Q: What's THE best way to start your day?
Hint: It's not staring at cute kitties all morning long. (Even though, admittedly, that would be pretty stellar.)
It's also decidedly not putting out fires, responding to email or client emergencies, or being sucked into the wormhole that is Facebook. Those are all surefire ways to cause frustration and annoyance at not getting a single thing checked off your to-do list for the day.
So, what is it?
A: With YOUR agenda first. Plain and simple.
It's starting your day with the things that support you, help take you one step closer to achieving your goals, and fill you up before you get down to the emails, client requests, and social media time sucks.
And before you even start with the "but my clients neeeeeed me" stuff, they don't. At least not right away. What they need is someone who is level-headed, focused, and able to address their needs in a timely fashion.
Notice how we said timely and not immediately.
By putting your agenda first, you become that person; level-headed, focused, and able to problem-solve like a boss.
Start with your agenda first.
Here are three simple tweaks to help transform your mornings from mediocre to insanely amazing.
1. Make the very first thing you do in the morning for you.
Starting with your agenda first could be as simple as taking 15-20 minutes in the morning to do some stretching, journaling, or deep breathing. Or, it could be a bit more involved—incorporating meditation, affirmations, reading, visualizing, exercise, and journaling a la the Miracle Morning routine.
Pro Tip: Whatever you choose to do, do you first.
2. Work ON your business before working IN your business.
Some of the women in the Propelle Mastermind make sure that the very first hour of their day is dedicated to working ON their business versus working IN their business. They write blog posts, schedule out newsletters, put together their editorial calendars, and do things that are going to help their businesses grow before responding to client needs.
Pro Tip: When you are getting your needs met, it's way easier to serve others.
3. Have a plan in place.
Make sure your morning gets off to a good start by having a plan in place. Spend the first 5 minutes of your day reviewing your goals and making note of what needs to get done. Conversely, take stock at the end of your day and outline the three most important tasks for the following day.
Pro Tip: Check out The Daily Five worksheet for help in this department. There's even an AM and a PM version.
We'd love to hear how you start your day.
- What's the very first thing you do when you wake up?
- What's the very first thing you do when you sit down to work?
And if you're super curious to know how others start their day, check out My Morning Routine. Seriously fascinating stuff.