I wake up at 4:30 a.m. every single morning.
I’m not kidding. Even if I used any type of alarm, my biological clock will wake me that early. Even more surprising? I enjoy waking up that early. It leaves far more hours in the day for productivity.
I know, I know. You’re a “night owl,” right? I mean, who wants to wake up early when they don’t have anything to do? I totally get it. I’m not asking you guys to wake up at 4:30 a.m. every day. But I am going to ask you to hear me out.
You are at your most productive as soon as you wake up! Creating a morning routine for yourself is essential to a successful life. Waking up earlier than usual will give you ample time to focus on your goals and conquer the day with more energy, mindfulness, and strength.
I’m going to walk you through my morning routine. I challenge you to try these easy steps and incorporate them into YOUR routine – even if that means waking up just a little bit earlier than you’re used to. I promise it’s going to make a world of difference!
4:30 a.m. – 15 Minutes
As I said, 4:30 a.m. is my wake up time. Immediately upon waking up, I journal for 15 minutes every morning. This doesn’t have to a “Dear Diary” entry at all. Quite the contrary.
Our brain often works on a stream of consciousness rhythm (hence the name!) and writing like this can be extremely beneficial. Being able to put your thoughts onto paper (not matter how scattered) can help release stress, tension, and frustration. If you’re more of a list person, do what works best for you. 15 minutes will fly by.
4:45 a.m. – 45 Minutes
After I journal, I read for 45 minutes. Usually, this reading consists of material on personal development. For me, this could be anything related to entrepreneurship, start ups, business, or general self-help books.
You learn something new every day – that’s a fact. Level up your life – and your business – by reading subjects that directly correlate to your goals.
Oh, and I drink Bulletproof Coffee while I read. Every day. 100% grass-fed butter? Sign me up. No, really. I swear by Bulletproof coffee – give it a try.
5:30 a.m. – 15 Minutes
Fitness is a huge part of my life and large part of my success. I do 100 push ups and 100 sit ups. You can create your own schedule based on the time you can carve out in the morning and your personal fitness goals.
Working out jump starts your metabolism for the rest of the day. You will feel motivated, happier, and more energetic to conquer the rest of the day and all of the tasks that come with it. Who doesn’t like being in a better mood?
5:45 a.m. – 45 Minutes
After my work out, I have the energy needed to go on my 45-minute walk. This is a NO TECHNOLOGY walk. I know, it’s rough. Most people get fidgety when unable to check their email, texts, or social media for more than 10 minutes (iPhone users are said to unlock their phone 80+ times a day!). Let’s set aside these 45 minutes to disconnect with the world and reconnect with nature.
That’s my goal for my walks – to just enjoy nature, enjoy the morning, and enjoy the day ahead. It’s that simple. This really helps with my constant goal of being mindful. A lot of people choose to meditate during yoga or dedicate a time to sit silently for a few minutes. My daily walk is my time to meditate and collect my thoughts before allowing any stress and tasks to enter my day.
If yoga works for you or sitting silently for a few minutes, do that! You should absolutely create a routine around your time, schedule, and comfort level. Just make sure to take some time out of your morning to focus on the present – the here and now. Not yesterday, not tomorrow, not years from now. Right this very moment.
6:30 a.m. – 1 Hour
After my walk, my last task of the morning sounds like the easiest task of all. But is it?
I focus on ONE thing that I need to do in my business before the day gets away from me…and the day gets away from you pretty quickly. Just one thing. It’s harder than you realize. There are so many things you could nitpick or create stress over. Pick only ONE thing (I know, I know) and focus on only that.
This could be a new business model idea, a new project, or a new goal. When you are able to make this task your top priority for this hour, the end result can be extremely beneficial for your business.
This is also a NO TECHNOLOGY zone. No technology zone – no distraction zone. Eliminating potential distractions will keep you laser focused on the task at hand!
How does your morning routine usually go? I challenge you to give my routine a try. I promise you will have less stress, more productivity, and more energy to tackle the day ahead.
Live your best life. Keep Living the Dream…