The Morning Routine For Maximum Productivity

Morning Routine

It’s a question that says a lot more about you than you think.

In fact, I can tell exactly the kind of person you are just by your answer.

So, What time do you get up?

It’s funny how there’s a stereotype that a person who stays up late and sleeps in, is unmotivated and a person who goes to be early and gets up early, is considered motivated.

But It’s true.

The morning is when a person can make the most damage. You can get hours ahead of someone who wakes up at 10:00am.

The morning is when a person is most active and their bran is most alert – If you use the time wisely.

This is the routine I use in order to have a successful day:

6:00am – Wake Up

I wake up every morning at 6:00am. NO MATTER WHAT DAY IT IS. I do it 7 days a week and have the mind set that there is no such thing as weekends, only Saturdays and Sundays. It’s important to realise that by working these 2 days, you can literally get 104 days ahead of everyone else, every year.

Make Your Bed

As soon as I get out of bed, I make my bed. If you want to know why: click here

6:00am – 6:20am – Bathroom

For me with my Colitis, this isn’t something I can avoid. Therefore, it’s apart of my routine. For other people, this is time that could be spent doing something better. For those with Colitis, you get what I mean..

6:20am – 7:00am – Exercise or Reading

I’ve recently started to include exercise in my routine due to loss of energy.

I do this 3 mornings a week: Monday, Wednesday, Friday.

On the other days, I read.

On the mornings that I don’t read, I read for half an hour before I go to bed. 

Some mornings, If I don’t have anything urgent i’ll read for up to 2-3 hours. If you’re not reading daily, you need to start as it gets your mind going and honestly, I attribute this whole year to reading.

7:00am – 8:00am – Get Ready

In this hour, I do everything else that I need to do to get ready in the morning. This includes:

  • Making and eating breakfast
  • Shower
  • Getting Dressed
  • Brushing Teeth

You get the point.

8:00am – 8:30am – Emails and Social Media

I don’t look at anything until this time.

I’ll spend half an hour catching up on social media and reading/responding to emails.

Tip – put on a timer if you have issues with procrastination.

8:30am – 8:40am – News

I’ll spend 10 minutes ONLY looking at news and my weapon of choice is Business Insider.

I think it’s important to catch up on recent news and Business Insider offers the type of news i’m interested in.

8:40am – 11:00am – Writing

This is the time I write my blog posts and do all my daily personal branding to-do’s. I’ll post at different times of the day but this is when I create all the content.

That’s my morning routine. The rest of the day can vary from spending the day working on OAKTRAV or creating additional content but I can tell you this:

Staying consistent on your habits is critical to reaching your goals.

Don’t break the cycle for anything. Plan you day around your habits, not the other way around.

If this helps or you have a question, please leave a comment and I will get back to you ASAP! 

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  1. Dear Jesse,
    I reading your blog about lists, I was reminded about a job I had years ago. I was the POS coordinator at a chain of grocery stores. It was my job to make sure all the prices in the system were correct, make price changes on the shelf, and to make sale signs for the store. This was so long ago that our scanning system was DOS based. I had a million things to do each day and the way I accomplished all of them was through making a list.The advice you gave about lists is good. I would like to add one more point. I organized the items on my list as Urgent, must be done today, and Can Wait until tomorrow. I always took care of the urgent items first and they were often things I did not want to do. I did the things I did not want to do first. This way they never stayed on the list. I almost always accomplished everything on the list for that day.
    Later, I went back to college for thirteen years and earned my PhD while working full time most of those years. Again, I had to manage a list of items that had to be done and I always did the things I didn’t want to do first.
    I wish you great success with your goals and your blog.

    • Thank you for the response and I agree!

      Ordering your items in a way that puts the most urgent at the top is really important. Often people get caught up in the easy stuff but generally, that easy stuff isn’t what should be focused on.

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