I have recently become fascinated with morning routines. And from what I’ve read, everyone links them to greater productivity. In fact, a quick search on Google will lead you to plenty of routines to enhance productivity. The big question is – do they really work?
About 2 years ago I started modifying (creating) my morning routine. Rather than hitting snooze a couple of times and just giving myself the time needed to get around, I started to think very intentionally about how I spent my time in the morning. My wife and I had a one year old, and both of us had more increasing demands on out time from our careers. After listening to 168 Hours by Laura Vanderkam, I started to rethink how I spent my time. I decided I wasn’t going to work late if I could help it and started to get up an hour or two earlier than normal to sneak in an hour before I got to the office. It was amazing what a difference this made. Since then my morning routine has included different tasks (work, devotionals, journaling, CrossFit, blogging, etc). Each one of them in the hour or two I added to my day while my wife and kids were still sleeping. This allowed me to extract just a bit more out of a busy day, all while prioritizing family.
I am convinced having a morning routine makes me, if nothing else, feel much more productive. I have recently started to revamp the routine again. With inspiration from mymorningroutine.com and an article I found on Inc.com, my morning routine is taking on the goal of preparing me for a successful day – no matter what I have planned. So far, my “Morning Seven” is just what I need.
With that, I pose these questions to you:
- What’s your morning routine?
- And, if you have one, do you ever modify it?
I am anxious to hear your thoughts!