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Do I Really Need a Business Plan?

Many people who start a small or home-based business never take the time to write out a business plan. That is a big mistake, as a business plan can greatly increase your chances of success. The following are some reasons why every business needs to put a business plan into writing. Continue reading “Do I Really Need a Business Plan?”

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How to Set and Achieve Business Goals

It’s important to have real, specific goals in your business. These business goals can be financial, personal, or simply involve an aspect of your business (“build an effective website” for example). It can sometimes seem overwhelming to determine goals, and even more overwhelming to think of achieving them. Here are some tips on doing both of these. Continue reading “How to Set and Achieve Business Goals”

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Take Time To Review Your Morning Routine Regularly

Creating routines and habits for your mornings are a great thing. They allow you to do what you need to do to move ahead without having to spend a lot of energy and time thinking about it. That’s a good thing. It’s can also be a dangerous thing when you’ve focusing on the wrong things and are in the habit of doing things that don’t help you reach your goals. Continue reading “Take Time To Review Your Morning Routine Regularly”

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The Importance Of Habits And Routines

With your new morning game plan figured out, it’s time to not only put it into action, but make it your new morning routine.

Why is this important? Because you want to make sure your new plan happens every morning without fail and turning into a routine is the best way to make sure that happens. Continue reading “The Importance Of Habits And Routines”

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Come Up With A New Morning Game Plan

Now that you have a pretty good idea of what you want to do in the morning, what you don’t want to or need to do, and where to find the extra time needed, it’s time to put it all together in a new morning game plan.

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Morning Game Plan: Where to start?

The best place to start is with the new set of tasks that are most important to you.

Figure out a preliminary time during which you want to get them accomplished.

If your goal is to go for a run in the morning, you may decide to do that first thing before getting a shower and having breakfast. If your goal is to meditate each morning, you may decide it would work best after you’ve had a cup of coffee.

If your goal is to find some time for reading or your favorite hobby in the morning, you could carve out some time before everyone else gets up and while you enjoy that first coffee.

The same goes for wanting time in the morning to work on your business or learn something new.

Then work the rest of your morning chores around these new plans.

It may take some shuffling around and mixing up of your current routine, but with a little creative thinking and a bit of flexibility, I’m sure you can come up with a working plan.

Morning Plan Make Over

Making over your morning and turning it into a new routine isn’t something that comes natural to most of us. It takes a little while to get into the grove of things. We’ll look at this in a little more detail tomorrow. For right now, my suggestion is that you write your new morning game plan down. It’s easy to forget what you’re planning to do. Writing it down will not only give you a reference to refer back to, but also solidify your new plan in your mind.

Put the note, or notebook where you jotted down your new plan on your night table or somewhere else where you’ll see it first thing in the morning. It will serve as a reminder of what you’re intending to do and do differently in the morning now.

A Plan Is Just A Plan

Even though you’ve written your plan down, it’s important to realize it’s not written in stone. The well-laid out plans don’t always work when put into action. Adjust it and make changes as needed until you come up with a new morning game plan that works well for you and the rest of your family. Once you have that it’s time to make it the new routine… something we’ll talk more about tomorrow.

 

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Determining What You Should Be Doing Is Crucial

Yesterday we talked about finding the time in your busy morning to do the things that are important to you. Today I want you to think about what you should and what you shouldn’t be doing in those crucial first few hours of the day.

That’s an important idea to ponder. So often we get stuck in a rut or a routine and do things because that’s what we’ve always done. We do it without really thinking about whether or not it’s the best use of our time.

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It’s Not About Cramming More Things Into Less Time

Making over your morning isn’t about figuring out how to cram more tasks into fewer hours. When you read books and articles on productivity and time management, that’s often the main message and gist of it. While it can help in the short term, it isn’t a good long-term strategy for meaningful change. Very soon you’ll hit the limit of how much faster and how much more efficient you can get.

Shift your thinking and don’t try to add to what you do in the morning. If you want 15 minutes for bible study, meditation, or exercise, don’t just think about getting up 15 minutes earlier, or shaving 15 minutes off your morning routine by showering faster, getting dressed in record time, and rushing through breakfast. In other words, don’t add to your already lengthy list of things that need to get done. You’ll only feel more rushed and stressed if you do.

It’s About Making Smart Choices About Using Your Time

Instead, what you should be thinking about is the best use of your time in the morning. Compare your perfect morning with your current morning routine. What aren’t you doing on your ideal morning? If you can start by cutting things out, finding time to do what’s important to you becomes much easier.

There are two great ways to find things you can stop doing.

Stop #1:

The first is to look for busy work. This is something you do out of habit that doesn’t necessarily need doing every day. Maybe it’s checking your email first thing in the morning or playing around on Facebook for half an hour while you drink your coffee. If that’s how you choose to spend your time, that’s perfectly fine, but if you’re doing it out of habit it may be time to rethink it.

Stop #2:

The second way to quickly earn back time is to see if you’re doing things or others that they can do themselves.

Kids are the perfect example. We start out fixing their breakfast, making their lunch, cleaning up after them, picking out their clothes, and making sure their backpack is packed and ready to do. When they are very small, we have to do these things, but all too often we continue to do them long after they’re capable of doing things on their own.

The same goes for things we do for our spouse.

Maybe there was a time when you had less to do in the morning and it made sense to take on the majority of morning chores.

Did things change and if so, is it time to lighten your load and get help from your partner?

A few small changes may be all it takes to make the time in your busy morning for what’s important to you.

 

Your Next Step

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Finding Time In Your Busy Morning

Mornings are busy and they can be quiet chaotic. If you have a young family and plenty of people to get ready and out the door, you know this first hand. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be that way, no matter how busy you think you are first thing in the day.

Earlier I shared with you how the first few hours in the morning set the tone for the entire rest of the day.

Do you want that to be rushed, frantic, and feeling like you’re constantly running and trying to catch up?

Or do you want it to be calm, collected, productive, and with a feeling that you’re in control?

It’s up to you and it’s all about embracing two simple concepts.

Get Up Early Enough

morning peak jump routineIt’s tempting to hit the snooze button and catch a few more minutes of sleep, isn’t it? It’s even hard to set the alarm early enough that you have plenty of time for everything you want and need to get done. I get it. If you’re not a morning person, moving up the alarm by 30 minutes to carve out a little extra time can be tough. Trust me though, after the first few mornings it’s not nearly as hard as you think and something you’ll quickly get used to.

Getting up early enough and avoiding the snooze button at all costs is the key to an un-rushed morning.

Here’s the problem with cutting time too short, or worse hitting the snooze button a few times. It gets you behind from the very start. You have to rush to make it out the door in time and any little problem or speed bump along the way turns into a huge problem. Not being able to find the car keys is suddenly a major crisis because it could cause you to be late for work and the kids to be tardy at school.

Remember, your morning sets the tone for the rest of your day. If you start it chasing down time and things, that’s likely how you’ll spend the rest of your time.

Getting up early enough on the other hand puts you ahead of the game. You’re in control. You can take care of everything that needs doing in a calm manner and still have time for the important things you want to work on. In short, getting up early enough sets you up for an amazing, productive day.

Restructure Your Routine

Before we wrap this up today, spend a little time thinking about your current morning routine and where you’re spending time.

Look for things you can change and tweak to find more time for the things you really want to do.

For example, if you want an extra 20 minutes in the morning to meditate, look at what you could take care ahead of time, eliminate, or delegate to make that time.

If you spend a lot of time getting breakfast for everyone, get in the habit of setting the breakfast table the night before.

Get your spouse to get the coffee ready, so all you have to do in the morning is push a button.

Teach the kids to make their own breakfast and take the dirty dishes to the sink, rinse them, and put them in the dish washer.

Make sure clothes are set out the night before (including yours), and that book bags, purses, briefcases, and car keys have a designated spot and that there where they need to be before you turn in for the night.

Small changes like this to your morning routine can make a big difference.

I challenge you to come up with a few small tweaks that will save you at least 30 minutes in the morning.

If you like, please send us a comment through the form below on what small changes you did to save you time in your morning routine. We will publish all your ideas and improvements (and your names) later on in a book we are currently working on.

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Define Your Perfect Morning

Yesterday we discussed the impact of a morning routine. Now, let’s define your perfect morning.

Here is my question for you this morning: What’s most important to you?

What is the one thing you really want to do on a daily basis that would make a big difference, but you just can’t seem to find the time for?

In short, what good habit do you want to cultivate that would make a real impact on your life?

Think about this for a moment.

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It could be in any area of your life from exercise and healthy eating to self-improvement or getting ahead in business or at your job. It could be working on your relationship with your kids, finding time for creative pursuits, or getting in the habit of reading every morning.

Once you’ve figured out what you want to work on, what you want to improve, and what’s important to you, we’ll think about how you can make it part of your morning routine.

Imagine

habit define morning routineSit back and imagine your perfect morning. It isn’t stressed or rushed. Most importantly it’s a day when you have time for everything on your list.

Maybe it means having time for a long shower.

Maybe it’s going for a run before breakfast.

Maybe it’s having a few minutes to connect with your spouse over coffee or maybe it’s carving out an hour first thing in the morning to work on your side-business.

That’s a lot of “maybes” but the key is to start with what’s most important to you and think about how you could fit it into your morning routine.

Remember, you’re just dreaming and imagining at this point. We’ll work on figuring out where to find the time to fit it in and how to make it all work out later on. For now I simply want you to paint a vivid picture of what your new morning could look like.

Clarity

I want you to become very clear on what you want that perfect morning to look like. Imagine it in as much detail as you possibly can. Write it down in a journal or on a piece of paper that you can refer back to as needed. In short, define your perfect morning.

Why is this so important?

Because you can’t start to make any meaningful changes until you know what your goals are.

You need to know your destination before you can start to pick a route and figure out how you’ll get there.

That’s what today’s task is all about.

It’s figuring out where you want to get to.

Don’t stop until you have it figured out and firmly pictured in your mind.

You’ve got it all figured out?

And perhaps you’d like to define where you would like your life to go in general? Here is a simple tool to figure out what you would like to change in your daily life: The Wheel Of Life. Please download this free tool. Once you have marked where you are right now, use a different pen / color to mark where you’d like to be in all sectors of life. That sounds very simple, doesn’t it? Now what? Please take a picture or scan your Wheel Of Life in and send it to us. We then will get back to you and arrange a 30 minute conversation how we can help you to achieve your dreams.

But, you need to make the first step. Do it now, there is no need to procrastinate.

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Impact of a Morning Routine

I love mornings!

Each new day brings new opportunities and every morning is a chance to start fresh and do better.

How you start your day, or more specifically how you spend those first few morning hours has a big impact on the rest of it.

Think of it as setting the tone for your entire day. That’s why making over your morning is so important. It’s about much more than those first few hours.

To snooze or not to snooze

I’m sure you’ve experienced this yourself. Let’s use the snooze button as an example. You set an early alarm to make sure you have time for exercise, meditation, or simply some much needed ‘me time’. You have every intention of getting up and doing whatever you’re setting out to do when you set the alarm in the first place. Some mornings – hopefully most mornings – you get up when the alarm chimes and go for that walk, do your meditation exercise, or read a book for twenty minutes.

Then there are those days when you just can’t make yourself get up. You hit the snooze button multiple times, or turn the alarm off altogether and go back to sleep.

Think about how the rest of those days went. Did you notice a difference in how you felt? How much did you got done on the mornings when you got up with your first alarm? Were you able to do all the things you set out to do? How did those days compare to the ones when you hit the snooze button over and over again?

If I had to take a guess, I’d say that the mornings when you got up as soon as the alarm went off went a lot smoother. I bet you accomplished what you have planned to do, too.

Chances are that sleeping through the snooze button didn’t just affect your morning, but the entire rest of your day.

Glorious Mornings

You set the tone for how your day is going to go first thing in the morning. That’s what the old saying about getting up on the wrong side of the bed is about. Let’s make sure we get up on the right side and start our day off in a positive and productive way.

7 Days of Morning Bliss

Over the course of the next seven days, I want to guide you through the process of making over your morning. As we’ve already established, this is an important tasks and a good thing to work on and pay attention to. Not only will you enjoy your mornings more even if the alarm goes off much earlier than you’d like, it will make the entire rest of your day go much smoother.

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  • Improve Your Daily Achievements
  • Learn how to reboot your mornings
  • Learn how to become a Peak Performer and
  • Get more tips for your Personal Development Journey.

Why don’t you attend our Peak Performance Workshops, where we will join you on a new journey to become the always achieving superstar, who will be the envy of everyone else.