5 World Class Entrepreneurs Share Their Morning Routines

Robin Sharma Morning Routine

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Robin is founder at robinsharma.com and the author of the bestselling book “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari” He shares some wisdom about the first hour being the most important hour of the day.  Check out Robin Sharma’s morning routine below:

“The Holy Hour, as you know, is simply 60 minutes at the beginning of your day that you devote to self-mastery and personal development. If your outer life is really a reflection of the quality of your inner life, then it’s a brilliant move to spend at least an hour a day working on yourself. This simple idea alone has helped so many of our clients from around the world get to world-class in business and in life.
During my Holy Hour, I journal, I read inspirational books, I review my goals and plans and I simply make the time to think. Because clarity precedes mastery and the clearer you can get on what you want to create in life, the more focused you will be in your daily behaviors. Every day can be a platform to get you closer to your mountaintop. And yet, too many people live life by accident.”

Lewis Howes Morning Routine 

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Lewis is an authentic thought leader at lewishowes.com and author of the book School Of Greatness. Check out Lewis Howe’s morning routine below:

“Mornings are everything for me. They either set me up to thrive or simply just survive. I wake up and set my intention for what I want to create that day either mentally or by writing it down. Then I express my gratitude as I believe it’s important to start from gratitude so that when things come up you aren’t happy with, you can still focus on the things you ARE grateful for instead of the things you aren’t. After that, I make my bed. This helps me clear my sleeping space and declutters my mind. It also gets me taking action and building positive momentum towards getting results for my day. After that, I do a 30-60 minute workout depending on the day and push my body to an uncomfortable state. Then I drink a green juice and smoothie, shower, and get into my day. All of these things are planned and intentional, instead of just waking up and reacting to the day. I find my days 10x more productive when I follow this than when I don’t.”

Eben Pagan Morning Routine

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Eban Pagan is a business growth specialist, he foundedGetAltitude.com and has sold over $100M worth of information products over the past 10 years. Check out Eban Pagan’s morning routine below :

“The crux of the personal success piece is sleep. 8-hours of high-quality deep sleep in a comfortable, dark quiet space using an eye mask and ear plugs is critical, so when you wake up you feel rejuvenated. The first thing I do when I wake up is drink water and then exercise and then a really high-quality meal. I make a green shake that I’ve been iterating on for years. If I get all those pieces right : the sleep, the water, the exercise and the food in the morning, I’m pretty much set for a good day.”

Joel Brown Morning Routine

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Joel Brown is the founder of addicted2success.com, one of the leading self-development sites in the world. Check out Joel Brown’s Morning Routine Below:

“You wake up, you exercise to wake your body and mind up, do self-development and then meditate on it. And that’s what I do every morning. It’s the 20-20-20. 20-minutes of exercise, 20-minutes of Self-Development & 20-minutes of meditation. And then I have a number of other habits like revisiting goals, going over my vision every day as part of visualizing and strengthening my beliefs about what I’m doing.”

John Lee Dumas Morning Routine

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John Lee Dumas is the founder of Entrepreneur On Fire, know for its world renowned podcast. Check out John Lee Dumas’s morning routine below:

“My morning starts with success because I am in bed by 9:15pm every night. First things first: sleep well. The Chili Pad makes sure I have an amazing nights sleep. Any computer time after 8pm is done with the aid of my gamma glasses and the app flux. A spray of Magnesium Oil and 30-minutes of fiction reading and I am drifting off by 10pm in a cold black room. At 5:30am my app Sleep Cycle goes off and I jump RIGHT out of bed. I immediately head to the bathroom to splash cold water on my face and brush my teeth with fluoride free toothpaste, and a tongue scraper. Then I pound two 8-ounce glasses of water. Then I’m off for a 35-minute power walk listening to Podcasts. Then it’s off to the shower where I skin brush for 2 minutes, followed by a 5-minute Tabata shower. After my refreshing shower, it’s time to get my meditation on! Then I write in The Freedom Journal.” (for his full morning routine

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So in this article, you have learned from 5 leading entrepreneurs how they spend their mornings. Robin Sharma’s morning routine included the holy hour of self-mastery. Eban Pagan’s morning routine involved a super green smoothie. Joel Brown’s morning routine involved the 20 20 20 rule. Lewis Howes morning routine involved gratitude and strenuous exercise. And John Lee Dumas’s morning routine involved a long podcast walk.

Leave a comment with your morning routine and how you will integrate what you’ve learnt into it.

Time Management for Entrepreneurs…The Ultimate Guide

Time management for entrepreneurs can be hard. There are so many distractions every day. It only takes one to completely derail your productivity.

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But time management for entrepreneurs is not hopeless. In this article, I will go over some rules, that if you follow, will double what you get done in a day.

1. Start the night before

Time management for entrepreneurs always starts the night before. Use this simple prioritization system to get more done in less time.

1. At the end of each work day, write down the six most important things you want to accomplish tomorrow. Don’t write down more than six tasks.
2. Prioritize those six items in order of importance.
3. When you arrive tomorrow, concentrate only on the first task. Work until the first task is finished before moving onto the second one.
4. Approach the rest of your tasks in the same way. At the end of the day, move any unfinished tasks to a new list of six tasks for the following day.
5. Repeat this process every day.

2. Do the most important thing first

In Brian Tracy’s Book “Eat that Frog” he cuts to the core mindsets of superhuman productivity: decision, discipline, and determination.

The key point he makes is that the first task you do in the day, whether it’s being distracted by emails or writing a big presentation, sets you up for the day.

The brain is most open to influence during the first hour of the day and the hour before you go to sleep. Use these times to your advantage, plan your most important tasks the night before and think about any problems that may try to throw you off track.

After your morning routine dive into your most important task with no distractions.

A good way to ensure this gets done is to put your phone on Airplane mode until the first task of the day is done.

3. Use the RPM framework for mapping your goals out in Evernote

This is taken from Tony Robbins. It’s called the Rapid Planning Method, or a hyped-up version of outcome-orientated prioritization.

It’s a way of prioritizing which tasks in your business are the most important and which ones actually affect your bottom line revenue.

Use Evernote to map it out. Start off with your goals. These should be goals that really excite you, goals that you believe can happen but will push you to the max.
Then go over what you want to achieve that day.
Then list the tasks that will help you achieve that goal.
Then highlight the 3 most important tasks.

4. Use the 60-60-30 Rule

The 60-60-30 technique has been proven to be the most productive way to start your day as an entrepreneur because it get’s your two most important tasks of the day done in the morning 100% of the time.

It involves two 60-minute work sessions followed by a 30-minute break, with a 10-minute gap between each session.

So…

50 minutes
10-minute break
50 minutes
10 minute + 30-minute break
So now you can see how this productivity system comes together, put your 2 most important tasks in these sessions every day.

After that, use the Pomodoro time system.

What is the Pomodoro Time System?

Well, it provides entrepreneurs with the maximum focus and mental clarity whilst they complete tasks.

It’s essentially 25-minutes of work, followed by a 5-minute break. You can use a timer or the Pomodoro App to time the sessions. You use this method to get all your other tasks done, sometimes a task takes more than one Pomodoro session to complete, which is fine.

5. Use Plan to organize your schedule

Time management for entrepreneurs is a lot easier with Plan (getplan.co)

Plan (GetPlan.co) is my favorite productivity tool because it makes it so easy to schedule your day around meetings and social commitments.

So now you have broken your weekly goals into daily actionable steps. You have prioritized those tasks and broken them down into 50-minute and 25-minute sessions. Now, simply input your 60-60-30 tasks and Pomodoro tasks into the tool and it works around any meeting or other commitments you may have in the day.

It also stops your tasks taking too long and keeps you accountable for your day. Oh, and it integrates with iCal and Google Calendar too!
5. Schedule Interruptions

In Tim Ferris’s book “The 4-Hour Work Week” he explains how he set up an auto-responder on his email account. The auto-responder tells the emailer that he only checks his email between 11-12PM and 4-5PM daily if he’s emailed outside these times.

The email explains that if it’s super important they can liaise with his colleague or phone him directly.

This technique tells people that he is not on their schedule and his time should be respected. Eban Pagan, a productivity wizard, takes this a step further by purposely taking a long time to respond back to people to train them that he is on his own schedule and shouldn’t be distracted.

In addition to this, avoid meetings if possible. Most meetings pander to someone’s ego or are just to fill time, you can not afford this kind of time drain if you want to be productivity king. Gary Vaynerchuck schedules 3 or 4-minute meetings because he is outcome orientated and understands how useless a lot of meetings are.

6. Avoid decision fatigue by making 60-second decisions.

Famous entrepreneurs like the late Steve Jobs had this figured out, they set up their life in such a way that they didn’t waste decision energy on things that didn’t matter. That’s why you see Steve Jobs wearing the same clothes day in, day out. You can leverage the same ability by only taking 60-seconds to make decisions. Your decision will be just as good but will just take far less time and drain your willpower less.

In this article, you have learned the best time management for entrepreneurs system. You can now utilize it to get double done in less time.

The 5 Best Productivity Hacks for Entrepreneurs

 

Here are the best 5 productivity hacks for entrepreneurs:

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  1. Have a Morning Routine and Stick to it.

“Your first ritual that you do during the day is the highest leveraged ritual, by far, because it has the effect of setting your mind and setting the context, for the rest of your day.” – Eben Pagan

In Hal Elrod’s book “The Miracle Morning”, he credits his ability to bounce back from $200,000+ in debt to one small lifestyle change : Getting up early and cementing a morning routine into his day.

A morning routine prepares you emotionally, physically and mentally for the challenges of the day ahead.

The truth is, most of us don’t just wake up feeling empowered and ready for the day. But when your morning routine becomes a habit, it creates a level of certainty that helps you be productive no matter what happens in your day. It’s the rudder of your ship that helps you get to your destination no matter how many waves and obstacles you have to navigate through.

Hal Elrod’s morning routine includes Meditation, Exercise, reading and affirmations. Eben Pagan adds drinking a pint of water and a superfood smoothie too. Tony Robbin’s includes 10 minutes of being grateful for what you already have, as well as 10 minutes visualising the life you want as if you already have it.

  1. Tackle The Hardest Thing First

“If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.” – Mark Twain

In Brian Tracy’s Book “Eat that Frog” he cuts to the core mindsets of superhuman productivity: decision, discipline, and determination.

The key point he makes is that the first task you do in the day, whether it’s being distracted by emails or writing a big presentation, sets you up for the day.  

The brain is most open to influence during the first  hour of the day and the hour before you go to sleep. Use these times to your advantage, plan your most important tasks the night before and think about any problems that may try to throw you off track. After your morning routine dive into your most important task with no distractions.

A good way to ensure this get’s done is to put your phone on Airplane mode until the first task of the day is done.

  1. Use the 60-60-30 Technique

“Complexity is the enemy of execution” – Tony Robbins

The 60-60-30 technique has been proven to be the most productive way to start your day as an entrepreneur.

It involves two 60-minute work sessions followed by a 30-minute break, with a 10-minute gap between each session. So 50 minutes, 10-minute break, 50 minutes, 10 minute +30 minute break.

So now you can see how this  productivity system comes together, put your 2 most important tasks in these sessions every day.

After that, use the Pomodoro time system.

What is the Pomodoro Time System?

Well, it’s aim is providing entrepreneurs  with the maximum focus and mental clarity whilst they complete tasks.

It’s essentially 25-minutes of work, followed by a 15-minute break. You can use a timer or the Pomodoro App to time the sessions. You will be amazed at the results.

  1. Schedule your distractions

“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” – Jim Rohn

In Tim Ferris’s book “The 4-Hour Work Week” he explains how he set up an autoresponder on his email account. The autoresponder tells the emailer that he only checks his email between 11-12PM and 4-5PM daily if he’s emailed outside these times. The email explains that if it’s super important they can liaise with his colleague or phone him directly.

This technique tells people that he is not on their schedule and his time should be respected. Eban Pagan, a productivity wizard, takes this a step further by purposely taking a long time to respond back to people to train them that he is on his own schedule and shouldn’t be distracted.

  1.  Use the Two-Minute rule

“If it takes less than two minutes, then do it now” –  David Allen

In David Allen’s book “Getting things Done” he explains how this rule transformed his productivity.

It works because it is easy to follow and trains your mind to stop procrastinating. It also helps stop overwhelm and mental clutter.

So whenever there’s a task you see that would take 2-minutes to complete always do it. Starting now. Seriously.

People read so many articles and listen to so many podcasts that they rarely take action. I want this to be different. Imagine how different your life would look if you followed these steps? You would make more money and have more fun doing it. Initial procrastination is never as fun as deep meaningful work.

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Productivity Hacks from Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg

Productivity hacks from Richard Branson, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos & Warren Buffett. Use them to skyrocket your productivity to get more done in less time:

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Richard Branson – Get up early and do your morning routine

“Over my 50 years in business, I have learned that if I rise early I can achieve so much more in a day, and therefore in life.”

Richard Branson’s productivity hacks include waking up early. He wakes up at 5AM every day and has a consistent morning routine. He spends the time exercising , planning and getting a headstart on the day. Think about how much more you would get done in a day if you woke up just 1 hour earlier?

He also argues if you want to be more productive you start with the fundamentals. Be punctual.

“If you want to be more productive, then start at the start: get there on time. Whether it is a meeting, a flight, an appointment or a date, ensure you are there when you say you will be there. This may feel like an old-fashioned tip to give, especially in a series titled Productivity Hacks, but it has served me well for five decades in business.”

He argues that if you fall behind schedule it can be hard to get back on track again.

But he also adds that it doesn’t mean rushing around to fit your rigid schedule, he explains that :

“Being on time doesn’t mean working to a strict, rigid schedule. It means being an effective delegator, organiser and communicator.”

Jeff Bezos – Reverse engineer your goals using a single measurable metric

When Amazon bought the Washington post an employee asked Bezos about his goals regarding headcount, he responded:

“there are no extra points in business for growing headcount. The goal is not to grow headcount; the goal is to serve readers, and then you work backwards from there”

Reverse engineering goals is not a new concept, but it’s one that often gets overlooked. By focussing intensely on one metric and one goal it makes it far easier to make decisions and say no to distractions that don’t serve your core purpose.
Mark Zuckerberg – Avoid decision fatigue

“I feel like I’m not doing my job if I spend any of my energy on things that are silly or frivolous in my life so that I can dedicate all my energy to building the best products and services.”

Much like the late Steve Jobs, Zuckerberg knows that it takes willpower and energy to make decisions. Even decisions as simple as what clothes to wear or what to eat for breakfast expend energy. Zuckerberg’s productivity hack is simply to avoid decision fatigue. Zuckerberg often wears the same type of clothes each day and has many parts of his routine that he can do on autopilot without expending energy.

You will find that the best entrepreneurs in the world always serve a purpose greater than themselves, and Mark is no different. His commitment to serving his communities needs at every level is what has made Facebook so successful.

Warren Buffett – Focus intensely on just 5 goals

“No. You’ve got it wrong, Mike. Everything you didn’t circle just became your Avoid-At-All-Cost list. No matter what, these things get no attention from you until you’ve succeeded with your top 5.”

This is a quote from Buffett’s conversation with his pilot about his career goals. When Buffett asked the pilot Flint to reduce his career goals from 25 to 5 he responded :

“Well, the top 5 are my primary focus, but the other 20 come in a close second. They are still important so I’ll work on those intermittently as I see fit. They are not as urgent, but I still plan to give them a dedicated effort”

Buffett told him to give them no attention whatsoever until the top 5 goals were complete. The real lesson here is having laser focus and not getting caught overwhelmed by the many goals we have in our lives. Laser focus is one of many Warren Buffett productivity hacks that have allowed him to be so successful.

“The man who chases two rabbits, catches neither. – Confucius”

Elon Musk – Use smart multitasking to get more done

“To get through the day, Musk relies on two stimulants: caffeine and a desire to help humanity colonize Mars.”

Apart from Elon’s incredible work ethic and passion for the problems he’s solving, he has a secret weapon : His multitasking.

This productivity hack was born out of necessity, as Musk splits his time between SpaceX and Tesla, two multibillion-dollar companies. Oh, and he has 5 children.

He emails with his children on his lap, has lunch whilst conducting a meeting, and according to an interview, he often takes long showers which he uses to plan most of his work.

Elon even Joked,

“I do a lot of email — very good at email. That’s my core competency”

But, instead of using productivity apps and planners , Elon has amazed people with his detailed memory, which allows him to internalise to-do lists and predict project timelines easily.

5-Steps to Develop Laser Focus (for entrepreneurs)

Laser Focus.

It’s one of the most used phrases in productivity, but people rarely know what it actually means, or how it affects them every day.

Laser focus

You see, most of us wake up and check our phone or let negative thoughts creep in and affect our day.

Focus is the opposite of this. Focus is deciding that you can’t afford to be distracted or subscribe to another person’s agenda.

“Always remember, your focus determines your reality.” – Qui-Gon to Anakin, Star Wars Episode I

Qui-Gon was a wise Jedi indeed. But how can we use his advice and set up our day so we ‘Get In The Zone’ and focus automatically?

Well in this post I will be doing just that. Here’s 5-Steps to Getting in the zone consistently
1. Stop consuming, Start creating

When I was 8 years old my Dad said something that I still remember to this day. He said “In this world, there are 2 types of people, consumers and producers”, It struck a chord with me and I believe my life was shaped by this seemingly insignificant comment.

This is very similar to how our brain works when it comes to productivity. It has 2 modes, one is a creator that’s on its own agenda and the other one is reacting to every event and situation. It very important, especially in the morning, to be on your own agenda. Don’t check your emails or use facebook early in the morning as it sets the tone for the rest of the day.

2. You don’t have to be a Monk to Meditate

Meditation is an entrepreneur’s best friend. Hmm…That doesn’t have the same ring to it, but it’s true! Meditation allows you to train your mind to focus on one thing, your breathing. This is critically important when it comes to getting in the zone because it quietens your mind and allows you to be fully present to the task at hand.

3. One thing at a time

You have to train your mind to laser focus on one task at a time. This is easier said than done. There are so many niggling thoughts and doubts we have in this world that it can be hard to sit down and work without your brain reminding you of them every 5 minutes. Realise that this is a habit. A habit that can be reversed.

The night before your working day, write down everything you have on your mind. Separate this into 2 lists. One containing the actionable items, and the other filled with the things you can’t control. You can then integrate the actionable items into your day and throw the other list in the bin! You’ll be amazed at how much this calms down your mind and helps you laser focus.

4. Visualise and plan

You have to plan for distractions or they will plan to distract you! Think about situations that could arise and take you off track and then settle them in advance. For example, will the client need X item for the sales funnel? Probably. Can I provide it in advance? Yes.
Visualisation is commonly used by top Olympic athletes. There have even been studies where golf players have increased their golf handicap by 2 without swinging a club, they just visualised the shot before playing! Visualise yourself working in the zone and overcoming boredom or barriers and you will have more laser focus than before.
5. Baby steps!

Focus is a muscle. And like any muscle, it must be trained. Baby stepping hours of being in the zone is a real necessity. Start by testing where your productivity level is now. How long does it take you before you start getting distracted or have the urge to check facebook? Organise 5-minute breaks at this time, but extend it by 2-5 minutes every day. Before you know it your laser focus muscle will be strong like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s muscles in 1970.

How do you get in the zone? Comment below

Also, stay posted for tomorrow’s post as “I’ll be back” writing about a winning evening routine.

The 10 Best Productivity Tools For Entrepreneurs

Being an entrepreneur isn’t easy, but luckily there are some awesome tools out there to help you manage your time and be successful. Here are the 10 Best Productivity Tools For Entrepreneurs.

10 best productivity tools

1. Rescue Time
A cool app that breaks down how you spend your time on your laptop and sends you weekly reports. Spending too much time on youtube or facebook? Rescuetime will let you know as Peter Drucker once said “What gets measured, get’s managed”

2. StayFocusd
StayFocusd is one of the best productivity tools around. It lets you block distracting sites such as youtube between set working hours, which allows you to focus on the task at hand

3. Headspace
This is an essential productivity tool for any busy entrepreneur. Practising Meditation allows you to clear your mind and  focus. If you add this to your daily routine you will be amazed at how much more in control of your thoughts and actions you will be.

4. Vid Speed Controller 
This neat little tool Allows you to speed up videos and save loads of time. It’s a chrome plugin that is compatible with every kind of video. Install it and you will see a 1.00 in the top left corner of the video, simply adjust it to increase the speed of the video to consume more content in less time.

5. Noisli
Noisli is something I use every day whilst working. It provides background noises to help you focus whilst working. You’ll be amazed at the difference it will make.

6. Assistant.to
Do feel like you’re constantly organizing meetings? Well this Gmail extension allows you to organize a meeting time that works for both of you in one email. It syncs with your calendar and then you input meeting times that work for you and then the recipient simply clicks a time that works for them too, simple.

7. Sortd for Gmail
This Gmail extension allows you to split your inbox into categories to help with email management. It is super easy to use and allows you to handle clients, leads and other projects simultaneously.

8. Zapier & IFTT
These are automation tools that require no coding.For example, You can automatically save Gmail attachments in Google Drive or receive a push notification when you receive an important email. The possibilities are endless.

9. Asana
Asana is an easy free task management platform that helps you organise tasks between your team easily.

10. Evernote
This is a must have tool for any entrepreneur. Awesome for organizing all your ideas and notes and can integrate with any device.