What do you do when you first wake up in the morning? Do you mindlessly get up, use the bathroom, make the coffee and turn on the news? Do you lie in bed until the very last minute after hitting the snooze button over and over, only to have to rush around to be out the door on time? How does that make you feel? Do you like to start your day that way?
I read a book by Robin Sharma called The 5AM Club: Own Your Morning. Elevate Your Life. The book is a parable to teach us the reason for waking at 5AM to begin your day with a 20/20/20 routine.
What is the 20/20/20 routine, you ask? Robin Sharma calls 5AM to 6AM the Holy Hour in which you should spend the first twenty minutes doing some high intensity exercise, the second twenty, reviewing your goals and daily plan, and the third twenty, reading something to improve the person you were yesterday.
I firmly believe that developing some sort of meaningful morning routine will set you up for a much more productive day. Since I retired from my day job I’m having a hard time establishing one for myself. I had one when I was going to the office every day because I was leaving before 6AM and would have been in a pickle if I didn’t have one. Re-establishing my morning routine has been a process since retirement.
Here are some reasons to have one:
Get the exercise done early
By exercising first thing in the morning, you can rev up your metabolism and wake your body up. You’ll increase your energy and alertness and be able to function at a higher level longer through the day.
Goals can be established and met
If you write out your goals, the likelihood of achieving them is far higher than if you keep them in your head. When you keep them in your head, they’re just ideas.
It starts your day off on the right foot
If you have an established morning routine, you can operate a little on “automatic pilot” as you begin your day. You’ll be less likely to have to scramble around thus alleviating the stress associated with such behavior.
There are so many other really good reasons to have a strong morning routine that I’ve just inspired myself to double down on my efforts to establish one. I’ll let you know how it goes.
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