Bit of a different post here as it doesn’t directly relate to the work that I do. I want to help people whether that’s by helping out with online marketing or sharing our habits and routines through this tough time. It’s easy to let the days slip away if you don’t have a plan. Similar to going into a supermarket without a shopping list. You know what I mean. If you have a shopping list you’re in and out bang, bang, bang. If you don’t have a list it takes you at least double the time and you come out with random items. Birthday cake. A chainsaw. 4 piece garden set.
For me, I like to stick to a daily routine, specifically in the morning. If we can control what we can control, when something out of our control happens, we are more prepared to deal with it. When you write a plan and document what you do, you’ll be surprised how much you get done in a single day. This will give you confidence for the next day. Build momentum. Finish a task. Tick. Get up when your alarm goes off. Tick. Listen to a Podcast. Tick. Small incremental gains add up to enable us to achieve big goals. During COVID-19 the morning routine I have been sticking to is below;
4:10 am – Alarm
4:20 am – Daily Reports
5:20 am – Bible App & Pray
5:30 am – Meditate
5:40 am – Read
6:20 am – Baby usually wakes up
8 am – Wife gets up and we swap
8:10 am – Run
8:40 am – Shower
9 am – Start work
By the time 9 am rolls around, I have built up a lot of ticks on my to-do list. Firstly, I review results for yesterday for our clients and get that put to bed which lets me concentrate on mindfulness and spirituality. Reading usually consists of 30 pages of a non-fiction or business book. Then I get to spend some time with my 19-month old before I get some exercise in. A quick shower and when the majority of the rest of the world are rubbing their eyes and getting ready to settle into work, I have already done so much.
I use Evernote for making notes and to-do’s on my phone and the Momentum browser extension while working on the laptop. Momentum has a cool Pomodoro time tracking app which tracks in 25-minute increments with a 5-minute break so you can focus intensely on one task at a time.
BONUS TIP (promise I’m not a psycho): the night before I lay my clothes out for when I get up, get my laptop ready on the table, get the room set up downstairs for meditation, prayer, and reading, put my coffee in my mug with spoon and even get the baby’s nappy and wipes out and ready. I try not to use any brainpower thinking about things that I don’t need to think about.
I hope this post inspires you to create your own morning routine.
What does your morning routine look like?
Thanks for reading