Developing a Rock Solid Morning Routine

Yesterday I wrote about morning routines. Most of yesterday I thought about my morning routine. Thinking things like, “if I dominate mornings, I’m going to make a better life for myself.” I think dumb stuff like that. But is it “dumb?” What is a morning routine? Is it a win because I make a plan and stick to it? Is it a win because I actually accomplish something in the span of time where I usually get poor quality sleep and listen to a boring audio book to distract me from the fact I know I should be up and tackling my morning routine?

I ask questions on this blog without having true answers. I ask questions and some people answer me on Twitter and in the comments. I ask questions to get myself and you thinking. I know the answers. You know the answers. The blogosphere, the self-help section of bookstores, your Pastor, and motivation Tweeters have the answers. The ancient Greek philosophers had the answers. Then Buddha, and Jesus, and Mohammed had the answers. Philosophers of the Renaissance had the answers. Tony Robbins has the answers.

And yet . . . we all still ask questions. “We all” isn’t fair. Let’s say “many of us”.

Many of us still ask questions and seek advice, wisdom, and direction. But we know the answers.

I know a morning routine would be all of the above. A jump start to my day. A smart thing to do. Will ease my mind with prayerful meditation. Will start my day with a small win (I’m using the word “win” as, I guess, something checked-off the to-do list or the mini-bucket-list …like …tomorrow morning I’m going to swing my kettle bell for 10 minutes, and then when I do, I’ll call it a “win”). I’ll feel good that when I make a decision and commit to doing something, lo and behold, I do it. I’m a doer. I’m an achiever.

I admit.  I hit the snooze bar but was up and at ’em at 5:05 and out walking the dog by 5:15. It’s now 6:14 a.m. and I’m finishing this blog entry and next up . . . breakfast. Win.

And finally. I’m not kidding. “Morning routine” is going to be my new obsession. This is a work in progress, but here’s my goal.

  • 4:45 a.m. … wake, walk the dog, pray the Rosary, meditate, and/or reflect
  • 5:15 a.m. … make coffee, boot up the computer
  • 5:25 a.m. …write for 20-minutes (personal)
  • 5:55 a.m. … read (1) article on writing; read (1) article on sales
  • 6:15 a.m. … make quick breakfast & 2nd cuppa coffee
  • 6:30 a.m. … shower and get ready for the day
  • 6:55 a.m. … wake kids, make them breakfast, empty dishwasher
  • 7:15 a.m. … clean-up kitchen, brush teeth, get things together for commute
  • 7:25 a.m. … leave for work; listen to something inspiring or educational on commute
  • 7:55 a.m. … arrive at work, read (1) article on sales

“It takes the failures to get you to the successes.”  –Darren Hardy

 

Oh, and here’s something really good from Darren Hardy worth your 8-minutes. Tomorrow, I’m gonna talk Podcasts.

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