When you work for yourself, you have to start early…every day…if you want to be successful.
If you linger in bed, or otherwise allow yourself to get a later start to your labors, thinking it’s OK because you’ll simply make up the lost time by working into the wee hours, you’ll find that it won’t work…at least, not as well as biting the bullet and kicking off your day as early as you can.
On that note, there is an article over at Entrepreneur.com by Serenity Gibbons that details seven things every entrepreneur should do before 7 a.m., and it is certainly worth a look.
I won’t run through all seven in this space – as noted, it’s a great article, and you should check it out for yourself – but I will make mention of a couple that are near and dear to my heart.
One thing an entrepreneur should be sure to do while it’s still early is exercise. Whatever your specific pleasure – running, lifting weights, yoga, etc. – beginning the morning by getting the physical blood flowing rarely fails to get the mental juices flowing, as well (and this, of course, is besides the obvious health benefits associated with exercise). Exercise has been shown to also help with mental focus, something of particular importance to the person who has only himself/herself on whom to rely to get the company moving forward.
Something else that is of particular utility to entrepreneurs is using the earliest hours to write down goals and priorities for both that day and the rest of the week, as appropriate. Speaking for myself, I keep a yellow pad at my desk that’s devoted to scribbling out and otherwise clarifying in the morning what I want to accomplish by the end of the day. As it is, the first step to achieving any goal is to write it down, making it extra-real by putting it in front of your face. That, however, applies not only to the loftier, longer-term objectives one might have for themselves, but also to those “must-do,” task-oriented goals that are a daily part of reaching and maintaining your success.
These are just two of the seven “things” presented in the article; the other five are great, too.
Go check ‘em out.
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