How Successful People Spend Their Mornings

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Sept. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Author Laura Venderkam explains how successful people get their edge by making the most of the early morning hours to boost their productivity. She speaks on Bloomberg Television's "The Pulse."

Our next guest says it's in part due to how they spend their mornings.

It's called, what the most successful people do before breakfast.

With us for a few tips on maximizing productivity.

Very nice to see you.

Thank you for having me.

I get up very early in the morning and i get where you're coming from that you can be quite productive.

People aren't around.

You're not bothered by the normal clutter of life.

Is it simply the fact that getting up early or how you use the arly mornings?

It's how you use your mornings.

Just getting up won't do anything for you.

But if you use those hours to do the important but not urgent thing that is we know we should be doing then you'll get the most out of it.

The flip side is getting enough sleep.

So you get up early in the morning, you've got to be fresh.

Does that mean these people are going to bed, 9:00, 10:00 at night?

There are certainly some people that do.

If that's not possible, even 11:00 is better than 11:00 a.m. the idea is to make sure you're in bed with enough time that when you wake up you are refresheded.

The people who particularly use their morannings well.

I interviewed the ceo of pepsi and he was up at 5:00 a.m. to run four miles.

And it was just the time that he could have to do that.

There's no way that he could run four miles at 4:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. because people want things from him.

But that time at 5:00 was time that he could have for himself.

Exercise seems to be the big feature.

That keeps us fit.

Why does it make them successful?

Exercise helps your energy quite a bit.

It makes people feel better for the whole day.

People get very cranky if they don't get their exercise.

But is it -- you run, swim, do whatever.

Oftentimes that's what you're focusing on.

But is there a mental process?


The lack of clutter that frees the mind and gives you the ability to think?

Lots of people said that when they exercise they get their best ideas.

So making sure that the exercise happens is part of feeling in control of your life and you have that time for deep thinking instead of just responding to the fire fights.

Is it about momentum throughout the day?

You talked about you can't do these things at the end of the day because you don't have the energy or just the momentum of the day changes and the kind of vibe of the day changes as it progresses.

It does change.

But when you do something that's important to you early on, you score this victory first thing and that sense of success can carry you through the entire day.

You want to keep going and score another victory right after that.

I notice add piece talking about simon cowell, fairly successful, pretty influential, gets up at 11:00 a.m. in the morning.

If that works for him that's great.

The problem for most is that either your workplace expeblingts you at 8:00 a.m. or your children are getting up at 7:00 and expect to see you.

So that may work for him for now.

If he is having a child soon i'm not sure how long but maybe he'll work something out.

But is there a way -- i suspect it's probably easier for people who don't have to worry about the transport infrastructure issue or can tailor their day to fit around how their rhythm works.

Is it about getting up early or fitting it into kind of how you work and understanding that as much as anything else?

The thing that happens is that many of us may do our best work late at night.

But the world is not set up for that.

So becoming a morning person is partly about acknowledging that this is the way the world works that we really are rewarded for work done best in the morning.

So you work with that.

That's the way it is.

There's a sort of historic element to this.

How are our biorhythms set up?

We got up at dawn.


There was no way for us to stay up late at night without light to stay up by.

So getting up with the sun is how things worked.

If i get up before the sun, i was walking down the lane, i could see the stars, it was beautiful.

Still felt like nighttime.

Does your body have, is there a swetch or something that becomes the -- as you start to work bet center is there a sort of hypo that will muss or something that flips and makes you better?

I'm not an expert in light and things but when the sun comes up you do feel more energized.

Many people enjoy getting natural light.

But there are natural lights you can get in your bedroom, ways to mimic that.

Are some better than others?

I don't know that for sure.

It's really a choice for many of us that you can choose to get up later to fight the snooze button for half an hour more or you can choose when you want to get up and seize control of your day.

I want resting conversation.

Thank you for coming in and sharing with us.

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