How Do You Start Your Day?

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Hey Warriors,

I have recently started a morning routine that has me at my office just after 5am. I have probably doubled my productivity for the day and I am home by 3:30pm every day to play with my kids.

Here is a quick video I put together on how I motivate myself in the morning.

How Do You Start Your Day?

What kind of routine or success habit regimen do you use to stay motivated?
#day #morning #routine #start #success habits
  • Profile picture of the author Aussie_Al
    Most of my life I have been a "night person" there used to be a time where I could not get out of bed until 3-4pm!

    These days however I am up by 6am , in the gym for an hour work out,

    Come home and get started

    I definitely feel the earlier I rise the more productive I am throughout the whole day

    Saturday morning is my only day I let myself sleep in
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    Hi Justin,

    I wake between 7 and 8, earlier if I go to bed earlier. I make sure to always get 6-8 hours of sleep....food for the soul.

    I meditate for 30 minutes first thing in the morning and eat a light breakfast. Then off to work/play.

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  • Profile picture of the author pyles
    Dog out potty, breakfast read emails/rss.

    The start by updating my local news blog.

    Write 3-4 articles, shower, then off to class.
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  • Profile picture of the author bezzerbrown
    the night before i write out a plan off attack and write down how long i shold spen on each thing i should be doing because if you spend time on some thing that you should not be doing then you will get nothing done, get your self a egg timer and spend 20 minutes doing one time and 30 doing some thing and so on, it helps to keep your self on track and save you time, hope this help bezzer brown
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    • Profile picture of the author zaclondon
      If you start work at 5am what time do you wake up? And what time do you sleep? Not sure I'd be able to do what you're doing.

      As for me, I do strength training in the morning 3 times a week and start work around 10. Cardio 2 times a week and start at 9. I find exercising keeps me fresh, especially as I work from home.
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      • Profile picture of the author JustinP
        I start closer to 5:20. I get up a few minutes before 5. I quickly get ready and leave and my office is around the corner from my home.

        I sleep from about midnight till 5. I have become accustomed to 5 hours sleep per night. That seems to be enough for me.

        I workout usually 4 times a week as well...I think that is part of the reason I have the energy to start my days early.

        It has really helped with my productivity
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        • Profile picture of the author themindvoid
          Im still a bit of a night owl, but im trying to get up earlier. usually im up by 7am though
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Blaze
    Hey,

    What is the motivational stuff that you listen too first thing called? (link me via PM if you don't/can't post it here)

    Thanks

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    • Profile picture of the author JustinP
      Originally Posted by Mark Blaze View Post

      Hey,

      What is the motivational stuff that you listen too first thing called? (link me via PM if you don't/can't post it here)

      Thanks

      Mark Blaze

      I have a huge list of personal development audio I listen to. The past few weeks it has been "Psycho Cybernetics" by Maxwell Maltz.

      But I have listened to all kinds of coaches/trainers such as:
      - Les Brown
      - Jack Canfield
      - Tony Robbins
      - Eben Pagan
      - Bob Proctor
      - Brian Tracy
      - John Assaraf
      and too many others to mention.

      Some days it is business training, other days it is more motivational and personal development. Anything that focuses my mind on my results, I am happy to use it!
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  • Profile picture of the author thetruth23
    I wake up around 5pm most days, stay awake right through the night. Sleep from 5am - 7am and then wake up to do some offline work for 4 hours. And then sleep again to start it all over again.

    I have the worst routines right now on the surface, but from an IM point of view its actually working out pretty great.

    It been my most productivity period from that point of view, ever.

    Back when I had a more traditonal routine, it would be waking up in the morning to a glass of water, brush teeth, lots and lots of stretching plus some light exercise, the same oats with hemp seed and flaxseed breakfast, followed by a shower, before I went on with my day...
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  • Profile picture of the author Sprite0803
    Wow, you got some inspiring routine right there. I'm not sure if I can get up that early all the time.

    As for me, when I wake up I immediately take my dog out to do her business and after taking her back in, I eat breakfast then off to work.
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    • Profile picture of the author ucajack
      Hello Justin,

      Thats a great routine.saw your video nice to see you practicing creative visualization,some thing i also started recently.BTW when do you sleep at night?what are you eating routines?you seem to have a nice physique.it seems you work out,if yes then when do you take the time out for it?
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      • Profile picture of the author JustinP
        Absolutely. Physical fitness is a big part of my routine. I usually hit the gym for 45-60 minutes at around 330pm before heading home. It gives me a huge energy boost for the rest of my day because I stay up until about midnight to spend time with my wife and do extra work.
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        • Profile picture of the author naruq
          The First thing I do everyday is I say my first prayer Early in the morning. That is how I start my day.
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          • Profile picture of the author markpocock
            We wake up to a motivational cd on the alarm clock. At the moment
            the cd is a Louise Hay one. She's very good.
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        • Profile picture of the author ucajack
          Originally Posted by JustinP View Post

          Absolutely. Physical fitness is a big part of my routine. I usually hit the gym for 45-60 minutes at around 330pm before heading home. It gives me a huge energy boost for the rest of my day because I stay up until about midnight to spend time with my wife and do extra work.
          By jove! i envy your huge energy levels.
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  • Profile picture of the author AngelTraveler
    I really like some of your routines but hey I can't get up in the morning before the sun does, so its only then that I wander out and turn the puter one and grab a juice. I then seem to wake up more and off I am and running (figuratively) for the day.
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  • Profile picture of the author chrisowen
    I am backwards from most people. I do most of my work at night when everyone's sleeping at my house. I usually sleep from around 3 to 8 or 9. Then I spend the day doing things with my family and getting the needed stuff done. In the evening it's back to work.

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  • Profile picture of the author silverwaterfall
    I usually start my day reading forums like this to help motivate me
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    • Profile picture of the author JustinP
      I'll admit I have not used forums as motivation as much as I'd like to. Is this the only forum you use or do you go to a bunch of different forums?
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      • Profile picture of the author Vogin
        Get up early, have a healthy breakfast, play video games for like 30 minutes and start being useful.
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    • Profile picture of the author nepeterson
      Originally Posted by silverwaterfall View Post

      I usually start my day reading forums like this to help motivate me
      Agreed 110% Nothing quite like a motivational boost to get me going!
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  • Profile picture of the author liamIam
    I drink a liter of water as soon as my feet hit the floor. Take 1500 MG of Omega 3, brush my teeth and do 8 miles on my Mountain Bike through the Forest Preserve as fast as I can.

    This is followed by 10 to 15 minutes of sitting in complete silence, preparing myself for the day.

    If the kids don't find me or start screaming etc... I'm able to do this at least 6 days out of the week.
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    • Profile picture of the author JustinP
      Originally Posted by liamIam View Post


      This is followed by 10 to 15 minutes of sitting in complete silence, preparing myself for the day.

      Very cool. I am just recently realizing the importance of intentionally calming the mind. I have always kind of known that it was a good thing to do but now that I have been doing it on a regular basis, I am seeing a lot of positive changes in my life.

      Do you use any meditation CDs or just pure silence?
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  • Profile picture of the author vinbytes
    Well, I am starting my day happily with a little prayer to our Lord. I am thanking him because I am still breathing.
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      • Profile picture of the author JustinP
        Getting up at 5am is something I actually look forward to now!

        Doing yoga has been something I've been thinking about. Do you do it on your own or with group/class?
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        • Profile picture of the author Chantal-Louise
          I wake up at around 6am and go for a jog in my local park. Then just have a really good breakfast and im set for the day!
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  • Profile picture of the author koncorps
    I like to start my day off by waking up, then dance to some music while making breakfast.

    After that plan the rest of my day out.
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  • Profile picture of the author tk226
    Justin, This Video is testimony of your smart work.
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    • Profile picture of the author JustinP
      Thanks tk226.

      I think everyone who is running their own business either full time or part time can be credited with the same compliment. It takes a lot of courage and drive to do it and I know with the people on this forum, we are all similar so I am glad you appreciated it
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      • Profile picture of the author MarcusEJC
        I get up sometime between 6 and 7am, and either do some Yoga and Meditation, or just the Meditation (depending on how early I manage to get up).

        I then turn on the computer, and while eating some fruit, I quickly check my online stats to see if I've made any sales, then I plan out a timetable for the day.

        I then go out for a short walk, usually up on the hill. Then I get home and have a proper breakfast, shower, and then on with my day's tasks...
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  • Profile picture of the author Phobos
    I usually get up around 8.30 - 9 AM and go jogging for 30 - 40 minutes. I noticed that if I'm lazy in the morning I'll usually be lazy throughout the whole day (which really pisses me off).
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  • Profile picture of the author Lex87
    OMG you are all freaks. The first thing I do is make sure I'm awake and need to be awake. I usually challenge any decision I come to at least twice and use the time to warm up to the idea of moving.

    Then it's straight off to the bathroom where I dive right into pre-work prep... I leave myself about 20 mins of lag time so I can stub my toe, take a picture of the carnage, bandage it, and still get to work on time.
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  • By nature I'm a night owl but I do enjoy the extra things I manage to get done by working during the day so I wake up at 3 or 4 am and do my writing until about 9am then I make phone calls and answer emails until 11 at the latest. I have my router scheduled to disconnect my PC from the internet by 11:30am. I'll handle my personal business for day whatever that may be. I'll usually check any final emails around 3 or 4 pm and I'm done for the day, unless there's something pressing or I just want hang around the forums.
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    • Profile picture of the author JustinP
      Originally Posted by ingeniousaffiliate View Post

      I have my router scheduled to disconnect my PC from the internet by 11:30am. I'll handle my personal business for day whatever that may be. I'll usually check any final emails around 3 or 4 pm and I'm done for the day, unless there's something pressing or I just want hang around the forums.
      Brilliant! Automate your disconnect and force yourself to move on to a new action. This is something I need to do.

      AWESOME routine
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  • Profile picture of the author zingo454
    Wake say a prayer, hit a Monster low carb.. Hit the gym.. do some work.. hang by pool.. it is a tough life
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  • Profile picture of the author maddiet
    I've noticed I work better if I wake up at 5-6 AM.
    First thing: I eat, because I have a very low level of energy in the morning.
    Next: I read for an hour from the Bible and motivational literature. Ellen G. White is my favorite.
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  • Profile picture of the author petr_ind
    I wake up in the morning, then pray so i can do the best for the day.
    Then i open up my computer and look for what i can do today.
    If i do the best, i hope i can get the best too.
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  • Profile picture of the author NadBedar
    Hi,

    - get up at 6 am and pray
    - remember and thankful to all the nice things happened to me on the last day
    - replan my day
    - go for a walk
    - have breakfast, get ready for work
    - walk to work and listen to motivatonal audio book
    - follow the rest of the plan all day
    - before got to bed, think about the one issue, I can find the solutions.
    Usually in the morning I found it solution.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tatiana Aleshina
    I wake up around 6.30am (I was always a morning person but now my son ensures I stay that way ). The first thing I do is read over my list of goals and affirmations -- I have that next to my bed and I read it every morning and night to keep a focus on WHY I'm doing it all.

    Then it's breakfast time. My breakfast-making space doubles up as a "positive thinking zone" -- sticky notes with inspirational quotes and the like on walls around where the kettle and toaster are, pictures of people I love on the fridge. Not to forget pretty pictures of horses (I'm into horses ). I find this a great subtle way to get your mind into positive gear -- you may not read all that stuff every single day but it just reminds you that it's there. I think that is important because our minds need constant stimulation and if you don't provide positives it leaves more chances for the negative stuff to creep in... and I don't want it there.
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    • Profile picture of the author ucajack
      Originally Posted by Tatiana Aleshina View Post

      I wake up around 6.30am (I was always a morning person but now my son ensures I stay that way ). The first thing I do is read over my list of goals and affirmations -- I have that next to my bed and I read it every morning and night to keep a focus on WHY I'm doing it all.

      Then it's breakfast time. My breakfast-making space doubles up as a "positive thinking zone" -- sticky notes with inspirational quotes and the like on walls around where the kettle and toaster are, pictures of people I love on the fridge. Not to forget pretty pictures of horses (I'm into horses ). I find this a great subtle way to get your mind into positive gear -- you may not read all that stuff every single day but it just reminds you that it's there. I think that is important because our minds need constant stimulation and if you don't provide positives it leaves more chances for the negative stuff to creep in... and I don't want it there.
      Thats a good idea ,sticky notes with inspirational quotes.some thing worth emulating. yes i agree we should be always on guard so that negative thoughts do not creep in.
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  • Profile picture of the author meph
    I'm a night owl, it seems that my brain works 999% faster at night. XD
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  • Profile picture of the author IRichie
    I start my day be awaking in between 8.00 - 8.30 AM. I then get fresh, do prayers and then take my breakfast. It is almost 9.30 AM. I switch on my Laptop and it runs the whole day.
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  • Profile picture of the author minitg
    I wake up around 5:45am, and the first thing is say my prayer to the Lord, thanking him for another great day ahead and all that he has done for me.
    Then get my kids up to get ready for school, drop them off and start my business day.
    I have my plan for the day from the night before and follow through and do what is on there based on the prioritization strategy applied and these are all tied to my goals.
    Typically, check email first and respond to any must do's immediately and then take care of my to do list or day plan which does include slotted time for emails too
    I check forums like mid day and then go back to my to do list
    Check emails again later in the day before I wrap up at 5pm.
    Plan for the next day before I check out.
    I use simplelogy 101 to plan my activities
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  • Profile picture of the author mendrizzi99
    I took a cup of coffee every morning that's my morning routine.
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  • Profile picture of the author soulfulbodymind
    I'm a morning person to the fullest! I try to start my day with reading, working out & meditation. The combination of three gets the juicing flowing! If I had to choose just one, I would select meditation. Meditation is a key to inner-peace and divine wisdom.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lex87
    Originally Posted by Tatiana Aleshina
    I wake up around 6.30am (I was always a morning person but now my son ensures I stay that way ). The first thing I do is read over my list of goals and affirmations -- I have that next to my bed and I read it every morning and night to keep a focus on WHY I'm doing it all.

    Then it's breakfast time. My breakfast-making space doubles up as a "positive thinking zone" -- sticky notes with inspirational quotes and the like on walls around where the kettle and toaster are, pictures of people I love on the fridge. Not to forget pretty pictures of horses (I'm into horses ). I find this a great subtle way to get your mind into positive gear -- you may not read all that stuff every single day but it just reminds you that it's there. I think that is important because our minds need constant stimulation and if you don't provide positives it leaves more chances for the negative stuff to creep in... and I don't want it there.
    I don't dig the post-it note clutter, but more pictures of loved ones/friends would be a really cute and handy motivator in my breakfast area! I have never considered how glum that corner is! Great idea, many thanks Tatiana!


    Originally Posted by JustinP View Post

    Brilliant! Automate your disconnect and force yourself to move on to a new action. This is something I need to do.

    AWESOME routine
    Hey that's brilliant! I need something sort of like this at work! We use a web based call tracking service and I'm so OCD with the data/reports that it gives us that having it stop me from accessing that site after 10am would totally change my day!

    Heck there's a few forums *cough* it should probably block at certain times of the day..

    *blush* Better get working!!!!

    PS: Anyone ever wish there was a device that could put a band on your finger with a note on it? Like tying a string around your finger but with info, and a bit more practical? I've considered using our portable label maker for this on occasion but that thing's so expensive that anything it prints should be used for at least a year to pay for itself!!
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    • Profile picture of the author JustinP
      Originally Posted by Lex87 View Post


      PS: Anyone ever wish there was a device that could put a band on your finger with a note on it? Like tying a string around your finger but with info, and a bit more practical? I've considered using our portable label maker for this on occasion but that thing's so expensive that anything it prints should be used for at least a year to pay for itself!!
      LOL now that you mention it, YES I do wish there was a device like that. Let's create it, brand it and sell it as JV partners... but we have to be able to make produce it for cheaper than those expensive label makers
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  • Profile picture of the author 24kWing
    I tend to get more accomplished at night, from about 10pm - 2am. This is when the house is quite, the TV off, and I can focus on my task.

    I guess it is different for everyone.

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  • Profile picture of the author Lex87
    I start my day by drinking lots and lots of coffee. Lots! I also enjoy catching the news while I eat my breakfast. I go to the gym after work. I just can't bring myself to work out first thing in the morning.
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  • Profile picture of the author ellewong
    I have recently started to get up by 6:30am just to catch sunrise. My day starts with a cup of hot mocha or lemon tea. A quick analysis on my forex charts then follow along my internet marketing campaign checklists. I normally have my checklist planned the night before, if not right before I start my IM work for the day. Setting daily goals have helped me increase my productivity levels tremendously
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    • Profile picture of the author Katharin
      Originally Posted by ellewong View Post

      I have recently started to get up by 6:30am just to catch sunrise.
      Seeing the sun rise is one of the most motivational things for me, too... the symbolism of "new day dawning" is very successful to keep me focused.
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  • Profile picture of the author Promet_MKTG
    read my email in bed. if there are important messages there is nothing better than a quick reply saying "acknowledged, will get on this first thing this morning. thanks"

    check the weather too!
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  • Profile picture of the author Opeleroy
    Wake up and it's straight to the computer... Still get super excited to check Google Analytics and my email in the morning to see how things went while I was sleeping.

    Still working on getting a fixed schedule, as I know it will make my efforts and returns more consistent..
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  • Profile picture of the author hendricius
    As soon i wake up, i usually say a small prayer for a nice and enjoyable day ahead unless i happen to wake up late. But otherwise most days go pretty well for me, but all the credit goes to the book The Secret
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  • Profile picture of the author diggo
    I've been completely out of routine, thanks to the world cup! Since uni holidays started, I've been up all night to watch the 12am and 4:30am games (local time). Even though the world cup is well and truly finished, I am finding it hard to break this habit.. sleeping at 2 or 3am but not waking up until midday. I don't know why I sleep so long??
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  • Profile picture of the author Nicola Lane
    I tend to start my day with a handfull of pills, then i try and convince myself that not waking up dead is actually good news! Fortunately after half an hour the drugs have all kicked in and I can take an interest in the world.

    My days tend to get better as they go along, they never start brilliantly - some people just don't work that way and trying to force it can be counterproductive.

    Find out what motivational techniques and positive attitude methods work best for you. Just because it doesn't work that way for you doesn't mean that you are wrong.
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  • Profile picture of the author danieltwooduk
    Dude, finally a guy just like me :-D

    I love the video and I might make one myself one of these days :-D
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  • Profile picture of the author gridley
    Start it off with a nice glass of water, log on and go from there. I guess I have a lot of self motivation at the moment. I always check my rankings for my sites each day to see how they are improving. That normally brings a smile to my face.
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  • Profile picture of the author Frank Wilson
    Wake up between 5.30am - 6.00 am.
    1. Brush
    2. Worship
    3. Tea
    4. Babysit
    5. Wash
    6. Off to work
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  • Profile picture of the author stephan231
    yes i do agree as well, as long as you are concentrating on helping others without thinking of yourself first then those people are going to be without doubt the ones behind your true success!
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  • Profile picture of the author sarabill2141
    with switching my pc and tracking!
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  • Profile picture of the author PeterDunin
    I get up about 7ish let the cats in,have a strong coffee,watch a bit of news till 7:30 then cycle to work for 8.
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  • Profile picture of the author Katharin
    Originally Posted by JustinP View Post

    What kind of routine or success habit regimen do you use to stay motivated?
    I've always been an "early to bed and early to rise" person. My day often starts before 5 but if it drags out until 5, I'm fine with that. Wake up time is 4 or shortly thereafter. I get so much more done during those early morning hours.
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  • Profile picture of the author chuwie25
    i start my day with a smile...=)
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    • Profile picture of the author Katharin
      Originally Posted by chuwie25 View Post

      i start my day with a smile...=)
      Even before coffee??!! If that's the case, I'd love to hear the secret to how you accomplish that, chuwie!
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  • Profile picture of the author cainsproducts
    coffee & toast does the trick for me
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark P
    Fresh air in the morning is an absolute must for me. Nothing but a bit of nature to wake u up in the morning and make u feel good. If you feel good, your works gona be a lot more effective
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  • Profile picture of the author NatureElf
    I wake at about 7 or so, sometimes earlier if the kids wake me. I spend some time on the rebounder (trampoline) and then it's a quick shower and breakfast.
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  • Profile picture of the author Juris
    I was a lazy person and non action taker, but then I got through with Tony Robbin's Get The Edge course and Now for almost a month every morning I get up at 06:40 AM drink a glass of water, get out and do my Power Hour.

    For ~10 minutes I do breath walking(look it up on google) then for ~10 minutes I say, out loud, to myself about the stuff that I feel grateful for while walking, then for ~10 minutes I focus on my goals and visualize, feel grateful and feel what it would feel like achieving those goals and I am still walking.
    Then I do ~6 minutes of incantations(like positive self talk, but really speaking stuff out loud with emotions and movement i.e. "every day in every way Im getting better and better"
    And then I do +15 minutes of running.

    After running I walk for ~10 minutes and feel grateful about what I have already achieved and I SEE the day that's coming, I see all the stuff I will do in this day, but I see it as already done.

    And when I am at home I do at least 50 push up's.

    This literally has changed my life.
    Now I take action, with every day I become more and more self disciplined and there's a lot more and the best part of it is that I feel more energy more joy and I just love living and enjoy every day that I get to live on this planet!

    I must say that I hated running, I hated excercise, but I changed my neuro associations and now I love it. Ouh and btw look up neuro associations and if you don't take action or don't do something you want to do then the problem lies in associations you have given to the change! You ought to associate pleasure to the change and pain to staying the way you are.

    Have a great day warriors
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