Morning routine: 6 leaders teach us how to improve our lives

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Morning routine: 6 leaders teach us how to improve our lives

“What is the ideal morning routine for a successful day?” Mark, a client of the Warrior Program, asked me recently. As part of the Warrior Program, the morning routine is one of the key for success and our clients often ask us how to improve theirs.

You too know that a successful day starts with waking up, in the early hours. And yet you probably have bad habits that keep you from tearing it all up and reaching your goals. When Mark asked me how he should organize himself, I did what is called an audit: what is the initial situation, where do we start from?

In the morning, he dealt with irrelevant emails, felt like crossing a lot of lines from his to-do list, but always put the most important off until the next day. As a result, at the end of the day, a feeling of dissatisfaction dominated and lingered in his throat. It feels like doing a lot, but mostly blowing the wind. So we focused on the morning routine, the one that gets you off to a good start!

Thinking for a second: the man had risen millions of years ago with the sun, and was going to sleep with the night. Somehow our brains are conditioned to work from dawn (and this is well illustrated in charts of peaks in shape throughout the day). I’ve decided to embrace this belief and make it part of my morning routine, and it makes me feel good.

But again, in all the morning routines that I am going to present to you, there is not ONE better, there are no Good or Bad routines when you wake up: these are just leads for you. Hopefully it help you start the day on the right foot!

Here are 6 morning routines from productivity champions and top decision makers!

1. Swallow the gooiest frog

This is from Mark Twain: “Eat the biggest frog”, eat the biggest frog in the morning. Understand: tackle the most complex mission of your day.

There are two reasons for this:

In the morning, you are fresher, your brain is at its peak of productivity and concentration. So you have a better chance of arriving at the end of this day by having this horrible mission crossed off your list. Mentally, completing your nightmare mission in the morning in two or three hours will put you in great shape to go through the afternoon. If you went for the win in the morning, the afternoon will be a walk in the park!

It’s mental conditioning, it’s a champion attitude, and it’s one of my favorite morning rituals!

2. A good workout to start the day (and train for your warrior challenge!).

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Among the best ways to wake up (apart from a freezing cold shower or a ice bath – those who know me know that I am a Wim Hof method’s fan!), there is a good morning workout that tones the body and will put all the senses on alert.

This is the method chosen by ex-President of the United States Barack Obama.

A few free weights and cardio at 6:45 am before a family breakfast kept his mind clear and his body ready for the day at the helm of the world’s number one powerhouse. If it was a good morning habit for President Obama, why not for you?

3. The convict’s last day method

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We owe it to Steve Jobs, who more than once explained the value of time to him. He said, “Every morning I ask myself: If I were to die today, would I really do whatever I’m about to do?” This is a great way to set priorities during the day, in life in general too.

4. A little after-sales service and “customer satisfaction” for all professionals

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A morning routine explained by Craig Newmark, the founder of the Craigslist site. He explained that the first thing he did when he woke up was take care of his customers, talk to the users of the site he founded.

This allowed him to stay focused on the needs of his customers, and to be always more relevant in the development of the site and its features.

5. Everything Except Mails!

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A technique adopted by David Karp, the founder of Tumblr, who recommends (rightly, in my opinion) not to process emails in the morning. Leave your emails on hold, and focus on the real big work (almost like in Mark Twain’s Morning Routine # 1). There’s a reason for that: you need to have your work priorities, and emails are usually work demanded by others, other people’s priorities, but not your own. If necessary, set yourself an alarm clock to allow you a glance at your emails at 11 am.

If there is a real emergency, people always know how to pick up their phones, right? Emails take up too much energy, require decisions to be made and exhaust the brain which must remain focused on your priorities.

6. Visualize Your Day For Success: Tony Robbins’ Morning Routine

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We end with the morning routine of Tony Robbins, the coach of coaches, the coach of the stars and the powerful of this world. For him, to get off to a good start, you have to visualize your day.

For example, it can be:

Step 1 – I workout and shower

Step 2 – I go to work and listen to the radio, find out about the news of the day

Step 3 – I prepare for 15-30 minutes my meeting with my boss

Step 4 – After the meeting, I prepare my tomorrow’s presentation

Step 5 – Work again in the afternoon

Step 6 – Yoga 

Step 7 – Dinner with my family

Step 8 – Reading

Step 9 – Going to bed

Visualizing your day allows you to focus on it, and not to deviate too much from your goals, not to spend too much time off the paths that you impose on yourself.

It is through many successful days, one after the other, that you will forge a champion’s character and mindset!

Do you have other rituals in the morning?

Have a nice day everyone! Procrastination prohibited!

About the author, Manon Marchand-Aylsworth: Manon is a professional life, wellness and nutrition coach and a NY State licensed wilderness guide. She is the Founder and CEO of Bonjour Delight LLC, the founder of Escape Hiking and The Warrior Program. She believes that wilderness and physical challenges are the best tools to deeply empower individuals and change someone’s mindset and life.

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