“How you wake up each day and your morning routine (or lack thereof) dramatically affects your levels of success in every single area of your life,” writes Hal Elrod in “The Miracle Morning.”
Some Affiliates are lucky to refrain from pressing the Snooze button more than twice when they roll out of bed in the morning. Some, however, are taking full advantage of their morning and have established a well thought-out routine to follow from the moment their alarm goes off. Focused and productive mornings have been proven to carry over to successful days, and ultimately successful lives.
In case you are wondering what other Affiliates are doing to kick-start their mornings, here are a few morning routines of the successful:
My morning routine is constantly being refined and tested to see what works best, what serves my clients and staff best, or just makes me one step closer to my “Perfect Day,” — shout out to my Two Brain Business family. Regardless of if I’m coaching or not in the morning, it starts with coffee. Nothing is as good as a fresh cup to get the creative juices and energy flowing. As of now, lately I have started writing every single day. We call them “love letters” to our members and prospects, hopefully pushing them over the line and into a service to boost revenue and help first. The topics are usually influenced by the previous day of talking with clients or overhearing conversations; then they are automatically sent out the following morning. From there, a little bit of reading — business, motivation or just something interesting — emails, and a good breakfast sets me up to be a productive CrossFit Affiliate owner.
Being a mom of two boys and an Affiliate owner, I’ve learned that the first hour of my day has a lot to do with how the rest of my day will play out. I am intentional about my morning routine as it is the only moment of the day I am alone — and it sets me up to have good energy through the day for my family and our business. On mornings that I open our Box, I wake up at 4:15 a.m. — a full hour before I need to leave my house — and start my day with a cup of black coffee, a healthy breakfast — usually ground chicken and mashed sweet potatoes with cinnamon — and my journals. I use a 5 Minute Journal and a Bullet Journal daily to keep my head and heart in check. The 5 Minute Journal is focused on gratitude and self-reflection, and my Bullet Journal keeps me organized — with my schedule, my to do list and my goals. I make it a point to not check email or social media before I journal. This dedicated time to fueling my body with healthy food and journaling puts me in a good place, both physically and mentally to take on the day.
My day starts the night before when I prepare my things for the a.m. — clothes, workout bag, pre and post workout shakes or meals. My alarm goes off every morning at 4 a.m. and my goal is to get up as soon as it goes off, no snoozing. As soon as I get up, I choose one movement and do two sets of 10 reps every morning. It could be air squats, lunges, push-ups — anything to get my energy level up. Then I read the day’s excerpt from The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday, something that was recommended to me as a way to clear my head and get focused to start the day. It’s a quick read and imparts some wisdom. I regularly use quotes from the day’s excerpt on our whiteboards or in our WOD app. I get to the Box by 5 a.m. and then it’s time to get my workout in before coaching the day’s first class at 6 a.m. No matter what I’m doing, I always acknowledge every member that walks through the door by yelling his or her name. It sets the tone first thing in the morning and members love it. Anything to infuse energy into the Box, especially early in the morning. I’m a high-energy, highly-motivated person and I truly believe it’s all about setting your own personal stage each day. Things will come up that may sidetrack you, but as long as you understand that, those things won’t derail you for long. You’ll be able to get back on track and make the most out of each day.
The first thing I do for myself is have coffee. Depending on if I’m fasting or what I’m currently doing for macros, I’ll have it with or without grass-fed butter. I love the taste, and it’s also an easy way for me to get a jump on calories and fats for the day. Around 9 a.m. I head to my desk. I write my current goal for the gym down on the top of my notebook and then start my work day. My first order of business is always to get the little things out of the way. I can respond to quick email questions or tasks for members, change payment info, membership holds, etc. What I won’t do is any sort of marketing or programming activity outside of responding to potential members. It’s too early in the day and I can’t concentrate enough to get that type of work done. I try to learn something every morning. It might be from podcasts, non-fiction books or a resource like MIT’s Open Courseware. It’s not always aligned perfectly with the gym, but that is where I find I learn the most. After that I try to crank on work until I’m ready to workout — usually around noon. Most of the time I’ll break my fast around 10 a.m., but if I’m getting a lot done I’ll keep going and workout fasted and have my first meal around 1 p.m.
Prior to having three kids, two of which I now take to school at 8:15 a.m., I would wake up at 4:45 a.m., have coffee, do the normal get ready for work things and then drive to the gym. Not much time in the car to do anything other than drive to the gym. Sometimes I would stop by Starbucks at 5:20 a.m. for a coffee, other times I would take my own. Now, I still get up at that time but instead workout in my garage gym, get the kids ready for school, then head out. I am fortunate to have three Coaches who open the gym for Raleigh CrossFit during the week. Alex, Molly and Matt do a tremendous job getting the day started for us. Not much fanfare to opening the facility. The biggest thing is arriving on time. The early morning hour makes rubbing those eyes open a big responsibility.