My Morning Routine is a compendium of interviews with successful people looking at their morning routines. Covering everything from sleep, diet, exercise, focus, meditation and parenting, it’s a thought provoking guide to designing your own routines.
My Morning Routine Summary
My Morning Routine is part instruction manual and part someone else’s diary.
With interviews from successful people including Marie Kondo, Ryan Holiday, Stanley McCrystal, Ed Catmull and Michael Acton Smith, the book looks into the secrets of a successful morning routine and suggests advice when designing your own.
Below are some of the key insights from the book.
- The best morning routine is always personal and one that works for you.
- Copying and trialling ideas from successful people is a good way to begin.
- When Waking Up consider setting a precise time, getting outside, removing snooze functions or starting each day with gratitude.
- To stay Productive consider timeboxing, ignoring email, doing important work first and cancelling early morning calls and meetings.
- When planning Exercise embrace running as a gateway drug, add variation, adopt simplicity and use accountability partners to commit.
- Incorporate Meditation in mundane moments, with exercise, in solitude or in a less serious setting to embrace the benefits for mental health.
- Add an Evening Routine to bookend your mornings and wind down for bed by laying out clothes, blocking technology, cleaning up, making lists or planning.
- Add better Sleep to your routine by going to bed early, blocking caffeine, using 10 and 90 minute power naps and optimising your sleep environment.
- When Parenting a morning routine should be child-focussed, adaptive and conscious of the temporary nature of having young children.
- Ensuring Self Care in a routine boosts wellbeing, gives you a sense of accomplishment and focusses your mind for the future.
- Be sure to Adapt to new environments and embrace non-routine elements to give yourself the space to thrive with non-judgement. This helps to reset your ability in quick time.