My morning routine

While I’m known for being predictably unpredictable – I’m always up for an adventure and love acalculated risk – I do, however, have a morning and nightly routine. I find structure to start and finish the day helps me to focus, and achieve the things I need to. Here’s a rundown of my usual morning routine – I thought it might be useful to share it with you.

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No matter where I am, I rise early – usually around 5am. I like to sleep with the curtains open, so the sunlight wakes me. I find natural light to be wonderfully motivating. It’s hard not to be enthusiastic about the day ahead with the sun streaming through the windows.
 
If I am somewhere with a tennis court, I’ll generally play a hard couple of sets of tennis. If tennis isn’t an option, then I’ll go for a walk or a run, or jump on my bike. If I’m near the ocean, and there’s enough wind, I’ll go for a kitesurf. There’s no better way to start the day then with the wind in your hair, salt on your skin and a smile on your face.

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Then it’s time to eat breakfast, which for me generally consists of something high in fibre, like muesli and fruit, to fuel my day’s adventures. After breakfast it’s a cup of tea with my wife, Joan… Who am I kidding, it’s probably already time for my third cup – I drink about 20 a day! Together Joan and I check in on our children, Holly and Sam, and their families, with phones or video calls if we’re in different locations.
 
Exercise and family time put me in a great mind frame before getting down to business. I like to wake up early so that I can work through my emails before most of the world logs on. Living in the BVI, I like to be online early, so that I am accessible and available to our offices in other time zones. I’m constantly connected and engaged, and I like it that way.

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My morning tends to wrap up with a social media sweep. I love logging onto Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram everyday; posting about what’s going on in my life and reading your feedback. Social media has opened up the world, and given the public the power to really have a say – it’s a wonderful thing.
 
What does your morning routine look like? I’d like to read about it in the comments below.

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