After John posted his daily ritual on the EOFire blog, I started receiving a lot of requests and questions from people about my own daily ritual.
Is it the same as John’s?
Do you guys do everything together in the morning?
While we’re both working on the same business, and we both have a lot of the same interests and goals day in and day out, John and I actually have very different daily rituals.
Are some of the things we do similar? Sure. But there are also a lot of things we do differently.
John’s daily ritual post laid out 17 things he does regularly – in order – every morning in order to set himself up for a productive and successful day.
For me, less is more ;)
Like John, I “start my day” the night before. For me, this includes some prep work to make sure I’m setting specific goals and identifying specific tasks I want to accomplish the next day – this means actually writing them down.
I’m also heading to bed around 9:30pm – for me, not getting enough sleep will definitely wear me down the following day. I read for probably a total of 4 minutes before I’m OUT!
2. Wake up
My alarm goes off at 6:15am, with the hope I’ll be out of bed by 6:30am.
When I was in corporate, I always made it a habit to get my workout in first thing – otherwise, it probably wasn’t going to happen.
I’ve kept that routine going strong, and I love it!
Of course there are some days when the snooze button gets hit way too many times, and in those situations, I’ll likely be doing my workout in the afternoon. I like to make that the exception – not the rule; make no mistake: I WILL workout every day, even if it’s a 3 mile walk or something similar.
Getting a workout in first thing makes me feel GREAT. I’m super energized after my workouts and because I’ve already accomplished something before I even get started with the business, I’m motivated to keep the momentum going.
Trust me – the momentum thing is powerful. That’s why I feel so strongly about documenting steps and accomplishing little things that lead you to something big. Gaining momentum to help you stay motivated goes a long ways.
My typical workout
I choose either:
- Indoors (gym)
- Outdoors (the bay)
That choice will dictate my “warm up”.
- If gym = 10-15 minutes on the elliptical, which I sneakily use to catch up on social media ;)
- If the bay = 2 mile run, which I not so sneakily use to catch up on podcasts I listen to!
Then, I’ll bust out the 12 Minute Athlete App, which is an amazing app to help you get that high intensity workout in. Warning: it will change your workouts for the better!
4. Get ready
After I brush my teeth and shower, then it’s to the kitchen I go, and while my coffee is brewing, (which only takes about 20 seconds thanks to our Keurig), I wash dishes / clean up the kitchen from whatever went down in there the night before.
This is one thing that WILL distract and drive me nuts throughout the day, and it’s so important to remove distractions before they take over your day when you’re working from home.
My breakfast: a delicious green smoothie!
Recipe for my delicious green smoothie:
- 2 handfuls of spinach (or until the blender is about 3/4 full)
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries
- 3-4 frozen strawberries
- 1/4 cup of water
5. Just start!
With coffee (and smoothie) in hand, I’m always looking to be at my computer by 8am.
Lucky for me, I’ve already laid out what my goals for the day are, (I did this the night before), so I know exactly what to tackle – as soon as I rip through my inbox.
A lot of people will tell you NOT to go into your inbox first thing in the morning. I can see why: it can definitely become a time suck IF you’re not diligent. My rule is that I try my best to get to inbox zero within 30 minutes, and if I can’t do it, then I’m out.
Boomerang is a huge help with this, because I know anything I need to spend more than a minute responding to, I can have come back to me at a later time.
Then, I’m diving into my day!
Each of my individual days look a bit different based on:
- The calls I have set,
- Whether or not I’m getting together with my accountability / mastermind group, or
- Whether or not we have any webinars scheduled.
One thing is for sure: I always theme my days to make sure I’m giving myself adequate time to accomplish the most important tasks that help our business run.
Without fail, I always make it a point to take an afternoon break. If I haven’t gotten my workout in yet, then I’ll do that; sometimes I go on a walk around the bay; I might decide to run some errands; or, I’ll just relax with a book (or nothing at all) on our balcony.
Then, it’s back to work for the afternoon – until about [5:30] – 6pm when I start thinking about what’s for dinner.
Dinner is our queue to disconnect – this is a huge boundary we’ve set that helps us keep our personal relationship and our business relationship somewhat separate. Once we sit down to eat, it’s our personal time – away from our computers and away from work.
After a couple of TV shows (we’re loving Blacklist, Homeland and re-runs of FRIENDS right now!), or an evening stroll, it’s right about time to start thinking about bedtime again :)
The importance of rituals
Whether you consider it a routine, a ritual, or simply a daily habit, having something you follow every day is incredibly important.
In fact, knowing what my day looks like – every day – directly contributes to the amount of work I’m able to get done and the focus I’m able to give projects and tasks.
This is not to say we always know EXACTLY what our day will look like – John and I are both pretty spontaneous people, and we love trying and experiencing new things. But having a core daily ritual to follow is the reason why EOFire is where it is today.
What does your daily ritual look like? What are some of the things you do every – single – day that help contribute to your success? Share with us in the comments section below!
Check out John Lee’s daily ritual here.
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