How we start our days often serves as an indicator for how the rest of the day will go. Some decide to wake up super early, get a lot done, etc. Others sleep in and wake up perfectly rested. Sleep is super valuable, but so is time. So you have to choose which you value more. There is no right way to do it. It’s just about what works for you and what gives you the best “results.”
It’s sometimes helpful to look at people you want to be look like, aka role models, and see how they do what they do.
Logic would tell us that mimicking our heroes’ strategies will help us accomplish what they do.
Let’s take for example, Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter and Square. Does it make sense for one person to be the CEO of two highly impactful companies? Eh, different discussion. But what we can and should think about is how he manages to get so much done in the same 24 hours that we all have.
“I look to build a lot of consistent routine,” he said. “Same thing every day.”
One of these “consistent routines” is his morning ritual, which, he told Product Hunt, consists of waking up at 5 a.m., meditating for 30 minutes, and a doing a seven-minute workout three times — all before getting his caffeine fix. Dorsey reportedly ends his day at 11 p.m.
The thing is is that Jack does not miss days. He starts his days the exact same way every single time. Most people do not, and that is fine because that works for them. But focusing, and knowing what you have to do to accomplish your goal will get you results.
You learn a ton about yourself by analyzing how you spend your time. Take a look at your morning routine. What are things you do every single day? Remember that those things are most likely things you will get very good at. Brushing your teeth. Putting on your clothes. What else do you do every day? Are any of those things unique to you? Are you advancing your career in the mornings? Are you happy?
Ask yourself: Is this how I want to spend my time?
Lots of hard questions with no easy answers. The absolute best way to think about them is to just test them. Figure out what you like, what you hate, what you don’t mind, and make a decision. Have your own goals, so that you do not get influenced by random advice.