Speaker 1: As a side hustler, or a busy professional
who has other projects going on outside of work, then your morning routine is absolutely
everything. And I don’t mean a super complicated morning routine. You don’t need that, not
at all. What I mean with a morning routine is a ritual, a set of habits that set you
up for success every single day so that you can really give your best.
Speaker 1: Welcome back to my channel. My name is Francesca and I’m a productivity and
time management coach. On this channel I share my best tips and advice so that you can increase
your productivity and make the most of your time and energy to achieve your goals. So
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I’m going to share with you my best tips to create a realistic morning routine when you
are a side hustler and you have so much going on you cannot spend two hours just going through
your morning routine. So you need something that is really simple that you can stick to
every single day and that’s just super effective. Speaker 1: I was a side hustler myself only
until a couple months ago. And as a side hustler, I remember my morning routine was really what
set me up for success for the whole day. And my morning routine was very, very simple,
but the power of my morning routine was it was very consistent and I could stick to it
no matter what. I’m going to share with you how was my morning routine at the time. So
I used to wake up at around 6:30, 6:15 every morning and I would make myself a glass of
lemon water or a cup of lemon water, hot lemon water in winter. And then after that I would
just sit on this couch and I would meditate and journal. And sometimes I would also read
a couple of pages, if my journal session was a little bit shorter. So altogether my morning
routine took me about 30 minutes, not even 30 minutes, so 20 to 30 minutes.
Speaker 1: And I remember it was super effective because the meditation really helped me clear
my mind and start getting focused for the day. And the journaling cleared my negative
thoughts and instead created a more positive and productive attitude for me, so I could
really take on the day with the best approach and the best attitude possible. And so then
I would write down my one, two, three top priorities, usually the critical, critical
tasks for my business. And I would start working on at least completing one of those tasks
before work. Speaker 1: So after my morning routine, I
had the breakfast, I got ready for the office and then before going to the office I was
focusing on completing, was taking about 15 minutes to complete at least one of my critical
tasks for my business, so that early in the morning, even before eight, I had already
done something very, very important to move my business forward. I want to know, do you
have a morning routine? If you do, leave me in the comments below what you do for your
morning routine. I love knowing what other people do in their morning routines.
Speaker 1: Having a morning routine is key, not just because of the things that you do
during your morning routine. Not because you do meditation specifically, or because you
journal, or because you read. It’s not what you do, it’s really the fact that you do it,
and that you stick to it and that it’s the way that you start each day. Having those
habits in place, that routine in place that you stick to every single day, no matter what,
is going to give you structure, it’s going to give you consistency. And that structure
and that consistency and that discipline is going to carry on to the day, the week and
the month. It’s going to help you build a momentum. Also because in your morning routine
you want to do things that energize you, that motivates you and that make you feel positive
and productive, so that you can use that momentum for whatever you have to do during the day.
Speaker 1: So the first and most important thing you have to do for your morning routine
is that you need to wake up at roughly the same time every single day. And of course
you need to also go to bed roughly at the same time every day. And having this regular
schedule is going to help your body adjust to it. Your body essentially is going to get
used to a certain rhythm and your energy levels are going to stay consistent throughout the
whole day. My next tip is to know exactly what do you need to do and can be prepared.
So when you wake up, it’s so tempting, especially when it’s cold and it’s winter time, it’s
so tempting to just stay in bed for 15 more minutes because anyway, even if I don’t meditate
… But no, the most important thing is you know exactly what you have to do so you are
more likely to get out of bed and do your morning routine. And this is also, because
you’re going to pick habits and activities that you really enjoy, it’s going to be easier
for you to get out of bed in the morning. Speaker 1: So make sure that you have everything
ready for your morning routine, that you are super prepared. So for example, if you like
to workout in the morning, make sure that you have your workout clothes already laid
out for you from the night before. And if you meditate and journal, like I do in the
morning, make sure that you know exactly where in the house you’re going to do your meditation,
so for me I know I’m always sitting more or less right where I am right now, and I know
I’m going to do my meditation. I always use Inside Timer to do it. I have a few meditations
that I have bookmarked, so I already know which ones I’m going to do. I prepare my journal
the night before. I prepare my journal and my pens and so I know exactly what I’m going
to do and it’s so easy to simply get up and do it.
Speaker 1: There are so many things that you can decide to do in your morning routine and
the number of things you can do is basically endless, but you want to start small. You
want to start picking one thing that you really would love doing in the morning, and then
if you want you can gradually build your way up to two to three to four things, whatever
works for you. But the most important thing is that you build your way up gradually.
Speaker 1: And also it’s really important that you keep your morning routine short,
simple, realistic, and in order to do that, I think, when you have a morning routine that
is around 30 minute long, I think that that is more than enough. Then, if you want to
do more and have a longer morning routine, I love long morning routines, I’m all for
long morning routines, but you need to know that it’s not very realistic for most people.
And I think if you are a side hustler, it’s not going to be super realistic for you to
have a morning routine that lasts for more than 30 minutes. 30 minutes is more than enough
and everything else that you do on top of that is optional.
Speaker 1: To make sure that your morning routine is very realistic. You can ask yourself
this simple question, would I be able to stick to my morning routine, even on vacation? So
imagine you are in a completely different context. You’re not at home, you’re away,
you are around other people. Would you be able to stick to your morning routine? If
the answer is no, then you need to simplify things. And if the answer is yes, well done.
Speaker 1: Make sure that you check out my morning productivity formula. I have left
the link below in the description box. When you download the workbook, you’ve got all
of the basics to create your own morning routine and you also got to have a tracker tool to
really make sure that your morning routine becomes a habit for you. And let me know how
your morning routine goes once you start using the formula. Now go have a super productive
day and I’ll see you soon.