Start your day successfully.

Inspired by an article in Fast Company titled, “What Successful People Do With the First Hour of Their Workday“.  I’ll put their list at the bottom.

  1. Stretch a little, breathe and realize all the good things in your life.  I think this prepares your mind to work better and get you off to a good start.
  2. Look at your list from last night.  I think it’s important to write down three things you want to accomplish from the night before.  I feel like this helps with focus and it gives you something to look forward to in the morning.
  3. Spend the first hour (what I call) planting the seed.  This is where you work on tasks that will position you for success one year from now.  The opposite of busy work.
  4. Now do the things that you have to do.
As an aside, I also think the people you surround yourself with make a monumental difference.  You need to be around people that match or exceed your ambitions.  These people are not necessarily your friends (or family) and you may be better off if they are not.  For me, family is the most important thing.  Why let something (like money) get in between that.  Here’s another post I wrote on doing business with family titled, “3 Rules of Starting a Business“.

Here is the Fast Company list:

  1. Don’t check your email (David Karp of Tumblr).
  2. Gain Awareness, be grateful (Tony Robbins).
  3. Do the hard stuff first (Brian Tracy – author).
  4. Ask yourself if you’re doing what you want to do (Steve Jobs).
  5. Customer service (Craig Newmark of Craigslist)


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