Creating A Solid Morning Routine...

I'm going to piggyback off of Kim's post yesterday about being a lark or an owl...

If you missed it Kim talked about how some people are morning peeps and some are night owls, and when you're getting ready to change habits, add a new routine, don't try to fight that, use it to your advantage. 

I'm going to segway into something that I feel very strongly about. 

I believe everyone should have a solid morning routine, regardless of what "morning" means to you. 

I'm a firm believer that how you start your day is one of, if not the biggest, ultimate predictors of how the day will go for you. 

So, for what it's worth, I'll share my routine, not for you to copy, but maybe you can grab a tip or two. 

My morning routine actually starts the day before. 

Before I "check out" each night I review my next day's calendar. 

I look at my "nonnegotiables" first. 

Those are things like meetings that can't be moved, for me that's usually meetings with the team or clients. 

After the nonnegotiables, I look at my project list and to do list and pull 1-3 things that I want to get done the next day. 

I base it off of what's urgent and important, and how much "free time" I have throughout the day. 

If I have a lot of "nonnegotiables" scheduled, I only plan on one to do, if I'm pretty open, I'll pick three. 

This usually takes me five minutes, but it creates a very stress-free environment at night and leads to good success the following day. 

My alarm goes off at 4:30 am. 

It used to be 6:00 am until Kaden came around. 

I started finding that my morning routine was off (of course) once he came around, I didn't want to miss out on time with him, but I also love my morning routine, it's a mandatory start to my day. 

So now I get up at 4:30 am. 

I shower, come downstairs and make coffee, which brings me to 4:45 am. 

From 4:45 to 5:00 am I meditate. 

This is something relatively new for me, so I am by no means an expert in it, but I started adding to my morning routine in early December. 

To say it's been a game changer is an understatement. 

I use an app called Headspace and it leads me through a guided meditation. 

It has been huge to just clear my thoughts, help me stay present, and honestly just gives me 10-15 minutes of absolute silence which as you know is hard to find. 

From 5:00-6:00am I read. 

I aim for about a book a week, some weeks are less, some are more, but that's an average. 

50 books a year. 

For me, I'm usually reading about personal development, marketing, customer experience, community building, finances, or leadership. 

At 6:00 am I crack open my laptop and write. 

Usually whatever is on my mind at that minute is what you end up reading here. 

I try to picture a client, usually a different client every day, sometimes it's a situation or conversation I had the day before, envision their pain point or what they're struggling with, and write as if I'm talking to them. 

On an average day that usually takes me until about 6:30am. 

I wrap up by reading my vision, goals, and project list just to keep it all top of mind. 

At that point Megan is typically getting up, Kaden is up, and the day is off to the races. 

I'll drop Kaden off at daycare, have my "non-negotiable" meetings I talked about earlier, punch through my 1-3 to-dos for the day, get a workout in, and then just be present around the gym for anything the team or clients need. 

I pick Kaden up, eat dinner with Megan, put Kaden to bed, spend about an hour or so with Megan, go over my next day, rinse and repeat. 

Whether you wanted to know or not, there's my day, and more specifically my morning routine. 

For me, those two hours from 430-630am are a staple part of my day. 

It's non-negotiable for me. 

Whether yours is at that time or from 2-4pm in the afternoon because you work the night shift, that doesn't matter. 

Whether you choose to fill it with meditation, reading, or writing doesn't matter. 

Maybe it's some journaling, exercising, and peace and quiet. 

Whatever. 

Maybe, it's not two hours. 

Maybe it's only 15 minutes. 

The point is that it's a routine, it's non-negotiable, and it happens every single day. 

Too many people just wake up and react to everything, they have no guardrails, they have no plan, they just react. 

I'm not saying it needs to be perfect, and I'm not saying every day is going to go as planned, but I'm a very firm believer in having some sort of time carved out for you where you do things for YOU. 

Hopefully it helped. 

Reply and let me know...

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Dedicated to Your Success,

Doug Spurling