How to Start the Day with Your Head in the Game

Start your day with deliberate steps to make you most productive.

  • Determine what you will watch, listen to, or read as part of your morning routine to get you focused for a successful day.
  • Commit to this routine daily.
  • When you get distracted through the day, return to your morning mindset.
  • If you don’t take control of the first thirty minutes of your day, don’t be surprised when the rest of the day gets away from you.As a young age-group swimmer, I used to enjoy watching a video called The Fast and The Furious before I went to training each morning. It was about world-record holders Victor Davis and Alex Bauman. It was an intense video about how they swam, trained, and competed hard. It used to lock me into the job that I was about to begin: training at 5:00 in the morning.When I went on to college to swim at NCAA level, we had a phenomenal team around us of twenty-four guys, all focused on the same objective, beginning training, again, at 5:00 in the morning. So there again, I was surrounded by an environment fully focused on key, core objectives.Now in the corporate world, it’s obviously a little different: people aren’t rushing to wake up and hit their day full-on at 4:30 in the morning, so I’m responsible for setting up my day myself. So at 4:30 I’m up, and I’m into a routine: I have my Bible study and then I watch something or listen to something that specifically gets me set up for the day and allows me to begin concentrating effectively on what I need to get done.Related: Persevering Through Daily Mundane Is the Quickest Path to SuccessAt the moment I’m watching a great series on Formula One drivers and the intensity that these people prepare for racing with. You might listen to a podcast if you go to a gym early in the morning before you hit the office. You might listen to a podcast that gets you focused on having a most productive morning, and therefore helping you have a phenomenally productive day.So,
  • Determine the steps that you’re going to use every morning to get you focused on that day. Maybe it is watching a video, maybe it’s listening to a podcast, maybe it’s reading a book.
  • Commit to that process: ingrain it as a habit that you do every morning when you wake up.
  • As you progress through the day and you find yourself losing some focus or losing some concentration, cast your mind back to how you started your day: focused and intentional. Then carry on the rest of the day, using that as the mindset to get you to the end.