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My Bonkers Morning Routine

I can't believe how many people look at me like I'm insane when I tell them about my typical morning routine.

Mornings are so, so powerful. How you start your day is how you'll end your day. So it is so important to start your mornings on the right foot. Below, I share with you my standard morning routine. I also go over this in a video on my Facebook Page.

I get up at 3.15 every morning.

Yes, it's true.

I have many friends that advise me 3am is actually still last night. But they're wrong.

I have a husband, two kids and a full time corporate job in addition to running a publishing company, writing books and training for a marathon.

That's a lot of stuff. And if I'm going to kill it in every area of my life, I have to start my mornings early enough to have hours to work. And for me, that looks like...last night, apparently.

At 3.15 the alarm goes off and I get up. I wash my face, I put on my work out clothes and I make coffee. While drinking my coffee I do my morning pages and check my planner to see what I have coming up that day.

By 3.45 I am out the door and on the way to the gym. I run or lift weights 4-5 days a week. Regardless of what my training calls for, I am in the shower by 5.45 am, then on my way to Starbucks by 6am.

Coffee order: Venti Black Pike Place and a Venti Black Iced Tea, no sweetener, extra ice.

Then, I'm at my corporate job by 7am. I work about 9 hours a day, then come home, make dinner, do homework, clean up, spend some family time, maybe try to get some words written or some social media in, and I'm in bed by 9.30-10pm.

I guess, that's actually my entire routine, not just the morning.

I share this with you not to be an asshole, like "look at me, I get up early and kill it every day." That's not my point. And I promise, "killing it" is a big, fucking stretch. Some days I'm barely scraping by. But most days, knowing I've spend the first 3 hours of my morning improving myself, be it physically or mentally, really gives me a boost through the rest of the day.

Look, I know that it's hard to get out of bed. I know you're tired and your plate is full. I do. But I want to leave you with something to think about.

If you get up 1 hour earlier every day, just 1 hour, that's 30 hours a month. If you do it for a year, that 365 hours will give you 15 extra days worth of time. My dudes. Think of what you could accomplish if you could add 15 full days to your year, with time you got to devote to anything you choose. We all bitch that we don't have enough time to do the things we really want to. But if you sacrifice 1 hour of sleep every day, you are adding more than 2 free weeks of time to your life every year.

That is some powerful stuff right there.

So, I'll leave you with that knowledge bomb. Think about it, then try to set your alarm for an hour. Or even half an hour to start. Work your way up. Start tracking all of the things you're able to do for yourself with that extra time. It will become addictive when you see the difference it makes in your life. I promise.



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