As an entrepreneur, wife and mother, I have a lot to do each day. Because of that, I’m always looking for ways to make my morning routine more effective. I’ve spent some time perfecting a routine that works for me and I think it is worthwhile for every entrepreneur to do the same.
Here are a few reasons why:
Throughout the day we are required to make countless decisions that tax our willpower and require significant thought. Our willpower is strongest in the morning, so utilizing this time to do less desirable things required for the day ensures I accomplish what needs to be done and gets those things off my plate early. I personally use the “eat your frog” method and do three things each morning that move my business forward first thing each morning.
If you are a mother of young children, you know how incredibly valuable time alone can be! For me, this is an important part of my day because it allows me some quiet time to focus while everything is still calm in the house.
You Control Your Day
Having a morning routine allows you to start your day the way you want to. No rushing around anxiously, going through the motions, waiting for life to happen. Instead, you’re able to go through your day, unhurriedly, focused and with intention. For me, this is critical since I have so much to accomplish each day. I simply cannot wake up frantically feeling behind or unprepared. I need to have some control over how things play out, and getting started with my morning routine helps me do that.
While my morning routine is still evolving, there are a few things that have remained constant over the years.
Focus on the Night Before
My morning routine starts the night before. I go to bed by 10pm, and shut off all electronic devices by 9pm. The blue light from those devices can really affect your circadian rhythms and make sleep difficult. So I’m making a concerted effort to distance myself from my screens prior to going to bed.
I shower immediately after waking up. I have been experimenting with cold water therapy and am slowly making my water colder throughout my shower. This really wakes me up, but is taking a bit of getting used to!
After my shower, I drink some ice water to keep my body hydrated. I often wake up feeling a bit dehydrated, so this is critical for me. In addition, hydration is particularly key for me since I continue fasting until about noon.
Eat the Frog
After drinking some water I immediately start working. My goal is to do three things that move my business forward but that I don’t really enjoy doing. Getting these things done first takes them off my plate for the rest of the day, and allows me to focus on the things I don’t mind doing later in the day when my willpower is a bit lower and I would be more likely procrastinate.
I take some time each morning to get out in the sun. Obviously, this is easy for me since I live in Florida and have sun available to me all year long! However, getting out for just 20 minutes per day helps your body produce melatonin, which helps you fall asleep more easily each night.
I am extremely intentional about starting my day with professional development. I listen to something every morning that is related to either fitness, business, or leadership so that I am constantly learning how to better serve my clients and grow my business.
My morning routine effectively sets me up for success each day. Finding something that works for you may take a bit of time, but ultimately will help you feel more in control of your days. If you don’t already have one, I highly recommend you invest some time in building a routine that makes sense for you. If you do have a morning routine, don’t be afraid to tweak it as the seasons of your life and business change.
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