With the coffee mug in my hand, I sit at my work desk and fire on my laptop computer. I quickly check my Google calendar, update and track my progress on my Weekly Rhythm Register spreadsheet, and read my “morning mentorship” emails (I’ve sorted these via a filter in Gmail and access it via a bookmark shortcut on Chrome so that I don’t get distracted by other emails). I mainly read the quote for the day from the Notes to Inspire series by Simon Sinek and the recent entry from Seth Godin’s blog.
After that, I start my first work jam session that comprises mainly writing tasks for my blogs and any other projects. This jam session basically consists of two 45-50 minute uninterrupted sessions with a 5-minute rest in between, lasting anywhere from 100 to 120 minutes in total.
Once I’m done with that, I head to the bathroom where I take care of my grooming and hop in for a shower. (Side Note: I am still sticking to my previously established rule of not using my smartphone in the bathroom).
Post-shower, I do a little tidying up (just making sure things are organized and kept in their respective places) and then prepare and have my breakfast while listening to the Daily Stoic podcast and DarrenDaily. Then, I make some green tea for myself and get started with the second work jam session immediately. My current goal is to finish at least two work jam sessions before lunchtime.
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So that has been my morning routine more or less for the past few months. I hope it inspires you and gives you a framework on which you can build your own routine. This year has been a bit of a roller coaster ride as well for me due to the pandemic, however, things have gotten much better overall. If you’re someone who is struggling to adapt to the new normal, I highly recommend creating morning and evening routines to get some groundedness back in your life. Of course, if you want more useful ideas, tools and strategies, you can check out my book Thriving in the New Normal.
Everyone is unique and I’m sure you may have a different perspective on how you would like to establish your own morning routine. Feel free to carve out your personal one based on what suits you best.
Like I have said earlier, I keep experimenting and trying new behaviors, tools, and strategies that I learn, thus tweaking my morning routine letting it evolve over time. I would suggest you be open-minded and always willing to experiment as well, and try new things that you think may help you enhance your interior empires, make you more creative and productive, and get you closer to the expression of your genius.
If you feel inspired and would like to start your own morning routine, just go for it, no need to wait! As the popular Chinese proverb goes, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” It’s the best decision you’ll ever make both for your personal and professional life. Good luck and be safe!