This week I am talking to you about my daily routine.
Hello and welcome to episode 41 Of the Kaz Johnson show, my name is Kaz Johnson and I am the blogger behind Kazjohnson.com and the Kaz Academy. The Kaz Academy is the place to be if you are planning, building or growing your online business with online courses and a membership programme. You can learn more about what I do at Kazjohnson.com
Today I am talking daily routine. It took me several years… yes that’s right, several years of tweaking and testing to achieve a routine that works for me.
I am a morning person, so I naturally wake early and loved the peacefulness and stillness and calm that I find myself in each morning, even at the weekends I get up early. So, here is my daily routine that I currently have for a week. My weekend starts off the same, but where there is work, is now dedicated for play.
I get up a 5 am, and I am often awake before this and just lie in bed enjoying the thought of a brand new day. As soon as it is 5 am, I get up, this is easy in the summer as it is light, however, when it is dark in the mornings, I set my alarm to come on at 5 am using a Lumeri alarm clock. The great thing about his clock is that wakes you with a natural, gradually brightening light, helping you feel refreshed, alert and energised all day. The light cues your body to produce more cortisol, setting a healthy sleep and wake cycle, aiding early mornings and beating winter blues. As soon as I am up, I get dressed into my workout gear, make my bed, brush my teeth and head downstairs to grab a coffee, the coffee pot is on a timer and is ready for me when I get downstairs. I put butter in my black coffee, by the way, I am diabetic and follow the Ketogenic way of eating to manage my blood sugars, and bring a glass of water into my office where I have an area to sit and be still.
I take my blood sugar levels, and record them in an app on my phone which I leave in my office with my laptop, this was the hardest thing that I have ever had to do as I was addicted to checking my social media and emails and listened to audio books before going to sleep. I have now moved to paper books before I sleep. I then take a handful of vitamin supplements, then I listen to a meditation on my phone, I use the Calm app and they do a great one for 7 days, as well as music for focus, relaxing and other things. They also have a great course on there called Rest. I highly recommend it. I will put the link in the show notes for you. Just head on over to Kaz Johnson.com. Session 41.
Once I have do my meditation I start to read, then journal. This is something that is new to me, but I mainly did it as my blood sugars had become unstable and I just wanted to track what was going on in my life, what I ate, how well I slept and that kind of thing instead of just recording my blood sugar levels. I then found it so therapeutic that I just wrote what ever came into my head for about 15 – 20 minutes. I now have a great record of my life and realise how useful this has been that I wish I had started journalling years ago. I just use a Moleskin note book and put the date in then start writing, I end the day’s writing with a little scroll banner type image I draw in.
Now, the next step for me is to exercise. As I write this it is summer, so I love getting out into nature and walk. However, when the winter is here I am now considering joining a gym, as I find it hard to get outside when it is cold, wet, dark and miserable. I don’t like exercising indoors to be honest, but at least I get to do it at the same time each day. Normally when winter comes, I tend to put it off till it gets light which messes up my daily routines.
After my exercise, I have my breakfast, then shower and start my work day.
Each day has a different theme. This enables me to stay on track with my tasks in hand. So, I work for 90 mins then take take a break. I do this twice in the morning till lunch time, then I check my emails. I check my emails just twice a day during the week now, this was such a hard thing for me to do at first, but after reading books like Esentialisim and The 1 Thing, I realise that if I want the productivity I want, I need to focus on the one thing and not keep switching out on things. I eat a Keto lunch then get into bed and take a rest for 20 mins, either I sleep or just doze. I found that in order to work to my fullest, rest is so important. On the Calm app there is a course that follows the book called Rest, I highly recommend either the book, or the app for which you can have a free 7 day trial.
Now refreshed, I was my face, and carry on my next 2 lots of 90 minuets of work, again depending what the theme is for that day till it is time to finish for the day when I check my emails for the last time of the day.
I leave my phone and laptop in my office and head to my house and have dinner. My meals are all planned as I found the was the only way I could stay on the kept way of eating and found this so useful to do, often I will meal prep for the week and only have to take my dinner out for then next day and put into the fridge ready for re-heating.
After dinner is my free time, so I might visit a friend, do some gardening or some sewing or maybe plan my next breakaway.
At the end of the day, I put on the coffee for the morning, prepare for bed by having a bath, then getting to bed by 9pm to read a little fiction to switch my mind off and look forward to doing it all again the next day…
So, do you have a daily routine? Did you like it? And how did you adapt to one?
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Kaz started out teaching over 30 years ago teaching IT in a local college, she then set up her own training business before teaching teachers and assessors online 10 years ago.
Today she helps people to plan, build and grow their online business and when she is not working, you will find her in the great outdoors.