How you start your day has a significant impact on the rest of your day. It can be difficult to plan out your entire day and stick to it without any unexpected interruptions that interfere with your schedule.
But you can have full control over how you start your day and how you end your day. If you plan your morning and evening routines you can create a system that gives you structure and confidence that will help you to be more productive and successful, regardless of what happens throughout the day.
I have talked about this a number of times in different podcast episodes, but it’s worth reviewing since it’s a question that comes up quite often.
“What should my morning routine look like?”
What Time Should I Wake Up?
I get up early. I typically start my day at 4:15 AM. Because of my own habits and things that I want to accomplish by specific times, this is what time works best for me.
I’ve had people tell me that they’ve tried to follow my morning routine but getting up that early is the most difficult part for them. So, I tell them all the same thing, don’t do it!
This is what works for me. What time you get up in the morning doesn’t dictate your success in life. Some people can get up early and be productive, others are more successful if they sleep in longer, maybe even a lot longer.
What time you get up isn’t important. What’s important are the things you do once you get up. Figure out a schedule that allows you to get the appropriate sleep and you can be most productive.
The time that your alarm goes off isn’t as important to me as you starting your day with discipline. When your alarm goes off you have two choices. You can jump out of bed, excited to take on the day, or you can hit the snooze button, curl up and go back to sleep. (Read Alarm Clock Discipline)
Start your day with a win on your terms. When your alarm goes off, get up! (Do not check your phone!)
Your Brain Operates Best in a Rested and Relaxed State
The most important part of my morning routine begins in my journal.
The first thing I do is write out my top goals. (If you don’t have clearly defined, written goals get my free Momentum Series at www.JeffHeggie.com/momentum). As I write these goals I reflect on my daily activities that are getting me closer to achieving these goals.
Once I am done writing out my goals, I review my schedule and tasks for the day ahead. Next go through a series of questions to prime me for my day. I call these my Mindset Questions and you can get a copy of them at www.JeffHeggie.com/mindset.
While I complete my Mindset Questions it allows me to prioritize my tasks and appointments for the day.
I finish off by spending some time in my journal. Sometimes I have specific things that I choose to write about, but most of the time I use some questions I got from Dr. Benjamin Hardy to help ignite and direct my thoughts.
- What are you trying to accomplish right now?
- Where do you want to be in 90 days?
- What is your purpose?
- What are you grateful for?
- Who is your future self?
- What Power Moves are you going to make today?
Sometimes my thoughts begin to flow, and I spend extra time going through this process. But most of the time this process will only take me about 15 minutes.
The Rest of My Day
The next part of my routine is to head to the gym for a workout. While I’m working out I either listen to a book on Audible or a good podcast.
After the gym I’m ready to take on the day. It really varies from day to day, but I always know that I can control the beginning and end of my day. I’m not going to go through all the end of the day details here, but it includes reviewing my schedule for the following day, reading, prayer, and visualization.
Implementing small success habits into your life will create big long-term results if you’re willing to stick with them. I encourage you to create a daily routine that you can stick to and will work for you.
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