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How To Get More Done By Starting A Morning Routine


How you start your day impacts everything that follows.

If you wake up to donuts and video games, you’re priming yourself for a sluggish start and a sugar-crash later. Instead, if you begin your day with a nutritious breakfast and your favorite motivational podcast, you’re more likely to conquer everything in your path.

Morning routines are important, but there's no one-size-fits-all approach. So to help you establish a ritual that's as well-suited to you as the selections in your Netflix queue, we asked a few of our friends to share what's worked for them.

Our Friends' Morning Routines

Brandon McCaghren, Owner 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Decatur

“I like to start my day with an educational podcast as soon as I wake up. Usually, I listen to something that’s either about business, martial arts, fitness, or a motivational topic.”

Erin Grey, Owner of CrossFit 865

“For me, a quick text or call with my partners to regroup on priorities and projects for the day is a must. We run the meetings like a daily stand up, and they help us stay on point and not get caught up in busyness of the day.”

Matt Sharp, Owner of CrossFit Maximus

“My mornings start with waking up an hour and a half before the family gets up to do planning, morning exercise, and reading.”

Theo Tsekouras, Owner of CrossFit H-Town,

“I always have a little power fuel (banana with peanut butter, oatmeal, shake) and hit the box, of course!”

Craig Howard, from Diablo Fitness Partners, Pete's Coffee, and Sports Business Journal

“I like to start my day by catching up on social media and reviewing the WOD.”

Matt Hunt, CEO at Hard Exercise Works

“I get up at 4 am every day and spend 1 hour with God. Although I spend all day with him in everything I do, it's that first hour that is just his and mine together!”

Jared Perelmutter, Owner of Brick CrossFit

“Best part of my morning routine is taking the 1st hour of every morning to myself to drink my caveman coffee and play on social media. I get it out of the way early, so I don't waste critical hours of the day being distracted. Also, I generally don't schedule meetings until after 10:30 AM unless there is no other option. This allows me to keep my morning to myself while I prepare myself mentally for an ass kicking day of GETTING S**T DONE!”

Cabel McElderry, COO at Fit Body Boot Camp

“I always start my day with 30 minutes of exercise while listening either motivational speeches or more often the current audiobook/program I'm reviewing. I find it's critical for my headspace to get both my body and mind moving in a positively focused direction. Breakfast is my power smoothie of almond milk, almond butter, Vega Protein, spinach, frozen and fresh berries.”

Time To Build Your Own Morning Routine

If you don't have a morning routine, hopefully the examples above will help you get started.

For even more inspiration, though, check out this advice from Tony Robbins and Tim Ferrriss. Or for your inner control freak, consider Dr. Sheldon Cooper from the Big Bang Theory, who schedules his bathroom habits for 8:20 AM every morning. Apparently there's a morning routine out there for everyone.

Do you have an incredible morning routine you'd like to share with other gym owners? Tell us all about it at @sweat_angels_.

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John Rougeux

John is co-founder and CMO at Causely. When he's not trying to build the most philanthropic company in the world, he's probably hanging out with his wife and three daughters in Lexington, KY. You can also find John on Twitter and LinkedIn.


Matthew Watson

Matt is Customer Success Manager at Causely, where he does everything in his power to help our customers succeed. He loves sports, his wife, his dog, and the great outdoors, but not in that order. He may love his dog more than sports. You can find Matt on Facebook and Twitter.


Sarah Werner

Sarah is a writer, marketer, and brand specialist. She has experience in both non-profit marketing and financial development as well as for-profit content marketing and social media. She holds degrees in English and Art from Asbury University. When she’s not writing content for Causely, you’ll find her outside with a book or camera enjoying the company of trees. You can also find Sarah on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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