Time is one of my most coveted and scarce resources as an entrepreneur, so maximizing pockets of time in my day through a productive routine is crucial.
The first 60-90 minutes of my day are always for me, and there are specific practices that I use 7 mornings a week to get the most out of my days.
Many health experts, entrepreneurs and influencers the world over highly recommend a structured start to your day. Almost every guest on the Tim Ferris show is asked about this and an astonishingly large proportion of the people he interviews (highly impactful members of society) have some sort of routine for their morning.
Here are my 5 ways to set yourself up for success this week:
1. Make your bed.
Seriously. This is a signal to your brain that your day has begun. It is powerful because it gives you a feeling of accomplishment first thing in the morning. It also encourages you to do even more tasks, enabling you to get more done. It's the little things in life that matter.
And if you work from home, it provides an even stronger impact, as a disorganized external environment can be very distracting and ultimately affect your productivity.
Sneak in 30 + minutes to MOVE. Everything will be tainted with rose coloured lenses following a good sweat session! Simply, it wakes you up and releases endorphins that make you feel good, to put you in a positive state. This routine alone has been life changing for me. Tim Ferris wrote in his book The Four Hour Body, about an occasion where a group of people were assembled on Richard Branson’s private island to brainstorm growth options for Branson’s Virgin Unite project. Branson was posted with the question:
‘What is your secret to being so productive?’
Branson leant back and thought for a second. Then he said, ‘work out’.
He said that working out in the morning gave him at least four additional hours of productive time every day.
Branson’s rational is that exercising in the morning gives him extra energy, focus and improved decision-making capabilities that translate to an extra four hours of productive time a day.
What 3 things today, do you NEED to do? These are your “HIGH PRIORITY” tasks. Write them down, then focus only on completing these. You’ll feel much more accomplished once you’ve tackled these and will have freed up your schedule for lower priority tasks. Remove the chance to feel overwhelmed and you won’t be.
4. Say "no”
“No” is sometimes the hardest word to say. It’s also the most necessary. Odds are that you're going to be faced with a lot of sh*t today - most likely, the same "sh*t" that makes you kind of dread Mondays. It's not Mondays fault though! Say "no" to lower priority tasks, meetings you don’t NEED to be present for, overwhelming requests, and time consuming obligations, to stay focussed and able to say "yes" to the things you actually want.
5. Have the right attitude.
I’m not going to elaborate too much on this one. If you come into your Monday with the right attitude, you will not only crush your Monday, but crush you week. A good attitude that wants to work hard and get things done will succeed in the workplace.