A morning recipe is like an opening drive in a football game. In Football, the opening drive is the most important drive of the game. How you come out of the gate often dictates if you will win or lose. The same is true about your morning ritual. How you start your day, often dictates how successful you will be. To ensure a successful day, every day, I’ve created this morning recipe.
I call it a recipe because that’s really what it is. There are key ingredients that must be combined in just the right portions to create the exact same results time and time again.
I credit this morning recipe as the cause of much of my success. I’ve come to guard it from interruption and diversion. If I follow the recipe, my day has a very high likelihood of ending well. If something interrupts it or keeps me from getting it just right, my whole day can spiral downhill quickly.
Why is a morning recipe so vital? Just like the opening drive of a football game, it sets the tone and creates a an aggressive confidence that can carry you through the rest of the game, or in this case, the rest of your day.
This same aggressive confidence can be yours every day if you know how to systematically create it. This is exactly how I set myself up for a win every single morning.
My Morning Recipe for Success:
1. Get enough sleep the night before. Waking up tired leads to grumpiness. Grumpiness leads to a negative attitude. A negative attitude will keep your momentum heading in the wrong direction.
2. Hydrate before bed. The groggy feeling you experience when you wake up is often dehydration mistaken for tiredness. I use a Nuun Active Hydration Tablet in 16 oz of water 1 hour before bet to ensure I wake up hydrated. The effect is astonishing.
3. Wake up on time or earlier. Being late will put you in a rush and make you feel a little depressed. You have to avoid negativity like at all cost in the morning to ensure a positive start.
4. Consume 30 in 30. Consume 30 grams of protein within 30 minutes of waking. This gives you the energy to create a good vibe of productivity.
5. Make the perfect cup of coffee. Here is my recipe for the perfect cup of coffee. It’s such an important part of your morning recipe that Apple invests thousands in the right coffee and coffee maker.
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— Jayson Feltner (@JaysonFeltner) December 9, 2013
6. Play music that gets you going. This ingredient in my morning recipe is the sugar to the cupcake. It is both essential and enjoyable. I play my “Contemporary Singer-Songwriter” playlist on Pandora.
7. Create a repeatable success structure. For me, this part of my morning recipe looks like this.
8:00 to 8:30 – reading and coffee – I read my feedly, the WSJ, and USA Today.
8:30 to 9:00 – Process my email and inbox – I do this following the GTD method.
9:00 to 9:30 – Set others up for success – this is when add items for my team on Nozbe. I’ll also meet with my direct reports and convey my expectations for the day.
8. Create a short list of must do items. After processing in and my email, I’ll have everything I need to do in my Nozbe. Then I choose the top 3 items. If these were the only items I accomplished all day, I’d have had a successful day. I mark these as next actions. Then I get started on the first item.
By having at least one of these items checked off before 10:30 in the morning, I’ve set myself up with an opening drive touchdown.
Creating a repeatable morning recipe that leads to success ensures you’ll have a successful and productive day every day. I’ve tried winging it and found my results sporadic. Creating a morning recipe like this has had an incredible impact on my success and productivity since I’ve implemented it.
Try this recipe today and let me know how it works for you?