Making the Most Out of Your Morning and Evening Routine

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Your achievements in life are dictated by the things you accomplish during the day. The problem? If you’re neither mentally nor physically ready to put in the work, you’ll fall short. That’s when a morning and evening routine comes into play.

On one hand, a morning routine helps get you in the right state of mind―and body―to tackle the tasks on any given day. An evening routine, on the other hand, helps you unwind after a long, stressful workday so that you can recover for the next one. But don’t get it wrong. You need both. Regardless of how simple they might be.

However, when creating a routine for themselves, people usually do what they see on social media. Even though you can try some of the things others are doing, that doesn’t mean all of them will suit you well. There’s no such thing as the “right” morning or evening routine you should follow. Rather, there’s your morning and evening routine. And the only way to figure that out is by experimentation and iteration.

Today, you’ll zoom in on what Luis does to get ready and active in the morning, and calm down and unwind in the evening. You’ll learn what has, and hasn’t worked for him, as well as some of the best recommendations for the things you should definitely try to include in your morning and evening routine.

Once you have a routine that works really well for you, treat it like an important meeting you’d have at work. Why? Because it is. An important meeting with yourself. And as Hal Erold puts it, “Focused, productive, successful mornings generate focused, productive, successful days―which inevitably create a successful life (…).

What You’ll Learn in This Episode:

  • The Importance of a Morning and Evening Routine
  • The Secret to Creating a Routine That Works for YOU
  • What Most People Do Wrong When Creating Their Morning and Evening Routines
  • Why You’ll Have to Keep Updating Your Routines Over Time
  • How Morning Routines Differ for an Introvert and an Extrovert
  • Luis’s Morning Routine: What Has and Has not Worked
  • Luis’s Struggle to Create an Evening Routine That Worked
  • The iOS Feature Helping Him Go to Bed on Time―And Fall Asleep
  • The #1 Thing You Should Definitely Try to Include in Your Morning Routine

Resources Mentioned:

Engineering Our Future Newsletter
The Miracle Morning, by Hal Elrod
Engineering Our Future #23 – Three Simple Principles to Develop and Maintain Habits
Engineering Our Future #61 – My Struggles with Mental Health

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