“How do you do it, Tom?”
It’s a question I hear a lot.
So at the urging of my team, I decided to open up and answer some questions about my own personal disciplines.
I hope by sharing this with you, you see in yourself some changes, adjustments and disciplines that you can adopt to operate at your own version of #Level10.
In part one of this two-part #TomFerryShow, I reveal my methods and philosophies on:

  • Starting my day
  • Morning routine
  • Overcoming burnout
  • Maintaining energy
  • Evening routine

And more!
Watch the show for the full experience, but here on the blog I’ll break down a few of the most important questions. Let’s go!

How Do You Start Your Day?

A productive day for me begins the night before, getting to bed between 9:00-10:00.
I try to get around eight hours of sleep, and then I wake up between 4:30 and 5:30, depending on my trainer’s availability.
When I get up, I drink a protein shake and take some supplements.
Then it’s off to the gym. Before my workout, I spend about 10-15 minutes stretching and warming up.
After completing my workout, I hit the local Starbucks to pick up a coffee for my wife.
When driving and just around the house, I’m usually listening to something motivational or music.
Once I start getting ready, then things get serious.
My goals are in my bathroom in front of me.
I’m listening to a podcast, audio book or something interesting… always learning.
While getting ready, I do my affirmations and think about what I’m grateful for.
The whole point is to be not just physically, but mentally ready for the day ahead.
I think about all the meetings I have throughout the day.
I role play scenarios, thinking about my intention… Asking myself, “How are we going to make this work?”
I do all this prep work in the morning, so when I get to the office, it’s GAME ON!
My whole day is planned out.
Some people might say, “That’s a lot of work!”
But what’s more work: Showing up with no plan and hoping for the best, or taking a couple hours in the morning and to design how you want your life to be in relation to your long-term goals?
I’m on a bigger journey than just today. Doing all these things accelerates the journey and make it happen more naturally.
It’s probably important to note that my morning routine has evolved over time.
Even though it adjusts every year, these components have always remained consistent:

  • Always taking care of my health and vitality
  • Spend an hour on personal and professional development
  • Think through the day and plan out the day

Remember: Every day without being intentional is a wasted day.

Tom Ferry - Success Summit