I regularly listen to the Time Ferriss podcast and one topic he has covered with several of his guests is their morning routine. This may sound mundane but stick with me. It is quickly apparent from listening to successful people that a high percentage of them utilize a strict morning routine. The theory behind this is to avoid what is termed ‘decision fatigue’. The thinking goes that we only have a limited cognitive capacity for decision making each day, we certainly all know the exhaustion generated from a shopping trip. So if we waste some of this energy on mundane decisions it leaves us depleted for when we need to be firing on all cylinders later in the day, whether that be in the sporting arena or in the boardroom.
By essentially automating our morning routine we can save a heap of mental energy for use at the more important points in our day. What Tim Ferriss therefore suggests is ‘speccing out’ your first hour of each day. Write down your spec in great detail and give yourself a running order. It needs to be detailed to the level that you could give the notes to someone else and they could enact the routine identically.
So work out what you need to do each morning and think how you could streamline this process. A huge one for many people will be to pack their bag and arrange their outfit the night before. How long do you spend deciding what to wear each day? That is time and mental capacity being wasted! Have you noticed how so many really successful (and rich) people often dress very simply and plainly? This is a deliberate ploy, they don’t want to waste their effort on outfits when they have massive companies to manage.
Once you have gone through this process you may find that you have a lot more time each morning as you’ve cut the faffing out! You could choose to spend this extra time sleeping or you could look to increase the spec of your morning by adding in some extra activities such as meditation, mobility exercises, reading or a walk.
If you look at the photo above you will see that I have written down my routine. I have a more detailed version but this should give you an idea as to how it could look. I have also taken the decision to spec out the last hour of my day too. I feel this time directly contributes to my preparedness for the next day and also has a dramatic impact on my sleep quality so is important to consider. I also like the feeling of book ending my day so that no matter what chaos may unfold I always start and finish with control. I am confident that this simple process will help me to chase my goals this year. If you decide to follow suit then share your routines with your fellow Breeds either in the comments here or via social media.
(If anyone is wondering, ‘Tank’ is our incredibly spoilt house rabbit)