Win the morning and win the day

I spoke to two clients yesterday with exactly the same problem: 

“Help! I’m spinning out - my day feels such a mess - I’m all over the place and I feel like I’ve been really busy but also not getting anything done that I wanted to!”

It’s such a common problem, and it can make you feel anxious, demoralised, inadequate, and fearful you’re letting both your colleagues and your clients down.

Not a great cocktail of emotions to be living with!

Not the type of day that’ll have you sauntering back home with a cheesy grin on your face, ready to reward yourself with a feet-up, hands-behind-the-head, “Who’s the daddy? I’m the daddy!” kind of proclamation to your adoring dog. 

(Ever noticed how impossible it is to impress a cat? I digress…)

Obviously, there was lots to talk about individually to both these clients to help them sort their scrambled egg-for-brains, but the one piece of advice I gave to both of them is to work on their morning routines.

As Tim Ferris says, “If you win the morning you, you win the day”.

If you fall out of bed, freak yourself out reading emails on your phone before you’ve even had a pee, mutter about the dickheads who’ve emailed you and ruined your morning whilst  you rapidly chow down your Weetabix, head to the office and immediately get bombarded with 101 other requests before you’ve had time to start up your laptop, then you’re probably not set up to have the most organised day. 

A simple morning routine is the key to teeing yourself up for a good day. 

Morning routines don't have to be long or complicated, but preferably include a bit of exercise to get your blood pumping - even if it’s just a short walk or a few yoga poses, hydrating yourself, eating something nutritious (not just a Pop Tart), and making a plan for your day before you go anywhere near your phone messages or emails. 

Make some time to quietly contemplate what you want to do that day:

  • Who do you most need to speak to?
  • What tasks are critical?

Then, weave these into your day - decide what you will do and when.

When you start to put things into your diary around the meetings and obligations you already have, then you’ll probably realise you only have time to do three or four things, but at least you’ll have a realistic expectation of what you can achieve, and you’ll be less likely to waste time doing things that aren’t important, or promise too much to anyone else. 

Obviously, life will throw you curveballs, and some days will be trickier to handle than others, but a good morning routine will at least give you a fighting chance of coming home feeling relaxed and smug. 

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