So, the information that I am going to provide to you is not new. There is a lot of information from various influencers and high performers. But they all have a common theme. I do believe that everyone is different in how they go about setting their routine is unique to you. This is just a guide, something that I do for myself to Empower my day.
- Waking up early.
- Planning your day, the night before
- Eating healthy
Waking up Early
So, let’s chat about this one for a minute. I do believe in starting my day early in the morning, and it had become a habit from when I was working in the Oil & Gas industry for nearly 20 years. I loved waking up and getting to work at the crack of dawn. I found that between 6:00 am and 12:00 pm is the most productive time of my day. It drives my partner crazy because I even wake up that early on the weekend. Waking up early generally means you have less to no distractions, so you can focus more on what you need to get done then concentrate on others.
Planning your day the night before
This is something I struggled with for a long time; to be honest, I never planned out my day. I winged it. I could never figure out why there was never enough time in the day to get the things I want to get done. It was a few years ago I was sitting down with my business coach complaining about not having enough time to get everything done. He looked at me at said, “You need to schedule your day and week.”
Since I have started to write out my to-do list and learned about what my ideal week looks like, I have taken control of my time instead of it controlling me.
Reviewing your never-ending To-Do list the night before allows you to focus on the top 3 most important and sometimes the less desirable tasks that need to get done. Doing this, you will see your productivity rise. This does not mean if you get those three tasks done, you are done for the day, but it allows for a good start. Also, when you are planning your day and week, allow for flex time. Flextime is a beautiful tool. It will enable you to have time in your day and week to help with the unexpected in your schedule.
And do not forget about family time.
I have included an example of time blocking for you.
Exercise or movement
This can be whatever you want it to be. But it is important. Here are some benefits to exercise
- Helps with your mental health
- Helps relieve stress
- Promotes energy
- Can be done at any time of the day
- Help build or strengthen relationships
- Helps fit illness
- Help reduce cardiovascular disease
- Improves productivity
You do not have to spend a lot of money on going to the gym or buying fancy equipment for your home. You can do stretches at home or go for a walk. The key thing is just to move.
So this is probably the hardest one to do, especially when you have a business, family, and trying to have a social life, but it is essential. I am not going to spend a lot of time here because we should all know the benefits of eating healthy. I remember when out for meetings, picking up kids, running a household and the trillion and one thing we do, it can be hard. But try when we are out we do not need to eat unhealthy many restaurants have lots of healthy alternatives on their menus and drink lots of water!!
I find for my self getting about 6-7 hours of sleep a night is all I need. Some people need more some need less. But you need to make sure you are getting the right amount of sleep for your body. So, if you are getting up early in the morning to have a productive day and you need 6 hours of sleep, and you want to get up at 5:00 am guess what you are going to bed at 11:00 pm the night before. That is the trick to waking up early in the morning. It is not staying up till 3:00 am and then waking up three hours later. It is knowing your body and the amount of rest it needs.
We all have routines some good some bad, but they help us to get things done in a day. Routines can help set us up for the day, help us feel accomplished, and achieve our goals. Without them, we would be still lying in bed, wondering where to start.
There are a lot of recourses to the benefits of routines and good habits. For me, a routine helps set me up for success for the day. When I do not do something that I usually would do, especially at the start of my day, I am off for the whole day.
Here is an example of my morning routine.
- Drink some water
- Get ready for the day
- Make my bed
- Have coffee and breakfast
- Review my calendar
- Check emails and social media
It looks like a lot, but it does not take long to do in the morning. Remember, when trying to develop a new routine, do not get upset with your self; it takes time.
My goal is to Empower men in their lives, to help in the times of uncertainty by helping to develop personalized strategies and accountability.