[A guest post written by my friend Jonathon Knepper]

You’re familiar with the saying you are what you eat, right? Well, another saying we should be familiar with is, “You are how you start your day.”

Over the past few months I’ve spent over 100 hours researching, reviewing and reaching out to entrepreneurs to see what their morning routines look like. I always knew that a morning routine was something that could benefit me, but I just wasn’t sure where to start. Since some BIG changes are coming my way – mainly a new baby daughter any day now – I knew my window was closing.

My desire to start a morning routine, love of learning by example and a weird quirk that has me always making projects out of goals, created the perfect storm for a morning routine ebook – Win YOUR Day: Insights, Inspiration & Data From 100+ Entrepreneurs to Improve Your Morning Routine & Daily Productivity.

Below I’ve outline the top 5 morning routine building blocks plus included an infographic that outlines some of the most important stats. Enjoy!

Top 5 Morning Routine Building Blocks

  1. Nourishment

Even though everyone surveyed did not have breakfast, it should come as no surprise that food/drink we’re at the top of the list. The research aligned with what reports like those from the Huffington Post have found- about 90% of people eat breakfast each day.

Your first meal after not eating for a while has a big impact on your metabolism. Beyond that, it can also greatly impact your productivity and more.

The biggest surprise came via the most common drinks: hot water with lemon (including Benny), green smoothies and ice water. The top three foods mentioned were eggs, yogurt and granola.

  1. Physical activity

The spectrum of responses were vast. From 7 minute workouts and jumping up and down for bone health to full-blown gym routines, entrepreneurs are a creative bunch. Regardless of what you decide to do:

  • Makes sure it’s enjoyable and fun.
  • If possible try to combine something else with your exercise, like listening to a podcast, learning a language, etc.
  • And remember that even 15 minutes of light exercise per day can increase your lifespan.

For someone like me who rarely finds time to make it to the gym, this was a huge breakthrough. Before, I was always down about my exercise habits. Now I feel more hopeful and positive about what I am able to do. If you’re struggling to exercise regularly, I’d suggest you look into this free, customizable 7 minute workout app from Johnson & Johnson.

  1. Reading

“I read something thoughtful, philosophical or spiritual. For example, I’m re-reading The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer in 10-15 minute increments most mornings.”Jason

Beyond improving your knowledge, reading (even fiction) had some surprising benefits. Did you know reading literature can improve your ability to understand what people around you are thinking? Neat!

  1. Checking Email

This was hands down the deepest divide amongst entrepreneurs. People like Harrison (and myself) check it first thing:

“I tend to always check my email first thing to see if there is anything of urgent matter to attend to. I feel that skill was ingrained in me while I was working at corporate office at Target, where you would look over the emails, and prioritize based on highest urgency to lowest.”

While others like Rajiv avoid email and alerts to start all together:

“Around April or May of 2015, I decided to not check my email until after 2-3 hours of being awake. Now my phone stays on ‘do not disturb’ until 9 AM.”

Whatever side of the line you land on, just be sure your morning routine works for YOU.

  1. Planning & Goal Setting

Provided you haven’t been living under a rock and have read your fair share of the GBL blog, you’ll already have some knowledge on goal setting. If not, brush up on past articles.

For the entrepreneurs with a planning/goal-setting ritual, it was an important part of their morning:

“I find [that planning] especially really helps me focus on the day ahead. Once I see everything I need to do in writing, I can begin to tackle everything.” – Joe

Learnings From 100+ Entrepreneurs [Infographic]

The infographic below points out some of the biggest takeaways from examining over 100 morning routines. If you like the quotes above or the data below, I invite you to check out Win YOUR Day on Amazon. For a limited time you can download it for $1!

morning-routine-infographic
Jonathon Knepper is a digital strategist, efficiency nerd, hot sauce fanatic and lover of great eats. When he’s not working (and sometimes when he is) you can find him traveling with his wife, daughter and soon to be newborn daughter. You can learn more about him on dudewiththehair.com or connect on Twitter.

Recently I signed up for a 10k race to get back into shape. I paid the entry fee a couple months before so that I would stay committed to doing it.

However as the race got closer, doubt started to creep in. I started to worry about things on race day that really got me to consider whether I should even do it or not.

But then I asked myself one question that helped me decide whether or not I should do it. The answer gave me clarity and I didn’t waver from it.

In today’s episode I talk about what that question is and how it can help you live a life with no regrets.

 

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Advice to Those dreaming about starting an online business

I’ve always dreamt about having my own online business. It was back around 2007 that I knew that the way I wanted to be able to quit my job was to start an online business.

I had looked through job ads and tried to figure out what other job I’d be interested in. But the idea of working online appealed to me.

It wasn’t that easy of a start though. I tried and failed many ways to make money online. I know why I failed, but I’m glad I had that experience. Because with each failed attempt, I learned a bit more about myself and what I liked and didn’t like doing.

In this episode, I give advice to those who are wanting to start an online business. There are so many ways to make money online now, which is great, but

  • Where do you start?
  • How do know if it’s for you?
  • What mistakes did I make that you should avoid?
  • What to do if you have the fear of failure?
  • Why you should stop aiming for perfection?

Resources I mentioned in this episode

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5 Ways to Make 2016 Your Best Year Yet

I’m excited for 2016 and am ready to make this my best year yet. I know you do as well. We start out the year feeling ready, but what can we do to make sure this year is our best year yet?

I share five ways to do so. It’s not the simple advice of figuring out what you want and just setting goals. There’s more to it and they’re small changes that you can make to give you the chance for your best results.

Let me know what you think about the advice I share below and let me know if you have any questions.

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Master the Day with Alexander Heyne
I’m excited to have Alex on today’s episode. He recently wrote a book called Master the Day: Eat, Move, Live Better with the Power of Tiny Habits.

We talk about losing weight, having more energy, and ways to build better habits to make improvements in your life.

Enjoy this interview!

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How has 2015 gone for you? Great? I definitely hope so. What if it hasn’t gone as you had hoped? What if you look back to the beginning of the year and see you’re in the same situation and still feel the same about life.

It’s probably cause you have mental blocks that are holding you back. You may not be aware of them either.

In this episode, I share 10 mental blocks that you have to eliminate to make 2016 a better year for you. Even just holding on to one of these mental blocks can limit your progress.

I know from experience when you eliminate all 10, you’ll feel a huge weight lifted off your shoulders, less anxiety, more optimistic, and be more driven to achieve your goals.

 

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