I’m a learner. I love absorbing new information, collecting new ideas, and exploring how others before me have structured their lives and come to their conclusions. This can be a great strength, but it can also be a weakness of mine. For me, it is much easier and more natural to learn about something than to do something with what I’ve learned.
For a long time I knew I had more to give and share, but I wasn’t sure how to go about doing it. So, I did what I do best: I researched. And, through my research, I learned that many of the highly influential people from history and today had one thing in common: they took action. That word that excites me, but also terrifies me. I knew that in order to do what I desperately wanted to do, I was going to have to make a change. I had to make a plan and then actually do it.
But first, I had to figure out the best way to do that. That’s why I created the Magna Planner, and these are just a few of the books that inspired, shaped, and informed my system.
My morning routine journey has been a little different from Gilbert’s. I have never been a morning person and I definitely have no desire to get up at 5:30am every day. He’s also very good about claiming time for personal growth in the morning. I intend to work on adding that in too, but this is about where I’m at for now, ok?
After being a little more intentional with my mornings, I was surprised to learn that I didn’t really have to work any “harder” to start my day better. So in case you’re a little more like me, I wanted to share how some small changes can dramatically change the start to your day. I actually look forward to mornings now!
Since leaving my regimented Army lifestyle over 10 years ago, my morning routine has consisted of erratic sleep patterns, waking up at odd hours of the night, inconsistent workouts attempts, and lazy weekends.
I got tired of feeling like I was pushing myself through my day. With the addition of young children, finding time for personal growth became even more challenging. I knew that claiming the early mornings as “my time” would be key. For a long time, I believed that waking up at 4:30 am is what gives great achievers the edge on their day, so I had to try it.