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Career Advice 101: 4 Morning Routines That Lead to Success

Morning people, who are they, what are they, and how can one learn their witchy ways? Is there a spokesman or a union leader we can talk to? How can we contact them? Is 3 P.M. a justifiable nap time if a person is meant to wake up at 7 A.M.? If naps are not an option, can one show up for work around noon, and take their respective nap around 5?

If you aren’t a morning person, the constant influx of “how to be a morning person” articles can be frustrating. However, it’s not a secret that morning people lead more successful lives than others who are not quite morning people. Becoming a morning person IS possible, however, here are tips to jumpstart your morning work routine, even if you’re NOT a morning person.


“The difference between rising at five and seven o’clock in the morning, for forty years, supposing a man to go to bed at the same hour at night, is nearly equivalent to the addition of ten years to a man’s life.” – Philip Doddridge


Ten years? Sign me up! Who couldn’t use a little extra “day” in their…day?. It’s true that waking up earlier can improve your health and productivity, but how does one start the journey to becoming a successful morning person?


1. The early bird’s point of view

Inspire yourself to wake up to see a whole new world through the eyes of the early bird.

What could you do with an extra hour a day? Work in some exercise? Make a new friend at the bagel shop? Get in some early morning email correspondence before the rest of the world wakes up? 72% of executives say they are the most creatively attuned before noon.

Watch joggers run through a park. Make a regular friend out of a funny person selling bagels, befriend them so you never have to completely order your favorite bagel (because your new bagel friend always remembers your order!) Check out the slow progression of a community waking up, get your juices flowing, (start juicing!) Become a person who journals on park benches, taking in experiences. Build up your will to live via human recognition and appreciation. Expand your vocabulary, start watching morning programs (there are so many travel tips you’re missing out on probably.)


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2. Wake up at the same time every morning: Groundhog Day yourself

Remember Bill Murray in Groundhog Day? One of the easiest ways to become a morning person vis-a-vis a successful person is to set an internal alarm clock. Start by waking up at the same time every day, slowly conditioning yourself to naturally wake up with ease. Waking up earlier can prepare you for any obstacles or tasks your life/job can send your way. An astounding  60% of executives feel they are more prolific and productive in the mornings. So how do YOU become more productive? Download helpful apps to help you organize your day, like Inbox Pause and Cold Turkey, that help can help you not only manage your emails but cut you off from the distraction of social media. Check out how Google takes work productivity to another level. Waking up early (successfully) means going to bed earlier. It also means you might have to give up that extra hour of America’s Got Talent, so you can go on that morning jog/bike to the serene dog park right by that cute new coffee shop, champ.


3. Breakfast for dinner meet breakfast for breakfast

What better reason to convince yourself to wake up, then bribing yourself with the greatest foods tailored specifically to morning time. Breakfast food can make you alert for the day, and better your productivity, if you choose the right options. U.S. breakfast skippers beware, 22% of people who skip breakfast are obese. Some helpful breakfast foods for the sleepiest of sleepy heads include: oats, blueberry, salmon, and quinoa. 60% of your brain is made up of fatty acids, and salmon is chalk full of the best fatty acid around, DHA. Salmon is loaded with, protein,omega-3s B-vitamins, and iron. All of which builds focus, maintains memory, and supports thought processThe better you feel, the better work you will produce!


4. Get those buns on a run

Exercising in the morning is one of the best ways to not only improve your “morning person tendencies” but to improve your overall health. Morning runs are an excellent way to clear your mind and prep for the oncoming day. The U.S. has 273,500 personal trainers, sign up for an expensive session you would feel INCREDIBLY guilty for missing. Experts say that working out in the morning increases your energy levels throughout the day. Who doesn’t love a little mid-day pick me up? Employee wellness costs can potentially plummet once you start taking care of yourself.  Working out in the morning improves your metabolism, which means you can eat all of the sugar coated candies you’d like, you successful morning person you!


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Consider this, it takes 21 days to form a habit. If you completely engross yourself in a morning routine that leads you to both mentally and physically healthy habits for 21 days, you are that much closer to being that successful specimen you have always wanted to be. Plus, you’ll be able to order off of the breakfast menu without fear of time restrictions.