Are you a morning person? Or on the other hand, are you the stumble down the stairs, hit the coffee machine whilst checking your emails type? (Guilty as charged on the second point for me). Your morning routine says a lot about you as a person, and while there is probably not one routine that will fit all, there is a lot we can learn from the routines of successful people and the science behind starting your day right.

The facts

Let’s start with the science behind it. Researchers at the University of Nottingham and the National Institute of Education in Singapore reviewed 83 studies on self-control, and from this, they were able to conclude that Results revealed a significant effect of ego depletion on self-control task performance. Significant effect sizes were found for ego depletion on effort, perceived difficulty, negative affect, subjective fatigue, and blood glucose levels.

In simple terms, the longer the day goes on the more fatigued you become and the less self-control you are able to practice over important tasks that need to be completed.

The method

Mark Twain (born Samuel Clemens) is an American writer, wrote two classic novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, published in 1876, and the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, in 1884.

He was famously quoted saying “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day”.

Translation? Tackle your hardest task first, and the rest of the day will seem like a breeze.

To make sure you are accountable to this, at the end of every day write down a list of three tasks that you need to complete tomorrow, in order of importance. When you come to work the next day, handle the hardest one first. Repeat the next day.

If you are struggling to find the right task to begin the day with, or the most important, in the words of Steve Jobs ask yourself “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?

The ways the most successful people do it

Anna Wintour, Vogue editor-in-chief.

Starts her day at 5:45am with an hour long tennis match. If you don’t have a partner, or tennis isn’t your thing try going for a run or hitting the gym.

Margaret Thatcher, former UK prime minister.

Thatcher was believed to be a short sleeper, so her late-night political meetings never kept her from waking up at 5:00 a.m. the next morning to listen to “Farming Today,” a popular program on BBC Radio about food, farming, and the countryside. Perhaps you could try flicking on your favourite news program or some music to start your day.

David Karp, Tumblr founder

Karp saves all of his e-mail until he arrives at work at 9:30 or 10:00 a.m., after a 15-minute walk (or even faster Vespa ride) from home. “If something urgently needs my attention,” he said, “someone will call or text me.” Once at work, email is Karp’s first task. He’ll check his inbox, which contains only emails from Tumblr staff and from his girlfriend. Then he’ll sift through an “unsorted” folder of other emails, all the while making a list in a notebook of the things he needs to get done

No matter, what your current routine is, there is always room for improvement and you may be inspired by Anna, Steve or David or create a routine that works just for you.

CAAA Commercial Concierge may not be the experts on morning routines, but we are certainly the experts in business goal setting. Speak to your concierge about how we can align your business goals for a less stressful start to the day.

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