#028: Become More Productive by Reengineering Your Morning Ritual [Podcast]

In this episode, I talk about early morning rituals and how they can set you up to be more productive, more successful, and more healthy. They might even enable you to make more money!

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According to a 2007 poll conducted by Gallup:

  • 55 percent of U.S. adults consider themselves “morning people.”
  • 15 percent consider themselves “afternoon people.”
  • 20 percent consider themselves “evening people.”
  • 6 percent consider themselves “late night people.”

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Interestingly, “Morning people” tend to:

The good news is that if you aren’t a morning person, you can become one. (See, for example, “10 Benefits of Rising Early and How to Do It.”)

But what about the “ritual” part of the equation? If you are like some people, the word ritual may have a negative connotation.

If you look it up on Dictionary.com, the first definition is this: “an established or prescribed procedure for a religious or other rite.”

The problem is that we typically think of it in a religious sense. I am not using it in this sense, though for me, even there, it has a positive connotation.

I define ritual as “a prescribed procedure for achieving a specific result.” In other words, it’s kind of like a recipe.

For example, as a golfer, I have a ritual for hitting drives that are long and straight (most of the time). Does my ritual always produce the intended result? No. But it increases the probability of achieving the intended result.

An early morning ritual can do the same thing for your productivity and the effectiveness. It won’t guarantee your results, but it will set you up for the possibility of success.

By the way, the truth is that you ALREADY have a ritual. Rituals are inescapable. The only question is whether or not you are intentional about your early morning ritual and whether or not your ritual is producing the results you want in your life.

Anyone can design a more effective early morning ritual by following these seven steps.

  1. Acknowledge that you already have a ritual.
  2. Document your existing ritual.
  3. Evaluate whether or not it is producing the results you want.
  4. Determine the results you want (and don’t want).
  5. Reengineer your current ritual.
  6. Implement your ritual.
  7. Tweak your ritual as necessary.

Reengineering your morning ritual can be a simple way to become more productive and set yourself up for success.

Listener Questions

  1. Andrew Mason asked, “What do you do when your morning gets derailed?”
  2. Hank Osborne asked, “What if you are a night owl?”
  3. Leslie Samuel asked, “How do I keep from getting side-tracked by e-mail first thing in the morning?”
  4. Matt McWilliams asked, “How do you adjust your routine when you travel?”
  5. Tor Constantino asked, “What do you need to do the night before?”
  6. Travis Dommert asked, “How have you maintained your early morning rituals?”

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Episode Resources

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