20 entrepreneurs reveal morning secrets

posted by:  Gabrielle Gesti

post date:  April 9, 2016

category:  News

Entrepreneurs
20 successful entrepreneurs on the first thing they do each morning

Brittney Helmrich  – Source news.com.au

HOW you start your morning sets the tone for the rest of your day, so your morning routine is important, especially when you’re in charge of an entire company.

Wondering what a morning in the life of a successful entrepreneur is like? Business News Daily asked business owners to share the first thing they do in the morning.

From hitting snooze and drinking coffee to exercising and planning out their to-do lists, here’s what 20 different entrepreneurs said they do when they wake up.

No. 1: “‘Feared thing first’ has been one of my entrepreneurial go-tos. Whatever I dread the most on my to-do list is the first thing I want to cross off in the morning. The adrenaline rush of conquering this intimidating task drives me through the rest of the day.” – Nancy Cleary, publisher and owner, Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing

No. 2: “Typically, I’m already up by 6am. I usually just refresh and do my transcendental meditation before I look at my email and social media — although it’s tempting! Then I do yoga for at least half an hour. This quiet time alone supports me throughout my day. I’m calmer, more present and ready to make better decisions than yesterday.” – Kate Spasic, founder, Bikes & Humans Co-Op

No. 3: “As a founder of a global investment-management firm, I wake up a few times through the night to check in on markets. The final time of waking up, at 5:30, I spend time with my family — [they’re] early risers — and dogs. Early morning, before the office starts, is a great time to collect thoughts and plan the goals for the day.” – Joseph Hosler, managing principal, Auour Advisory

No. 4: “I go for a morning run. No set distance, no set time — I just set my alarm for 5:30am, jump out of bed, put on my running gear and run until I’m tired or bored, then walk back. Rain or shine, it doesn’t matter.” – Neil Andrew, account director and founder, Piccana

No. 5: “[My] first job in the morning — which is 6am for me — armed with a large cup of tea, is to organise my social media posts and replies, [including] LinkedIn Pulse, Twitter, blog posts, replies to followers and connection requests. I find that if I allow this activity to sneak anywhere else into my day, it can hijack four times more space in my schedule than if I simply look after them all in that hour. Then it’s the daily, uphill struggle of getting two teenagers out of bed for school, and 15 minutes of breakfast chat with my wife.” – Chris Murray, founder and managing director, Varda Kreuz Training

No. 6: “After reading the book The Miracle Morning [Hal Elrod, 2012], I’ve started waking up an hour early to start my morning ritual. Within that hour, I spend 10 minutes [each] doing six personal development activities. These activities include meditation, writing affirmations, visualisation, reading, journaling and working out. It equips me physically, mentally and spiritually for whatever the day throws at me.” – Talaya Waller, personal branding consultant and founder, Waller & Company

No. 7: “I once took a creative-writing class, and the teacher told me that your most creative time of day is right when you open your eyes, before you even reach for your alarm clock. This is why everyday, the first thing I do before the distractions and stress of daily life creep into my head, before I even glance at my emails on my phone or scroll through Instagram, is just write. I fill up a whole page in a composition notebook — yes, a real notebook with paper and a pen! — with whatever comes to my mind that morning.” – Erica Feld, CEO and founder, Wagdrobe

No. 8: “The first thing I do in the morning is swim. I do it because all the challenges of the day are played out in my head. I focus on my breathing between strokes — it creates an almost meditative, totally chilled-out feeling.” – Nat Wasserstein, managing director, Lindenwood Associates

No. 9: “I get up at 5:30 every day, and head straight to the office. I start working as soon as possible. That’s the first thing I do whenever possible: I work. The momentum takes over, and sometimes the next thing I know it’s 12 hours later and that’s a pretty damn good workday.” – Dan Shure, owner, Evolving SEO

No. 10: “[The] first thing I do is take care of myself and get a win. I get up at 4:23am for a 5am CrossFit workout. It’s tough, but I feel like I’ve accomplished something I wasn’t sure I could, so to start the day I have a feeling of accomplishment and wellbeing, and I’m ready for anything!” – Mike Stratta, founder and CEO, Arcalea

No. 11: “The first thing that I do in the morning is walk over to a cafe and write at least one page in a notebook about what I learned about running a business the previous day. I reflect on things such as the importance of persistence, infrastructure and grit. This morning ritual is simple, but it does absolute wonders for me in igniting my brain and kickstarting my creativity for the day ahead.” – Alex Kehr, founder and head of creativity and technology, Wander

No. 12: “The first thing that I do is nothing. Seriously, it’s so important that I have time to be still and think about my day before I get up. It’s truly a meditative time for me, and it’s when I get my best and most successful ideas. I set my alarm clock 15 minutes ahead so that I can just think. While I’m there, I can see my vision board as well.” – Janice Celeste, founder, Encore Entrepreneur Institute

No. 13: “The first thing I do in the morning is stay in bed. There is a magic time in the haziness between sleep and [being] awake that gives me clarity. I first think about how I’m going to make today a productive day, and then drift into thoughts about issues I am going to tackle. No hard thinking, just slowly moving from item to item and approaching each one from different angles.” – Wayne Gathright, president, Tenant File

No. 14: “The first thing I do is kiss my wife. My family is my foundation and core. I then meditate for about 15 minutes to draw in positivity and set the tone for the rest of my day. If I am positive, I will attract positivity and success.” – Ken Collis, CEO and owner, TLK Fusion

No. 15: “I make the bed. It helps me start every day off with knowing something is already accomplished.” – Brad Cummins, founder, Local Life Agents

No. 16: “What I do first thing in the morning is play piano. Playing an instrument has been scientifically proven to engage practically every area of the brain at once, especially the visual, auditory and motor cortices, so it gets my mental capacity going. It’s like a mental full-body workout.” – Gene Caballero, co-founder, GreenPal

No. 17: “My morning habit is to review my vision board. This serves as a reminder of where I see my leadership institute headed in the future. My vision also sets the course of my day by outlining the practical steps on how to reach my goals. It also reminds me to be grateful for the many milestones — growth in my business, development of new skills, furthering my vision — that we have achieved.” – Artika Tyner, lawyer, author and educator

No. 18: “I have a spreadsheet that I fill in for people I need to contact, people who I am expecting to hear from, and the three most important projects I’m working on along with what needs to be done next for them. This helps my day be productive.” – Dustin Colthorp, owner and co-founder, iCare Phone Repair

No. 19: “The first thing I do in the morning is listen to my environment. I pay attention to see if my son or my husband is up. It relaxes me to hear their conversations sometimes in the kitchen. It gives me motivation to get up and participate in the conversation. It is inevitable to look at my phone and check my schedule for the day, but as long as I have those most loveable voices in the kitchen talking about what their day is going to look like, then everything makes sense.” – Debora Balardini, co-founder, Punto

No. 20: “I have a digital voice recorder and through the day speak into it my to-dos, important thoughts for writing and inspirations. Each morning, I sit at my computer, listen to the previous day’s notes and take action, sending the emails, writing what I spoke and creating reminders so things don’t slip through the cracks.” – Richard Shane, founder, Sleep Easily

This article originally appeared on Business News Daily and was reproduced with permission.