Running a small business requires a whole lot of time, effort and perseverance; however, you can vastly improve your chances of success simply by making the most of every morning. Whether you run a restaurant, a hair salon or an IT business, the following tips will ensure that you are hitting the ground running every day of the week.
1. Start early
If your small business is still trying to get off the ground you simply can’t afford to be sleeping in. An early start will ensure that you can make some progress before you get swamped by interruptions throughout the day and you are also far more likely to be productive while you are still feeling fresh. Some of the world’s most famous success stories are well known for being early starters, such as Richard Branson, Oprah and Bill Gates.
2. Get up to speed
Gone are the days when nothing would happen in the world of business before 9am, because nowadays your clients, partners and even staff members could be based almost anywhere; therefore, there is likely always something happening that relates to your business. Checking in on any major developments first thing in the morning will let you know if there are any fires to put out or opportunities to take advantage of and doing so before most of your competitors are even awake will give you an edge.
3. Clear your mind
Spend some time each morning relaxing your mind, clearing it of clutter and preparing for the day ahead. Whether you enjoy your morning coffee in the garden, listen to some music while preparing breakfast or spend a few minutes meditating, find a way to free your mind of unnecessary distractions before you even think about taking on the day. For that big brain of yours to be at its best it needs to be loose and limber not tense and strained.
4. Eat something healthy
While not everyone is hungry enough for a full breakfast first thing in the morning it is vital that you provide your body with some type of quality fuel for the day, even if it is just a nutritious smoothie or some fresh fruit. A healthy breakfast will provide your body and mind with the nutrients you need to be at your best and it will also mean you won’t need to stop what you are doing mid-morning to refuel.
Getting active first thing in the morning is a great way to kick start your energy levels not to mention counteract the effects of sitting for hours throughout the day. Regardless of whether you do yoga, go for a walk or squeeze in a quick workout at the gym, find a way to get your heart pumping before your day gets hectic. Apart from being great for your physical health, those early active sessions are often when you will have your best ideas of the day.
6. Set goals for the day
Take a few minutes to establish some realistic goals for the day; this will help you to stay focused on tasks that are most important as well as provide a feeling of satisfaction as you accomplish each one. While it is important to be ambitious with your goals, don’t go overboard, as you will risk leaving yourself feeling overwhelmed or deflated if you end the day with a lot still on your list.
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