Morning Attack Plan:
The other week I wrote about an evening routine. That can be read here.
This week, I want to talk about the morning routine. I’ve written out two examples here. Some people prefer to get a workout in early while others prefer to workout later in the day. Either way, I am personally am in favor of waking up early.
First up is the person who does not like to workout first thing in the morning.
5:00 – 5:30 AM: Wake Up:
Get the coffee on and make a good breakfast. I am talking about the scrambled eggs, avocado, breakfast potatoes, bacon, and tomatoes-style breakfast. It has been proven a good breakfast can set the tone for the day. Get good, food sources of protein, fats, and veggies.
It has been proven caffeine, in moderate amounts is good for you. As you sit and enjoy your coffee, use this time for positivity; write down something you are thankful for, meditate, or spend your time in prayer. It has been proven the attitude we have in the first 15 minutes of the day can direct our emotions for the rest of the day.
5:30 – 6:30 AM Attack:
Send your emails out. Use this quiet time to go on the attack. Do not reply to any emails; be proactive and not reactive in the morning. Simply scan your inbox so you don’t send something unnecessary. When your emails go out first thing in the morning, they’ll end up at the top of the inbox for the day. If there is time left, respond to what is necessary. If you don’t have many emails, get a jump on whatever else needs to be accomplished during the day.
6:30 – 7:00 Prepare:
Disengage from work, clean up, and shower. Get ready for your day as you usually would. If you are following my evening routine, this shouldn’t take long as your clothes will already be out, lunch packed, and items together.
7:00 – 7:30 Commute:
Commute to work early. I suggest leaving early to beat the rush hour. This also ensures you’re in the office with time to do work before Suzie has a chance to stop you and gossip about what happened on the bachelor last night.
7:45 – 9:00 Engage:
Continue to work on projects. Shift what you usually do in the afternoon to this morning time slot. By getting another hour and change in early, you have a chance to finish your work early for the day and head home, or take an extended lunch break to go to the gym.
Next, for those who like to start their day with a workout:
4:30AM – Wake Up:
Put on the laid-out gym clothes, grab your pre-packed bag with your pre-packed lunch and your pre-packed briefcase/bag. See where I am going with this?
5:00 AM – 6:00 AM: Gym:
Gym Time: Self-explanatory. Note: a 6:00 – 7:00 AM workout can occur if 5:00 AM is too early, but it will take away from the attack time.
6:00 – 6:30: Prep:
Shower, at the facility if possible, and get ready for the day. Head to a local coffee shop or breakfast place with wifi.
6:45 – 8:00 Attack:
Order your bacon and egg breakfast tacos and send your emails out. As noted above, use this time to go on the attack. Do not reply to any emails. Simply scan your inbox so you don’t send something unnecessary. Get your info out so it will be in the top of the inbox. If there is time left, respond to what is necessary. If you don’t have many emails, get a jump on whatever needs to be accomplished during the day. This way you can leave early if all task are completed.
8:00 – 8:15: Commute:
Commute into the office. The coffee shop should ideally be located on the way from the gym to the office.
8:30 – 9:00 Engage:
I advise getting to the office early, skip the Keurig gossip, and get the simple stuff knocked out. 30 minutes in the morning is a lot less painful than 30 minutes in the afternoon.
I am fan of getting up early and getting stuff done pre-business hours. There are fewer distractions, pop-up crises, and other issues in the pre-business hours. By getting mundane tasks knocked out in the morning, you free yourself up later in the day for the important things - being with family, community, and time for relationships. By finding a local coffee shop to get work done in, you are able to separate work life from home life without spending extra time at the office. I challenge you to change your morning. I understand this kind of schedule will not work for everyone; there are so many variables in the day that I cannot address. Still, I believe you can attack your day by first attacking your morning. See what changes here you can implement in your morning routine. Find the hidden time and re-evaluate the important things.