This Entrepreneur’s Morning Routine Is As Simple As They Come.

 Photo:  @_thedl

Photo: @_thedl

Foreword

One thing that I want to make sure I always do on this blog and on any piece of content that I create for the people of the world is to be honest, open, and transparent.

I’m not an expert and I’m not a pro.

But I want to be.

So, I hope you all can understand that this blog as well as my podcast (Found Here) and my Youtube channel (Found Here) are simply manifestations of all I have learned in life thus far and will hopefully act as a diary and journal of my journey through life and the knowledge I collect about my passions around Digital Marketing, Photography, Videography, Web Design, and Music.

My aim in all of this documentation is to help those wishing to love their work. To pursue their passions in life and wake up every Monday morning and jump out of bed because their favorite day of the week has arrived.

I’m just starting out with this entrepreneur stuff and it’s scary as hell, but it’s also the most exciting time of my life.

(I’m sure I’ll write another post about this soon)

I get to wake up each morning and do exactly the things I would be doing if I never had to work a day in my life — Create things.

So, without further ado (I’ve been rambling off topic again) here is my morning routine.

My Morning Routine

I actually just recently wrote down this morning schedule.

I found that I was wasting a bit of time in the mornings and while that time was usually being spent on work-related things, it just seems easier and more efficient for me to hold myself to a timeline of events.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I learned pretty much everything I know about organization and productivity through a book called “Do More Better” by Tim Challies.

And though that book doesn't talk much about schedules and focuses more on tasks and events/meetings, I’ve found I need a more scheduled day to get things done productively.

My morning schedule is as follows:

5:30 am - 6:00 am - Wake Up and Catch Up On Notifications

For those of you who don’t know, my wife, Maria, is a third-grade teacher and has to wake at the crack of dawn to get to school on time.

At first, the idea of waking up at 5:30 sounded terrible to me. I used to be that stay up till 2 am and begrudgingly wake up if it were any time before 8 am kind of person.

Now I love it.

Getting such a jump start on the work day before many others and even before the sun rises is one of the best feelings.

I usually use this time to catch up on all notifications on my phone that I missed from the night before (we go to sleep around 8:30-9:00 pm so there are usually tons of missed texts and social media notifications from the night before).

6:00 am - 6:30 am - Help Maria Get Ready For Her Day

There are a lot of moving parts for Maria when she gets ready in the mornings so I usually try and do what I can do to help while she showers and gets herself mentally and physically ready for the day.

I get the house up and running, pack her lunch, help get her bags ready, fill up her water bottle, etc. etc. just all the little things, and then send her off for the day with a wink and a smile.

6:30 am - 7:00 am - Breakfast and Entertainment

After Maria leaves, the house is silent and peaceful and only lit by lamps, and so it makes for the perfect time to eat a nice breakfast and watch a couple YouTube videos. I also use this time to shower and change into my day clothes.

Oh, and COFFEE.  My love for coffee is cliche but beautifully romantic.

(Bonus: working from home sometimes means never having to change out of your jimmy jams. And that, my friends, is a major benefit) 

7:00 am - 8:00 am - Quiet Time and Educated Reading/Learning

I consider 7 am to be the time that my work day really begins.

I spend the first few minutes reading my bible and spending some quiet time with God asking for His guidance and for a productive day filled with cheerful conversations with those I interact with throughout the day.

Then I dive into a good business/motivational/educational book.

I’m currently reading Crushing It! By Gary Vaynerchuk and I’m not sure there is any other person that gets me motivated quite like GaryVee. That guy is crazy but awesome and I love consuming his content.

If you’re new to Gary Vaynerchuk, I would start with his book Crush It! Which I’ll link to here.

I always love starting my work day by getting motivated and learning more about my trade. It’s incredibly important to always be educating yourself on your market and what you can offer your clients/customers. I wrote a little more about that topic in an earlier blog post.

8:00 am - 8:30 am - Daily Task Management

This part of my morning is directly influenced by the Do More Better strategy I mentioned above.

I look at all my tasks for my day, organize and prioritize them according to my available time, then think up any new tasks that I might need to complete.

This way I have a set plan for my whole day and as well as a basic idea of how much time will be needed to complete those tasks. Or if I need to I can push less urgent tasks to later days.

8:30 am - 12:00 pm - Meetings and/or Thinking-Based Tasks

The rest of the morning I spend on meetings and thinking-based tasks. I think I'll to go into more detail about the reason why I set my meetings and “thinker” projects aside for the morning in a future post.

But for now, I’ll just say, my mind tends to work better in the mornings.

Conclusion

So, that is basically my morning!

I know as someone who is brand new to the entrepreneur lifestyle, I tend to feel like I’m running around with my head cut off most of the time, so any and all information about this lifestyle can be helpful.

So, I hope for someone else out there just starting out, this might help you a little as you work on your day-to-day scheduling.

Discussion

Do you have a solid morning schedule? Or do you like to keep your mornings open for whatever you feel like doing that day? I’d love to hear some other ideas for morning routines!

Thanks for reading. See you next week!

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