What My Day Looks Like

podcast productivity Apr 09, 2020

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Everyone's days are different. I thought it'd be fun and perhaps helpful to share my daily framework (which does change occasionally). This is not meant to be THE answer but just a guide. Read with an open mind and take what works for you and leave what doesn't.

5:00 am

Wake up!

I've been a member of the 5 AM Club since February 4th of this year (thanks to Robin Sharma's book, The 5 AM Club) and 99% of the time, I do not need my Apple Watch alarm (but there's that pesky 1%!).

As soon as I wake up, I get out of bed, make my bed, and then turn on the lights in my bedroom. This is very important as it is a signal to my body that it's time to get up.

I then sit in the chair next to my bed and read the Bible plus two devotionals. As I read, I am drinking water.

Next, I complete the morning prompts in my High Performance Planner (created by Brendon Burchard, available at Amazon). This is so much more than a planner.

Once this is done, I will then post (not consume) on social media (yes, this is possible!).

Then I'm off to feed our zoo (a 2-year-old puppy and 2 elderly cats).

6:00 am

Out the door for my daily run (I've been running at least one mile a day every day since August 29, 2017). I've been running for so long, I can't imagine not running. I always run for 30 minutes (roughly 3 miles depending on how fast I run that day) because as I mentioned before, I own an Apple Watch and am obsessed with closing my exercise ring.

As I cool down from my run, I check my email for the first time). Then it's off to the shower.

7:00 am to 9:00 am

Breakfast. Nothing too exciting here. I'm alternating between avocado toast with scrambled eggs along with plant-based sausages (I'm vegetarian) and pancakes.

After breakfast, I will work on social media until 9:00 am.

9:00 am to 9:50 am*

Training. I will often study a course I've invested in during this time.

* - I've decided to follow what my long-distance mentor, Brendon Burchard, advocates (long-distance because he doesn't know I exist...LOL!) and work for 50 minutes and then take a 10-minute break.

10:00 am to 10:50 am

Personal development. This often involves reading a print book. And yes, you could make the case the Training and Personal Development could be grouped together, but I've chosen to split them.

11:00 am to 11:30 am

Checking in on, engaging, and consuming social media. I always check out comments and DMs first and will only consume social media if there's time to do so.

11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Lunch. After eating, I will either take a walk, visit with my wife, or take a nap if I didn't sleep well last night.

12:30 pm to 5:00 pm

It depends on the day. I conduct interviews on Mondays and Wednesdays and guests can choose 1 pm, 2 pm, or 3 pm. After each interview, it takes me about an hour for post-processing. 

Other things that will be done during this block of time include a repeat of the morning: training, personal development, and social media but may also include a walk (if I didn't go at lunch), a 15-minute break, time to write my weekly newsletter (like this!), plan for an upcoming episode of The Mark Struczewski Podcast, coaching calls, pre-interview calls for podcast guests and checking email (among other things).

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Dinner with my wife and a post-dinner walk.

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Watching TV with my wife or, we go to Bible Study and Church on Saturday nights.

9:00 pm

All screens are shut off (TV, iPhone, etc.). I get ready for bed and then read a print book for 15-30 minutes until I'm tired enough to go to bed.

9:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Lights out (hopefully closer to 9:30 pm then 10 pm!).

10:00 pm to 5:00 am

If all goes well, I'm sleeping for 7 hours.

Note: I work 7 days a week but I don't work as much or as long on weekends. Why? Because I love what I do: serve you!

I hope this framework served you in some way.

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