Using daily morning routines to get rid of the overwhelm

So many practice owners I speak to are currently, or have in the past, felt a sense of overwhelm that comes from having too many things to do. This creates numerous offsets in the mind, such as procrastination, inability to think clearly, decreased confidence and forgetting things.  I want to share with you today the benefits of having regular predictable routines each day because this is a GREAT start to decrease overwhelm. 

I was recently reading about Steve Kay. He is a professor at the University of Southern California and he has researched the circadian rhythms of humans. His research has shown that when it comes to doing cognitive work most adults perform best in the late morning. As body temperature starts to rise just before awakening in the morning and continues to increase through midday, working memory, alertness and concentration gradually improve. A morning routine can assist us to mentally and physically be at our peak from a productivity point of view at this time.

A morning routine can also provide stability – something to ground us and focus us on what we are working towards. This is a great tool for managing the ebbs and flows of private practice ownership and management – when the road is rocky and you are hanging on the side of a cliff… your morning routine can serve as normality and help you stay true to yourself.

A morning routine can also create momentum. It gives our brain and body cues as to what is next for us, and when you are used to using your routine our responses to these cues can start to occur automatically – without much effort.

My challenge, I am setting for you is to start planning your morning routine today.. or if you already have one, reassessing it and deciding if it can be improved.  Standardising 30-120 minutes of your morning is ideal. Without a plan, it is easy to end up scrolling through social media, getting stuck into trivial tasks that keep us down in the weeds, or are not aligned to where we need to be that day.  A plan gives us structure, focus and clarity. 

If the above is not enough to start some action, I do have one last little line to twist your arm…. Jim Rohn, who was an entrepreneur and motivational speaker once said…  “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” So off you go, plan out what your morning routine will look like. If you need some inspiration, see our blog on ‘How to maximise your morning routine for success’ here.

Planning, Work Life Balance, Systems, Private Practice, Productivity


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