Daily routines are often the best way to combat work-life balance. By turning your morning into a well-structured routine, you’ll be able to curate your time without terrible dread of being unprepared for the day ahead – and even schedule in some time for calming meditation or doing something that you enjoy before heading off to work.
However, it’s also possible to go too far and pile more stress on yourself by applying pressure to be productive before and after work. For example, Development Manager at Hewlett Packard, Dylan Ali, recently went viral on LinkedIn after sharing his morning routine, which he claimed starts at 3:30am every day.
Ali claimed that his routine is essential to his own productivity and that its ‘thorough’ nature that allows him “to show up and be the best version of myself for everyone around me”. In a lengthy post, he broke down the routine which he completes every day before leaving for work, which consists of:
A cup of coffee
Qigong body movement
Content creation and content consumption
When questioned on why his routine was so extreme, he stated: “Because by the time that I walk back out of my house at 7:30am in the morning I can easily say I’ve accomplished five wins for the day.”
Whilst Ali’s routine isn’t for everyone, he raised a poignant point about the need to ensure that you’re starting your day with structure and a positive mindset. He told one commenter that he dedicated a lot of time to find a routine that worked for him.
“The key thing in developing a morning routine is creating one that serves you.
“My routine is specific to my vision and goals. Mine is framed around four pillars that are my foundation. Yours can be what’s most important to you. Tie your morning routine to your vision for life. This makes it way easy to get out of bed when you’re being pulled to something (sic),” he said.
Ali isn’t the only business leader who places significant emphasis on his morning routine. Many famous and successful professionals have also shared their own ways to start the day, including Founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, who is known as an advocate of good health.
He spends one hour on the treadmill every morning whilst listening to educational courses from the Teaching Company.
Presidential candidate Howard Schultz has also made headlines for his gruelling morning routine. The ex-Starbucks Chief Executive revealed his early morning routine to Bloomberg Businessweek, and explained: “I get up at 4.30am every morning to walk my three dogs and work out. Around 5.45am I make coffee for myself and my wife...”
How do you start the day? Let us know in the comments…