Do you think it is important to be a morning person when running your own business?
I have read a lot about productivity and success. It seems that many of the most successful people start their day early. I am curious what others think about the importance of starting your day early to maximize your chances of success.
In Companies they always start in the morning as that is the time that other associates eg. Banks, Customer meetings, discussions about the tasks that are to be completed, etc are done. In your own business, you should also start your day early because to connect with other people and business associates are available at that time. In fact it is better for you when running your own business. Florence MacDonald
There is no easy answer to this question because people are either night owls or early morning birds. One factor; it depends on your style. The second and most important factor is the timing of your customers. So if your business depends on meeting customers, then getting early is big advantage. Another factor to consider is your P time (peak time) which is the time when you are most alert and productive. My conclusion is to identify the best time that will bring you the most impact on your business then adjust your style.
Interesting question but I would agree with it! I think it relates to enthusiasm and this incredible desire to begin another great day! It is a habit of shifting hours but it leaves quiet, focused time to build creativity and plans. I personally find it to be one of the most important times of my day. I get so much accomplished without any disturbances. Check out Morning Routines which shows how others focus their morning times. It has without question given me the most creative moments. Some weeks I find a day (usually weekend sat or sun) when I enjoy sleeping in, but it's not often!
You have to try out different times of when you see more results, if the morning & early afternoon gives you more or better results, then you would chose morning. If late afternoon and night gives you better results than you would chose night. The other question is, what kind of business do you have? it is a shop or warehouse or a trade, are you opened 24/7.
I am well acquainted with presidents of large reputable companies who are obviously not morning people as they often arrive at the office later in the day commuting straight from home. Still many of their colleagues and constituents are morning people. That said, if you're trying to get things accomplished within the circle of morning people, being such yourself is bound to be advantageous on many levels. Most important though is having a solid routine and daily game plan with the means to fulfill it effectively no matter what kind of person you are. A good winning business plan that fits your lifestyle, routine and goals is the key to success and I know a thing or two about good business planning. For more info checkout this article http://www.smallbusinesssuccesstips.net/2016/06/morning-person-vs-midday-person.html.
Yes, try to wake up at 5:00 or 6:00 am. Start with drinking alkaline water eg. lemon water. Do about 30 minutes of exercise. Take your shower. Plan your day. Have a healthy breakfast. Only then check your e-mail.
You can then ready start your work day. Good luck.
No. I don't. I do the majority of my work between the hours of 10pm and 2am. I do wake up early (before 6am) every now and then if I think I have something that is pressing or morning meetings to attend, but for the most part I think people should be productive when they feel their best. A colleague of mine works best between 1 and 5pm, so that's when they do the bulk of their work. Find a time that suits you and one in which you feel the most comfortable then work away! OH forgot to mention, I'm in the digital design/marketing field so my work CAN be done anywhere and I'm not relegated to an office setting.
You don't say what business you are in and that could be a key element here. If you are in sales, morning people do best. But if you are a creative type, your working hours can be all over the map. One of the wisest men I know (my dad) always said, "Son, you'll make a living from nine to five, but you'll make money from five till eleven." I've followed his advice through a highly successful career (as an Advertising Agency Creative and Owner) that now spans 50 years and I can tell you, he was right.
Hi Beverley & John,
I think it depends what business you are in. If it is a night club or lounge there is probably not much happening in the morning. However if you are selling a product or service B2B I would be open when my clients or prospects or doing business. If your business is not bricks and mortar you can respond to any inquiry by phone or email where ever you are. As a self employed person my fear is if somebody tries to contact me and I do not respond in time they will just contact a competitor and that is something I try and avoid.
There are lots of things that are really important to be successful in running your own business. I would consider being a morning person is one of the least important things. There may be a few businesses where being a morning person is important but knowing your market, being able to relate to customers, being financially wise, being able to step back and look at how you are running your business with an open mind, Being able to develop a good business plan and to follow through with your agenda. Being able to provide good customer service. Things like that are far more important than being a morning person.