Jump Start Your Day: Retail Edition

Jump Start Your Day: Retail Edition

I think most of us can agree that Richard Branson is a pretty interesting entrepreneur. He also seems like a innovative, considerate, and fearless businessman. These qualities, in addition to his tremendous business successes, make him an fascinating person to follow, read about, learn from. For the past 50 years Richard Branson has maintained the same morning routine. Here is what that looks like:


-Waking up at 5:00am
-He builds in time to exercise and spend time with family [which then allows him to focus on work]
-He allows time for reflection and organization
(a) During this time he paces out his day, catches up on news, replies to emails
-He believes in waking up with passion is another huge factor in keeping focused. Passion breeds energy, and is essential to running a business that involves long hours and hard decisions,” he claims. Rising early allows for more time in the day to do the things you enjoy.

On that note, here more successful people who are early risers:

-Frank Lloyd Wright was up daily at 4:00am
-Margaret Thatcher was up every day 5:00am
Anna Wintour gets in an hour of tennis before 6:45am
-Robert Iger wakes up daily at 4:30am
-Tim Cook is in the gym, daily by 5:00am
-Steve Jobs would start his work day by 6:00am
-Jason Goldberg starts his day at 6:00am
-David Cush wakes up at 4:15am
-Howard Schultz wakes up at 4:30am
-Brett Yormark wakes up up at 3:30am


Here are some other very specific morning routines these successful business people share:




According to this Huffington Post article there are 6 Benefits to Being a Morning Exerciser:

1. Better long-term results:
“Our bodies love routine. If you force yourself to get up when your alarm goes off, your body will thank you and pay you back by feeling rested and ready for the day.”
2. Fewer scheduling conflicts:
“By getting up early, you are less likely to miss out on any fun activities later in the day or get distracted at home or work. Instead of scrambling to finish your “to do” list and missing another workout, plan to do it first thing so you are sure to fit it in.”
3. Improved productivity:
“Working out can increase your mental clarity for four to 10 hours post-exercise.”
4. Boosted metabolism:
“The benefits of exercise linger throughout the day. You continue to burn calories after the workout is done”
5. Better sleep:
“Studies have shown that women and men who wake up early for regular exercise sleep better than those who routinely exercise in the evening.”
6. Better diet:
“By knocking out your exercise first thing, you will approach your food differently throughout the day.”



Widely recognized as the most important meal of the day. From Meals For Success, here are the benefits of eating breakfast:
1. Attitude, Concentration and Problem Solving
Breakfast provides the first nutrients and energy necessary to start your day, it “breaks the fast” from the prior evening. Breakfast is crucial for sustained mental work, it provides your brain with glucose — the sole source of the brain energy. The brain has no storage reserves so without breakfast your brain is running on fumes! Eating breakfast has been shown to improve attitude, increase concentration and facilitate high level problem-solving.
2. Lose Weight, Lose Productivity
Many people skip breakfast purposefully to lose weight. There is research to back this up, studies show that skipping breakfast results in a lower daily in-take of both calories and fat. On the surface this may seem like a good idea, but skipping breakfast causes significant decreases in both productivity and energy. In order to feel good, accomplish your goals and achieve maximum productivity you should achieve weight loss in other ways. The negatives of skipping breakfast aren’t worth it!
3. Start of Success
The ideal breakfast empowers individuals with some personal time before starting their work day. Most people start the morning thinking about work, but starting the day thinking about yourself will facilitate increased productivity. It should be a period of time to clear your mind of work so that you can approach you’re day with a clear mind. The clarity gained from a slow-paced breakfast can be just as important as the energy and nutrients gained from breakfast foods. Even if you’re just eating yogurt or a protein shake, skip eating on the run and let breakfast a be a meal.

Start The Day By Being Grateful and Positive


There is always something to be appreciative of. Something that is great about the moment you are in or the day ahead. Happy people make gratitude and a part of that habit and it always works for them, especially in the morning.
“Optimism opens us up to new ideas, new experiences and new possibilities. It frees us up to consider new options and change our businesses, and lives, for the better. It helps us look to the future and create expansive, evolving realities.” [Source: Entrepreneur]
“Optimism is contagious. Having an upbeat attitude can inspire everyone around us. A survey conducted by Gallup found that only 35 percent of U.S. managers are engaged in their jobs. This lack of engagement and its impact on employees costs the U.S. an estimated $77 billion to $96 billion each year.” [Source: Entrepreneur]
“Greater Achievement -Seligman analyzed the explanatory styles of sports teams and found that the more optimistic teams created more positive synergy and performed better than the pessimistic ones. [Source: Elizabeth Scott, M.S.]
“Less Stress – Optimists also tend to experience less stress than pessimists or realists. Because they believe in themselves and their abilities, they expect good things to happen. They see negative events as minor setbacks to be easily overcome, and view positive events as evidence of further good things to come. Believing in themselves, they also take more risks and create more positive events in their lives.” [Source: Elizabeth Scott, M.S.]

They Help Others


The morning question, what good shall I do this day?” – Benjamin Franklin. Successful people pay it forward.

-Former Oxygen Channel CEO Gerry Laybourne: “Once or twice a week, I go for a walk in Central Park with a young person seeking my advice. This is my way of helping bring along the next generation. And if someone is up early in the morning then they are serious about life. I can’t take time at the office to do this, but doing it in the morning allows me to get exercise and stay connected with young people at the same time.” [Source: Business Insider]
-Dedicated to Others’ Success: The most successful (and happiest) people in life are not in it just for themselves. They care about the organization and the people within that organization and have a genuine desire to see everyone and everything succeed: the company, the employees, and the mentoring program as a whole. [Source: Management Mentors]
-Engaged with their surroundings: These people view their work as more than just a job. They show interest in the industry, in the world around them, in the work that other departments are doing, and in the charitable events associated with their company. [Source: Management Mentors]

Every day we are given an opportunity in our industry to be successful. Success can be found in our metrics, in completing high-priority/high-impact tasks, by collaborating with our business partners to overcome obstacles or identifying best practices that deliver great results, by delivering phenomenal customer experience, and/or by supporting our team members/coworkers. If we wake up every day and plan to be amazing, take deliberate action around those plans, and keep focusing ourselves on our actions and accomplishments, pretty soon we will have built habits and momentum around our daily activities to make every day a success that we can be proud of and that will provide us with a huge sense of personal and professional accomplishment.


Founder and Editor in Chief of Excellence In Retail and 18 year retailer. I am a passionate and creative leader and coach committed to inspiring thought, action, truth-telling, solution-seeking, and dialog about how to maximize talent through identifying and creating a process around critical success factors, workplace culture, signature leadership practices, productivity, profitability, alignment of employees and company vision & values, and workplace happiness inside all retail organizations. I help create healthy, vibrant, high-performing, and highly-productive organizations that are talent magnets and focused on delivering the highest level of customer experience that will differentiate them from competition and result in long-term growth and sustainability.

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