What is your morning routine?
Every morning, my alarm goes off between 4:30 and 5:00am. I wake up early because I see my first client at 5:45am. I need this time to get myself alert and active, and I have to factor in my commute.
I check my phone for any important communications that may alter the course of my day and plan accordingly. I then proceed to shower and dress with minimal distraction (avoiding social media, the news, and other things that could slow down my morning), before heading out of the house to my first client.
How long have you stuck with this routine so far?
I’ve had this routine for the past eight years. There have been slight adjustments to the timing, but the result has always been the same: I wake up early!
How has your morning routine changed over recent years?
Over the course of several years, my morning routine has changed in many ways. For instance, I used to wake up and exercise to start the day. Now my mornings start with training clients before I get to my own workouts. Now that I’ve moved much farther from where I work, my mornings include a forty-five-minute commute, which I use to mentally prepare for the challenges of the day.
I mentally prepare by checking messages (via email, social media, and text) and getting back to the most pressing ones. Then I map out where I need to be and when, so I’m aware of exactly how tight my schedule is that day.
What time do you go to sleep?
There are always obstacles in getting to bed (catching up with my girlfriend after a long day, unwinding while watching a sports game, reviewing text messages and emails), but my goal is to get to bed by 10:00pm.
Being an entrepreneur, I rarely have “down-time”—I’m usually putting out fires or working on goal-specific tasks longer than I’d like to be, but I still realize how important rest is. On average, I make my 10:00pm bedtime 75 percent of the time.