Get More Done With this Simple Morning Routine

Get More Done With this Simple Morning Routine

When you get after it first thing you set an precedent for the whole day. My simple routine took me a while to develop but I’m really happy with it. It’s a simple ritual that I look forward to doing and by sticking to it I’m noticeably more productive.

  1. Wake up and meditate. This is the first thing I do upon achieving a vertical position, before I check my phone. Technically I prefer to meditate at night but life is too crazy to do that consistently.
  2. Read, ideally for 45 minutes or an hour. I like to get this done early because it’s easier to forget about it later in the day. However, everyone is different and Jocko Willink states that he never reads in the morning. This is his most productive time and he prefers to get work done instead.
  3. Make my bed. This 1 minute activity gives me an immediate sense of accomplishment. New York Times bestselling author Lewis Howes has this to say,

    After that [an appreciation routine] I make my bed. This helps me clear my sleeping space and declutters my mind. It also gets me taking action and building positive momentum towards getting results for my day

  4. Pick the easiest thing on my to-do list and crush it. Getting something done builds momentum to start on harder tasks. I use the brilliant (and free) computer program Todoist to keep track of my daily to-do lists.
  5. Kick ass. Hopefully by this point I’m in a good mood and ready to start working on more difficult tasks. If I’m having a particularly bad day and I can’t whip myself into productivity, I strive to read instead of watching movies or strolling trough Twitter.

Tim Ferriss is another guy who’s interested in morning routines. In this podcast he breaks down the morning routines of elite performers like Jocko Willink and Jamie Foxx. In this short article he details his personal routine, in which we have several things in common. What about you, does your morning routine have anything in common with mine or Tim’s?

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