My Morning Routine

Morning is wonderful. Its only drawback is that it comes at such an inconvenient time of day.
― Glen Cook, Sweet Silver Blues

Morning is an important time of day, because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have.
― Lemony Snicket, The Blank Book

I love waking up early.

It hasn’t always been like this, only the last 6 years. I Started waking early back in 2011, before that almost every morning was chaotic & stressful. I dreaded mornings.

On average I now rise @ 0430 each weekday morning, 0700 weekend mornings. Been logging my wake up time since mid 2011, as part of my journaling habit.

…I’ve found, is putting a little emphasis on making the first hour of your day the most powerful hour. Treating that first hour as sacred, not to be wasted on trivial things, but to be filled with only the most essential, most life-changing actions.
-Leo Babauta (zenhabits.net)

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Great Tools to Boost Your Personal Productivity & Be Creative

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“Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them.”
― David Allen

“You can do anything, but not everything.”
― David Allen

TOC

  1. Introduction
  2. Fundamental principles & rules in my approach.
  3. Software tools
  4. Hardware tools
  5. A few recommended books

 

Introduction

My life changed dramatically after attending a GTD seminar in London – March 3, 2011.

Before that I was constantly stressed out, both at work and home. GTD introduced me to a whole new world, not only the GTD world, but to the world of Personal Productivity & Personal Development. I read about 50 books on subjects like Productivity, Growth, Personnel Development, Motivation, Creativity, etc.. the next 12 moths. I also became a “Black-belt GTDer”, David Allen was my new hero….

Over the last 5 years I´ve tweaked my GTD approach several times. I no longer do everything the GTD way, but it is still a major part of my Personal productivity approach.

This post is not about how (I´ll do a post about that somewhere down the road), but what tools I use. Still, I need to spill a few fundamental principles & rules in my approach.

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Habit #10 – Make your bed

….in fact… “make your bedroom”.

“We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.”
~John Dryden

Not every habit has to be complicated… this is an easy one, but it is a “keystone” habit.

Making your bed every morning is correlated with better productivity, a greater sense of well-being, and stronger skills at sticking with a budget. It’s not that a family meal or a tidy bed causes better grades or less frivolous spending. But somehow those initial shifts start chain reactions that help other good habits take hold.
~Charles Duhigg (The Power of Habit)

Small wins are exactly what they sound like, and are part of how keystone habits create widespread changes.
~Charles Duhigg (The Power of Habit)

Not only make your bed, but also keep your bedroom clean & decluttered. It’s a bedroom not a closet…

It’s a great feeling to enter a tidy bedroom when bunking in for the night.

Check out this cool youtube video….

Award-winning author and entrepreneur, Jonathan Fields, interviews New York Times investigative reporter and bestselling author of The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg: