I am Dr. Hassan, a Board-Certified Physiatrist and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own profitable practices so they can achieve financial independence and live without limits.
This week is all about the morning routine because this is an especially key step on your journey to building a profitable practice. Today I want to talk about nine quick actions that will jumpstart your morning routine. What you need to realize is how you wake up in the morning and what you do first are incredibly important. With this in mind, much is made of the morning routine. There are numerous articles and books ready to tell you all the remarkable things you should do before starting your day. I’ve read the Miracle Morning numerous times to attempt to perfect my morning routine. Unfortunately, as much as we might want to do these wonderful things, sometimes as all we can do to just survive the 24-hour news cycle, life, responsibility, and getting out the door to work. So, what should you do if this is the case? Is it better to come back and try another day? Absolutely not. You can still create a morning routine that only takes minutes and sets the proper tone for the day.
It starts with intentionality and some attention to design.
1. Get to it. You don’t have time for lingering in bed. The snooze alarm is really a trap best avoided on days like this. Getting out of bed at the first ring of the alarm will save you a lot of time later. My suggestion is placing your alarm a great distance away from you so that it forces you to get out of bed to turn it off.
2. Set your intention. One minute is all you need to remind yourself why you’re doing this and why your morning routine is important to you and your day. This might be a good place to add an affirmation or a positive thought about the day to carry with you as you work through your morning. I set my intention by stating the following: “Everything you ever wanted is on the other side of fear.”
3. Stretch. While a full exercise routine would be optimal, you can catch a real workout later. For now, why not invest in five minutes of stretching to work out the knots and get the blood flowing?
4. Bathe. Even a quick shower will help you feel refreshed. My suggestion, lower the water temperature. Make it cold and you will find yourself speeding up to get it done in record time.
5. Dress for success. With any luck, you set out what you want to wear the night before. Even if you haven’t, choose clothes which make you feel confident and ready to take on the world.
6. Eat. There is no excuse not to eat healthy, even when you’re in a rush. Make a point to have some quick and healthy breakfasts on hand. It doesn’t take long o grab a yogurt or a piece of fruit.
7. Breathe. This is not time to fall into stress. Take another five minutes for deep breathing or short meditation. This will help you find the calm among the chaos and center yourself again.
8. Check your schedule. A minute spent with your calendar will help you manage the day and see what’s expected of you. It will also help keep you on track with what you need to be doing with your time.
9. Make a list of what needs doing today. While it might seem like a waste of time to be jotting down some quick goals, knowing what to do and when to do it will help you feel like you have control over your entire day.
And finally, take another deep breath and you’re ready to go. The day is firmly under your control.
Not having a daily or morning routine can cause a lot of frustration in your day. Check out our blog post here for some steps for reducing daily frustrations.
I’m Dr. Hassan, a Board-Certified Physiatrist and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own profitable practices so they can achieve financial independence and live without limits. Please go to businessofrehab.com/contractnegotiations to pick up the free guide to help you negotiate the contract of your dreams.
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