There is no single perfect morning routine – but as you seek your next job opportunity, there are steps you can take to get your day off on the right note.
Research has proven that will power is strongest first thing in the morning. Think of your self-control like a muscle: Fatigue sets in after exertion. This has a physiological and psychological effect on your ability to accomplish tasks as the day goes on.
Follow these guidelines in order to make your early morning hours count:
Jump Start Your Day
Every morning, Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour plays an hour-long tennis match – starting at 5:45 a.m. Former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher wakes up at 5 to listen to “Farming Today” on BBC radio. One of our nation’s Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin, had a two-hour routine from 5 to 7 a.m. that included setting a plan for the rest of the day and asking himself, “What good shall I do today?”
How can you jump start your morning, circa 2015?
- Listen to a wake-up podcast. Find one with an interesting-sounding topic, and be ready to push “play” as soon as your alarm goes off. This is a great way to pull your brain out of its sleep fog. The right podcast will teach you something new, assist you with a challenge you’re currently facing, or just get you thinking.
- Create something. It doesn’t have to take long. It doesn’t even have to be very good. But instead of reaching for your phone or procrastinating getting out of bed, try writing, drawing or playing some music. You’ll be engaging a part of your brain that you may not often get to work with – and it may help you see the rest of your day in a different light. If you’re not an artsy person, try getting up early to dedicate time to a side project. Whatever it is, it will likely make you more inspired to wake up to something that excites you.
- Schedule that networking meeting early. Get an early start on meeting a contact for coffee or breakfast. Strengthen your relationship, network, and start your day off differently. Often, this is more effective than trying to squeeze your meetings in later on, when people are more rushed and fatigued.
- Get the big work done first. Complete your top priority or most difficult tasks first thing in the morning. The rest of your day will look favorable by comparison. At the end of the day, make a “tomorrow list” with your biggest task heading it. Get into the habit of doing this every day.
Take the Steve Jobs Approach
In his 2005 commencement address at Stanford University, Steve Jobs revealed the motivational tactic he uses to start every day: “For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself, ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do?’ And if the answer has been ‘no’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
What do you need to change? And what additional steps do you need to take to succeed on your sales career path? Consider working with a recruiter from CPS Recruitment to define your strategy. Contact us today for more information.