Have you ever wondered what the key differentiator is between a successful and unsuccessful entrepreneur? We hear that a lot, and the truth is, there is no one answer. What is consistent in success is the hard work and busy routines put together by entrepreneurs in order to accomplish their goals. Here are the top five ways these successful people start their days.

1) They start early
Waking up just one hour earlier than you need to can provide you with either extra time to finish off a small work task, or extra time to relax, both of which are extremely important pieces to the successful day puzzle. Trust yourself – are you feeling stressed? What is the source of your stress? If it’s your workload, spend that hour checking something off of your to-do list. If it’s for personal reasons, sit back, relax and enjoy a coffee before you get ready to work.

2) They start on a positive note
The feelings you have at the start of your day have a direct impact on how you’ll be feeling for the rest of it. Think of the last time you woke up to negative breaking news or had a tough conversation first thing in the morning – it probably put a damper on the rest of your day. If you know you have emails to send first thing, start with the ones that give praise or good news. Enjoy the first hour of your day with those around you and you’ll feel more motivated to excel.

3) They keep a calendar or schedule, and review it every morning
As mentioned, entrepreneurship is a busy way of life. With daily meetings, events and deadlines, it’s tough to keep track of what’s happening next. Successful entrepreneurs note everything time-specific into their calendars and start their mornings by reviewing the day’s events. Similarly, a successful entrepreneur’s day usually ends with a review or plan of the following day’s tasks.

4) They exercise
As busy as entrepreneurs are, they recognize that to be a great leader, they have to stay healthy in all aspects of their lives. Staying fit physically plays a large part in keeping your brain sharp as well, and depending on when you exercise during the day, can affect your daily success in different ways. Starting the morning with a quick workout wakes you up and helps promote a positive outlook on the day. No time to exercise before work? No problem! Taking a mid-day break to break some sweat refreshes and restarts your mind for the second half of the day.

5) They continue this routine into the weekend
For most successful entrepreneurs, the work week doesn’t run Monday to Friday, 9 to 5. Any downtime you have during weekend mornings could serve as a good time to get some quick and fun tasks out of the way. It’s also a good idea to keep your sleep schedule as consistent as possible so your Monday morning starts off strong instead of groggy.