UPDATE: Mini-laundry [0:55]
Back in episode #2, we talked about doing laundry in small batches to help keep on top of it. But, so far, I haven’t managed to make that happen ?
This strategy has helped somewhat, but I find that I still manage to fall behind!
Back to the drawing board!
I’ll update you as soon as I come up with something new!
If you have any thoughts or tips, I’d love to know! Email me at [email protected], or scroll to the bottom of this page and leave a comment!
What to include in a morning routine [2:36]
I’ve spent quite a lot of time thinking about what to include in my morning routine. And, so far, this is what it boils down to:
5:00 AM | Wake up
I get up at 5 AM each weekday. On weekends, it’s usually between 5 and 7 AM.
5:15 – 5:45 AM | Bathroom
After waking up, the first thing I do is hit the bathroom.
- Use the bathroom
- Test ketosis level with ketone strips (click here to get the ketone strips I use)
- Weigh myself (click here to get the scale I use)
5:45 – 6:00 AM | Coffee, Podcast, Dishes
I use an overlapping strategy here: Basically, I overlap 3 different tasks at once.
- First, I start my coffee
- While that’s brewing, I put on a podcast episode
- Then, I do any dishes that are in the sink
Usually my podcast episode will last a bit longer than the other two. So, I’ll sit down with my coffee and finish the episode.
6:00 – 6:05 AM | Water flowers
I water my flowers each morning. I use this as a mindfulness technique — a pre-meditation.
6:05 – 6:15 AM | Meditate
I meditate for 10 minutes daily using the Headspace app (click here to get Headspace)
6:15 – 6:30 AM | Journal
Each morning, I spend 15 minutes journaling. This includes two things: Tracking habits / stats, and writing out goals, memories, and gratitude.
Stat & Habit Tracker
I track a set of stats from the day before / that morning, as well as a set of things I want to ensure I do each day.
I use a Moleskine squared (grid paper) notebook for this (click here to get this notebook)!
A couple quick notes:
- Each shaded box means I completed that habit that day
- I do a rough carb count each day — always tracked in a multiple of 5 to be simple
- A four-digit weight doesn’t fit in that tiny box, so I chop off the hundreds digit!
- The overall energy line is from 1-7 (1 being no energy; 7 being lots of energy)
Goals, Memories, & Gratitude
Then, I write out a set of goals that I’m working on. I got this idea from Rachel Hollis in episode #205 of Amy Porterfield’s Online Marketing Made Easy podcast (click here to listen to that episode).
I write out each goal as though it’s already happened. And yep, I write these out every. single. day.
I also write out any memories that stick out from the day before. These are short, to-the-point memories — non soliloquies here.
Finally, I write out at least one thing I’m grateful for each day.
A couple of quick notes about this:
- Each goal is numbered, memories start with an “M”, and gratitude is a “G”
- The arrows to the right of the goals represent what progress I made the day before:
- A right (forward) arrow means I made progress
- A left (backward) arrow means I regressed
- A horizontal line means I made no progress
- A double-ended arrow means I took steps both forward and backward
6:30 – 8:00 AM | Work on Easier
After all of this, I begin work on this podcast! I spend about 90 minutes each morning working (plus time after work, too).
8:00 – 8:38 AM | Get ready for work
During this block, I get dressed, eat breakfast, and sometimes do laundry.
And yep, you read 8:38 correctly! I’ve been doing this routine for so long, I know that if I leave by 8:38, I’ll get to work right on time.
8:38 – 9:00 AM | Drive to work
Often on my drive to work, I’ll either listen to another podcast episode or to a book on Audible.
If neither of those, it’s my local NPR station!
AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION: What’s in your morning routine?
I’d love to know what you think about morning routines!
- Do you have a morning routine?
- What do you include in yours?
- What challenges do you have?
Email me at [email protected] or leave a comment below!
LIFE HACK: Never miss another morning alarm! [19:03]
Here’s a super-quick hack for always waking up on time:
- Invest in a Google Home (or Amazon Echo) if you don’t have one
- Ask it to set an alarm for your desired time
- When the alarm goes off, get up out of bed to turn it off. DO NOT TURN IT OFF WITH YOUR VOICE
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