3 Ways Business Owners Can Take Back Their Mornings
When we first got Printed Mint up and running it was all business sunup to sun down. The work day usually lasted into the evening ending with our inbox, which is exactly how we’d start the morning. Get dressed, brush teeth, head to the warehouse and answer emails, return any urgent phone calls and then… maybe, breakfast? I honestly do not remember if we ate until around lunch time because this company was our baby and we simply did not give ourselves the grace we gave our employees or customers — we would never dream of wanting them to start the day haphazardly! So why did we allow ourselves to?
Today we’re sharing 3 ways you can take back your mornings as a business owner + highly encourage you to start enjoying your mornings again first thing tomorrow. Not next week, not when “things slow down”, not a year from now — tomorrow. Because there’s no time like the present.
1. Create a Ritual
We love brewing a cup of coffee, going out onto our patio for a few deep breaths and reading a passage out of Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman’s best seller, The Daily Stoic. It has a short lesson to be reminded of (or taught) for every day of the year along with a question that usually leaves us in our journal before we head inside to get ready, eat breakfast and head to the warehouse.
Not a fan of coffee, reading or sitting outside? That’s why having a personal ritual is so beautiful! It can look any way you want it to.
2. Eat Breakfast
Did you know that the simple act of eating breakfast in the morning can improve your memory and concentration levels? AKA gold dust for the work day ahead! After we started enjoying that third meal (that we thought was a myth??) we saw a noticeable difference in the way we “showed up.” Looking for one that can still be quick + easy? We love overnight chia pudding or egg white cups.
3. Write Down Your 3 “Musts” for the Day
If you find yourself getting easily overwhelmed by your to-do list, jot down your 3 “musts” for the day and work your way down the list. We’ve found that anything over 3 can seem daunting, both because projects can take up a lot of working hours and because it doesn’t leave a lot of wiggle room for unexpected tasks that arise. Set yourself up for a productive day and give yourself the chance to be successful!
The team wants to know: How do you personalize your mornings?