You are defined by your rituals, Jay. Create morning rituals that set you up perfectly for the day ahead. Here's what my morning rituals are for this year...
-- Get up at 6am
-- Drink bottle of water (hydrate body)
-- Take walk around my local park (clear mind)
-- Exercise 20 minutes (boost energy levels)
-- Eat healthy breakfast (fuel the body and mind for the days work)
-- Read personal development material (motivation and positive mental attitude)
-- Meditate for 20 minutes (center myself and get focused)
This brings me up to 730am and then I start my days work.
-- My first task is to get my most pressing working assignments out of the
way (this can be difficult if you're not focused, motivated and energized)
-- I then focus on my list of tasks I wrote down the night before.
-- Tasks are broken into categories, i.e. 40% traffic generation - 20% content creation - 20% business management - 20% personal development (mindset)
-- I set timers for tasks and shut everything else down within that time.
-- Email - browsing the web etc, are secondary to anything else I do, but I allow for this ONLY when I have completed more pressing tasks. I usually check email twice a day - and only for 5 - 10 minutes.
-- During the day I take regular breaks and completely disconnect from my work.
-- I wear an elastic band on my wrist that I snap really hard when I notice I'm getting off track. I have anchored that "snapping" feeling to instantly tell my mind that I'm NOT being productive, and to, well, "snap out of it"
Before I go to bed at night, I write out my next days tasks and contemplate the day (was it successful - what did I get done, etc.)
These rituals keep me on track and help me get a lot of work done. I remember a quote/statement I heard many years ago that went like this...
"As soon as you stop pushing for what you want in life - what you DON'T want takes over automatically"
Have a great day.