My 5 secrets to a productive morning routine

I believe there are two types of people in the world … early birds and night owls.

Some people bound out of bed at the break of dawn, ready to take on the day.

Others, stay awake into the midnight hours and snooze into the double digits of the morning.

The question you may be asking yourself is …

What kind of person makes the better business owner?

The truth is your success as a business owner isn’t contingent on the time on your alarm clock.

It’s about what you do with the time you have in your day and how you invest your productive focus and attention.

When you know your own rhythm for getting stuff done, you’ll be able take back control of your day and move through your work flow with heightened ease and grace.

Whether you start your day at 6, 9 or 11 am … this video will show you the 5 ways you can set yourself up for maximum productivity.

This week I’ll share my morning routine (more details are also below) and I’ll also divulge the three things I’ve banished from my morning agenda to make sure I protect my focus and get my work accomplished.

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  1. Have a consistent sleep and wake time.

Your body thrives on routine.

When you put yourself to bed and allow yourself to have the same amount of sleep each night (7-8 hours is ideal for most people), you’ll awake refreshed and ready to start your day.  

When I shifted from 6 to 7 hours sleep, it made a huge difference in my energy level throughout the day.

  1. Eat a healthy breakfast.

Fuel your body with healthy food.

Whole grains, fruit, protein and slow-release carbohydrates like oatmeal, are all good options to get you started.

I like to start my day with eggs, yogurt or a smoothie to kick these off. Also, drink a big glass of water to boost your hydration.

  1. Make time for your mind.

I’ll be honest, this is relatively new for me.

Typically, I liked to just forge ahead with all the work I know I had to tackle.

Now, I slow down and carve out time for visioning, showing gratitude, meditative breathing and visualization.

It doesn’t take long, and the benefits make it so worthwhile. Identify and write down the most important task of the day.

  1. Move your body.  

So many high-performing people in business do their exercise in the morning.

Many years ago, I was part of this clan and I LOVED it.

Something happened along the way (I’m still trying to figure it out) and now my morning movement is to take my dog for a walk. Whatever you can fit in … as long as you’re moving, it counts.

  1.   Simplify your wardrobe.

This was a game changer for getting me out the door in the morning more efficiently.  

Reducing the options available for what to wear to work made getting ready easier.  I joined the ranks of Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, who wears only jeans and a sweatshirt, and Obama who wears a solid dark suit, white shirt and red or blue tie.

Whatever you add to your morning routine, make sure it speaks to you and your personal work flow.

There’s no cookie-cutter approach. What works well for one person, may or may not for you.

Try out some ideas and see what makes the most difference to helping you prepare for your productive and effective day. 

Your Turn 

What is one thing you will try in order to shake up your morning routine? Share in the comments below and let’s continue our conversation.