11 things highly successful people do before 9am

Are you scrolling on your phone while waiting for your coffee? What about changing your morning routine a bit?

Here’s an interesting idea: the path to success might start before your breakfast!

Successful people often do similar things in the morning, and they usually finish them before many of us even wake up.

So, before you start your day, let’s look at the 11 things they accomplish by 9 am. Maybe you’ll find some tips to make your mornings more productive!

1. They Don’t Hit Snooze

Beep…beep…beep. Ah, the dreaded alarm. For many of us, the snooze button is our best friend, but not for successful people.

They understand that those extra few minutes of sleep won’t make them feel any more rested.

Instead, hitting snooze often leads to a rushed morning and a stressful start to the day.

Successful people make it a point to wake up at their first alarm. It’s all about discipline and starting the day on their terms.

So, when your alarm goes off, resist the temptation to hit snooze. Jump out of bed and seize the day!

2. They Don’t Skip Breakfast

Who hasn’t heard the phrase, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”?

Yet, so many of us are guilty of skipping it in the rush to get out the door.

Not successful people, though! They know that a healthy and nutritious breakfast fuels their bodies and minds for the day ahead.

Eating breakfast kickstarts your metabolism and helps maintain focus and energy levels throughout the day.

So, if you’re used to skipping your morning meal, it might be time to rethink that habit.

A bowl of oatmeal or a smoothie doesn’t take much time but can make a huge difference in your day!

3. They Don’t Check Emails or Social Media

This one was a game-changer for me personally. Like many people, the first thing I used to do in the morning was reach for my phone and start scrolling through emails or social media. It felt productive, right? Wrong!

Successful people understand that diving headfirst into the digital world can quickly become a black hole of distraction.

They choose to prioritize their time and energy on more mindful activities in the morning.

So, I followed suit and started avoiding my phone for the first hour after waking up.

Instead, I began my day with some light exercise or reading a book. And let me tell you, this small change transformed my mornings!

No longer was I starting the day reacting to others’ demands or getting caught up in negativity on social media. I felt more in control and ready to tackle my day.

Tomorrow morning, instead of reaching for your phone, try doing something that nourishes you. Trust me; your emails can wait!

4. They Don’t Procrastinate on Exercise

Exercise might be the last thing you want to do after crawling out of bed, but successful people know better.

Many of them prioritize working out in the morning – and for good reason!

Did you know that exercising in the morning can boost your mood and energy levels for the entire day?

According to a study from the University of Bristol, people who exercise during the workday report a  big improvement in time management and workload completed.

So, whether it’s a quick jog around the block, a yoga session, or a full-blown gym workout, get your body moving in the morning. It might take some getting used to, but the benefits will be worth it. 

5. They Don’t Ignore Their Loved Ones

In the hustle and bustle of morning routines, it’s easy to overlook the most important people in our lives.

Successful people, however, make it a point to connect with their loved ones before the day gets underway.

Whether it’s a quick cuddle with their kids, a heart-to-heart talk over coffee with their spouse, or even a phone call to their parents, they ensure they start their day filled with love and positivity.

Remember, success isn’t just measured by professional achievements. It’s also about nurturing personal relationships and ensuring those we care about know how much they mean to us.

So, try to slow down in the morning and take time to connect with your loved ones. It will not only make their day brighter but yours too!

6. They Don’t Neglect Self-Care

I used to think that self-care was a luxury I couldn’t afford, especially in the early hours of the day.

But then I noticed that all successful people I admired had one thing in common – they prioritized self-care, even with their busy schedules.

Whether it’s meditation, journaling, reading, or simply enjoying a quiet cup of coffee, they make sure to spend some time on themselves before jumping into their workday.

I decided to give it a try. I started waking up a bit earlier and dedicated the first 20 minutes of my day to meditation.

It felt strange at first, but over time, this small slice of ‘me time’ became something I looked forward to each morning. It helped me start my day on a calm and positive note.

Taking care of yourself isn’t selfish; it’s necessary. Before you dive into your daily tasks, take a few moments for yourself. You’ll be surprised at the difference it can make!

7. They Don’t Dodge Difficult Tasks

Let’s face it, we all have tasks that we’d rather avoid. They’re too challenging, too tedious, or just plain boring.

But here’s the raw truth: successful people don’t dodge these tasks. In fact, they tackle them head-on, especially in the morning.

This approach is based on the concept of “eating the frog,” popularized by Mark Twain.

The idea is simple: if you start your day by accomplishing the most difficult task (eating a metaphorical “frog”), the rest of your day will feel easier in comparison.

Stop avoiding that tough project or challenging conversation. Tackle it first thing in the morning.

Not only will you cross a big item off your to-do list early in the day, but you’ll also feel a great sense of accomplishment that will carry you through the rest of your tasks.

8. They Don’t Forget to Plan Their Day

Successful people know that a productive day doesn’t just happen by chance – it’s planned.

They take time each morning to organize their tasks, set their priorities, and visualize their success.

Planning your day can increase your chances of achieving your goals. That’s because planning helps you focus on what’s important, decreases stress, and makes you more efficient.

Before you dive into your work, take a few minutes to plan out your day. It doesn’t have to be a detailed hour-by-hour schedule – a simple list of tasks and goals will do.

The key is to gain clarity on what needs to be done and in what order.

9. They Don’t Leave Their Mindset to Chance

In the past, I used to let my circumstances dictate my mood. If things went smoothly, I was happy.

If they didn’t, my day was ruined. Then I noticed something common among successful people: they take control of their mindset from the moment they wake up.

Successful people actively cultivate a positive mindset every morning. They practice gratitude, repeat affirmations, or visualize their goals—whatever it takes to set a positive tone for the day.

Seeing this, I decided to try it myself. Each morning, before getting out of bed, I started thinking of three things I was grateful for.

This simple practice shifted my focus from what could go wrong to what was already right in my life.

10. They Don’t Disregard Learning

Successful people never stop learning, and they certainly don’t wait until they have “free time” to do it.

They make it a point to learn something new every single day, starting with the early hours.

Whether it’s reading a book, listening to a podcast, or taking an online course, they continuously feed their minds.

Why? Because they know that knowledge is power and staying on top of their game means constantly evolving.

So, are you putting off learning something new because you’re “too busy”? Stop making excuses. Make learning a priority, and start your day by feeding your mind.

11. They Don’t Waste Time on Unimportant Decisions

Ever noticed how some of the most successful people tend to wear the same outfits or eat the same breakfast every day?

That’s not an accident or a fashion statement. It’s a deliberate choice to avoid wasting mental energy on trivial decisions.

This concept is called decision fatigue. The more choices you make throughout the day, the harder each one becomes for your brain.

Successful people streamline the small stuff to focus on what truly matters.

Take a page from their book: simplify your morning routine and save your brainpower for bigger decisions.

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Tina Fey

I've ridden the rails, gone off track and lost my train of thought. I'm writing for Ideapod to try and find it again. Hope you enjoy the journey with me.

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