M O R N I N G R O U T I N E S.....
The benefit of having conversations with highly successful and inspirational women in preparation for the Win@Work Podcast over a delicious freshly locally brewed coffee is that you pick up a few pointers along the way - Routines and Habits that seems to elevate them to high performance and focus. The two absolutely essential routines that I have adopted in my own life is : The 5am Club and owning your morning with movement.
The 5am Club :
Most of the successful women we’ve interviewed in our series wake up early in order to allow plenty of time to workout, eat breakfast, care for kids if they have them, and plan for the day ahead — all without feeling overly rushed.
A couple of years ago, a friend recommended the book : "The 5am Club, Own your morning, Elevate your life by @RobinSharma. In his book, he states "Winning starts at your beginning. And your first hours are where the great heroes are made. Own your mornings and you’ll master your life." I must confess, it's sometimes easier said than done, especially in the colder months, when the sun seems to rise more slowly. On those mornings, the resounding question that is asked by each of these leading women is "How badly do I want it?"....... This revolutionary morning routine has helped so many entrepreneurs, successful women, maximize their productivity, activate their best health and bulletproof their serenity in this age of overwhelming complexity.
Owning your morning with movement : I have personally witnessed the benefits of movement in the morning. I truly believe the key to uber-productive days is to start them off right. Your initial actions lay the foundation for mediocre or extraordinary results. Go for a run, walk or attend a yoga class to kick off and stimulate your brain - this action will clarify the trajectory of your day.
Podcasts & Books :
Another habit-trend I've observed in these leading women, is they have a list of podcasts they listen to and books they read. These podcasts guide them to self discovery, self-awareness and motivates them to achieve their goals. Leaders read & learn from others. Period. YouTube is great, audio books and podcasts are hyper valuable and offer efficiency - It is one of the top traits of the world’s most successful.
A couple of my favorite podcasts are :
How I build this - @GuyRaz
The Tim Ferris Show - @TimFerris
Rhythms of Life - @RebekahLyons and Gabe Lyons
The messy Table - @JennJewell
Masters of Scale - @ReidHoffman
These are my inspirational go-toes. I find they provide brilliant tools for me to be a more effective business leader. These inspired me to pay it forward by launching the WIN@WORK Podcast by which we have conversations and tell the stories of women that took action and chase their dreams.
A big part of my morning routine is about what I don't do: when I wake up, I don't start the day by looking at my phone. Instead, once I'm awake, I take a minute to breathe deeply, be grateful, and set my intention for the day. I really began to take my morning routine seriously after my painful wake-up call in 2019, when I experienced Stroke like symptoms from sleep deprivation, exhaustion, stress and burnout. This event shifted my perspective to one of gratitude and appreciation, and is the reason for the last non-negotiable routine of the morning.
Have Breakfast with People You Love.