Do you have a consistent morning routine? Are you looking for a new strategy to be productive? Pay close attention to the first thing you look at when you wake up. Whether it’s checking your e-mail, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, or the news you might realize you’re not being as proactive as you can be.
Try out this new method for the next three weeks. . .
A few years ago, on the advice of some badass entrepreneurs I really admire, I created a “Wake Up Playlist” on YouTube. It’s pre-stocked with a ton of videos from Simon Sinek, Jim Rohn, Tony Robbins, Jack Canfield, and (now) about a hundred others. After a while, YouTube recommends other videos based on the ones you like. There are also creators out there who design motivational videos from these thinkers (check out the Mulligan Brothers and Motivation Madness) – so I add them to my Wake Up Playlist.
The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning when I’m getting ready or making my coffee is click Shuffle on my Wake Up Playlist. No e-mail, news, or social media before then.
There are a couple of things I notice from this. First, there’s a residual, lasting effect on my mood and mindset, and perspective that stays with me all morning, and if I pay attention to it and set some intentions from it, all day. Second, priority matters – I’m no longer pulled into other people’s problems and priorities and agendas. In fact, this move really delays and even eliminates the rabbit hole I’d go down before and during work. It’s like a palate-cleanser that allows your palate to stay clean until you get to the office or later.
Give it a shot.