Mornings are pretty amazing.
The process of sleeping renews you in so many ways.
It gives you a reset on your willpower. It refreshes your energy and creativity. It restores your ability to weigh and make decisions.
As the day goes on, your energy reserves fall, your willpower starts to decline, and your desire and ability to make decisions wanes. This is all perfectly natural. But understanding that this is how most people work gives you an advantage.
It means that you can decide now to make the most of your morning hours when you are likely to be at your best.
Given that it’s a new year (a new decade, even), it seems like a good time to reflect on how you spend your mornings and adjust your routine to help you get more of what you want in the coming year.
The first part of a solid morning routine is to do things that will help you feel focused, centered, and positive.
For me, that’s making coffee, cleaning the kitchen, and doing a stretching routine.
For some people, it’s meditation, walking, exercising, reading, journaling… the things you do first in the day can set the tone for what’s to come.
If you don’t have a morning routine, start trying some things out to see if they make a difference. If you notice a consistent positive effect, keep doing what you’re doing.
The second way to take advantage of mornings is to use some of that time to move forward on your most important goals.
Hopefully you have an idea of what you want to achieve in 2020. With that in mind, what are two or three things you can do early in the day to bring you just a little closer to where you want to be?
If you want to write a book, you might begin your morning work hours by writing a chapter.
If you want to build your authority online, you might spend the first few minutes of your day sharing your thoughts on LinkedIn.
If you want to land new clients, you might send two or three warm emails first thing in the morning.
Think about what’s most important to you, and start your day making real progress toward that end.
Even if you’re not a morning person, setting up a morning routine that gets you centered and focused and that helps you make progress toward your goals can be an excellent way of achieving more of what you set out to do this year.
Do you have a morning routine? Are you switching it up at all this year? Share in the comments…
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Sometimes it takes something unexpected or even monumental to remind us what really matters. John Torre looks back on 2019 and shares what he’s doing differently based on what he learned throughout the year. And, coincidentally, he also shares some good advice on what to put in your morning routine. Check it out…
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Mark Your Calendar
January 9: Please note the date change!
Are you thinking about clients? How to find better ones… how to land more projects… how to earn higher fees? Join us for our first Monthly Member Update of the year, and I’ll share some of my favorite low-stress methods for making and nurturing profitable connections.
Around the Web
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That’s all for now. Make it a great week!