The Perfect Morning?
Obviously fiction right?
Mornings are for hitting snooze.
Regretting all the extra Netflix last night…
Hitting snooze again.
Racing out the door without a shower or breakfast.
Making it to the office just under the wire…If you’re lucky…
Guys, I don’t always have the perfect morning, but with a little discipline, I have more wins than losses.
In today’s article, I’m going to share MY perfect morning routine. I guarantee that if you steal this routine, you will be set up for an amazing, productive day.
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My Perfect Morning Routine – 5:00 AM
The day starts at 5 in the morning for me. I wake up using a normal alarm clock (not my smartphone) and ideally, I’ve slept for 8 hours.
Why don’t I use my phone? Well…I don’t even have it in the bedroom. It’s left somewhere else because I don’t want the temptation to check my messages or browse social media right away. There’s enough time for those things later.
My Perfect Morning Routine – 5:05 AM
I head downstairs for coffee – french press with coconut sugar and cream – with my lovely wife. I’m not going to pore over the newspaper or check my phone. Here’s why.
This is the only period of time where both of us can sit together and chat – with no distractions or interruptions. My wife has her hands full once the kids wake up (we homeschool them) so this quality time in the morning means a lot to us as a couple.
My Perfect Morning Routine – 5:30 AM
I spend 30 minutes on some self-development reading. I enjoy reading about finance, investment, and other non-fiction topics…since I’m always looking to deepen my skillset. The idea here is if I get one nugget of info out of a good book…then it’s time well spent. Learning never stops for me.
I devote the next hour to my physical health. I take a 2-minute drive to the local gym and do some squats, deadlifts, and bench presses.
Next to the gym is an aquatic center with one of my favorite facilities: a pool with a hot tub. I use the hot tub to reward myself after a hard workout. And when it’s about half past 6 am – nobody’s there.
Then I go to the shower area to shave, take a shower, and dress for the videos I plan to film later. I’ve got a cartridge razor in my Dopp kit to use for shaving (since it can be packed safely without the blade getting damaged). I also bring my own body wash so I can thoroughly wash off the chlorine.
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My Perfect Morning Routine – 7:10 AM
I’m back home making breakfast for the family. I enjoy a good steak with bacon and eggs, along with tomato and green onion.
My kids have woken up and get to eat kasha (a type of buckwheat porridge). Then we’re all fueled up and eager to get on with the day…or at least I am.
My Perfect Morning Routine – 7:55 AM
I say goodbye to my family and hope they have a great day (actually just a great 4 hours since I’ll be seeing them for lunch anyway). Now I have to drive to the office which is 5 minutes away from the house. Business and busyness await.
My Perfect Morning Routine – 8:00 AM
The first office matter is turning on the computer to look at my company dashboard. This includes checking up on:
• Traffic to the RMRS website & YouTube channel
• View count/performance of recent articles & YouTube videos
• How far ahead on content we are
• Emails addressed to me
Just a side note: I get around 200 emails a day from people with personal questions, style-related questions or business inquiries. I obviously can’t reply to each and every one by myself. So I have two personal assistants who are well-trained to respond in certain ways to different kinds of emails.
My assistants know all about RMRS as much as I do. That means I know they’ll provide excellent customer service whether it’s giving advice, pointing someone to the right info or having the tech/sales team solve an issue.
My Perfect Morning Routine – 8:25 AM
It’s time to relax and have my second coffee for the day. I take about 5 minutes and then go check my emails. I’m usually sent 5-10 emails a day by my assistants – those filtered from the whole bunch – which I need to personally respond to. That way I don’t get lost in my inbox.
My Perfect Morning Routine – 9:00 AM
Lights, camera…action! I spend 2 hours doing what I do best for RMRS: filming YouTube videos. The goal is getting 2-3 filmed and knocked out in one day.
Why? It’s simple. Videos add the biggest value to my company. They reach out to masses of people. They’re the most responsible for any increase in sales or web traffic. So the further ahead I get in this department, the more I’ll be able to maximize profits.
My Perfect Morning Routine – 11:00 AM
The next stage of work involves these practical tasks:
- Editing videos with the help of my videographer
- Getting updates from managers in the team and discussing our priorities
- Working with the tech team to address any fires or issues about the website or YouTube channel (e.g. the website is down temporarily)
Effective communication is essential to all those tasks. That’s why I make it very clear about respect within the team I have. Everyone needs to be focused on their work while still doing their part in meetings, Skype calls, and email exchanges. There’s no “i” in team – or success.
My Perfect Morning Routine – 12:00 Noon
I love my job. I get a lot of fulfillment out of the work I put in every day. But even better, I’m lucky that I can wrap up my morning by going back home.
I don’t have to eat a packed lunch or stop by a diner in this small town. Instead I enjoy a great lunch with my wife and kids – the second meal of the day we have together.
It’s also an opportunity to bond with my kids for around 30 minutes to an hour (before they get back to homework). I know how fast they’re growing up…so I don’t take for granted the free time I have as a dad.
How To Create Your Own Perfect Morning Routine
I believe that a good morning – with the right morning routine – leads to a successful day. And if you consistently have successful days…you’ll live a very successful life. So here’s how you can come up with a similar routine:
1. Know the main purpose of your morning routine. Is it to be healthier, to be more energized for work? Is it to spend more time with your family? Understand that purpose and it’ll be easier to pick out your activities.
2. Compile a list of potential activities that align with your purpose. Write them in order of how you’d like to tackle them.
3. Ask yourself: “Where is my time best spent?” You should narrow down the list to what either benefits your work (as we all care about making money and excelling in our profession) or your personal life. And be realistic about time constraints. You still need 7-8 hours of sleep.
4. Remove any small mental tasks from your current routine – choosing what to wear, what to eat for breakfast, wondering where you left your keys, etc. You want those taken care of the night before. Morning routines function best without too much thinking and decision-making.
5. Once your routine is finalized, try and commit to it for 7 days. No excuses or delays. This is the only way you’ll find out whether it works or needs adjustments. But an imperfect routine still beats no routine at all.
A good routine keeps your mornings stress-free. We all lead busy lives so it’s best to organize your small matters in the morning…and save your mental energy for later. It’s the same with buying razors. Wouldn’t you hate to wake up and:
- Realize you’re out of razor blades?
- Start shaving with a really dull blade?
- Head to the office with a scruffy face because you couldn’t shave?
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