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5 morning routines that lead to success

morning routineMuch of our accomplishments each day are decided by our morning routines. If we continually hit the snooze button barely making it to the office on time, our days may look a little more chaotic. However, if we plan out our mornings – allowing time to enjoy the peace and quiet – we may find ourselves far more productive throughout our days.

The New York Times' Benjamin Spall reflects on the more than 300 successful people he's interviewed about their morning routines and landed on five common themes. They include:

  1. Experiment with your wake-up time. Experimenting with what time you wake up shouldn't solely rest on the time you need to get ready and out the door. Try building in some time to enjoy the morning and think through the day.
  2. Make time for whatever energizes you. For me, this includes a morning run on my treadmill while reading up on the day's news.
  3. Get enough sleep. Your morning routine will quickly fall apart if you don't get adequate sleep.
  4. Adapt your routine to different situations. I travel often, but I mimic my morning routine by working out while I'm on the road.
  5. Don't beat yourself up. If you mess up your routine once or twice, figure out why and move on.

Everyone's morning routine will look different. The important thing is to find a pattern that you can maintain that allows you to perform at your fullest potential each day.

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B. Dan Berger, President and CEO, NAFCU

Dan BergerB. Dan Berger became NAFCU president and CEO on Aug. 1, 2013. He was promoted to executive vice president of government affairs in July 2009 after joining NAFCU in January 2006 as senior vice president of government affairs overseeing five divisions including legislative affairs, regulatory affairs, research/economics, regulatory compliance and political affairs/PAC.

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