How successful people start their day


How do you spend the first 60 minutes of your day? Do you jump out of bed and do 50 sit-ups? Do you hit snooze a few times until the most effective alarm in the house – your 2 year old – wakes you up? Do you write your to-do list for the day or check emails? Do you make yourself breakfast and plonk yourself in front of the TV or computer for the morning news?

Fiona Smith has collected some tips from successful business people, management authors and motivational speakers to help you make the most of the first 60 minutes of your working day:


  1. Don’t check your email for the first hour – Tumblr founder David Karp.
  2. Exercise, motivational incantations and remembering to be grateful – motivational speaker Tony Robbins.
  3. Do the hardest stuff first, then nothing else looks so bad – author Brian Tracy.
  4. Make your important calls and emails first thing in the morning to give people a chance to get back to you – Lyn Taylor, author of Tame Your Workplace Tyrant.
  5. Treat every morning as a fresh day and tap into what is happening now – David Shindler, author of Learning to Leap.
  6. Make a to-do list, or update yesterday’s – Michael Kerr, business speaker.
  7. Start with a clean desk – Alexandra Levit, the author of Blind Spots: The 10 Business Myths You Can’t Afford to Believe on Your New Path to Success.


I find that writing a prioritised to-do list the night before helps me get off to a great start. Not only does crossing off items and reviewing what I accomplished that day help me clock off on a good note, but it means I know exactly what I’m doing when I wake up and can get stuck straight into it.

How do you ensure you get off to a great start?

Read the full article here: 60 minutes that can supercharge your day

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