Only a couple of weeks into restarting my morning routine and it’s already become obvious what kills a morning routine faster than anything else, it’s the night before.
A bottle of wine, staying up later, catching up on my mobile while in bed, not getting my clothes ready. All of these things can have a serious impact on whether my next morning and if I’m being truthful my whole next day, is going to be a success. It’s crazy how little I’m allowing to throw me off my game.
What’s the answer?
It’s an evening routine. For the next week, I’m going to experiment with an evening routine. It’s only going to run from Sunday to Thursday and will start at 8 pm when I turn my phone to airplane mode.
- 8 pm turn phone to airplane mode and sit down in the front room with family
- Stretch and foam roll while watching tv
- make a turmeric milk
- floss teeth
- 9.30 head up to bed and read for half an hour.
Now I know that this looks like an incredibly boring evening and to most it would be but, spending some quality, undisturbed time with the fam is, for me, the best end to a day. And I know that if it’s not planned something will crop up.
Also with running being an ever more important part of my life, daily stretching, foam rolling and a bit of turmeric will be an amazing addition to my life. The other motivation is that if this is how my evening ends, then I’m going start my next day in epic fashion. I’m going to be charged, focused, hit everything on my morning routine and kick some serious arse during the day on my business. It’s a win-win.
The truth is the decision-making area of the mind is like a muscle, it can only do so much heavy lifting during the day before it gets fatigued. Taking the decisions out of your evenings and mornings is the greatest way of completely transforming you life. First thing in the morning and last thing at night are normally run on autopilot, so why not program that autopilot to drive us forward improving our relationships with ourselves, our families, and our business.