Entrepreneurs sometimes shy away from the rigid and routine; after all, they’re risk takers and dreamers who enjoy finding better, more innovative ways to get things done. But starting the day the same way each morning and ending it the same way each night has benefits that touch every area of your life, from the personal to the professional.
Starting a morning routine helps wake you up fully, energize your body and mind, and get you into the productive mindset. As Benjamin Franklin said, “The early morning has gold in its mouth.” It allows you to make time for clarity, peace, and to focus on what you’d like to accomplish that day. Getting into a routine before bed each night will help you wind down from the day, reflect on your choices and actions, and relax before going to sleep. Here’s how starting a morning and evening routine makes you a better entrepreneur.
What Benjamin Franklin can teach us about morning routines
Benjamin Franklin didn’t make it on the $100 bill by staying up late and sleeping in. He made it a point to rise at the same time each morning, retire to bed at the same time each night, and he carefully scheduled and planned out his day to make the best of the time he had. He took his time very seriously, and didn’t like to waste it.
Here’s an excerpt from his daily schedule:
Notice that he asked two very important questions at the start and end of each day: What good shall I do this day? and What good have I done today? By asking these open-ended, positive questions, he was setting himself up for success. He was ensuring that not a day went by that he wasn’t considering the long term and overall good of his tasks and actions that day.
Consider starting your morning with the same question, slightly modified: What tasks will I accomplish today? This gives you a good opportunity to make a list, mental or physical, that outlines what you need to get done and any notes on how you’d like to do it. And when the day is over, reflect on your accomplishments and what you’ve made happen that day.
After he asked himself the very important question in the morning, Ben would then go through the rest of his morning routine:
- Rise, wash, and address the Powerful Goodness (Franklin wasn’t a terribly religious man, but believed in the power of goodness)
- Contrive day’s business and take resolution of the day
- Prosecute the present study
His morning routine consisted of activities that set his day up for meeting goals and holding himself accountable for spending his time wisely and productively. It’s also notable that he started the day by first taking a ‘big picture’ overview of the day (addressing the ‘Powerful Goodness’ and planning his business motives that day) and then taking a step back to handle the execution of his strategy–all before having breakfast.
After his morning routine, Benjamin Franklin would get more work done, eat lunch, read, and clean up. He’d listen to some music, enjoy conversation, and finally, it was time for his ‘examination of the day.’ He would go over the events of the day, deciding what he liked and what he didn’t, what could be improved and what was working well. He addressed the good he’d done and what he’d gotten accomplished. And then it was time for bed.
He knew the value of all these things well before modern science could back it up. Benjamin Franklin enjoyed the benefits of having a morning and evening routine. You could implement the same practices in your life and experience the benefits as an entrepreneur!
What’s part of your morning or evening routine? Share with us in the comments!