Do you often wonder how successful people spend the first hour of their day?
It’s a pretty common question to have, considering that success relies a lot on the routine you take up daily, and how use your time. In the words of Eric Thomas, there are 86400 seconds in a day and how you use those seconds is critical.
Of course, you can’t do a whole lot with the first hour of the day. However you can still use that time productively to do a few things that most people wouldn’t be doing because they’re either still asleep, or just waiting until they have to go to work.
How Successful People Spend the First Hour of the Day
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Here are several examples of ways successful people will spend the first hour of the day, which in their case is usually bright and early. Take notes!
Meditation is a great way to start the day, because it allows you to clear your mind from the previous days of the week, in order to completely start a fresh, calm yourself down and make this day a productive one.
The beauty of meditation is that it allows you to acknowledge and process all your thoughts in a calming manor. Most people think that they’re just unable to meditate because they can’t stop their flow of thinking, but thoughts are natural and there a part of meditation.
Examples of successful people who meditate include the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Russell Simmons, Ray Dalio and Bill George. However these are just a few of the many, many successful people that do use meditation.
Exercise is probably one of the worst things most people could think of to do having just woken up, but again it has a similar effect to meditation, allowing you to clear your mind, keep your body refreshed and work out at a time where you have the most energy to do so.
Some people go against exercising in the morning, because they say it drains their energy for the rest of the work day.
Although those people successfully exercising every morning and still having plenty of energy for the rest of the day might think that was just an excuse to not have to put a lot of effort into something early in the morning.
A couple of great examples of successful people who spend the first hour of the day exercising are Barack Obama, and Steve Reinemund, the former chairman and CEO of Pepsi.
3. Preparation & Planning
An obvious way that successful people spend the first hour of the day is by preparation and planning. Spending the first hour of your day planning means that you can efficiently go about your day in a knowledgeable order, that allows you to reduce distractions, complications and so on.
You can guarantee that a lot of successful people plan and prepare for the rest of the day, using their first hour of the day. What tasks need to be completed and when by. When they’re going to have time to slot in other things, you name it.
I’m sure you’ve heard of the saying, “Fail to prepare, prepare to fail”? This is something that my Economics tutor always used to drill into our brains when we had an exam coming up, but the same applies in real life of course.
4. Menial Tasks
Once menial tasks are out of the way, you don’t have to worry about them for the rest of the day. You can clear your mind of them until the next. So it makes sense to get them over and done with, rather than have them on your mind all day causing you concentration issues.
These tasks can often be completed pretty quickly if you get them out of the way as you wake up; things like cleaning your room, taking the trash out, preparing your lunch, sorting through documents.
Many successful people use their first hour doing this as it means they can completely forget about them for the rest of the day, and have complete concentration on the more important things they’re going to be doing.
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Much like meditation, relaxation is a great way to start the day as it helps to calm your mind, perhaps if you’ve been exceptionally busy, frustrated or anxious the day before.
What ever it is you do to relax, this is a great way to start your morning. Whether you like to read, spend time with your family and so on, it helps you to get that little bit of relaxation time before the big day ahead of you.
6. Hour of Power
Tony Robbins calls this the “Hour of Power”, whereby he spends time motivating himself with various motivational quotes, and then spending the rest of the time visualizing.
Powerful Bill Gates Quotes On Becoming Wealthy
it’s been said that if Bill Gates were to drop a $50 note on the floor, by the time he picked it up he would have made more than the note’s worth
Bill Gates is also the 2nd richest man in the world, with Bill Gate’s net worth estimated to be almost $90 billion!
We’ve been publishing a lot of quote articles this week, so to keep things rolling, here’s our collection of 28 powerful Bill Gates quotes, not just on becoming wealthy, but being successful and having a successful business.
28 Powerful Bill Gates Quotes
1. “If you can’t make it good, at least make it look good.” – Bill Gates
2. “To win big, you sometimes have to take big risks.” – Bill Gates
3. “Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” – Bill Gates
4. “I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.” – Bill Gates
5. “Life is not fair – get used to it!” – Bill Gates
6. “We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don’t let yourself be lulled into inaction.” – Bill Gates
7. “I really had a lot of dreams when I was a kid, and I think a great deal of that grew out of the fact that I had a chance to read a lot.” – Bill Gates
8. “In three years, every product my company makes will be obsolete. The only question is whether we will make them obsolete or somebody else will.” – Bill Gates
9. “Our success has really been based on partnerships from the very beginning.” – Bill Gates
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10. “The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.” – Bill Gates
11. “Patience is a key element of success.” – Bill Gates
12. “People always fear change. People feared electricity when it was invented, didn’t they?” – Bill Gates
13. “In this business, by the time you realize you’re in trouble, it’s too late to save yourself. Unless you’re running scared all the time, you’re gone.” – Bill Gates
14. “Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” – Bill Gates
15. “It’s fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” – Bill Gates
16. “If I’d had some set idea of a finish line, don’t you think I would have crossed it years ago?” – Bill Gates
17. “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” – Bill Gates
18. “Capitalism is this wonderful thing that motivates people, it causes wonderful inventions to be done. But in this area of diseases of the world at large, it’s really let us down.” – Bill Gates
19. “Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you are. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.” – Bill Gates
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20. “Don’t compare yourself with anyone in this world. If you do so, you are insulting yourself.”– Bill Gates
21. “You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.” – Bill Gates
22. “The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.” – Bill Gates
23. “If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.” – Bill Gates
24. “If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.” – Bill Gates
25. “Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools they have abolished failing grades and they’ll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.” – Bill Gates
26. “Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.” – Bill Gates
27. “I realized about 10 years ago that my wealth has to go back to society. A fortune, the size of which is hard to imagine, is best not passed on to one’s children. It’s not constructive for them.” – Bill Gates
28. “Of my mental cycles, I devote maybe 10% to business thinking. Business isn’t that complicated. I wouldn’t want that on my business card.” – Bill Gates
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