My morning routine and workflowA morning routine is a great way to start the day off well while ensuring that you’re paying close attention and making the most in the precious moments of your morning. A morning routine can help you create profound results with minimal variation.

There are only two scarce resources: your time, and your attention

A few of my entrepreneurial friends have asked me to share my morning routine and workflow so I thought I’d publish it here. The thing about my routine is that it is not set in stone. The following routine is my first draft and I’ve been testing it out over the past couple of weeks. The idea is to make small improvements to my routine so that I’m producing the best results possible. So here goes.

Morning Routine at Home ~ 30 minutes

1. Wake up

Unless I have an earlier appointment I usually wake up before 8 am. My other wake up call is when my two-year old comes in and pokes my eyes with her pokey little fingers. I’m not a morning person. That is all there is to say about that.

2. Drink lemon water

I head to the kitchen and squeeze half a lemon and mix it into a glass of warm filtered water. Lemons are packed with nutrients, including vitamin C, B group vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and fiber. Lemon juice can be hard on the enamel of your teeth so it helps to dilute it with water. I drink this mix about 20 minutes before breakfast to best receive benefits like flushing toxins in my body, aiding digestion, blood detoxifying, fighting viral infections and much more.

3. Spend 15 minutes tidying / cleaning

Originally I would go for a walk or do some kind of exercise in the morning but I prefer working out in the evening for a good 45 minutes so I instead I spend around 15 minutes being active while I clean some part of the house. I pull out the Dyson or the steam mop and dance around the floor.

4. Breakfast

I always have a big healthy breakfast. Porridge, eggs and bacon even leftovers from the night before.

5. Write down the three SMART goals I want to accomplish today

Every morning I add three SMART goals or Most Import Tasks to my list that are small yet make a huge impact. This one single step surprisingly slows my thoughts as I look forward to completing these goals or tasks later in my day.

6. Shower time!

Shower time = shower thoughts.

Morning Routine in my Office ~ 1 hour

1. Tidy my office

First thing I do after walking into my office is to make sure it is clean and tidy.

2. Review my morning home routine

Next, I review my morning home routine and notice if there are any opportunities for improvements.

3. Spend 1 minute to clear my head and just breath

For most of my life I would jump straight into my work but recently I decided to try something new. After reviewing my morning home routine I pause for a minute to slow things down, clear my head and just breath. I imagine that every single cell in my body and every single cell outside my body are one and the same, like an abundant ocean of cells all made out of the same star stuff…

4. Review my calendar and to-do lists

After returning from my trip I put on energetic trance music (without vocals) while I review my calendar and to-do list. I quickly scan my daily, weekly and monthly appointments, and action tasks the in my to-do list that can be done in two minutes or less. I’m still testing to find the most optimal amount of time to spend on this step.

5. Do one thing that requires high level of concentration (Eat that Frog)

“If you eat a frog first thing in the morning that will probably be the worst thing you do all day.” – Mark Twain

In this step I do the task that I have been procrastinating, then all the tasks after that will seem easier. Basically it is a way to break the habit of procrastination and become a ‘doer’.

6. Check and action emails

This is the first time in the day that I check emails. I open all unread emails in my inbox. I action emails that can be done in two minutes of less and the rest I either delete or add to my to-do list to be completed later in the day.

7. Respond to social media messages

Next I go through my social media workflow. I follow a very detailed process here to make sure that I keep respond to everyone who have mentioned me on all the social channels like Facebook, LinkedIn and twitter. I also cross-reference my list of friends and clients in my network to make sure that I maintain healthy frequency of interaction. If you want me to share this workflow exclusively in another post then let me know by commenting below or on my social channels.

8. Review my morning office routine

Finally I review my morning office routine. Similar to my morning home routine review, I look out for opportunities to improvement my office routine.

Start my day with a positive podcast

Finally before I get on with my day I listen to a short ten minute podcast episode that will pump me up with a winning, positive message. For example I love listening to Donald Kelly’s The Sales Evangelist podcast. Check out his episode number 149, Develop a Winning Attitude Every Morning!

By time I would have spent around one hour and thirty minutes on my morning tasks. I also have an evening / night-time routine which I’m currently testing.  I’m always looking for ways to improve my morning routine and research how successful leaders start their day. How do you start your day? Do you follow a morning routine? I would love to hear about it.

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