Routines and habits are key to help with focus and therefore support SUCCESS.
This is one of my most favourite principles, and I have been banging on about it since the launch of my productivity book. Forming a habit and successful daily routine will help you mastering your work flow and make your life simply easier.
Letâ€™s use Mark Zuckerbergâ€™s or Steve Jobâ€™s routine as an example: they both wear the same cloths every day. They never opened their wardrobe in the morning thinking â€˜which shirt to wearâ€™. By taking small decisions out of your life, you simplify your life. If you donâ€™t know how to fit in a gym routine or journaling or book writing routine when you are up against it at work, and too tired at night, take my approach: the 5am routine.
Yes, I have been talking about it for a while, my alarm goes off at 5am, and I exercise, meditate and set myself up for the day. That is my time before the kids wake up, before the wife gets up and by the time I have breakfast, I have already had my first wins: I took care of myself. On the flip side I donâ€™t watch rubbish TV at night and go to bed by 10 pm latest, ensuring I get a sufficient 7 hours sleep.
And there are other routines and habits you might already have. When going on a business trip I routinely pack the things I need and prepare the night before….a check list in your head or on paper. Any pilot has a check list and without it they wouldnâ€™t take off. Simple quality control. I have one for when I take the kids to school, to ensure I donâ€™t forget their lunch box or put sunscreen on.
Then there is a journaling routine. Spencer Gallagher talked about it, how he regularly journals. And I do too. Every night I fill in my gratitude journal, reflecting on the good things of the day and things I learned. Itâ€™s those small habits that make you go a bit further, reflect a bit more consciously and letâ€™s you win a bit more than the competition out there.
What is your routine and what do you think gives you the extra edge?
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