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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