I’ve been working on a morning routine for about a month now and have had great results. I forget where I read about this. Maybe Tim Ferriss.
Before I go to bed I write a question or problem I’ve been working on with my business or life in general at the top of a google document. I close all other windows and put the computer in offline mode.
The next morning I wake up and brush my teeth. Then I drink a full glass of water and a cliff bar while making coffee. No phone or input at all. No checking emails.
I then read the question at the top of my google document before taking a quick hot shower. While in the shower I purposely breath very slowly and try to let all the thoughts pass through my head without focusing on any of them. I’ve gotten better now and a few showers I have been able to meditate through the entire thing.
As soon as I get out of the shower and get dressed I sit down at my computer with my coffee and begin to type out my thoughts. No phone and no email and no social media. Just this blank page with the question on top. My computer is offline and my phone is still in the other room.
I start thinking and I start writing.
Bullet points at first. Some days I write for 20 minutes and some I write for 2 hours depending on how much time I have. Some days I have 5 or even 10 pages of thoughts out on paper. I am often super productive during this time get a lot of very important business planning done.
It is amazing how this makes you feel and the insights that come. This blog and podcast are a product of this creative time in the morning.