Eight things successful people do before breakfast

Being successful in life is more than just having a good career and money in the bank. Successful people have a higher quality of life and live happier, more fulfilled lives. Most people wish to be successful in life, but that can be easier said than done. It is a well known fact, however, that successful people do certain things differently than unsuccessful people.

Here are eight things successful people do before breakfast:

They wake up early

Successful people know that time is a precious commodity. That’s why many of them rise before the sun, squeezing out as much time as they can to do with as they please.

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They exercise before it falls off the to-do list

The top morning activity of the rich and powerful seems to be exercise, be it lifting weights at home or going to the gym. Beyond the fact that exercising in the morning means they can’t later run out of time, a pre-breakfast workout helps reduce stress later in the day, counteracts the effects of high-fat diet, and improves sleep.

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They work on a top-priority business project

The quiet hours of the morning can be the ideal time to focus on an important work project without being interrupted. What’s more, spending time on it at the beginning of the day ensures that it gets your attention before others (kids, employees, and bosses) use it all up.

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They work on a personal passion project

Novel-writing and art-making is easy to skip when you’ve been in meetings all day, are tired and hungry, and have to figure out what’s for dinner. That’s why many successful people put in an hour or so on their personal projects before they officially start their days.

They spend quality time with family

Some successful people use the mornings to invest in family time, whether reading stories to the kids or cooking a big breakfast together.

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They connect with their spouses

In the evening, it’s more likely you’ll be tired from the day’s activities, and time can easily be wasted with dinner preparations and zoning out in front of the TV. That’s why many successful people make connecting with their partners a morning ritual.

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They network over coffee

Especially if you like to make it home for dinner, the mornings can be a great time to meet with people for coffee or breakfast. Plus, networking breakfasts are less disruptive than midday lunches and more work-oriented than boozy cocktail parties.

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Hands on the cup

They meditate to clear their minds

Before they head out the door, many successful people devote themselves to a spiritual practice such as meditation or prayer to center themselves for the rush of the day.

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Woman Meditating

They plan and strategize while they’re fresh

Planning the day, week, or month ahead is an important time management tool to keep you on track when you’re in the thick of it. Using the mornings to do big-picture thinking helps you prioritize and set the trajectory of the day.

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