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Sharper New Year Routines – STP030

Released Saturday, 9th December 2017
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Episode 30-  In this episode we help you prepare for a sharper new YOU for next year, by revisiting the subject of routines. We've produced a compilation episode on the subject, with all the really useful stuff from episodes 12 and 13.

If you'd like to listen to the FULL episodes, the links are here:

Episode 12 (Hello Good Morning) where we cover:

Why you should think about your morning routine
Planning to plan from a personal perspective
Having a morning routine isn't just for people running multi-million pound operations
But if they do it - why shouldn't you?
I've done the research in places like Success magazine,  Forbes,Tony Robbins, Jim Rohn, David Allen and so on, so you don't have to. Here are some articles for further reading:

(Success link removed as article has since been taken down)
Fastcompany - The morning routines of the most successful people
Forbes - Routines of 7 successful but human millennial entrepreneurs

What my morning routine is - and why I do it
Circadian rhythms and - why they make you feel like you do
Your alarm is a conflict, but you can make it work for you
Why I get up at 4:50, and why you should get up at 6:37
Laugh, smile - do it FIRST
The psychology of smiling
Water water everywhere - get it inside you
Run for your life - why some exercise every day is a good idea
Oy - YOU! (time)
Get cold - If it's good enough for Tim Ferris and Tony Robbins, it's good enough for us
What 30 seconds in a cold shower tells you about taking things for granted
The 6 steps:
Alarm - set it with intention, don't snooze
Laugh - look in the mirror laugh or smile at yourself, I promise you, it's funny and good
Water - half a litre, 16 ounces re-hydrate quickly after you've woken up
Activity - walk outside, gym, run - whatever works for you
You time - 10 minutes of meditation, yoga, or just taking 10 to stop and think what you want to do today
Shower - cold blast, 30 seconds at the end.

Episode 13 (Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me) where we cover:

How your 'start of day' and your 'end of day' routine support each other, and support you getting stuff done
Why Forbes.com say how you end your day is critical - in this article
Michael Hyatt says, "The right activities before you sleep can set you up for success the next day" in this article
The two groups of 'end of day' routines - the workday one, and the dayday one
Why it's even more important to have a defined end of day process if you do work which doesn't have its own clear end to each day
A great template for a 7 step routine from todoist.com - the full article is here

1. Clean up your physical and digital workspace
2. Review your to-done’s
3. Write out tomorrow’s to-do list
4. Set yourself up to “Eat Your Frog” first thing in the morning
5. Confront the things you’ve been putting off. (Break them down and choose one 'next step' for tomorrow)
6. Set a time to end your workday and stick to it
7. End on a high note:

Forgive yourself
Show gratitude
Do someone a favour

My personal end of workday routine (from 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction and Get the Right Things Done) looks like this:

Spend 5 minutes asking yourself these key questions:

How did my day go? What went well? What were my challenges?
What did I learn today? About myself? About others? What do I plan to do - differently or the same tomorrow?
Who did I interact with? Anyone I need to update? Thank? Ask a question? Share feedback with?


Set a 'turn off your screen' time - and stick to it

What Scientific American say about - using screens before bedtime
Coffee - did you know it has a 'half-life'? - The effect of caffeine on sleep

Wind-down time, take it seriously

Take the time to work out how long you need to start...

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