What I do (almost) every morning

My Morning Routine

As we start off this new year, I wanted to share something I started in the past year that helps me be more grounded, productive, and focused in my work and life.  I started a simple morning routine which I’ve found really helpful and is something I plan to continue in 2018 and on.  There is nothing magical about it, but the 5-10 minutes I spend each morning doing this routine help me out immensely.

Selling real estate is a career that requires constant organization and self-motivation.  Since I’m always on the go and each day is different from the last, it’s really easy to get distracted or derailed by the hundreds of tasks I’m constantly trying to keep up with.  It’s also really easy to succumb to “shiny object syndrome” or get distracted by social media.  The thing I’ve found helpful with this routine, is how much more in control of my day I feel.  I write all this down in a standard Moleskine notebook.  Without further ado, here it is.

Here’s What I Do

  • Drink 16 ounces of water
    • This is so simple, but I feel more energized doing this, it’s healthy, and I get to check an easy one off for the day.
  • Write down 3 things I’m thankful for.
    • I want to start my day out with a positive outlook.  This helps me keep things in perspective and not get derailed by only focusing on the negative.
  • Identify my Frog
    • Eat a live frog every morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day. -Mark Twain
    • This idea has been around for a while, but you can find a great explanation here: https://theartofsimple.net/worst-thing-first-eat-that-frog/
    • By identifying the most pressing, or biggest thing I need to accomplish right away I can work freely the rest of the day and not feel like I’m constantly procrastinating or avoiding the thing I really need to be doing.
  • Identify “The other 3”
    • This is just my way of writing down 3 other important tasks I need to do today in addition to my “frog”.
  • Answer the questions “How am I feeling and what’s on my mind this morning?”
    • I don’t always do this, but sometimes if I have a lot on my mind, it’s really helpful to do a personal check-in so I’m not carrying these thoughts/anxieties through my day.  This might be work related or it might be life/family/relationship related.  It’s an open-ended question.  Usually it’s 2 sentences and occasionally it’s 2 pages.