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Published on June 30th, 2014 | by Sally Wenham

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Making It To The Top Means Making An Early Start

So you want to be successful in business? We’ve learnt the tasks undertaken before making it to the office which will go some way to confirm whether or not an individual does indeed have what it takes to make it to the top!

It seems a willingness to wake up early on a consistent basis is a starting point. We learn that the vast majority of CEO’s are awake and up before 6am on weekdays.

As well as consistently waking up early, a trait consistent with high achievers is the necessity to exercise first thing in the morning, either in the form of a run outside, a work out in the gym or walking the dog. These are all proven to reduce stress later in the working day.

It is also claimed that many leading business people also make time to address vital work matters in the early hours of the morning when they can fully concentrate at the tasks at hand free from distractions of phone calls and emails to respond to.

Attending networking events first thing in the morning, before the mind becomes more cluttered later in the day, is also an activity that many high fliers frequently participate in as they seek new contacts, leads and sales opportunities.

Planning ahead, be it for the day, week or month is a crucial management tool adopted by senior management too. A sense of focus and perspective can be achieved first thing in the morning by jotting down key tasks on Post-It notes. This will then enable the rest of the working day to be as manageable and effective as possible.

It is also certainly the case that high fliers are always aware of the news agenda of the day by scouring newspapers and social media platforms before they start their commute.

The early hours of the morning are even supposed to be the optimum time to consider indulging those outside interests that are important to pursue in order to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

So once all these tasks are undertaken, the foundations have been set, not only for the day in the office that lies ahead, but also for a step higher up the career ladder.

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