Whether you’re an established entrepreneur, small business owner, or just looking to step up your career game, it’s important to find motivation and inspiration wherever you can.
With the busy lives we all lead, it can be hard to make time to do the things that will push you forward in your life and career, but here are 10 simple things you should take care of before lunch. Best of luck!
1. Make a list of tasks for the day the night before
Do not rush and do tasks for the day in the morning or during the start of the working day. It is better to start your working day in the evening. This will not only allow you to think about everything calmly, but also to sleep peacefully at night.
2. Get enough sleep
Successful people have time to get enough sleep every night, and it shows in their productivity throughout the day. Not only is it important to recharge your batteries each night; catching up on sleep from not getting enough can be a huge motivator. Make sure you prioritize enough shuteye before lunchtime by starting early with these tips.
Research shows that working out not only makes you feel good, but it can also make you more productive and efficient throughout your day. Those of us who don’t take time to exercise (but wish we did) know how hard it is to motivate ourselves in the morning—or even during our lunch break. If you want to find motivation for a workout, think about how great it will feel when you’re done. You’ll be energized and ready to crush whatever comes next on your list.
4. Eat something healthy
Fuel your mind with healthy food that will help you stay sharp during your workday. Top on our list is a nutritious meal, whether it’s lunch or breakfast. When you take care of yourself from morning to night, good things will come back around in all aspects of your life, including business success. Plus, a healthy diet can keep your energy levels up throughout your workday—and give you more time for the other things on our list below!
5. Accomplish personal tasks
Successful people make sure to clear time for tasks like exercising, planning their next big project, and taking care of a loved one. While these aren’t typical things you think of when you picture a workday, they can be some of our most productive times—especially because they’re done at a time when we’re not typically interrupted by meetings or phone calls. Set aside 15 minutes each morning to accomplish your personal goals before lunchtime rolls around.
6. Check your goals with your superiors or subordinates
No matter what your role is, whether you’re an executive or a frontline worker, reaching higher levels of success starts with making sure your goals are aligned with those of your superiors and peers. Make sure you’re on the same page. Doing so will ensure that your efforts—and their efforts—are paying off for everyone involved. This is particularly true for CEOs who may oversee multiple locations across various industries.
7. Catch up on the news
Whether it’s your favorite news outlet or just Reddit, there’s no shame in curating your own information stream. Maintaining a broad perspective on global issues and local happenings is an important part of any well-rounded individual. After all, you never know when you might need that random fact to stump your coworker at trivia night! Just don’t let those news sources distract you from actually getting things done.
8. Start with the most difficult tasks
Do not put off tasks that bother you at the end of the day. It is better to start with them so that they do not hang in gloomy clouds all day.
9. Avoid morning meetings
Morning time is the most productive, and it’s stupid to spend it on meetings that can be postponed to the afternoon.
10. Take a lunch break
Allow yourself to get distracted and walk around. You can even log into your social network to send a few messages — it’s even good. The main thing is not to abuse it and not to try to read your news feed until the very end.