What is your morning routine?
I’ve become an increasingly early riser, currently waking up at 5:00am without an alarm. After waking, I meditate for ten minutes, then prepare a cup of coffee (a mix of decaf and regular coffee) while I write whatever comes to mind for ten or fifteen minutes. When writing, I use pen and paper (no laptop).
Following that, I either read a book or go through an online course (on edX) for about an hour. Alternatively, I use my laptop to start writing a blog post. Then I have a smoothie.
At this point, I plan my day for 5-10 minutes. I pick one big thing to accomplish for the day and make a note of it on my calendar. I then scan my appointments and block off chunks of time to work on my most important tasks.
This takes me to about 7:45am or 8:00am, when I walk upstairs to my home office and begin my workday. I take a look at emails, moving quickly through them. I then begin my coaching work promptly at 8:00am with client meetings.
How long have you stuck with this routine so far?
This routine has been consistent for the past 5-6 months. Before that, it was the same with one exception - I would wake between 6:30am and 7:30am instead of 5:00am. I wouldn’t read or write in the morning. I would wake up, drink coffee, plan my day, and get to work while drinking my smoothie.
Having a few more hours in the morning to do my work is a huge benefit. I feel more accomplished by 9:00am than I used to feel all day!