You may be busy all day at your new store building a business and recruiting new customers, but when it comes to having a successful plan of attack, there is one simple thing many entrepreneurs believe should come first.
As an eager entrepreneur running your new store, you might feel particularly energized by your own efforts each day- knowing every morning starts with a scan of email, a mental rundown of your task list and a glance at your pending schedule )which is often just minutes from taking that unexpected detour into the unknown.) For many entrepreneurs, good intentions often seem to be met with unexpected events and fires to put out during the work day that completely derail even the best made plans. By the day’s end, it continually seems like there is never enough time to accomplish what you want to.
So, how have many successful entrepreneurs overcome these common dilemmas? Ask the early bird. Or, you could ask Harvard biologist Christoph Randler and a host of other noted entrepreneurs who believe the key to a more productive and targeted business begins with an early start. If you aren’t tackling your day bright and early, here are a few reasons why you might want to consider getting up early.
Workdays fill up fast; and by mid-afternoon or evening, lots of requests and unpredictable changes have already piled up, squashing your ability to think creatively or produce anything that requires supreme concentration. Use early morning time to create those much needed blog posts or critical emails you’ve been putting off. This is time to let your worry-free mind run wild.
Brooklyn Nets CEO Brett Yormark does exactly that. The youngest CEO in the NBA gets up at 3:30 a.m. every morning so he can be in the office by 4:30. Upon arrival, he works out and then sends motivational emails to his team.
Early morning is the perfect time to finally accomplish those things you keep meaning to do, but never get around to because the day fills up with multiplying tasks and demands. Get to the gym and start your day feeling energized. Regular exercise can boost your mood and provide on-the-job energy that will help you create deeper sleep cycles.
Starbucks President Michelle Gaas has set her alarm for 4:30 a.m. for the past 15 years to go running. Popular author of The Happiness Project, Gretchen Ruben, wakes up at 6 a.m. and works out for an hour before her family rises. Both feel that a boost of energy early on makes for a much more efficient workday.
Positive Character Traits
Various studies have shown that entrepreneurs who call themselves morning people typically exhibit character traits in the workplace such as optimism, agreeableness, satisfaction and conscientiousness. Although night owls may score in the creativity area, they can lean toward depression and pessimism.
Tackle the Hard Things Head On
Randler also discovered in his study that early risers tend to be more proactive and identify themselves as long-range planners and “in charge of making things happen.” If you are ready to take charge and make things happen, setting your alarm clock backwards may be the solution you’ve been waiting for
Nothing causes a more frustrating start to the day than construction traffic or an interstate accident that has traffic tied up for hours. Not only can it push back or possibly cancel scheduled appointments and obligations for the day, but the unexpected, undetermined amount of waiting can also create high-stress levels right off the bat that carry over into your work day. Leaving early for work can help you avoid those dreaded delays and schedule annihilations.
Sure, there are plenty of excuses not to get up when that blaring horn sounds while it’s still dark outside, but there are plenty more reasons why waking up early can put you on the right track as a new store owner hoping to edge out the competition- especially if you are seeking wealth and prosperity. Just ask Benjamin Franklin. He once said, “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wise.” If those things are important for you to achieve at your new store, call it a day.