I was speaking to one of our RMS representatives, with whom I am currently doing a one on one training program, and we came upon the topic of the importance of having a success routine. I have found that successful people have a routine while others who are struggling tend to have no consistency. Having a success routine will reduce stress and allow you to have more productive time.
Developing a success routine and sticking to it requires discipline. I believe that it all starts out by doing this in the morning. Winners wake up early. Many successful people agree that their most productive time is in the morning. This is why establishing a morning routine will help you develop good habits which will help you to focus and accomplish much more throughout the day.
Recently, I have been asking different representatives to tell me about their morning routine. The most successful ones wake up at the same time and have a routine they stick to each and every day. Others, who may not have as much success, are kind of all over the map. They don’t have much of a routine at all.
I have a few questions for you today. The first one is “Are you ready to go to the next level on your success journey?” I’m assuming that the answer is a definite YES. The next question that I have is “What is your morning routine?”
I am all about improvement and growth, so today I’m going to give you a few pointers that will help you get to the next level. Perhaps you have not been considered an early riser or a morning person so this may take some time. If you’re ready to go to that next level, here are some positive habits to help you.
1) Wake up at the same time every day.
I wake up every day at 4 AM. It’s very rare that I need the alarm clock to do that for me. Most of the time I wake up a few minutes before. Keep the alarm clock away from your bed so you actually have to get up to turn it off. This way you will never use the dreaded snooze button.
You will find that keeping yourself on a schedule helps you sleep better. Make sure that you are getting enough sleep. My personal opinion is 7 to 8 hours is more than enough. My routine applies the same at night time as well. 8 PM comes around and I am ready for bed. Once you get on the routine, you will find yourself having much more energy also.
This has become a big part of my morning routine. Exercising in the morning has a lot of benefits. It definitely increases your energy. It makes you happier overall and helps you sleep better. Doing morning workouts will give you a sense of accomplishment and it gets you into a positive mindset for your day.
Start small and gradually increase each day. Do some push-ups, sit ups, treadmill and go for a walk.
3) Have some quiet time.
During my exercise time, I have also set time aside for meditation, prayer, and scripture reading. This sets the tone for the day and reduces stress. By having this as part of your morning routine, you will find yourself being much more productive throughout the day. It doesn’t take a long time to do this. Set aside 10 minutes each day in the morning for your quiet time.
4) Be prepared for the day.
You should already have everything set up for the day. This means you should actually do this the night before. Know exactly where you are going and what your goals and plans are for the day. You will find yourself being much more calm with this routine. Flying by the seat of your pants only create stress. Be prepared each day and plan your success.
5) Eat breakfast.
I’m not one for eating a giant breakfast, but I do believe it’s important to start your day with a healthy breakfast. For me it’s fruit and I drink a lot of water. Breakfast isn’t just important for your body, but it’s also necessary for your brain as well. You will find that your concentration and productivity will be greatly improved when you eat in the morning.
Personally, for me my morning routine consists of about three hours. My other activity in the morning is singing and playing guitar, I do this for about 30 minutes. I am out the door each day by 7AM ready to take on the day and ready to make it happen.
If, up to this point, you have not found yourself with a good, positive routine make the decision starting today to get one. It’s going to take discipline, but you can do this. Make the commitment and never look back.
Have a super successful week!
Regional Sales Manager RMS