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A Simple Trick for Making Big Decisions

We all have to make decisions in life, and more importantly take responsibility for them.


It’s the big, life changing ones that can be daunting and cause us stress and anxiety. At times we can agonise and procrastinate over them for days or even months.

Should I go for that internal promotion?

Should I take a new job and switch companies?

Should I change career?

Should I leave my partner?

Should I start a relationship with person x?

etc. etc.

We seem to be fantastically good at imagining the big, scary consequences of such decisions. We exaggerate the negative implications and then create pictures and movies in our head for how these will play out. And then we repeat them over and over, until they become accepted as fact.

Sometimes it’s not even enough to do this whilst we’re conscious, we even do it in our dreams too!

Have you noticed that we rarely do this for how things could play out positively? Can you even remember a time when you imagined how things would work out for the best, let alone exaggerated and repeated over and over?

Why the hell do we do this?

Fear, self doubt and anxiety tends to get a hold early on, and from there it just completely takes over, distorting everything. Once it does this, it’s hard to snap out of it and get a balanced perspective again.

I wanted to share a simple technique which helps to break down big decisions logically, enabling you to make these big decisions quicker and more confidently.

The best and worst case scenario technique

With most decisions, you have a current situation (lets call it A) and the decision you make, will move you to a new situation (lets call it B).

The first thing to do is simply sit down quietly and make a list of what will happen in both the best and worst case scenario if you actually made the decision and moved to situation B.

Start with the worst case and then do the best case. Take your time and be realistic – particularly with the worst case scenario.

Keep an eye out for exaggerated worst case scenarios. I.e being homeless, having your partner leave you, having your reputation destroyed etc.

With most decisions, none of the above will actually happen. If in some unlikely turn of events it starts to look like they might, I’m betting that you probably have friends and family that would intervene way before they actually happened right?

Lets look at an example. If I went ‘all in’ on a new business project (money and time) and it failed, would I lose my house, have Ella leave me and be the laughing stock of my friends and colleagues?

I doubt it. In fact, it would never happen.

Firstly, I know I could rely on many friends and family to ensure I don’t sleep rough. I know Ella would stick by me and I also know that I have the right types of friends and ex-colleagues who will be supportive of either outcome.

Therefore, the worst case scenario is a bit more like getting into some debt or moving in with friends and family and probably then landing a decent job at a tech company.

That doesn’t seem as bad as being homeless, alone and a laughing stock does it? 😉

Sometimes it just takes sitting down and writing things out logically as a best and worst case scenario to gain a proper perspective.

Of course, everyone’s situation is different and we will all have different options available to us. But that’s the great thing about creating a best and worse case scenario list – it’s your list and your situation.

Ok, so you have your best and worse case scenario lists – now what?

What you’ll normally find is that the worst case scenario feels a hell of lot better than you expected; and the best case scenario gets you pretty damn excited.

Sometimes the worst case scenario can still scare the crap out of you; and the best case scenario doesn’t excite you.

Either way, you can now use these to help guide your decision.

You don’t have to make the decision there and then, often sitting on it for a few days will help. However, with a best and worst case scenario list in front of you, it should now be easier and quicker to make.

Using the best and worst case scenario to mitigate risk

Another big benefit of making a best and worst case scenario list is that you can often mitigate the risks in the worst case scenario.

For example, lets say you are weighing up whether to take an internal promotion. One of the worst case scenarios might be getting dragged into working too many hours and this wrecking your work / life balance.

Now that you have actually thought and anticipated it, you can start to consider how to mitigate it.

For example, one of the things you could do is have a candid discussion with your boss and make it clear what your worry is and also what your expectations and limits are when it comes to working hours.

You may surprise yourself in that you don’t have a problem after all. Or perhaps it’s not quite as bad as you expected and you can agree a compromise which suits everyone.

And even if it is as bad as you thought. At least you know for sure now and can make a better, educated decision.

You’ll find that as you start to list out the worst case scenarios, you automatically start to think about ways to confirm and mitigate them – this is very powerful.

A few tips and pointers

If you’re still struggling with the best and worst case scenarios or the actual decision itself, take a few days out and try not to think about it. Often when you return to the exercise, you’ll find you see things more clearly. It’s amazing how some downtime can clear things up.

If you’re still struggling after that, it can also be useful to get some help from a friend or mentor. Just make sure it’s someone you respect and whose judgement you value.

Walk through the decision you’re faced with, the best and worse case scenarios and what your gut is telling you to do. Have an honest conversation around it.

You should find that your perspective is better afterwards and it helps to steer your decision somewhat.

‘Steer’ being the key word there.

Remember, it’s your decision, not theirs. What you’re looking for is validation on your best and worst case scenarios, a better perspective on the risk involved and ideas for how to mitigate. That way, you will be better positioned to make the decision for yourself.

A last word on decisions

Most decisions are a catalyst for starting a journey and rarely do they impact you in a permanent way. Sometimes you just have to make the call, push forward and adjust if necessary. The best decision makers tend to weigh things up thoroughly, but then assertively make the call and commit.

I wrote a bit about this when I reviewed my favourite book, The Alchemist. Below is an excerpt:

‘Big decisions are simply that – a decision. In themselves, most are unlikely to impact your life in a permanent way or for 5+ years. Instead they are often just a catalyst for starting a journey where many other subsequent decisions will follow. This is well represented in the decisions Santiago has to make along his journey.

At the end of the day it is better to simply be decisive and then if you feel like you are moving down the wrong direction, you can always take the learnings and make another decision to pivot. And in fact normally you find yourself taking a route that was entirely unexpected and would not have been considered if you didn’t make that big decision in the first place. Sometimes you just have to commit and push forward.’

Last, last word

I’m certainly not claiming that making big decisions or dealing with the anxiety around them is easy.

I still find it hard and sometimes fall into the traps above. I still have to fight to push self doubt to the side and to stop those damn horrific movies in my head.

However, I’ve found that the best and worst case scenario technique helps to rationalise things and allows you to move forward quicker and easier.

A good example is recently I have decided to pursue life and business coaching. I felt great about that breakthrough and decision – particularly after a few months of uncertainty.

However, it didn’t take long for self doubt and worst case scenario movies to come knocking. What if I got NO clients – how embarrassing! How would I explain that to a future employer? Will I be judged by my friends and ex-colleagues as a failure? I felt like an imposter for believing people will pay me to help them be more successful! etc. etc.

So, I sat down and laid it out as a best worst case scenario and the actual worst case scenario looked just fine.

Lets imagine it doesn’t work out. I would spend 6 months coaching just a few people (I can’t imagine I would attract zero clients) and the chances are I would help them in some way. I would learn how to be a better coach. My savings would take a hit (no change there – they are currently anyway!). And afterwards, I would then seek another opportunity which takes advantage of my skills (which I am confident I would be able to find). I can even see how I would talk about this period with a new employer in a positive way and the fact that I would be a better coach of people would be a big plus for a future leadership role.

So, in summary I help a few people, become a better coach, my savings get depleted some and I would have to re-channel my efforts elsewhere.

Doesn’t look so bad huh?

But the best case is both awesome and exciting.

I would get both personal and business clients and make a real difference by helping them be more successful. I would be doing meaningful work that I love. I’d be improving my coaching skills. I’d be meeting lots of new people and getting an insight into many different companies. Best of all, I would have found something I love doing, can get paid well for and allows me the balance in life I have been missing for so long.

When you look at it like that, it’s a complete no brainer to commit to situation B (more on this over the next few weeks). The worst case is just fine and the best case has tons of upside.

The next time you’re faced with a big decision, give the best and worst case scenario technique a try for yourself. I think you will find it very useful.

Thanks to Barry Avraam and Jess Ratcliffe for reading drafts of this.

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Creating and Keeping Company Culture

I’ve been thinking about culture lately, particularly how companies establish and evolve their culture over time.

I think there are some specific and important things that companies can do when it comes to setting and keeping company culture. However, before I get into it, I want to caveat them all with one thing.

The culture will largely be defined by the personality of the leadership team, particularly the CEO.

I’ll say that again, in a slightly different way:

How the CEO and leadership team go about their work (things they say and do, the decisions they make) is the biggest factor in the type of culture that is created.

The buck really does stop here.

Here’s a quick example.

In the early days of Jagex, the CEO and founder were very frugal and careful when it came to spending money.

They travelled economy and stayed in sensible hotels. They didn’t have better offices or equipment than anyone else. They didn’t grow their own teams or have personal support until they were genuinely stretched enough. They didn’t arrive to work in fancy cars. etc. etc.

As a result, the whole company took on that value.

I don’t even remember the CEO or founder ever talking much about being frugal and careful with spending money. It was just a strong value for them and part of their personalities, so they naturally led by example in that area.

Now, can you imagine if they had done all of the right things to establish being sensible and frugal with money as a company value and then went ahead and did the opposite? This may even be something you have seen in action at a place you’ve worked.

The downfall of the banks is also a good example to consider.

A culture of excessive risk-taking and bad behavior was encouraged and often rewarded. Now, I wasn’t in those companies, but I think it’s safe to say the leaders in these organisations set completely the wrong example in the things they said and did, and the decisions they made and everyone just followed.

How to create and keep culture

Leadership needs to set the example – I know I am repeating myself, but I really don’t care because this is the single, most important thing. If you don’t do it, everything will unravel.

If you do NOTHING ELSE, decide as a leadership group what values are important and that you want in the company and then simply get out there and act as you expect everyone else to.

Remember, it’s when the business faces tough challenges and difficult decisions, that people in the organisation are looking to see how leadership responds. This can be the toughest time to stick to your values, but potentially the most important. People remember these moments the most.

And this applies to leadership at all levels. As your company grows and starts to have more structure, you simply can’t be everywhere in the business. You will need to rely on all levels of leadership to be ambassadors for creating the right culture and setting the right example. This is critical for ensuring your culture and values spread through the organisation and that you keep your culture as you scale.

Define your values – You can’t expect everyone to follow certain values if you don’t clearly define them. The process for this doesn’t have to be overly complex, but probably deserves a post of it’s own. So I will just say two things.

Firstly, allow some collaboration. This will give you the best end result and will ensure buy in. Involve the leadership team, senior people, founder / high influence type people and perhaps even the whole company (be a bit careful with this one though).

Secondly (and perhaps in contradiction to the first point), whilst you want collaboration, don’t get stuck in design by committee. Remember, you are leaders of the business, so you need to LEAD. This means setting the direction when it comes to values (or at least a good starting point for debate) and deciding on what they finally are.

Finding the right balance between you as leaders setting the scene, but also allowing collaboration is the key.

Make values visible and talk about them – Whatever way you decide, the key is to keep them in the forefront of peoples minds as often as possible.

If you ask someone spontaneously to describe the company culture or values and they look at you with a blank face or give you an answer you don’t like, you’ve gone wrong somewhere.

The more natural and unforced, the better. Culture / value posters, use of the company intranet, stationary, culture books etc. are all decent initiatives, but they also have a sense of being a bit forced.

It’s better to look for more natural and subtle ways to talk about culture with everyone. Highlighting and rewarding the right behaviour and talking openly about it when someone doesn’t (have to be careful here, but it can be done) can be the most powerful.

In summary, talk about them often and with context, and make them visible to all.

New employees and induction programmes – This should be part of the previous point, but I think it’s so important I wanted to pull it out separately.

The first few days, weeks and months in a new employees journey with you is so important. They are normally super excited, open minded and impressionable.

You literally have a time window to impress upon them a few important things and what you say is likely to stick and last, so use the time wisely.

I’d try spending at least a few hours with people on their first day and over their first few weeks to introduce them to the company culture and values. It needs to be the CEO and some senior leadership, not a random HR advisor who happens to be free that day.

Try and get some open discussion going and give as much context and examples as you can. I think even telling people stories of employees who have been fired for displaying the wrong values can be appropriate if done properly.

You can learn a lot about people in this period and it can be a good way to identify early on those who may fit in really well or perhaps not (it’s important it doesn’t feel this is the reason you are having the conversation though).

Hire the right people (and let the wrong people go) – Kind of obvious, but as you build the company you need to ensure your culture and values are a big part of your recruitment process.

Ask the candidate interesting questions which will generate discussion around some of your values (preferably before you tell them what they are). Try and get them to talk about how they have acted in certain situations.

It’s really about clever questioning here. Ideally you want to be identifying people who are naturally aligned to your culture and values aswell as weeding out those who aren’t.

Mistakes get made at the recruitment level, it happens. So if you find yourself hiring someone who doesn’t share your values, have the conversation as early as possible. Discuss it candidly and be open minded about how to resolve it.

But, if that person is truly not naturally aligned with your values, make the tough call – always.

And remember, responsibility for making the wrong decision falls with you, so be fair to the individual.

Last point on hiring. Take extra care when hiring leaders and managers.

As mentioned above, the key to keeping hold of your culture and values as you scale is relying on your leadership at all levels to set the right example and be ambassadors. If you make several mistakes here, you can get yourself into trouble quickly and it will be hard to reverse.

Don’t try too hard – Whilst you can follow all of the advice above, it shouldn’t feel like hard work and most of it should happen organically and naturally. If you know what your values are, talk about them often, lead by example and hire the right people in, things will fall into place.

If it feels like a slog or you feel in a bad place, take a pause. It will almost always be an issue with the above fundamentals.

If you find yourself in this situation, don’t fall into the trap of looking for short fixes or gimmicks. A larger culture poster isn’t going to fix a significant culture problem. You need to go back to the fundamentals and almost always, leaders of the organisation need to look inwards at themselves.

Think about culture and values early on – I’ll wrap up with one final point and that is, it’s never too early to spend time thinking about the culture you want to create and values you want to see from people.

If you have a start up, don’t make the mistake to think it can wait until you are bigger, it may be too late then.

It takes an enormous effort and commitment to change a culture once you’re some way down a road that you didn’t want to go down. And it’s not always possible to completely rectify.

It really does require ten times the effort to turn the ship, than just get it pointing in the right direction to start.

I get that a startup needs a laser focus on building their product or service, so I’m not suggesting spending loads of time on it.

But, time spent on defining your values and on hiring the right people that fit in with them early on, is well worth it.

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The Benefits of Meditation and Mindfulness in Everyday Life (and how to do it for yourself)

Meditation has always been something I’ve been interested in, I just couldn’t ever get into it properly.

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I’d feel too uncomfortable when I was sitting. It didn’t seem to matter how hard I tried, I wasn’t able to quieten my mind. And to top it off, I couldn’t see any tangible results.

So, I’d normally give up a few minutes into a session and after a few days of practicing meditation.

What changed for me recently was firstly a couple of posts from Brad Feld (Learning to Meditate and Book: Get Some Headspace) which motivated me to give things another go. I also started using Headspace which is awesome. Lastly, I made meditation a part of my new morning routine and it’s starting to become a habit (I have meditated for 14 consecutive days now).

For me, using Headspace was instrumental – from there everything just seemed to click into gear and make sense. I’ve now completed the ‘take 10’ series and am working through ‘take 15’ and am finding myself looking forward to each session and enjoying it. I’m also now starting to see the benefits in my everyday life (many of which just seem to be happening naturally and without effort).

Here are a few of the benefits I’m noticing already:

When I meditate in the morning, I start the day off with a sense of calm and focus. This can make a big difference to how the early part of my day goes, which influences the rest of the day.

I’m much more conscious of my thoughts and internal dialogue throughout the day – to the point where I can connect how they drive my emotions. When you’re conscious of your internal thoughts, you also start to question their validity (it’s funny how ludicrous and made up some of them are) or sometimes simply just take a step back from them. This has a big impact on how I feel and the state of my mind throughout the day.

I’m becoming more patient (I’m naturally quite impatient) – particularly because of the above.

It has helped lower some anxiety I’ve been having lately.

I’m starting to make better decisions as to what is important and what isn’t. I’m not sure exactly why, I just seem to have better clarity in my thoughts and for what feels right and not so right.

One of the biggest things I’ve noticed is that I’m more present, even in the smallest of things – washing hands, opening doors, eating, walking, talking to people etc. I’m not rushing around so much on autopilot and I’m savouring the moment more.

It seems weird to be think about being present and savouring the moment when it comes to something like washing our hands. However, when you do, you realise how much calmer you feel and how many moments and sensations you miss by rushing through things.

I’m appreciating myself more and feel a higher sense of self worth and confidence. Again, I’m not exactly sure why, I just am.

I’m being kinder and nicer to people, I feel more compassion for others naturally and am starting to think about how I can help.

I’m noticing myself feeling more grateful for the many things I experience and have in life.

I know that sounds like a lot of benefits to see in such a short time. Even in writing this post, I have surprised myself at how much of an impact mediating and being more mindful is having on me.

So, you want a piece of the action?

I’m not going to sit here and claim to be an expert on meditation and mindfulness.

The truth is I’m still figuring things out and it’s early days. However, below are a few pointers for getting into meditation and having more mindfulness in your life:

  • Download the headspace app and do the ‘take ten’ series.
  • Let go of any expectation from meditation. As soon as you do this, it’s funny how the results start to show up. This isn’t easy of course. Try to see it as just ten or fifteen minutes out of your day and then forget about it and get on with the rest of your day.
  • Meditate in the morning and make it part of a morning routine. This will help you be consistent, a large factor in being able to see results.
  • Don’t overcomplicate mediation and being more mindful. Sometimes it can just be sitting down with a book, going for a walk, drinking some tea or connecting with a friend. The key is to be totally with what you’re doing. No phone, no laptop, no TV – just be in the moment with what you’re doing.
  • When trying to be more present and mindful, if you notice yourself being distracted (perhaps you get tempted to check your phone or think about something you need to do later in the day), don’t beat yourself up about it – just return your focus and carry on.
  • Disconnect. Leave your phone at home from time to time. Turn off your modem. Get out there and experience life without being connected. You might be amazed at how good this feels.

And with that, I am off to walk the dogs in the sun 😉

Thanks to Jess Ratcliffe and Paul Clough for reading drafts of this.

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Why Writing Well is Important and My Three Favourite Writers

Writing well is a powerful and underrated skill. Being able to convey your thoughts in an influential and concise way, gets you very far in life.

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Why is writing so powerful?

Writing helps evolve your ideas and can generate new ones (1). Therefore writing on a regular basis tends to make you a wiser person – you’ll have a larger number of good, clear ideas and insights.

It encourages mindfulness. I’m sure everyone has experienced the many ideas that tend to bounce around our head at any one time. They can be distracting and impact both our ability to focus and be present with other important things we’re doing. Sitting down and writing about them brings a sense of clarity, often producing unexpected insights and leaving you with a clearer mind.

Writing well also helps you influence people. If you can do this well, it will transform your life – particularly your career.

You can be the smartest person in the entire company, but if you are unable to convey your thoughts in a clear and impactful way, your ability to make a difference and be successful is likely limited.

Conversely, if you can convey your thoughts in a clear and impactful way, you will be able to educate and influence your colleagues and you can bet those higher up will stand up and take note – leading to better opportunities and rewards.

The way large waffley email chains keep living on for days and weeks is a good example of this. No one seems to get to the heart of what matters and often the replies are unfocused and open ended. I’ve seen large email chains stopped in their tracks when someone weighs in with a clear, concise reply that summarises everything perfectly, and most importantly provides decisions and next steps. 

You could argue that being a good public speaker can compensate for not being able to write well and whilst this may hold some weight, with speaking you are restricted in how many people you can reach and how frequently. (2) A much larger percentage of communication gets done through written proposals and emails nowadays – so being able to write well puts you way ahead.

Writing can also be therapeutic. I liken it to meditation, in that you’re often sitting down quietly and listening to your thoughts. The main difference is rather than observing your thoughts, you are spending time thinking and working them out. Even though this can sometimes be a bit tough to work through, it’s still something I always look forward to and feel great about afterwards.

Lastly, here are two posts by Brad Feld and Leo Babauta which also talk about the power of writing – Why I Recommend Writing For At Least An Hour Every Day (inspired this post) & Why You Should Write Daily.

My Three Favourite Writers

I have three clear, standout favourite writers (in no particular order).

Whilst their styles are quite different, what they have in common is I always look forward to their content and learn the most from them. I also shamelessly admit to trying to imitate some of each of their styles in my own writing!

Paul Graham

The clarity of Paul’s writing is mind blowing. You can tell every paragraph, sentence and word has been carefully considered – many times. Paul admits to spending far longer editing his work than initially writing it, often getting a number of people to review drafts and give feedback. Essays can take weeks before they are finally finished and published.

He comes over as very wise and you feel like he has done all of the hard thinking and agonising for you, leaving you with just what is needed to understand things clearly.

Paul takes on big subjects and has a long list of essays on his site. If you take the time to read through them, you’ll be twice as smart. I promise 😉

I just wish he would write more often!

Nate Green

I always love it when Nate writes something new. He tends to write about fitness and lifestyle subjects, which is right up my street!

His style is so soft and easy to read and he often throws in some humour too. He just has this way of relating to you.

Nate comes across as someone who is wise before his time, so I always listen and take note when he writes. I never get tempted to skim-read his work and more often than not, he changes how I think about something and encourages me to take action.

I’ve met Nate in person and consider him a good friend. And yes, he is as cool in real life as he is online 😉

You can check our Nates blog here and he also writes for Precision Nutrition and ScrawnytoBrawny. I’d also encourage you to check out The Hero Handbook as its full of great life advice.

Leo Babauta

Leo’s site ZenHabits has easily been the most influential thing on my life in the last few years.

It introduced me to things like minimalism, writing, establishing habits, mindfulness and drinking good tea and it also reminded me how important some of things I did already were (rising early, morning routines etc.)

His writing style is simple and easy to read and he often draws on his own experience and shares his vulnerability – making his writing really easy to relate to.

You won’t see any advertising or hard sells either. Just a few great products with their value gigantically outweighing their cost.

I’d love to meet Leo one day. When I’m next in San Francisco I’m going to stalk him for sure.

Wrap Up

The next time you write something, be conscious of making it as clear, concise and impactful as possible.

Think hard about what you want to say and ultimately achieve. Once you have written it, consider cutting at least 25%. Re-arrange things, make long paragraphs and sentences shorter or even cut them out entirely. Get someone else to read it and give you feedback.

And consider writing more often. It’s the best way to get better at it and you may be surprised with the realisations that come to you.

Notes:

[1] Whilst I had experienced this personally, it seemed to click for me when I read Paul Graham’s Writing, Briefly essay. Here he says ‘expect 80% of the ideas in an essay to happen after you start writing it, and 50% of those you start with to be wrong’

[2] I should point out that I do think it’s important to be able to communicate well verbally. Persuading and influencing people gets done through a number of ways – emails, written proposals, 121 meetings, small groups meetings, town halls etc. Mastering being able to communicating well in 121 and small group situations is particularly important. Writing down what you want to say before you speak is a good way to organise your thoughts in advance.

Thanks to Barry Avraam and Jess Ratcliffe for reading drafts of this.

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The Power of Waking Early and a Morning Routine

I’ve been a cheerleader for rising early and establishing routines for a while, however recently I’ve strayed from both and feel worse for it.

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I’ve been finding it harder to establish habits that are important to me, I’m less focused and getting less done.

As I write this post, I’m reminded why getting up early and having routines is so important.

The early hours bring quietness and there are fewer distractions (often none) – this is perfect for being focused and doing important things.

Your mind is at it’s most quiet first thing in the morning – an ideal time for thinking.

When you get things done early, they’re banked and you can’t procrastinate on them later. In fact, you’re reading this today because writing is part of my new morning routine (I had planned to write at some point yesterday, but ended up skipping it).

Routines and rituals are perfect for establishing habits as they set up trigger points for doing certain things. For example, if you get up, drink some water and then sit down to meditate – drinking water becomes a trigger for sitting down to meditate. After a while you don’t even need to think about it, meditating is a habit. You simply drink your water and instinctively know what to do next.

Rising early and completing a morning routine sets you off on the right foot for the day. Because you’ve already achieved a lot, you feel good and are positive – this flows through into the rest of your day.

So, below is my new morning routine. Waking at 5 is going to be a bit tough, but I’ll be happy if I manage 6 and I can then gradually get to 5 (I managed 5.30 this morning).

5.00 – wake early
5.10 – get some fresh air; drink tea
5.25 – meditate

5.40 – write

6.15 – journal; plan day

7.00 – mobility exercises

7.30 – walk dogs

A few last words and tips:

I strongly recommend reading ‘What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast’ by Laura Vanderkam and ‘Daily Rituals – How Artists Work’ by Mason Currey. They are both excellent and super easy to read. They go much further into rising early and the power of routines / rituals.

Start off small. It’s tempting to go from not rising early and having no routine to creating a full on routine which kicks off at 4.00am. I can guarantee this approach will fail. Simply getting up half an hour earlier and doing two things is a great start. As you get a week behind you, extend it a little further.

Whilst I believe getting up early and having a morning routine is the best way to be, from time to time throw it out the window. Wake when you feel like it and have no routine. I find this freedom really refreshing.

It’s not all about the morning. A good evening routine can help you close out the day right and set you up for the next day. I’m going to spend mine drinking some fruit tea, reflecting on the day and reading.

Right, I better get on with planning my day 😉

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