Want to Win the Day? You’ve Got To Win the Morning
We're going to shake things up on the blog today. We're getting out of our usual format to discuss something a little bit different.
I want to talk about morning routine.
If you keep up to date with me on social or you're on my email list, you will know that I am a big fan of having a routine. I love being able to carry out deep work, and it's the reason why I've been able to achieve so much in a short space of time.
One of the biggest questions I am always asked on social media is; why do you wake up at 4am?
How do you spend your time in the morning? What time do you go to sleep? How do you structure your day?
I'm going to share with you all the details about why I do that, how I do it, and how keep my energy levels up.
what works best for you
I decided to wake up at 4:30am every day because I'm a morning person.
In business, you really need to understand yourself and what works best for you.
For example, are you a morning person or are you a night person?
Th only way to find out is well is by trial and error. I have tried all the different types of routine that you can imagine because I have been so obsessed with hacking the perfect one for me. I want to live a good life and have a balanced life, but also be super productive.
As a young child I always woke up early, even when I was attending school at 9am. I've come to the understanding that getting up early works for me and it works for my business.
It's all about what suits you. If you're reading this and thinking 'hell no, I'm not waking up at 4am,' then that's ok. You can apply the same principles to your wakeup time and your routine. However, I suggest that you find out more about your personality.
I'm a big fan of the enneagram test, which is basically a numbered system that enables you to find out more about yourself, how you work, how you operate, your good points, and your not so good points. I would strongly advise to take the test.
Understanding what times you work best at and then also discovering a little bit more about your personality is going to help you along the way.
There's so many different books you can read that will motivate you to have the best morning routine. One of my favourite quotes is 'if you win the morning, you win the day.'
There's some great books such as 'Miracle Morning,' but where I find most power is by following Tony Robbins 'Hour of Power,' and what that hour of power actually includes is getting some physical exercise, developing your mind and also taking time to really feel practice gratitude.
The hour of power has been a game changer for me. I have extended it over an hour because this is the time that I feel most energetic.
My schedule starts with a 4am wake up. I will then do 30 minutes of personal development before a 30 minute workout. After that I'll do 10,000 step walk, which can often take up to over an hour, before coming back home to get showered. I'll get ready for the day and usually be started work and had a coffee and breakfast by 7am.
By 7am when the average person most likely wakes up I've already had my daily quota of exercise. I've developed my mind and I've also practice gratitude which I usually take the time on my walk to complete in silence and think that through. Sometimes I'll speak it out loud as well whether I'm working with someone or not, call me crazy if you want!
Packing all that goodness into the morning really sets me out with the right mindset to tackle the day.
From 7am to 10am I do my first 3 hours of deep work. This work varies depending on what projects I'm working on, but it will usually complete something that I'm really not looking forward to doing, because I'm a proponent of the 'eat the frog' process.
You know what I mean. You've got that to do list and there is always some things on there that never gets completed. What I do is I schedule those tasks for the first thing in the morning because I know the later the day goes on, they will never get completed.
That process has been another game changer and my team is now getting that stuff done that we had previously put off. Usually those tasks take as long as you even think they will.
Eat those frogs for breakfast! You'll be set up for success for the rest of the day.
There's another amazing book by Cal Newport which I would highly suggest you read. It's called, funnily enough, 'Deep Work,' and it really takes you through all the practices of deep work better than I ever could.
The main practices of deep work involve being in a high state of concentration in an undistracted world. Throughout your routine, you should schedule times where you're completely disconnected from your team. Make sure you're disconnected from the online world and things such as social media, text messages etc so that you can work with complete concentration.
You can only really do up to three to five hours of deep work per day. I have completed more, but that has been in an undistracted world. Always notify your team or you clients if you're engaging in deep work so as to not seem rude.
If you read the books that I've mentioned, they'll really change the way you work.
Another thing that is very, very important to me as a person is variety.
I love knowing that every day is going to be different, but also that I can really choose what I want to do every day.
Now, it's not always possible in business, as something important might be going on that you need to work on all day. However, I genuinely feel that freedom and variety within my working day is what has really worked for me for the most part.
Ask yourself, what is going to work for me?
Maybe you need to work around your partner or your kids, so how can you design your business around that?
That is really going to change your routine which will ultimately change your life.