Recently I had the opportunity to speak with Christina Faith on her podcast Start to Finish.

Kyle Reed interview Start to Finish

We talked all things digital, strategy, and finishing task.
I also shared my Task Sheet download and the many books I am reading.

Listen to the interview here: http://christinafaith.com/kylereed

morningroutine

I hate routine, and yet I am a routine person.
There are areas of my life that routine drives me to the point of insanity.
There are areas of my life that routine keeps me in check.

I have a love/hate relationship with routine.

Today, let’s talk about my love for routine…my morning routine.

Productivity is one of the most important things we do in life. It separates the pretenders from serious contenders. Do not overestimate how important your productivity matters.
One of the best ways to be productive is to set yourself up for the most optimal productivity possible.

You might be wondering: “Kyle, how would one go about this?”
“Good thing you asked” I would say, “let me show you what I do.”

My morning routine or ritual explained:

1. Wake up at the same time

I wake up every morning at 6AM, no matter what. I have found this to be the best way to start my day. The discipline this creates starts the flow of my routine. Miss this time and it can throw off my entire day. My challenge for your morning routine is to pick a reasonable time you can wake up each day. Find the time that provides some buffer before you have to go to work or handle other responsibilities and also provides you enough rest from the night before.

Bonus tip: Figure out how long it takes you to get ready each morning and buffer that time in to your routine. I know it takes me 20 minutes to get ready for my day. This allows me to plan accordingly if my morning routine is to be interrupted or I have an early morning meeting.

2. Complete a task around the house

As crazy as this sounds, completing a small task around the house can get your day started on the right path. Pat Flynn taught me this trick. He (and I) wash the dishes before starting work. It helps accomplish something easy and quick and it moves the brain in to work mode. I usually make coffee for my wife and myself first thing before I get started. It is just another part of my routine that I do every morning to prep me for work.

3. Take 15 minutes to plan your day

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I use to keep all my task in my head. I had a general idea of what my day would be and what I wanted to do. The hard part was I never followed that plan in my head. Over the past year, I have taken 15 minutes every morning to plan out my mornings and afternoons. In fact, I created my own task sheet to help me plan my day. You can download my task sheet here for free.
This 15 minutes is so important. Creating a goal for the day with dedicated task allows you to give over the feeling of staying up with everything and gives you a map to complete your day.
I cannot express how important this step truly is to productivity.

Bonus tip: Download my task sheet :) 

4. Complete another task around the house or office

Yes, another task around the house or if you are at your work you can do something around your office. This is usually the time I do dishes or sweep. I sometimes put papers away, take the trash out, or make the bed. Just something else to help me signal my brain that it is time to work. It also clears my brain from the planning I went through and moves me to completing task.

Bonus tip: If you are married, your spouse will also be really happy with you. 

5. Use a timmer

This is the ultimate trick. Setting a time limit on task will blow your mind, seriously.
I have found myself completing my task sheet hours before the traditional work day is done. This timer allows me to stay focused and gives me a barometer of where I am at and a time limit to complete the task.
Pomodoro is a great app that I use all the time. Best part, it is free.
I will even write down how much time I want to give per task on my task sheet. Once the timer is set I go to work. When the timer ends I give myself a break of 5 minutes to do whatever I want. But as soon as that timer is up I go to the next task. Give this a shot, you will be surprised at how much you can get done.

Bonus tip: Also remember to set a time for a reward. You don’t feel as guilty checking twitter or instagram when you know you have put in the work on your to-do list. Give yourself some time to have some fun too.

6. Write down your success

This is one of the most difficult things for me. I often don’t focus on my successes and rather look at failures. I am definitely a glass half empty kind of guy. But, I have started to force myself to write these down as a way to remember and learn. There are times I forgot about all the things I have done or get to do, and these daily successes are a great reminder, especially when I am seeing the glass half empty.

Bonus tip: Check this app out called WinStreak. My friend @justinwise recommended it.

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These are 6 steps of many other steps I take daily to perfect my morning routine.
Every one will do it differently. Most importantly, we choose to do it. We choose to get serious about productivity and routine. We focus on the areas that will help us complete task we need to get done.
I believe we can accomplish far more than we ever believed, as long as we are focused on the task at hand.

Do you have a morning routine secret you want to share?

You know what remarkable looks like.
You see it every day.

You consume remarkable music, eat remarkable food, drive remarkable cars, and use remarkable pieces of technology.

You do not partake in anything less than remarkable.

So why would you ever think that something that you create that is not remarkable would be consumed by anyone else?
Why would you settle for mediocre?
Why would you not honor yourself to have remarkable first before you expect remarkable results.

Signed: Your future self

Creating something remarkable takes time, effort, and attention.

Let’s make our work remarkable so our future self can’t write us letters.

-Kyle

 

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This is a guest post from Alicia Lawrence. She works for Inbound Marketing Inc and blogs in her free time at MarCom Land about communication, health and travel.

Must Watch Ted Talks

The TED talks have grown in popularity. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, which covers a broad spectrum. TED talks excel best when looking towards the future and providing insight into our ever-changing present.

Springing from the annual TED Talks Conference, the talks are now available online and have attracted a global audience. Consequently, these talks have reached billions. Clearly, the world is rapidly changing, and twenty-somethings have more to prove than ever.

Here are 11 essential TED talks videos every young adult should see.

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I have been watching the show Gold Rush since the first episode. I don’t know if you have seen an episode, but let me catch you up. The show follows gold minors who are looking to hit it big and find gold wherever they can. As you can imagine with any reality show, the amount of drama and action is always at an all-time high each episode. And this season opened in true Gold Rush fashion with high action and high drama.

As I watched the season premier a couple of weeks ago I realized that I had been learning a valuable life lesson from this show.

Bridge

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No, this lesson has nothing to do with finding gold or getting rich.
I learned what it means to persevere and move forward.
Let me explain…

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giving

I have always had a hard time giving money.
Every time I hear the pastor at church talk about the importance of giving money, anxiety runs to my throat and renders me speechless with only excuses left to fill my head.

“Well I don’t have any money to give.”
“I will give next week.”
“I forgot my checkbook, dang.”
“I will give when I make more money.”
“I already give enough.”
“I serve, that is giving right?”

These are just some of the excuses that run through my mind every time I hear the need or the request. Each one is filled with it’s own ridiculousness, and each one seems to ring truer every time the anxiety of not giving rushes over my body.

Truthfully, I do give.
Each month, me and my wife both support a compassion kid.
We support a friend who is a church planter.
We offer our home to host parties and friends.
We give of our time to serve others.

But this is not the giving that I feel convicted on.
Where the struggle plays out for me is in the way I sacrificially give.
I do not understand what it means to give till it hurts.

This brings the deepest problem to the surface. I am scared to give.
My trust only goes as far as my budget will go. And with each automatic withdrawal, the safety of giving casually protects me from the giving sacrificially.

Giving is suppose to hurt. I don’t want to hurt.
Therefore I do not give.

 

PrayforthePhilippians

Around 10,000 people may have died in just one area of the Philippines hit by Typhoon Haiyan, according to officials.

One of the worst storms on record, it destroyed homes, schools and an airport in the eastern city of Tacloban.

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