Hey boss babes! It is December 2018, I love this time of year because I am gearing up to start a new year in work, love, and life. I have already got my new year’s intentions in place, and I am feeling pumped for the next chapter. Let me let you in on a little secret, I will be launching a boss babe channel on YouTube next year, and I can’t wait to get all this excellent content out to you. Before I get started with that though, I thought it would be beneficial to give you a quick rundown on how I set up my day for success each day.
My Morning Routine
4:30 wake up
I started getting up at 4:30 a few years ago, then I got lazy and my morning routine slipped a bit. Nonetheless, I am back at it and my 4:30 starts are in full swing again. For most people, 4:30 is just too early. I am certainly not a morning person. However, when I start working, I enter a flow state and churn my best work before 7 AM. I am certainly not suggesting that you wake up this early but here are some of the benefits of waking up before everyone else.
-Time to think and plan for the day
-Step outside your comfort zone
-Get more done (productive)
-Reduces anxiety (for me)
In 2008, Harvard biologist Christoph Randler discovered that people who wake up early are more proactive and they feel more capable of making important decisions.
Apple CEO Tim Cook starts his day at 3:45 AM most days. Oprah and Michelle Obama are both always up before 6 AM. I also personally know many successful people who wake up before the sun rises every day.
In Ayurveda, it is recommended that you wake up about an hour and a half before the sun rises. Doing this allows you to synchronize with the rhythm of the sun, before sunrise, there is a significant shift in energy, hope, inspiration and peace manifest at this time.
Gratitude and Meditation
First thing I write down three things I am grateful, the first thing always is that I am thankful to be alive. Then I write down and say one powerful affirmation for my day. Once I have done this, I splash cold water on my face, brush my teeth and head downstairs.
I tried getting up early every day to workout. However, It does not work for me. I stretch and do a few squats then I am ready to work.
I drink one liter of water just before I start working. I do this because when I wake up, I feel dehydrated, but there is also a genuine reason why you should hydrate your body as soon as you wake up. It fires up metabolism, gives your brain fuel, flushes out toxins, and it gives you energy. Therefore, instead of reaching for the caffeine, fill your coffee cup with water instead. I highly recommend the book Your Body’s Many Cries for Water: You’re Not Sick; You’re Thirsty: Don’t Treat Thirst with Medications by F. Batmanghelidj
My work day starts at 5 AM, I work for a solid two hours before I do anything else. First thing, I open up Google keep, this is where I write my notes and schedule for the day. I also have a pen and notepad next to me on the desk with my things to do list written out. I usually write my plan for the day night before which makes it easier to start working straight away. I use the Pomodoro method, it helps me to fire through tasks efficiently, I love it! I recently wrote a post about productivity, read it here >>> Productivity post.
I read or listen to an audiobook for 20 minutes then I drink my freshly squeezed juice, take a shower, have breakfast and work until lunchtime.
My current reading list:
Stay tuned for my full daily routine, I will post it on my brand new YouTube channel.
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