So today I realised why I’m not a millionaire. (Aside from the fact my lottery numbers never come up, that is.)
Apparently there are 14 things successful people do before breakfast every day, according to an article published by the World Economic Forum, which was based on research from time management expert Laura Vanderkam.
Given that my personal idea of a successful morning involves making it out of bed and stumbling to the station in time for my train, 14 additional things seems a bit excessive to me. Let’s have a little look:
1. They wake up early
Well, this depends what you mean by early, I guess. I get up between 6 and 6.30 every day, which as far as I’m concerned is very early – but it’s not through choice; that’s just when I have to get up to make it to work on time (because one day, several years ago, I said to myself, ‘let’s move to Kent, the commute won’t be so bad’).
But I suspect that’s not what they’re getting at here. So if we’re talking about getting up earlier than absolutely necessary – I think that would be a fail.
2. They drink water
Yes… if I have time. And I remember.
3. They exercise before it falls off the to-do list
I walk (sometimes very quickly) to the station, does that count?
4. They work on a top-priority business project
I do work stuff when I get to work. Isn’t that the whole point of work?
5. They work on a personal-passion project
I’m quite passionate about sleep, so I’m counting this as a win.
6. They spend quality time with family
I’m not sure my family would be too impressed if I turned up on their doorstep demanding quality time. (Yes, I know they probably mean kids. But I don’t have any of those.)
7. They connect with their spouses
Well, this is just getting unfair. Does this mean I’ll never be a success because I’m not married? Bit rude.
8. They make their beds
9. They network over coffee
Ah… that would involve conversation, and I don’t do conversation in the mornings. And I also don’t drink coffee. But apart from that, it’s a solid plan.
10. They meditate to clear their minds
Funnily enough, I don’t think this is a ridiculous idea – but if I were going to meditate I’d be more likely to do it in the evening before bed, because surely that’s a better time to clear your mind than right before you go to work? Isn’t it?
11. They write down things they’re grateful for
I actually do this! But in the evenings, because, if I’m honest, in the mornings I’m rarely grateful for anything.
12. They plan and strategise while they’re fresh
That’s definitely too big a word for so early in the morning. At the most, I might occasionally think, ‘I should do that when I get to work’. And then forget to write it down.
13. They check their email
Is it bad that this is one of the first things I do, before I even get out of bed?
14. They read the news
I’ll usually do this on the train – which, to be fair, is still before breakfast. So it counts.
Basically, I don’t like mornings, so I’m doomed.
I think there’s only one solution – if I’m going to do all these things (and be happy about them), I’ll have to start having breakfast at noon. And also get married, apparently.
So that’s easy, then.
How many of these do you manage in the mornings? (If it’s all 14, please don’t tell me, as you’ll make me look bad.)