According to Inc. Magazine, morning people have been found to be more proactive and more productive.— 5 Things Super Successful People Do Before 8 AM
I’ve always been a morning person, so reading articles like the one linked above suit me and make me feel pretty good about myself. Now that I have a child, though, I do a lot before 8 am…but I don’t know how productive and successful I’m being.
Before the little one gets up in the morning, I pack her lunch, pack my pump, and put all work related stuff that I did the night before while she was sleeping away. Then I have to get myself together (clothes on, teeth brushed, etc.) and sometimes, on amazingly sweet mornings, I can read a book for about ten minutes.
Alas, none of that is mentioned in the article, but it is good and I think I can make some adjustments to my schedule to fit some of it in.
Before 8 am, you should…
…exercise. I don’t do this, I should. I always say I’ll do it later, but we all know I won’t. Pre-baby, I was all about working out before work, I’ve got to get back there.
…map out your day. I was introduced to the Steven Covey method of organization early on in my professional career and it’s helped me tremendously. I’m all about my to-do list.
…eat a healthy breakfast. This is one thing I’ve gotten much better about post-baby. Since we eat breakfast as a family in the morning, I can’t skate by with a donut anymore…I’ve got to set a good example!
…visualize. I’m a church girl, so taking a moment out for prayer in the quiet moments of the day before things get crazy is pretty essential for me. But I suppose whatever you do—meditate, journal, or just plain positive thinking—is a great way to see yourself and your day the way you want it to happen.
…make your day top heavy. Do the crappy stuff first. You won’t do it later, I promise.
Most of this stuff can be done with an infant in the home, which means it’s super doable. Let’s get out there and be successful!