• Myles Biggs

The Power of a Morning Routine

It's time to stop hitting "snooze" on your life.

So many people flaunt their latest and greatest "life hacks" -- but I have learned that nothing can replace the power of an excellent morning routine.

Whenever someone tells me that they don't "have enough time" to build out their side hustle or pursue their passions, I always ask them what time they wake up and what time they go to bed. Most often, they rush out the door each morning and are laying on the couch watching TV each night.

I used to be this way. Reading The 5 AM Club put a lot of things in perspective for me. I highly recommend it.

My personal morning routine fluctuates based on what I'm working on at the time. Right now, during this COVID-19 quarantine, it has certainly shifted. But, no matter the order in which they occur, the constants are coffee, breakfast, some sort of physical workout, then a mental workout like an audiobook or meditation.

Here were my pre-quarantine routines:

5:00 AM - 5:15 AM: Wake up (without hitting snooze on the alarm!) and feed the dog

5:15 AM - 5:45 AM: Walk the dog and listen to an audio book

5:45 AM - 6:15 AM: Breakfast and family time

6:15 AM - 6:45 AM: Drive to the gym and listen to an audio book

6:45 AM - 7:30 AM: Workout and listen to an audio book

7:30 AM - 7:45 AM: Shower/Change

7:45 AM - 8:00 AM: Drive to the office and listen to the audio book 8:00 AM - 12 Noon: Work the day job

12 Noon - 1:00 PM: Lunch & work on the side business

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Work the day job

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM: Drive home and either listen to an audio book or call family/friends

5:30 PM - 5:45 PM: Feed the dog, start prepping dinner

5:45 PM - 6:00 PM: Take the dog out and listen to an audio book

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM: Making/eating dinner and hanging with the family

8:30 PM - 10:30 PM: Work on the side business(s)

10:30 PM - 5:00 AM - SLEEP

Here is a typical day during quarantine:

5:00 AM - 5:30 AM: Wake up (without hitting snooze on the alarm!) and lay in bed, responding to Bumble Bizz and Shapr messages as I work to grow my coaching business.

5:30 AM - 5:45 AM: Feed the dog and drink my espresso

5:45 AM - 6:15 AM: Take the dog out and listen to audio book

6:15 AM - 6:45 AM: Get a work out in courtesy of my makeshift, basement gym. Listen to an audio book while I work out

6:45 AM - 8:00 AM: Shower, Breakfast, Family time

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM: Some crazy and unpredictable mix of remote work and caring for a toddler

5:00 PM - 8:30 PM: Feeding/walking the dog, making/eating dinner, and hanging with the family

8:30 PM - 10:30 PM: Work on the side business(s)

10:30 PM - 5:00 AM - SLEEP

I have a wife, a toddler, a day job, a podcast, a book I'm finishing, a TEDx talk I'm still prepping for, group masterminds I lead, a growing roster of one-on-one coaching clients. It's because I prioritize self-care that I am able to juggle all of these revolving priorities. Staying physically in shape with my workouts, and mentally engaged with my audio book consumption, helps to keep me fueled in all areas to show up powerfully.

As I said in the beginning of this post -- there is no "hack" for this. It takes a consistent focus on efficiently using your time and cutting out things that do not serve your bigger goals.

What's your morning routine? I'd love to hear about it: myles@rtjmedia.com


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