Do you know what Steve Jobs, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Tony Robbins have in common?
They each have a morning routine.
Most the time, when we hear the word routine, we associate it as something that pales to fun or exciting. Totally fair assumption.
What makes routines awesome, is that they simplify your life. The repeated nature of routines allow you to focus on other aspects that demand more attention.
Steve Jobs, for instance, used to wear the same exact shirt and jeans every single day.
A little extreme, but it illustrates that by removing that choice Steve was able to open up his head space to greater, more concerning decisions.
Now, I don’t expect you to go out, light all of your clothes on fire, and wear a black turtleneck and jeans for the rest of your life. What I hope to do is give you some tools and tips that can simplify your day and help you take back your morning.
Why the morning?
It’s the ideal time for us to set up how the rest of our day is paced. For example, if you’re rushed in the morning, your day tends to feel rushed and can easily spiral out of control.
The morning is your opportunity to dictate how your day is paced.
Before we add, it’s often best to remove, so here are four decisions you can remove to improve your morning:
Simplify Your Wardrobe
If you want to eliminate the decision of what to wear without negating style (see Steve Jobs above), lay things out ahead of time. Pick out your clothes the night before, so you don’t have to when you’re in the morning fog.
Most of us know where we have to be the next day, so use that information to eliminate one decision that can bog down your morning flow.
Have A Process
What do you do between waking up and when you’re headed out the door?
Your morning will flow if you have a system, so you can steamroll through the grogginess and move on. Once you identify which tasks you must do, then stick to an organized plan of attack.
Keep Breakfast Basic
If you really want to break the morning flow, just ask yourself the simple question, “what should I eat?”
Best solution, keep it simple. Create one or two go to breakfast options for the work week.
Even better, prep and measure everything out on a day off. This is key for anyone on specific diets or developing proper eating habits.
My recommendation: eggs. They’re fast, cheap, and provide a great source of protein. You can combine them with almost anything, which is why I tend to throw almonds and spinach in with my scrambled eggs.
Make More Time
If you really don’t want to feel rushed, easiest solution is to wake up earlier. This may seem basic, but the only way to have more time is to create it.
Carve out some more for your morning by rising a bit earlier. You might even find that as little as 10 minutes can make the difference between you feeling rushed and you feeling in control of your day.