Become a Morning Person

Moments of quiet are almost impossible to find for business owners. The phone is constantly ringing, e-mail arrives in rapid-fire fashion, and team members always need "just two minutes".

At the end of the day it's very easy to feel like you accomplished nothing despite putting out fires for 15 hours.

TAKE BACK YOUR TIME

One of the easiest ways to create focused, productive time in your day is to schedule it for the early morning hours. From 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. almost no one will bother you. The interruptions are at a minimum, allowing you to accomplish a lot.

THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM

There are two big keys to making this time productive, and both happen the night before.

1. Have a plan. Knowing you'll have two hours to focus, make a plan for what you're going to work on the night before. It's easy for this time to be eaten up with miscellaneous tasks. Plan ahead and make sure it's used for something vital to your day, something that needs uninterrupted time.

2. Get plenty of sleep. If you go to bed at midnight, the odds of you being up in time to work at 6:00 a.m. are slim. Try to be in bed by at least 10:00 p.m. each night and you'll be able to get into a good rhythm.

DISCIPLINE

Becoming a morning person is all about discipline. As your business or team grows you'll see the increasing need for focused, productive time. Your energy level is highest and the distractions are lowest it he mornings. Take advantage of it and become a morning person.