but it should map out the major tasks or things you want to accomplish the next day — and how you want to spend the first few hours of the day.

Lay out the clothes you’ll wear and make sure you have ingredients ready to make a healthy breakfast. It helps to plan the small things that might slow you down. The idea is to avoid decision fatigue. “Habits that get you out the door in the morning without having to stress over decisions enables you to have more willpower to make [other] decisions during the day about important things.

RESIST THE SNOOZE

If you don’t already know about the 5 second rule, this little mindset change will push you past procrastination and drive action. When all you want to do is hit the snooze in the morning do the simple act of counting backwards from 5 to 1, like the countdown to rocket taking off and get out of bed on 1 to start your day.

Turning in at night and waking up in the morning at the same time everyday is one of the big ways you help keep your circadian rhythm running smoothly. Since our circadian rhythms play such a big role in regulating energy levels and metabolism, keeping your sleep schedule regulated is one of the most key things you can do to feel energized and ready to wake up morning after morning

BE KIND TO YOUR BODY

EAT & DRINK WELL: Drink room temperature water with lemon. We get dehydrated overnight. A glass or two of H2O first thing helps replenish your body’s hydration stores. It also starts your metabolism on the right foot (since the body relies on water to keep all your digestive processes running smoothly).

EXERCISE: Muster the energy to exercise first thing and it will reward you. Exercise releases endorphins — chemicals produced in the brain that help minimize pain and discomfort and increase wellbeing (essentially the body’s own painkillers).

Plus, endorphins can reduce stress hormones, too — helping you start your day unfettered and in control.

BE KIND TO YOUR MIND

NO PHONE: This is a hard and fast rule that successful people live by. By avoiding the impulse to look at your phone in the morning you are taking control over your instead of allowing your emotions to take over at the first sign of a negative text or rushed email.

GRATITUDE RANT: Simply begin to list things that your grateful for. It could be as simple as waking up to a beautiful sunrise, your health, your family, and so on. No matter how little or big happiness is about wanting the things that you already have. By enumerating the blessings they’re grateful for, highly successful people become more open to optimism and inspiration and improve their outlook in life.

MEDITATE: Spend a few minutes focus on your breathing. Visualize how you want your day to unfold. Here’s a 5-Minute Guide to Meditation: Anywhere, Anytime.

PLAN & STRATEGIZE

If you don’t take a few minutes of your time to map out the direction of your day, how will you know if you’re headed towards the right direction?

Take at least 10 minutes of your day to visualize your life goals, review your tasks for the day and allot schedules for breaks.

It’ll help your day be more manageable and less stressful.

DO YOUR HARDEST TASK FIRST

In the morning, the willpower of highly successful people is fresh and ready to go. So, this is the best time to take advantage of it – do your hardest task first.

This way, you’re more likely to get it done and you’re more likely to finish it without other people barging in on you.

Rachel zimbelman