Hey there, fellow small business owners! How are your mornings going? Are you the type who springs out of bed ready to conquer the day, or do you have a love affair with the snooze button? Trust me, I am a night owl – 100%! And I struggled for a long time with the concept of making your mornings count. For my entire school time, this was a necessity to stand up early, not miss the bus. As the eldest of 3 kids with 2 working parents, it was my job to make sure, everybody was up on time. I hated it. But hey, you got to do what you got to do, right?
As I grew older, my wake up time shifted step by step back. I worked and studied abroad and there all things started much later. First at 9am, then at 10am. When I started working in consulting, I often worked very long hours with tough deadlines. So nobody really cared when I came in a bit later in the morning – I anyway outworked everybody.
But as I went into starting my own business, I started embracing the morning hours. The silence of the morning, when everybody else is still sleeping, this is very productive time. Nobody disturbs you as nobody would come on the idea to call you that early. During the day I find it often difficult to work productive as people want to exchange information with you. Or you have to get more sales in which requires calling people and doing a lot of work that requires interaction. But the morning hours are your very personal focus hours where you can get a jumpstart into your day.
So even though I still don’t like standing up early, I learned to appreciate the upsides of it. Here are some ideas to get you started with your morning routine journey.
The Magic of Mornings
Ever heard of the saying, “Win the morning, win the day”? There’s actually some science behind it. According to the American Psychological Association, sticking to a regular morning routine can lead to improved mood and less stress. So, it’s not just about wrestling with the alarm clock – it’s about setting the stage for a day of victories.
Your Morning Routine: A Checklist
Crafting a morning routine that works for you isn’t about copying what every successful person does. It’s about understanding what gets you in the zone and aligning that with your professional goals. Here are some key elements to consider when building your morning routine checklist:
1. Rise and Shine
Many successful entrepreneurs and business owners are part of the early risers’ club. This gives them a few precious hours of peace and quiet to focus on their work before the rest of the world hits the ‘ON’ button.
2. Get Moving
A little bit of physical activity in the morning can shake off the sleepiness and get your energy levels up. It doesn’t have to be a full-blown workout – even a brisk walk around the block or a quick yoga session can get your blood pumping.
3. Breakfast of Champions
Don’t skip breakfast! A good meal in the morning provides the fuel you need to stay focused and productive throughout your busy day.
4. Map Out Your Day
Take a few minutes each morning to plan out your day. Make a list of tasks, prioritize them, and set achievable goals. This can help you stay organized and prevent that midday ‘what should I do next?’ panic.
5. Clear Your Mind
Starting your day with a mindfulness practice, such as meditation or journaling, can help clear your mind and set a positive tone for the day. It’s like giving your mind a good stretch before a mental marathon.
Unique Ideas for Your Morning Routine
While the above tips are a great starting point, here are some unique ideas to add a personal touch to your morning routine:
1. Mindfeed – Daily Training For Your Brain
Set aside some time each morning to learn something new. This could be reading a book, listening to a podcast, or even taking a short online course. Continuous learning can help you stay ahead of the curve in your field. It does not have to be a lot:
- Read 1-2 pages.
- Listen to some business podcast and think about how you can apply this to your own business.
- Try to solve one small problem that you have in your business by researching only about this and coming up with a solution.
Don’t take more than 20-30 minutes for this exercise. It will sharpen your skills.
2. Count Your Blessings
Begin your day on a positive note by acknowledging what you’re grateful for. This simple practice can help improve your mood and start your day with a positive mindset.
Don’t underestimate the impact your own thinking and how you view the world has on your upcoming day. We all know these days where you fall out of bed and you feel like you should have just stayed in bed, right? But what if you take a moment and just think about 3-5 things that you are thankful about in your life? Something that puts a smile on your face. This can literally make your day.
3. Picture Your Success
Take a few moments each morning to visualize your success. This can serve as a powerful motivator and help you stay focused on your goals. Go mentally through your upcoming day. Which difficult conversations do you expect? Are there any challenges awaiting you? Picture yourself mastering these situations with ease. Only when you believe you can do it, it will happen!
Every world champion will confirm you that before they won the championship, they have won it over 1,000 times in their mind already. If you cannot see it, it will not happen.
In conclusion, a well-planned morning routine can significantly boost your productivity as a small business owner. It’s not just about doing more, but about doing things that align with your personal and professional goals. So why wait? Start crafting your personalized morning routine checklist today and experience the difference it can make in your life.
After empowering your mornings with our Morning Routine Checklist, why not take the next step? Schedule a 15-min Strategy Call with us and let’s help turn your newfound productivity into sustainable business growth. Let’s unlock your full potential together. Act now, the future awaits!