Entrepreneurs know that time is a precious commodity, and that it can become incredibly easy for the day to soon become swamped with calls, meetings and emails.

The good news is that the morning hours are under your control, meaning you can make sure that a large workload doesn’t stop you from getting other important stuff done. Here are five things entrepreneurs can do to make sure they get the most from those first few hours of the day:

Wake up early – It may be tempting to hit snooze, but waking up early can make you much more productive. You may not feel like a morning person however rising just a few hours earlier than you usually would can give you a lot more time to get stuff done. Of course, it’s important that this is coupled with going to be earlier than normal so you get the rest you need.

Exercise – Regular exercise is proven to decrease stress levels, increasing your happiness and your productivity. For entrepreneurs exercising each morning helps you to focus on what you need to achieve though the day, keeping you alert to concentrate on the task at hand. It doesn’t matter whether it’s running, cycling, swimming or yoga!

Don’t forget to eat –Just like any other muscle in your body, your brain needs fuel to work effectively. Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. With all the long hours that you work, breakfast not only provides vital energy but allows you to spend quality time with your family.

Plan your day while you are fresh – While you are fresh and alert this is a great time to plan your day ahead and prioritise your workload. Make a concrete plan for the things you need to accomplish today. Create a list if it helps. Many people find that when scheduling tasks, allocating a set amount of time to them helps them remain focused and get more done during the day!

Remind yourself of your goal – What are you trying to achieve? Take the time to reinforce your goals for the day. It can be really hard to get out of bed early but reminding yourself why you’re doing it can really help lessen the blow.