–written by: Chase Poplin, Sales Lead
Developing A Solid Morning Routine
Developing and maintaining a structured morning routine is one of the most valuable habits an entrepreneur can create. Not only will this allow us to be more efficient in our professional lives, but it also mitigates stress in our personal lives.
Developing our routine can be difficult, however, there are three fundamental steps we will use to construct a replicable morning routine that will increase our production at work and alleviate anxiety at home.
1. Developing a Timeframe
Developing a timeframe for the duration of our morning routine is an easy first step. So, we can start by breaking down exactly how much time we spend on each of our morning activities. This will include showering, styling your hair, breakfast, etc.
Also, we don’t want to forget to incorporate our commute and allow time for traffic. The time scale for each task will be different for everyone.
For example, I allow 15 min. for my shower in the morning but someone else may only need 10. Creating a structured timeframe is the pillar of a solid morning routine.
2. Get Up and Get Moving
Now that we’ve developed a solid timeframe, for exactly how long we need each morning to prepare for our day, it’s time to incorporate some physical activity. Everyone has different preferences for how they add physical activity to their mornings. For instance, some people enjoy high pace exercises like running or lifting weights. While others enjoy more tranquil activities like yoga. The activity or exercise you choose doesn’t matter, but what’s important is that we are up and moving to start our mornings. Experts say we should strive for 15 min-30 min of physical activity each morning. What we’ll do now is take our existing time frame for morning preparation and add 30 min to the beginning.
Furthermore, when asked the key to being successful, exercising in the morning was among the top answers given by a sample of millionaires, highlighting how important step two is. We now have our official start time.
For example, if I have to be at work by 9 am and it takes me 90 min to prepare each morning, with the added 30 min of physical activity, I need to set my alarm for 7 am.
3. Don’t Snooze On Your Day
Step three is the hardest yet most important step in developing a solid morning routine and it’s to not hit the snooze button. Now that we know exactly how much time we need each morning we can set an alarm that allows us to get the maximum amount of sleep each night.
Hitting snooze doesn’t only delay our start time and put us behind schedule, but it also hinders our mentality. Therefore, when we choose to snooze we’re breaking a commitment to ourselves that we we’re going to wake up and get our day started at a specific time.
Step three will be difficult to start, however, I found that once I developed a routine, I began to sleep better and longer.
The three steps above are a clear and simple way for anyone to build a solid morning routine and ensure we start every day with the best opportunity to be successful. Plus, once our routine is developed, we will see better results in our professional and personal lives.
Give it a try and watch it work for you.