Whether or not you know it, you have a morning routine.
Question: is it optimized to support your success?
1. Being a successful “lifestyle entrepreneur” includes getting up “when you want to” …but I have found that making that time consistent and consciously designed has created a happier and more productive life, compared to when I just woke each day at random times. This is in part because our bodies love having a stable circadian rhythm.
2. A successful morning routine actually begins with a consistent evening routine. Without enough sleep, you won’t have enough energy to stick to a morning routine! I have found it helpful to set an alarm not just for my morning wake-up, but an alarm to start my evening routine as well. So if you want a stable morning routine, you first need a stable evening routine.
3. When the alarm goes off — whether it’s evening or morning alarm — it’s important to follow your responsible impulse immediately and get moving. It takes practice, but it will become natural over time. It’s truly amazing how adaptable we humans are. Latest research shows that neuroplasticity lasts for theentire span of a human life. So, consciously adapt your life toward your ideal design!
4. For some people, making a drastic sudden change to routines can work. For others (like me) it works better to gradually change. It took me months to transition from sleeping around 12am to now, lights-out is around 10:30pm, and also from waking at 8:30 to waking now energized at 6am. I went from being somewhat of a night owl to more of an early bird, because I want to maximize daylight during my waking hours.
5. My current morning routine goes like this:
6am morning alarm. Rise from bed, drink water, change clothes (which I set out the night before), sit on the loo, do my gratitude journaling.
6:15 hygiene. Wash face, brush teeth, put on contact lenses, etc
6:30 out of bedroom. Feed cats, open window blinds, do morning dance (listening to Pandora’s station “Contemporary Gospel Music”… I dance for 5 minutes)
6:45 then I make breakfast while listening to inspirational/business podcasts: green smoothie using a Vitamix blender. (picture and recipe)
7:15 at my desk to review my day’s schedule, prioritize tasks, and importantly, take a moment to “redefine success” which is to review the habits I am currently working on creating, so that I can have the life I wish to live and model. Lastly, respond to any urgent & important emails. (I only clear my email inbox at end of workday, not at the beginning.)
7:30 edit my draft blog post from yesterday’s video and post it on my social media channels… Our Highest Work, my LinkedIn profile, Twitter, and Google+.
8:00 review/prep appointments for the day, respond to client emails and private forum posts, follow up on yesterday’s meetings if needed.
8:30 finish breakfast, let dog out, take nap
9:00 start meetings or other projects.
I welcome your questions and comments, including what works for you re: your routines!
George Kao is a marketing & productivity mentor for Coaches, Consultants, and Counselors, and focuses on authentic marketing & joyful productivity. George has been coaching and mentoring, full time, for 7 years. In the past 2 years alone he has given over 1,000 one-to-one coaching sessions to his clients. He loves giving away his training and content for free. If you’d like to receive a monthly email with George’s best advice & tools subscribe here.
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