Hi luvbugs! In my quest to become greater than the day before I must share with you something that I do daily! In 2014, I added something new to my life: a morning routine. The results have been so dramatic that I had to share them with you luvbugs. This is coming from a woman who teaches 8:30 am to 4:30 p.m. every single day and works another 8 hours to work on my side hustles. From night diva owl to Starbuck’s miracle morning is how I want I know all too well.
Time is one of your most coveted and scarce resources as a human, so maximizing pockets of time in your day through a productive routine is crucial. The picture below shows my morning schedule before I leave the house and head to teach the future.
When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.
Laura Vanderkam conducted a study of high achievers and their morning routines and she suggested the following:
1. Stop reacting. Get up before the world starts making demands so you can figure out what’s important to you.
2. Decide what matters today. You won’t get everything done, so what will move the needle? What will let you end the day feeling like you accomplished something? No more than 3 goals.
3. Use your “magic hours” for those three things. Your peak productivity time is probably an hour or two after you wake up. If you know your best hours are at another time, fine. Protect your “magic hours.”
4. Have a starting ritual. Go to the place where you get stuff done. Get your coffee. Anything that tells your brain it’s time to rock.
5. When things go sideways, use “positive procrastination.” If you can’t tackle the super scary thing, do the pretty scary thing. Designating a super scary thing in advance as a decoy can make that pretty scary thing much easier.
Read more about successful women who have morning routines on Forbes.