The number one way to have a great day, is to start off with a great morning. Everything we do comes from some kind of foundation; whether that foundation be a great one or a bad one. When you read up on the habits of the most successful, it’s almost impossible to name even one that didn’t contribute their success to a daily morning routine. A morning routine is vital to your day, in my opinion, because you touch so many areas of life in that one period of time. With all of our busy schedules, it can be hard to touch base on some of the important things in life. Not all of us have the time to spend a good amount of time in the gym, find the time to really devote solely to our spiritual lives, and even making sure that we’re up to date with everything that’s going on in our lives. Instead of searching for little moments in our day to fit these, we can prioritize them in the morning keeping us at ease. They also provide what I believe to the most important reason for having a morning routine: mental clearness. Have you ever felt like you just had too much on your plate? You didn’t know what you had to do next? Like you had an insurmountable amount of things to do? Man, oh man do I have some good news for you. I think to really get the point across I want to go into detail about my own morning routine and how that generally goes (nobody’s perfect). If you want anymore ideas about how you can go about creating your own morning routine, check out mymorningroutine.com. It’s an awesome website that interviews many successful people and goes into to depth. Because you get perspectives from different people from different places in life, you can get a better idea of what you need for yourself.
To start, I’ll generally get up around 7 AM on the dot, and shake off the sleep cobwebs.
Once that’s taken care I start with:
As a man of God first I wholeheartedly believe everything I am able to do and accomplish is a direct result of the blessings the Lord continues to give me everyday. As I strive to build a stronger relationship with him, setting aside sometime to spend with the Lord in prayer becomes more and more necessary everyday. Sometimes it’s as deep as praying all the way the 30 minutes, and sometimes it’s as easy as reading some scripture and saying thanks for waking up.
Once that’s finished, I get dressed cause it’s time to…
Luckily for me, I have a basic gym setup easily accessible for me with the basics that I need to keep myself in decent shape. One hour = 15-20 minutes of cardio, 40-45 minutes of lifting and exercise. If I’m feeling up to it, I’ll always have the option to workout later in the day. But by getting the absolute basics in, at least I can be at ease knowing I’m going forward.
At this stage, it’s time to see what’s going on in the world. I’m not responding to any messages or e-mails yet, I’m strictly taking the time to catch up on the important highlights that I need to know going forward. I personally have a subscription to the Wall Street Journal (wsj.com) that I just skim for the stories that stick out for me, read up on my sport stories, browse the financials and then that’s about it. No need to be to through here.
Plan The Day
Eliminate all the unnecessary thinking here!!! This is honestly my favorite part of my morning routine because it puts me at ease mentally and spiritually. This portion of my routine is very simple yet, yet extremely crucial. Simply make two lists: Things to Do & People to Contact. Once it’s listed, THAT’S IT. If you can’t think of it at that time, it can’t be that important. This process helps me personally so much because now instead of wondering “what do I have to do next?”, the question to be asked is now “what else do I have to do to be done for the day?”.
People that talk to me on the regular know this all too well. I generally don’t even touch my messenger app until after 9:30. The only person reaching me before then is my girl, and even she has to keep me in line occasionally because she loves her early morning Good Morning Texts. At this point in the day, I’m spending about 30 focused minutes responding to all my text messages, emails, requests, setting appointments, booking services, reaching out to people, saying happy birthday, and anything else that requires me to reach out to other. Yes. I do have the whole day to take of this. No. Ain’t nobody got the time to do that all day.
Eat The First Frog
A.k.a. get to work. I take a stab at the biggest task on my list and I look to go ahead and get it taken care of before I head out to work. This step is CRUCIAL because it builds the momentum I need to attack the day at full force. If I can tackle the most difficult task on my list, what’s stopping me from knocking out everything else? You gotta love the way the mind works.
I hope this insight into my own personal world helped you start to think about creating your own morning routine. Don’t forget again you can also checkout mymorningroutine.com for more awesome ideas.