The Golden Hour
Often referred to as the most productive hour of the day, the “Golden Hour” is often the only true distraction-free part of your day. What makes the first hour of your day so much more productive than any other? According to Forbes, not only are your mornings distraction free, your willpower is greater, and, “Accomplishing a morning task sets the day off to a successful start. Accomplishing a single task before breakfast can cascade its success for the rest of the day. You’ll experience more productivity, power, and optimism for the rest of the day.”
There is no doubt that completing a few tasks first thing in the morning creates momentum that propels you forward throughout the rest of the day. Keep reading for 10 Things Successful Contractors Do Before Breakfast and learn about the power of accomplishing tasks early in the morning!
- Plan for Tomorrow the Night Before
Doing a little preparation the night before can make a world of difference the next morning. Try to knock out a few simple tasks to get your morning started on the right foot. Pack your lunch, lay out your clothing, and prepare your work bag the night before. It can trim 20-30 minutes off your morning routine.
- Wake up Early
It’s absolutely true that the early bird gets the worm! This is a no-brainer, and non-negotiable in the construction industry. Don’t hit snooze! Take a cue from other successful people and think “Mind over Mattress!” After all, the construction industry is made up of early risers!
- Drink Water
Coffee might be your go-to morning beverage, but don’t forget about good old H2O! According to Business Insider, drinking water first thing in the morning offers a myriad of benefits, including rehydrating your body, increasing your level of alertness, fueling your brain, helping you to fight illnesses, and jump-starting your metabolism!
- Make Your Bed
According to Psychology Today, making your bed every morning can have a serious impact on quality of life. “Bed makers are also more likely to like their jobs, own a home, exercise regularly, and feel well rested, whereas non-bed-makers hate their jobs, rent apartments, avoid the gym, and wake up tired. All in all, bed makers are happier and more successful than their rumple-sheeted peers.” Suffice it to say, we’re sold on adding this simple five minute task to our morning routine!
Get it over with before you can change your mind! You are far less likely to find time to get your sweat on after a long day of hard work. Fitting exercise into your daily morning schedule can be difficult, but it is imperative to make your health a top priority. If you don’t feel up to running a marathon before the sun rises, don’t fear; even a brief, brisk morning walk can seriously benefit your health.
- Make a List
Morning is the perfect time to accomplish your daily to-do list! Your mind is clear and ready to do some strategic thinking. Jot down a list of tasks to complete throughout the remainder of the day. The key is to keep your objectives attainable; if your list gets too long you might become overwhelmed, leaving you less likely to complete your tasks.
- Focus on a Top-Priority Project
With 48 hours’ worth of tasks to do in a single day, it can be difficult to prioritize projects at work. There just isn’t enough time in the 24 hours! However, at any given time there is always a project reigning as top-priority. Give your priority project a little extra focus each morning and think about ways you can tackle your task!
- Check Messages and Email
Sure, you probably won’t be able to get through all your messages before breakfast, but you might find it beneficial to scan through your messages and be on the alert for anything urgent that needs your immediate attention.
- Read or Watch the News
To be truly successful, you have to have an idea what’s going on in the world. Do double duty on your morning tasks and catch up on the news during your morning workout.
- Spend Time with Family
This might be a great thing to do while you eat breakfast. Starting your day off right with the people you love will help you remember that while business may be boss, family means everything.
Disclaimer: This list probably sounds like a tall order to complete before breakfast! In fact, you might need a tall order of coffee to even get started! Only a super-cape wearing contractor could manage to complete all of these tasks in a single morning. The point, however, is to try to incorporate a couple of these activities in your morning routine and see how it affects the outcome of your entire day. Kick starting your day with some of these tips can increase your productivity, effectiveness, and general happiness throughout the day!