ReEngineering My Morning Ritual

Next week the kids start school. This means our morning and evening schedules are going to change a bit. I work from home most of the time and want to be intentional with what Michael Hyatt calls his “morning ritual.”

Essentially I am going to have two periods of time with access to the computer and total quietness. I’ll have from the time I get up until 6:15 and then from 7:15 to 8:15.  In addition to these two hours, I will have access to the computer along with minimal interruptions and quietness from 8:15 to 9:15.

Here is my plan:

5:00 Get up.

5:15 Begin Blogging

6:15-7:15
Light Exercise
Devo Time – Probaby in my bedroom.

7:15-8:15
Computer Projects – Special Projects, Newsletters, Administration, etc.

8:15-9:15
Inbox Zero – Clear out all inboxes, including email and social media.
Facebook Bible Study – Reply to comments and ask questions.
Social Media Posts – Prep the days posts using Hootsuite.

Most weeks, I should be able to do this 4-6 days out of the week. This will free up the rest of my day for meetings, margin and family time.

In every episode of Beyond The To-Do List, my favorite productivity podcast, Erik Fisher asks his interviewee “In an ideal world, how would you start your day?” I love that question. For me having a great morning leads to a fantastic day.

However, no one is perfect. This includes me. I will give myself grace when things aren’t as perfect as I have outlined above. You should do the same. If you are a single parent, a stay-at-home mom with a baby, or have small kids, cut yourself some slack. Grace, grace, grace.

I do believe making a plan will help me get where I want to go faster. So here it is. Wish me luck!

What about you? In an ideal world, how would you start your day? PLEASE tell me in the comments section. I’d love to hear about your ideal morning.

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  1. Chris Paulk

    How ironic that you post this today after I slept in for the 2nd day in a row! My ideal morning starts with getting up at 5am, exercising for 45 minutes, reading my Bible, praying, and planning out my day. I get the boys up at 6:30, get myself & them ready & fed by 7:30. However, my ideal morning starts 7+ hours earlier. I didn’t a good night’s sleep the past 2 nights…so, I’m extending grace to myself…again!
    Thanks for the post!

    August 14, 2014 Reply
    • adamsuter

      🙂 It all definitely starts with getting to bed early. I am not able to get up early unless I’m in bed early.

      August 14, 2014 Reply
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