​1. They Wake Up Earlier

Most top-level honchos start their days earlier than the rest. This helps them plan their day better, instead of rushing around in a frenzy, trying to get to work on time. You don't have to wake up at the crack of dawn to cop this routine. Just set your alarm for 15 minutes before normal, so you can have a few unhurried moments of focus before your day begins.

2. They Meditate

Successful people know that the key to success is a calm, composed mind. Which is why many start their day with some medication, even if it's just 5 minutes. You can find a guided meditation tutorial on YouTube, or simply sit quietly with your eyes closed, and slowly breathe in and out.

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3. They Plan Their Day

There is no point having a to-do list if you're not going to make it happen, and head honchos know that. Spending a few minutes each morning actually planning your day can help add focus and drive. Mentally imagine the meetings you have planned, the presentation you need to work on, and the calls that need to be made. This adds clarity, and makes goals more likely to be achieved.

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4. They Exercise

Whether it's a session at the gym or a round of yoga at home, successful people usually work out in the mornings. This gives them more energy through the day, lowers their stress levels, puts them in a better mood, and makes them feel more empowered and productive. Plus, because we're more likely to be tired in the evening, a morning workout regime means you're less likely to skip exercising at all.

5. They Tackle the Biggest Problem First

Instead of putting off that difficult conversation or that stressful work task, smart, successful people get right to it. Once that's done, they can go through the rest of their day feeling more relaxed and confident that the worst is behind them.

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