Over the years I’ve read countless articles and books by high achievers in a variety of industries and I’ve noticed they share a common habit: a specific morning routine or ritual. Because of that I’ve created a specific routine that I do every morning.
On this episode of the Business of Dentistry podcast I’ll be sharing that routine with you, why I think it’s important for everyone to have a set of morning rituals both personally and professionally, and how my routine has made a difference in my life.
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There are a few components of my morning ritual that I rely on to really set me up for a great day. The first is quiet time or time spent in silence thinking of my day ahead and giving thanks for all that is good in my life.
Some people swear by meditation as well. On the recommendation of Dr. Mark Costes of the Six-Figure Side Gig podcast I tried an app called HeadSpace. This free app provides a guided meditation and visualization that leaves me feeling refreshed when I’m done. I highly recommend trying it.
The next thing I do is some sort of exercise. For all of my life I’ve been an active person; I’ve played sports, I practice krav maga, jiu jitsu and other martial arts. So to start my day I do anywhere from 15 minutes to 30 minutes of exercise. It can be running on my treadmill, doing old-fashioned calisthenics like sit ups, push ups, pull ups, etc. Anything that gets my body moving and active helps me start my day properly.
After that I help my wife get our young children ready for school and then we drive them there together. It takes us from 30-45 minutes to get to their school so we use that time as family time: we talk about what is going on in their lives or anything else they want to talk about.
And the final leg of my morning before I start work is listening to podcasts as I drive to the office. I listen to entrepreneur type podcasts, some marketing podcasts and some dental podcasts. I want to know what other dentists are saying about their practice and our industry, and I want input from experts in other fields.
There is also one very important thing I do NOT do in the morning: check email. This is a habit I had to break, I was addicted to checking my email first thing when I woke up. It started my day off all wrong: I realized I was letting someone else’s agenda start my day and that wasn’t beneficial for me, my business or my family! I had to break the habit but I’m glad I did and now I check email only at certain times of the day.
To wrap up the show I give you an action item: review your morning routine. What works? What doesn’t work? What will you commit to changing, adding or removing from your morning to get off to a better start? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below after you check out this episode of the Business of Dentistry Podcast!