Whether you’re a startup or looking to further expand your already successful e-commerce business, one thing’s is for sure – focusing on daily wins and goals leads to kicking those bigger goals. And how you start your day could be the key to setting you up for failure or success.
It’s no secret that the right rituals will help you achieve success. Weather you’re springing out of bed ready for action every morning, or are in need of a strong coffee hit, the way you spend your first hours sets you up for the rest of the day. That’s why many leaders have crafted morning routines that they say helps them maximise productivity, energy and creativity all day long.
I’ve asked the leaders of some of our most successful online retailers how they go about begining their day, and what gets them kick started.
What does your morning routine look like?
John Winning, CEO at Winning Group and Appliances Online
A sense of wellbeing is important to Winning, who starts his day with meditation, followed by yoga and exercise everyday. “I start every morning with transcendental meditation and vinyasa yoga, followed by a swim and steam. This practice helps to get me in calm headspace and relieves stress. It makes me more level headed and prepares me for the day ahead, whatever it may bring.”
Lana Hopkins, CEO and Founder of Mon Purse
“I am an early riser, typically I’m up by 6:00 am. I also love and need my sleep and like to get no less than 8 hours per night, so I am generally in bed well and truly by 10 pm the night before.
The first thing I tend to do in the morning is briefly check my emails from 6:00 to 6:30 am and head straight to training. I like to pack the night before to ensure I get out the door as soon as possible. At the moment I am enjoying the 7.30 am classes at F45 in Double Bay (NSW), as our office is directly above it so it is super convenient, and the classes are just 45 minutes, which gets me into the office just before 9:00 am.
Some mornings I do the Bondi to Bronte or Double Bay to Vaucluse walks with my husband James. I am also hoping to incorporate my Centennial Park running routine which I did a fair bit at the start of 2016.
When I get into the office, I like to have my soy latte and green apple to start the day. I also use this time to quickly catch up with my team, read relevant business articles and look at our trading numbers. On the weekends I like to amp up my training, sleep in, read and enjoy brunching with family and friends.”
Gary Elphick, CEO and Founder of Disrupt Sports
Elphick is an early bird. He wakes up at 5:54 am every morning, and starts his day with checking emails from the US and UK, forwarding or responding to anything urgent. Morning exercise is part of his routine, and he either heads for a surf or to the gym, followed by a coffee hit at his favourite local on Bondi Beach, my third space. “Mornings are my proactive time, not responding to others but getting the big things in my day started or done.”
Melody Townsend, Co-Founder and director of Active Creatures
“Me time” is an important part of Townsend’s mornings. “Six out of seven mornings, I get up early and do my hair and make up. This is my thinking time. While I do this, I’m also drinking coffee – I work into the night, so I find early mornings ‘displeasing’ to say the least. Coffee is my comeback.
Mid week I’m out the door and straight to the gym. Lifting weights is my jam. While on weekends, I hit up morning dance classes.”
Andre Eikmeier, Co-Founder and Joint CEO of Vinomofo
Eikmeier says he loves to go for a run first thing, which helps set him up for the day and challenges ahead. “When you run there’s a little voice inside your head that says ‘stop.. just stop’, especially when your legs are hurting, But conquering that voice gets me you in game mode.”
“First thing I do when I get to the office is create a task list, which may be for the week or the day. I use Trello for this.”
Lorna Jane Clarkson, Founder of Lorna Jane
Clarkson swears by her morning rituals to maintain sanity and clarity among her busy and hectic work schedule. The activewear founder starts her day with positive affirmations, and makes a commitment to daily exercise every morning followed by a nourishing breakfast. Well… would we expect anything else from the former personal trainer?