Having a routine doesn’t mean planning out every minute of your day. Some of the most successful people in the world follow simple routine habits every day, whether they are in their home, at the office or on an island off the coast of Croatia.
Before you start picturing the long work hours or 5 am conference calls, know that very few of these morning routines involve any work at all…
Successful people all have one thing in common: they are masters of prioritising themselves above all else. Thus, their health, mental clarity and fitness are often in peak condition. They develop positive habits that although might seem small and unaffecting combine to the bigger picture of their success.
Here are a few habits of successful people…
They wake up early
The early bird catches the worm…this saying didn’t just appear out of thin air. A lot of successful people publically owe their success to these few hours extra they have over their subordinates. In the early hours of the morning, more often than not, work is one of the last priorities…
Instead, writing a to-do list, checking in with their mental state, practicing yoga or meditation, and partaking in a creative outlet are a few common ways they spend their early mornings
GuavaTip: Start by setting your alarm clock back by fifteen minutes before your usual alarm. Every week or so, take off another 15 until you’re rising before the sun.
They have a high-protein breakfast
Another common activity of these early-risers is a high protein, nutritious breakfast. More often than not, people who are ‘too busy’ to have breakfast aren’t as successful as the people who priorities this time. One of my favourite quotes from Tim Ferris, author of The Four Hour Work Week, is that “if you don’t feel like you have time, you don’t have priorities”. In other words, being perpetually busy is another form of laziness, which is most definitely not a characteristic of success.
People like Ferris, Barack Obama and Richard Branson have the same high-protein breakfast every morning whether that be eggs, a protein smoothie or, in Brandon’s case, the same bowl of high-fiber, high-protein cereal.
GuavaTip: A high-protein, high-fat, low-carb breakfast is the best way to set up your brain and body for the day. Studies have shown that meals with this composition increase mental focus and memory recall dramatically more than high-carb breakfast options. Mix and match any of the following:
Grass-fed steak, bacon, chicken or other meat
Protein Pancakes – See recipe
They get moving
When you workout is ultimately up to what works best for your body, but one thing that a lot of successful people have in common is their morning workout routines. This doesn’t come as a surprise that in the early hours of the morning, successful people put their health and fitness first. It also a lot more to do with productivity than you would think. Endorphins, serotonin and adrenalin produced from exercise are proven to improve memory, focus and concentration dramatically. Many successful people find it improves their productivity, mood and efficiency in the workplace, not to mention keeps sickness at bay from being in good health.
GuavaTip: Workouts such as HIIT and circuit training is perfect for newbies to morning workouts. These intense workouts are often slightly shorter than regular workouts because of the interval style it follows.
Following healthy and success habits doesn’t mean you have to start drinking kale smoothies for breakfast and running marathons at the crack of dawn. Habits form over time, and the commitment to a number of positive and routine actions can see your success rise on a personal and professional level.