My Morning Routine

My Morning Routine as an Independent Graphic Designer

With the exception of being away or being sick, these the things I actually do almost every morning.

My good friend Brian posted this question to his Fbook page:

Brian G. April 17 at 1:04pm
Question for all you morning gym-goers. Do you eat before or after? What’s your morning schedule look like? I’d love to get my life a tad more organized.


My response, yes, evidently I’m one of “those” people:

I prepare my gym bag the night before that includes clothes for the next day. I keep a locker at the YMCA that contains my swim gear and a pair of gym shorts and my shower flip-flops.

My alarm goes off at 4:58am. I make one fried egg, put it in a container with a lid, put my pants on, grab my gym bag and drive to the YMCA, approximately 5:10 a.m. Once parked at the YMCA (approximately 5:20 a.m.), I eat my fried egg (that’s cooled off by now). Then I head toward the front door of the YMCA (unlocks at 5:30 a.m.).

Next I head to the locker room, get into my swim jammers and swim a mile. Or if it’s Tuesday or Thursday, I put on gym shorts and lift weights for an hour. At approximately 6:30am I’m done with either my swim mile or with working out. I shower and brush my teeth, then head home.

I get home a little after 7 a.m. and pray through my ever growing prayer list on my phone. When I’m done praying I read the next Bible study section in my Bible App. The boys wake up at around 7:00 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. I make them and Kacey scrambled eggs and I make my coffee and make two more fried eggs for myself. Then we get Ike ready for school and Kacey or myself walks him across the street to class. By the time I get home from waling Isaac to school it’s almost 9 a.m. Time to work.

I hate getting up early. But if I don’t, my spiritual, mental, and physical health suffers. I am not a morning person. Getting up sucks. But before you start complaining, talk to your grandparents about their childhood. Then, suck it up, be an adult, set goals, and work toward achieving them.

Decide what’s important in your life and make time for it. You do that right now anyway, but most folks spend their time instead of investing it. I’ve learned that if you’re not working to make your own goals a reality, someone else will always be calling the shots over your schedule. You’ll be stuck building their dreams instead of yours.

This is not a “do exactly what I do” thing. That would be stupid. Everyone has different lives and goals. My point is as I’ve told you before, hard work is the minimum requirement. Focus works. Knowing what your goals are is probably the first step. Then just break the big goals down into small ones and there’s your to-do list. Slay your day!

Brian G.:This is perfect. Thanks man!

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