Today I want to teach you how to start a morning routine that will set you up for success.
Here’s the deal. Being an entrepreneur can be insane. If you’re not careful, you’ll start your day with emails, dings, distractions, or a kid peeling your eyes open saying ‘mommy mommy mommy mommy mommy mommy’.
What if you decided to wake up intentionally a little bit earlier?
Your day will start off calm instead of stressed.
Want to know the secret to having a super productive day?
It’s in your morning routine.
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Your morning routine either sets your day up for success or stress.
Why have a morning routine?
Morning routines are so key when it comes to having a successful day.
In this post, I’ll share with you some of the essential parts of my morning routine, as well as some tips from other successful entrepreneurs.
Morning Routine Tip 1: Start the night before
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My morning routine starts the night before.
I go through my day planner and decide what needs to happen the next day. What’s my main focus for the day? The ONE THING that needs to get done to move me closer to my goals?
I write it down, as well as take a look at my calendar to see what appointments I have the next day.
That way, I’m not scrambling to tackle whatever, I have a plan in place and get it done.
I put my planner, my bible, the book I’m currently reading out by my morning chair and I also get my coffee cup and water cup ready.
Also, when starting the night before, that includes getting enough sleep. If you’re going to start waking up earlier, you need to go to bed earlier too.
Morning Routine Tip 2: Start Small
If right now you typically wake up at 8, don’t try to wake up at 5 and do 3-hour morning routine #insane
Wake up 10 minutes earlier and read a few pages of a good book and jot down a few things you’re grateful for.
Once that feels good, you can try waking up 20 minutes earlier and sneak in a bit of meditation or stretching.
Morning Routine Tip 3: Eat Your Frog
One of the first personal development books I read was Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy.
Brian talks about getting your most important task done and out of the way before you move onto any other task that you want to do.
Try this and you’ll be so much more productive, procrastinate less, and actually get results in your biz.
Morning Routine Tip 4: Stick with It
Developing new habits take time. Be patient with yourself and stick with it.
Here’s my full morning routine:
Step 1: Positivity In
I usually wake up between 5 and 6 (my alarm is set for 6, but often I wake up before) and start by putting on my headphones and listening to a sermon or inspiring video (Elevation Church, Dani Johnson, Tony Robbins, etc).
Step 2: Hydrate/Caffeinate
Then I go downstairs and drink about 16 ounces of water, then make coffee.
You’re so dehydrated when you wake up so your body needs water stat!
Step 3: Read
Then, I light a candle and head on over to my morning chair and start reading while I drink my coffee.
I have the One Year Bible for Women, so I start with the content for the day, then I move onto the book I’m reading at that time.
Currently reading: Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren and The One Thing by Gary Keller
Step 4: Pray/Meditate
After reading about 10-20 min, I do prayer/meditation.
If you’re new to meditating, download the apps Calm or Headspace.
Step 5: Journal
I take notes on anything that sticks out to me during my reading and prayer time, write out a few things I’m grateful for plus my top goals for the next 90 days.
Typically by this point, my son is awake and I help him get ready for school and we’re off.
Step 6: Move
After I drop him off, I move my body in some way (walking our dog, yoga, weights, etc).
Step 7: The ONE THING
Then work on my ONE THING that needs to get done for the day.
Notice that I didn’t include checking email or Facebook at all—because I don’t do it until my one thing is complete.
In fact, my phone is charging in a completely separate room and I don’t even grab it until I’m done with my morning routine.
I am not perfect with my routine, but I do this 80-90% of the time, and notice the times I don’t I don’t have as much patience and I’m not in as good of a mood.
I crave my morning routine.
Here are some other morning routine tips from successful entrepreneurs:
Tony Robbins’ Morning Routine:
Tony has a practice called ‘priming’, which is a part of his morning routine.
- 3 sets of 30 Kapalbhati Pranayama breaths
- Put your hands on your heart and practice gratitude
- Visualizing your goals
If you’ve ever been to a Tony event, he walks you through this entire thing. If you want to use his guided meditation (it’s great), you can check it out here: https://www.tonyrobbins.com/priming-exercise/
Also included in Tony’s morning routine is jumping into a cold plunge, working out, and eating a healthy breakfast.
Mark Sisson’s Morning Routine:
Mark (founder of Primal Kitchen and author of the Primal Blueprint) starts his day by taking a cold plunge in his pool, then does the LA Times crossword puzzle to work on his brain.
Steve Job’s Morning Routine:
Back in 2005 during a commencement he gave at Stanford, Steve revealed this profound part of his morning routine:
“When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like:
‘If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.’
It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself:
“If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?”
And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
Arianna Huffington’s Morning Routine
Arianna, founder of the Huffington Post and Thrive Global has said:
“A big part of my morning ritual is about what I don’t do: when I wake up, I don’t start the day by looking at my smartphone. Instead, once I’m awake, I take a minute to breathe deeply, be grateful, and set my intention for the day.”
Tim Ferriss’s Morning Routine
Tim Ferris, the author of the 4 Hour Work Week, has interviewed thousands of successful entrepreneurs on his podcast and has adapted his own morning routine based on what he’s learned.
Tim starts his morning by making his bed. Then, he meditates for 10-20 minutes. Then, he works out for at least 30 seconds before making tea.
He finished his routine by journaling for 5-10 minutes.
How about you? Do you have a routine? Will you start one?
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