What does your morning routine say about you? What does your morning routine look like? Does it matter? Maybe…let’s take a look.
It’s been said, “The morning is the perfect time to get into peak physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual state. The right morning routine would help you learn, grow, and improve every facet of your life.”
Are you taking advantage of your mornings?
When I was just out of college (22 years old) I was a guy that could sleep in to 8:30 for my job, and if I ever woke up in the 7’s…man I was up and at it “early” in my mind. I would pat myself on the back if 7 am morning actually happened. I would sleep in at the last minute, jump up, grab a quick shower, grab a coffee on the way, and arrive just in time for my first meeting. This went on for a few years until I got invited by a group of men I looked up to and admired to run with them twice a week in the mornings. I was pumped, of course, I wanted to run with these guys and spend some time with them. They gave me the location, and the time…5 am. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. These guys wake up to run at 5 am… like what?
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But for 2 days a week, it was worth it.
(Now I’m going to take a minute to say all this happened before I became a dad of 2 little girls. I realize how crazy this seems now… I can’t even remember the last time I woke up after 7 now, but at the time this was a big deal).
But before I became a dad, where is what I learned from these men. They absolutely loved their mornings. They looked forward to them. And not because they could get more work done in the day. But because the mornings were theirs.
Is your morning yours?
It needs to be.
By the time you step into your business, you should be ready. Again physically, mentally, emotionally, and possibly spiritually. You want to be your best, and function at your highest potential. Take advantage of your mornings. And if you aren’t already, take back your mornings!
So what do we do?
I love this quote by David Goggins, “Every morning in our lives, we have a choice to make. You have the choice to stay in bed and say ‘Forget it, I’m not going to work out today.’ or ‘Forget it, I’m not going to work hard today.’ That’s your choice that you make every single day of your life. Make the right decision.”
Let’s make the right decision.
What time do you need to start working on your business in your daily schedule? 8? 7? 6?
That time can be different for each of you, but there is a time that you can identify.
So let’s start, at minimum, an hour before that. Set your alarm (set 5 if you have to). And wake up.
Drink some water
Walk for 30 minutes
Drink coffee in your favorite chair
Get yourself ready for the day.
My oldest daughter is the earliest riser in the family, she wakes up at 7:30. There isn’t a day in the week I am not up by 6:30 at the latest. And 6:30 is late. For me to be at my best, I am usually up around 5.
Now, this isn’t about me. Please don’t take this as a “look at me” post. I have had to learn over the years that for me to be my best on a given day, I need my mornings. And I think you do too.
Thanks for your time. I hope there is something here that you can take with you. Drop a comment if you have some tips/hints for others about morning routines.
Have a great week.
Brent Perry is a business coach located in Tennessee specializing in liberating business owners from chaos. He is a weekly contributor to The Business on Purpose podcast and can be found at mybusinessonpurpose.com