Before I was an entrepreneur, the beginning of my day was based on what someone else needed me to do. I had a large geographical area to cover and a ton of obligations, so I could be making a 200+ mile trip one way some days or sitting in traffic for an hour to go to my office. Therefore, my mornings were as inconsistent as they could possibly be. Some days I would wake up and have breakfast. Some days, I would rush through a shower and go running out the door to meet a deadline. There was never any consistency.
It wasn’t until I had my own business and could set my own hours that I realized how important a morning routine was to my health both physically and mentally.
My morning routine consists of 4 major things;
- #1 is some coffee with some type of substance. I have been making shakes with 100% grass fed protein powder by Promix. I like it because whey protein and cocoa powder are the only 2 ingredients so it does not have added sugars for flavor. It can be an acquired taste, but is not too bad.
- #2 is my journal. Writing things down is key for clarity for me. My journal includes 5 things –
- Quotes and Notes – this section is just a place to write down anything on my mind along with something that I have seen over the past 24 hours that stuck with me.
- Grateful For… – my personality is such that I am constantly pushing and looking for opportunities to improve, which keeps me focused on negatives. This part of the journal helps me reflect on the positive things in my life. It works better for me to put small things that have happened recently like conversations with my 3 year old boy, or special time spent with my wife.
- Short-Term Goals and Objectives – I’ve found writing down my goals every day to be extremely effective at keeping me on track. I probably have one of the worst cases of ADD and can easily get sidetracked. Short term goals are things that I want to accomplish within around a 90 day period. I am usually very specific here and if I have a little flexibility in the morning I may put bullet points under each one to remind myself how I plan to get from A-B.
- Long-Term Goals and Objectives – These are my 1 – 5 year goals and are done in the same context as the short-term goals. These can be more vague, but the how to get from A-B is very important here.
- Personal Health and Fitness – It works better for me to keep my personal health and fitness goals in it’s own category because I think it is one of the most important things to track progress on.
- #3 is some type of physical activity. For a long time after I became and entrepreneur, I walked to work (my office is 1.2 miles from my house) and back every day. I still will walk a couple of miles from my office to Starbucks in the mornings (tea this time instead of coffee) just for the exercise. 3 days or so per week, I will walk to my gym (which is right next to Starbucks) and get a workout in. Nothing kicks my day off better than a good workout.
- #4 is meditation. I try to meditate for at least 10 minutes every day to clear my mind. This is probably the 1 thing that I am not as consistent about and would like to improve on because it is amazing what 10 minutes of pausing the mind-madness can do to help you through the day.
I know this routine probably will not work for everyone, especially if you are in a situation like I was prior to having my own company. Anything you can do to start your day off better will put you miles ahead of your previous self and others. A solid start to the day, leads to a more productive (work smarter, not harder) environment.
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