Critical things successful people do before 8 am, by Travis Bradberry.
Drink lemon water as soon as you wake. Spikes your energy levels physically and mentally. Improves nutrient absorption in your stomach and gives a steady, natural energy buzz lasting all day long. Drink it on an empty stomach then wait 15-30 minutes before eating. Drink the juice of a full lemon.
Exercise. Research shows that people who exercise felt more competent socially, academically, and athletically, and had more energy and a more positive outlook. Improves energy levels.
Disconnect. Don’t check email or social media so you don’t lose focus and submit to the wants and needs of others.
Eat a healthy breakfast. Makes you less likely to be obese. Gives you more stable blood sugar levels and makes you less hungry throughout the day. A healthy breakfast gives energy, improves short term memory, and helps you concentrate more intensely and for longer periods.
Practice mindfulness. Here Bradberry goes all bizarro trying to be Godless and politically correct. “Mindfulness meditation has become increasingly popular among highly successful CEOs. Its growth in the business world is largely due to the huge dividends it pays in productivity and overall well-being. Research fights off stress by reversing the fight or flight response, improves your ability to focus, boosts creativity, and increases your emotional intelligence.” Bradberry in no way defines what this “mindfulness meditation” is. Just say it, doc. People need to pray. To God.
Set goals for the day. Improves the chances of success.
Make certain your goals are realistic. Assign times to your to-do list. Make your day as top-heavy as possible. When you complete difficult tasks first you carry a feeling of accomplishment and “positive energy” into the rest of the day. Also more Bradberry hogwash: “think about the things that have the ability to advance your career…and schedule them first.” This flies in the face of some of Bradberry’s previous advice. The problem with corporate America today – people are more concerned about getting ahead than actually doing the work. I see it at my company.
Bradberry continues: “Vague goals…are counter-productive, because they fail to include the “how” of things.” Yet the good doctor himself has most vague while proposing mindfulness.
Say no. Don’t say “I don’t think I can” or “I’m not certain.” Saying no to something new honors your previous commitments. Research shows the more difficulty you have saying no, the more likely you are to experience stress, burnout, and depression.