Productivity

Episode #6: Developing Great Morning Routines

Today’s episode is the first in a two-part series about developing great routines.  Today’s show is the first of a two-part series in which we are diving into one of our favorite topics: routines. This week’s episode is all about how to build and maintain morning routines. You’ll hear us discuss why it is...

Today’s show is the first of a two-part series in which we are diving into one of our favorite topics: routines.

This week’s episode is all about how to build and maintain morning routines.

You’ll hear us discuss why it is important to have a morning routine, what each of our morning routines looks like, as well as some tips and tricks for developing your own morning routine.

In this episode, you will learn:

• Why developing morning routines is important.
• What Russ’ morning routine looks like.
• Why Mika’s routines are more about creating an atmosphere to start your day.
• How your routines evolve as your season of life changes.

Mentioned in this episode:

RussPerry.co
MikaPerry.com
DesignPickle.com
The Sober Entrepreneur by Russ Perry
The Russ Perry Show
BCAA Capsules
The Stack
Good Mood Diffuser Oil by Nectar Essences
Vitamix

Transcript:

Russ Perry: Hey, everyone. Welcome to another episode of Good To Be Home. Today we are diving into the most popular format of tip, blogger, content creators, and that’s routines. Now Mika and I, as we will share shortly, love routines. It is kind of like a game plan every day that you don’t have to think about, and you can really get rolling into it. As I alluded to, a lot of people talk about routines. There’s guys out there who have made books and blogs, covering the routines of the successful people, and millionaires, or celebrities. But I think the thing about routines to really drive home, like the macro end of all of this is that routines allow you to focus your time and energy on other stuff.

Mika Perry: Yeah, I love routines. Same with the vein of organizing, is it’s not that you want everything to be perfect, or you’re super OCD about it, but for me, it frees up brain space, and I have to think about less if things are organized, and I have a routine. Just like you said, you can just jump right into your day or whatever. If you have a routine that you just follow, it just becomes automatic.

Russ Perry: Right. I’ve read a lot of those, admittedly, like the routines of billionaires. The difference that I end up seeing is that they just have routines. There’s no common thread or commonality between everybody. Everyone’s a little bit different. But they decided to move their mental energies to their business, their life, their family. What they do when they wake up, or what they do when they travel, or what they do when they go to bed, that’s just been put on autopilot in a way because they just have a preference for it.

That’s today’s episode. It might be a little bit of a shorter episode, but Mika and I live and die by our routines. Because actually traveling is sometimes stressful, namely because we’re so out of our routines. But we are gonna dive into the details of it, and then talk about the benefits, as well as tips and tricks that we’ve had over the years managing our routines as parents, as entrepreneurs, as husband and wife sharing a common space. I’ll talk about ways Mika sabotaged my routine [crosstalk] which she doesn’t even know about.

Mika Perry: What? Okay. I’m excited to hear that.

Russ Perry: We’re gonna just talk about morning routines in this show. That’s another thing, we’ll dive into nighttime. Today is all about the morning, all about getting started. My morning routine has been honed. I have had some form of this over, I would say the past decade. It’s really been dialed in. I’m always thinking about ways to optimize my routines. But know this, know that this isn’t just I read this on a blog and then all of a sudden starting to do it. I’ve literally have been testing and tweaking these routines for many years. Sometimes things work out, sometimes things don’t.

Now, my routine starts with when I wake up. I wake up at a different time most mornings because I calculate my wake up time based on when I go to bed. I know this is not the nighttime routine, but it is important to note, it’s based on sleep cycles. We’ll talk about that during the nighttime episode.

My wake up time ranges ideally from anywhere from 4:30 to 6 o’clock in the morning. Somewhere in that hour and a half, I’m waking up. When I wake up, first thing I literally, I’m in bed, and I’m not really moving, I’m fighting to get up and I send a prayer and gratitude. I wiggle my feet, I’m just expressing that [inaudible], and putting my mind in a right place. It’s not complex, 90% of the time it’s me just literally saying, “Am I happy? I’m waking up and wow this is a great opportunity for me.”

From there, I jump into my workout routine for that day. Either it’s gonna be a weight training or running workout. I’ve done CrossFit in the past, I still do try to do CrossFit a couple times a week. I’ve been really into trail running, although my knee’s been acting weird, and so I’ve been doing that a little bit less. Then I’ve been loving hot yoga. Not Bikram yoga, but at our gym, there’s a 60-minute hot yoga class at 5:30 in the morning, and it’s awesome. I love doing that.

That’s the next thing I do after I wake up. I try to time that and get after that within 30 minutes of waking up. Around that time I’ve implemented a supplement and that is BCAA capsules. Now I’m not a scientist. There’s a billion articles out there. But one of the most fit guys I know, Matt Blanton, does it, and I’ve read it a few other times too. But it has something to do with your protein intake, or what creates muscle growth, or something like that. I don’t know. But I just take them. I used to take powder, but I found out there was a ton of sugar in the powder.

Mika Perry: I did powders. That’s not good?

Russ Perry: There’s sugar, sucrose. I looked into the ingredients and there’s added sugar to that.

Mika Perry: I just learned something new.

Russ Perry: Yup. Well there you go. [inaudible], good to be on podcast. We teach each other.

When I get back, I clean up. Usually, I’m stinky, sweaty, various forms of that so I take shower. I get ready, shave, those kind of typical guy things. Then, although admittedly I haven’t been super good about this lately, I make the bed. A long time ago, I asked Mika how I could help her in the morning to be a better husband, and this was an immediate answer, it was like, “Make the bed.” I do that. I’ve learned how to chop pillows correctly so they look cool like a hotel. I’d say I’m about a C+ or B- in organizing the pillows correctly.

Mika Perry: What do you mean chop?

Russ Perry: Pillows, like throw pillows. We have too many pillows on our bed. It’s ridiculous. But Mika swears this is the style, how hotels do it. Some of the pillows, you layer pillows like you layer sound. The pillows on the front layers are always like, it’s like a V on those pillows. The way you create the V is you karate chop the pillows. Check out social media. We were videotaping this. You see me karate chop in mid-air, karate chopping pillows. But this is the hack. Gentlemen, if you want to really impress your wife, or significant other, girlfriend, if there’s pillows on the couches, or pillows on the bed, put them on there and then chop them right in the middle, and they’ll look better.

After I’m done chopping pillows, it is time to get packed up, gather my things. Usually, I have my stuff left out from the night before, either where I was working or studying, or reading. I get all that stuff together. I used to bring a lunch to work, but now all my food is at my office, so I’ve had it brought there or shipped there. I have lunches that I have made or pre-made. I don’t really bring anything other than my computer, my bag. I say goodbye to the girls, and then I’m off to the office. Now I’m still considering this part of my morning routine because when I go to the office, I’m usually getting here pretty early, like around 7 o’clock, ideally 7:00 and 8:00. From there is the second half of my routine.

Entrepreneurship is awesome because you can be at home, you can do stuff. But often doing things at home is the least productive place you can do it because there’s kids, there’s distraction. Journaling, and meditation, and all of these things, I used to try to do even earlier before working out, and instead, I should shift that to when I get to the office. I have an office near my house. I get to the office, and then I meditate, I journal, I do something called The Stack, which is a warrior thing. It’s like a guided journaling. Then I study, I read a little bit about a book, and review my calendar, and then check my email at that point. I’m probably about 9:00 a.m., between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m. at this point, ideally, and that completes my morning routine. Da, da, da.

Mika Perry: Very cool.

Russ Perry: By 9:00 a.m. I’ve worked out, I’ve meditated, I’ve spent time with my family, I’ve chopped pillows on the bed, I have got some supplements. Did I mention the matcha green tea? Did I skip that?

Mika Perry: I think you did.

Russ Perry: Before I leave the house I’ve been on a matcha green tea kick. I was doing a green smoothie kick, but I’m just doing green tea in the morning, and then eating and all that later on. Experimenting with intermittent fasting, which I know is the trendy thing right now. I’ve had tea, I’ve had supplements. A huge amount has been accomplished before 9 o’clock even hits. This for me is the key for a productive day, and a focused day is really stacking all this stuff right after the other. You could not do this without a planned routine, without a detailed planned routine that you could follow and that becomes almost like clockwork, or like habit.

Mika Perry: You really started to hone in on your morning routine when you became sober. You’ve mentioned before in our sobriety episode that when you take away the effects of alcohol or you created more space in your life for good things to come in, one of those big things was a healthy morning routine. I really saw an uptick in your productivity and happiness, and just a positive effect of a good morning routine once you incorporated that into your life.

Russ Perry: Well, thank you. Yeah, I mean it’s a lot easier to get up in the morning when you’re not hungover. Or and going to bed too. That’s another thing. Often when you don’t have the nighttime routine and the morning routine connect, and they book into each other. If I don’t have a good nighttime routine, and it’s all over the place, or I’m up late, it’s impossible for me to roll that into a good morning routine. You do need both to really be successful. When we’re out of the night routine, when we go on a date night, we’re up late, then my morning routine is most certainly shot. It’s really, really hard to be strict about that.

Mika Perry: My morning routine, I’m gonna lay out an ideal routine, and then chat about how it gets sabotaged every now and then. But this is what I try to go for, this is what I try to achieve every day. Waking up early is super, super, super important because when you have kids especially, the more time you have allotted and available to do all the things that you off on a right start in the morning, the better. Lately, I’ve been waking up at 5:00 a.m. I set the alarm because that is then before my kids wake up. It gives me some alone time.

However, our kids, not Maddox, she’s 12, but Reese and Paige will wake up in the middle of the night, crawl into our bed and keep me semi-awake, semi-asleep from 4:30 on. Then we fall asleep, and then we wake up at six. It just gets not very clear on a wake-up time sometimes, but lately, they’ve been pretty good. I’ve been able to set an alarm and get up on my own, without anyone in my face waking me up at 5:00 a.m. It’s been great.

It’s before the sun rises. Something about being up before the sun makes me so happy. If you ask me if I’d prefer to see a sunrise or a sunset, I’ve always, since I was little, been a sunrise person. When I would travel when I was little and we’d have an early flight, I loved … I still have very vivid memories of seeing a sunrise as we were driving to the airport, or being in my bedroom and seeing the sunrise. I’m a sunrise person.

Russ Perry: Really?

Mika Perry: Yeah.

Russ Perry: Which is so weird ’cause I consider yourself such a night [crosstalk] time person.

Mika Perry: I know. I know

Russ Perry: Or we’ve gone out to eat and it’s like, “Oh, the sunset. Let’s see the sunset.”

Mika Perry: I mean, I love a sun … Who doesn’t like a sunset? But if I had to pick.

Russ Perry: Vampires. Actually, they love the sunset because then it’s nighttime, and they can now come out.

Mika Perry: That’s like their sunrise.

Russ Perry: Right, right.

Mika Perry: Anyway. Once I’m up, Russ is tasked to make the bed, so I leave the bed alone. Then I go downstairs and I have already set out, from my night routine which I will outline at a later time, my coffee. I put an empty mug on the Nespresso machine and two Nespresso pods next to it so it’s ready to go. I get that going, but then while that’s heating up, I go over and make myself a lemon water.

If I’ve been really good, I will have already made my lemon water, and sometimes even bring it upstairs the night before, next to my bed because I love to have that in my system first before coffee. It’s been known to be cleansing. Who knows? I believe in it. If enough people say lemon water is good for you, then you know what, I’m gonna do it because there’s no harm in it. Either it does nothing or it’s helpful. And it tastes good. I always love citrus.

I drink that, then my coffee, I get that ready, and then I drink it. I also have experimented with apple cider vinegar. ACV is what people are calling it these days now. I don’t know, one time I took way too much, I took a shot of it, and it made me so nauseous, so I’ve been diluting it a little bit. Sometimes I’ll even throw in mint leaves if I have that available, or slices of fresh lemon. But typically I just have a big bottle of Italian lemon juice from Costco that I get in a two pack, and it’s organic, and it’s really good. That’s my lemon water.

Then I love having nice scents going. That means either essential oils in a diffuser around the house, or I’ll go around and light some candles. I am so big on home scents. In the morning I love anything fresh and invigorating, like mint. This morning I put in the diffuser, I put in mint and eucalyptus, and then an oil blend called Good Mood from Nectar Essences, which is my favorite essential oils brand. Put that in there and got that going. Reese is already awake and so she asked me to turn the diffuser to purple. It’s actually still going I think.

Russ Perry: It becomes a kid’s toy as well.

Mika Perry: Who knows. Then I love putting on some music. If I’m upstairs we have speakers throughout the house, and upstairs, and in our master bath. I’ll put on some nice music. Something uplifting. I love Brazilian jazz, bossa nova stuff, or we have a local Christian station that plays really good music, so I’ll put that on. Nothing like EDM, that’s for working out, which I love, or rap, or anything. Jazz is nighttime. I feel like it’s winding down. Something uplifting.

I love having all of our blinds open, open the windows if it’s a nice day out so the fresh air comes in. I love when you wake up and it’s crisp morning.

Russ Perry: You’re so sensory.

Mika Perry: I am.

Russ Perry: Everything, like the smell. I didn’t even include anything about any of that. Maybe showering so I don’t smell, but all of your routines. Mine was about doing things, and getting these things done. Yours is like how am I creating this …

Mika Perry: Atmosphere.

Russ Perry: … atmosphere. Why do you think that is?

Mika Perry: I think it’s just mindset and getting you in the mood. Or I’m not physically. My mind’s not awake yet, so I’m creating that awake atmosphere so that I can convince myself into it.
Then yeah, just letting in some light, and creating that nice atmosphere so then if my kids are still asleep, then I will move onto my daily meditation. Again, on an ideal day, they will still be asleep. Right now we’re probably around 5:30 I guess. Then I just do a 10-minute daily meditation so it’s pretty easy to squeeze in. Even if they do wake up, if one of them is up, they’ll watch a show and I’ll go meditate. It’s fine, we’re both happy. I have no guilt about that.

Then I will read a devotional entry. I’ll pray. Like Russ mentioned gratitude, I’ll incorporate that to start the day on a positive note. If all my kids have already woken up then I’ll be all over the place. But I try to do this meditate, read, pray. I meditate so that I can clear my head, so I can receive the goodness of prayer, and reading, and all that stuff.

Then one thing that I’ve been doing for a while now is I actually do my social media posts in the morning. I know it’s not good to jump on technology right away, but I’m already meditating and that’s an app. My devotional is also on my app. I like getting the social media post done in the morning, first thing, so I don’t have to think about it for the rest of the day. I get that cued up and then posted, and then it’s done for the day, and I just like to keep that always active. Then I’ll engage throughout the day as I have time, and respond to comments or messages. After I do that, then I get ready, again, if my kids are asleep. I’ll run up back to the room, and then get myself ready.

You’ll notice I haven’t worked out yet. I love morning workouts. Both Russ and I are morning workout people. However, it has to be one or the other. Either he does it or I do it because we can’t leave kids at the house and both go work out. I workout later on in the day. By getting ready, if it’s a day that I’m working out, I’m just putting on my workout clothes, doing my skincare routine in the morning, usually, I put a hat on. What I’m wearing right now is my typical look. I have workout clothes, I have my hair in a braid, and I’m good to go. If it’s a day that I’m not working out or I have things that I need to go to in the morning, then this is when I’ll shower, get ready, and dressed, and all that.

Then supplements, for me, I do have a morning supplement. It’s a thyroid support one that my natural path said to take it in the morning because it does quick in pretty quickly, so she’d rather have me on those benefits in the morning rather than at night time. It’s not stimulating or anything. Then I’ll also take a probiotic. I used to drink a kombucha first thing in the morning because I wanted the kombucha probiotics to be in my stomach first before the day got started, but now I’m just taking a probiotic in pill form.

All right, so now I’ve gotten myself as ready as I can for the day. I’m feeling good, and my kids are definitely up by then. This is where we start breakfast. I am not a huge breakfast person, so a protein shake really works well for me. Like I did this morning is I will make a triple batch of my protein shake, and the girls would drink that too. This is a win-win. I get my protein shake and all the goodness, and then the girls, because our youngest two are kind of picky eaters, this is my chance to get spinach, and protein, and almond milk, and chia, and flax, and omega-3’s, and collagen and MCT oil, all that in them. I call it the chocolate shake.

Russ Perry: I don’t recommend too many products that I am like, “Everyone needs to get one,” regardless. But a Vitamix is literally used multiplied times a day, every single day in our house. I got it at Costco, and I was thinking about it. This random guy came up to me and he’s like, out of nowhere, we’re not even making eye contact, we weren’t even contacting me, and he just steps up to me and says, “My only regret was that I didn’t get it years sooner.” Referring to the Vitamix that we’re next to. I was like, “Really?” He’s like, “Yeah.” I got it immediately on the spot. But it’s like …

Mika Perry: I thought you got it on Amazon. No?

Russ Perry: No. I got it per the random stranger recommendation.

But it’s such a bougie luxury of this crazy multi-hundred dollar blender thing. But the quality and the consistency is game-changing, and not to be the Vitamix commercial guy, but you can make soups, and you can dice, you could use it for cooking. We have a Bullet Blender at the office, and it just doesn’t get the job done. Do yourself a favor, if you are incorporating smoothies, get a Vitamix. Like Mika said, it’s like chocolate shakes for the kiddos. Little do they know there’s tons of other stuff in there.

Mika Perry: If you want to check out my protein shake, I actually have it in my Instagram Story Highlights under Wellness. Everything I put in there, and the steps. That is there.
Then we will do breakfast, the shake. This morning the girls had yogurt, shake.

Russ Perry: This is your routine then.

Mika Perry: Now, yeah. The kids’ routine becomes my routine.
From seven to eight, it’s a solid all about the kids. Then they’ll get dressed, I’ll get them dressed, we’ll then head out the door by 8:05 because the bus comes at 8:10, and then I take Paige to school on some days. Otherwise, Paige and I then hang out for the morning and get started on whatever we have going on.

Russ Perry: Nice. Routines aren’t perfect. I would say I probably bat like a 70% at best with getting this and knocking it out. I think that’s you just got to give yourself some grace. Right now I’m in a weird funk. It’s the end of the quarter, I got a couple injuries that I’ve had, so my physicality has been really low in terms of getting out there. I did run this morning, not a hard thing but you just go with the flow. Now it’s probably one of the things that I’ve learned over the years is there’s always a day tomorrow to get back on top of whatever your routine might be. There’s never a reason to just derail yourself completely. Tomorrow’s a new day.
Let’s talk about some tips. Actually, we’ll do both tips and challenges. What has made your routines, like helped you? What has hurt you? This time, you can go first, Mrs. Perry.

Mika Perry: Oh, thanks. Okay, first tip, wake up early.

Russ Perry: Haha, I put that on mine too.

Mika Perry: Really? That’s your top tip?

Russ Perry: Like you’re screwed if you don’t wake up early.

Mika Perry: Yeah.

Russ Perry: There’s zero routines when your children are waking you up.

Mika Perry: I mean, I read about … I don’t know where I hear these or read these, but people are like, “I wake up at nine.” I can’t imagine what that would feel like to wake up at nine. I don’t know.

Russ Perry: Well, it’s impossible. There is this really famous guy that was actually quoted in the Wall Street Journal about waking up early.

Mika Perry: You.

Russ Perry: Oh yeah, it was me.

Mika Perry: That was a great article.

Russ Perry: It was. It’s literally, you got to have that time before people are demanding your time. If you’re a parent, if you’re an employer, if you’re an entrepreneur, so many people need your time, and the discipline to get up early gives you that gap to get the stuff done.

Mika Perry: Like I mentioned, I started setting my alarm lately for 5:00 a.m. because before I would just be woken up early by default by my kids. But lately, they’ve been pretty good about that. I think that giving yourself as much time as possible in the morning sets you up for success. I am a night owl and an early riser. I am working on going to bed a little bit earlier. I think I did last night. I was in bed by 9:45, 10:00, which is super early for me. That helps me feel a little bit better in the morning.

I also do a lot the night before to set myself up for my morning routine. I clean the counters, I set out my coffee, I try to have the lemon water ready. I also make sure that I have everything I need for the day ahead, so my purse is ready with the things inside of it that I need. The things I need to take out the door are ready for me, paper, documents, kid stuff. I have just as much as I can done the night before. I fill the kids’ water bottles the night before. A lot of things to mentally and physically prepare you.

Like you said, I’m a sensory person apparently. Sense, uplifting things, think about what makes you happy and try putting that into your morning routine. If it’s a scent, if it’s a sound, if it’s a hoodie or sweater that you love, that you’re like a touch, and surrounding yourself with something soft, or I don’t know if it’s a drink that you love or a certain coffee creamer, I don’t know, put some goodness in the morning so that you can look forward to it, and it puts you in a good mood.

Russ Perry: I just had an idea. I’m gonna interrupt. A concept, I’m gonna call it Bread Crumb Trails.

In Hansel and Gretel, the story, they leave breadcrumbs to follow their path. In web design, if you ever see home, and then dot, dot, dot, next page, and dot, dot, dot, it’s called a breadcrumb trail. It shows you where you’re at. What you’re doing at night is you’re setting up breadcrumb trails, like leaving the lunch boxes set up ready to pack. They’re not actually packed yet, but you prep it all, so when you wake up in the morning you’re not searching around like, “What do I do?”

There’s all of these breadcrumbs that … Not literal bread crumbs. That’d be gross. But breadcrumbs that just allow you to get goin on that right away without having to find it, or search it, and laying out what you’re gonna wear the night before is something people have said all the time, but it’s just like, “I need to get to the gym eventually. My breadcrumb to the gym is that I’m just gonna put out my clothes the night before so that it’s just super easy to follow the path of whatever I need to get done.” It’s called Bread Crumbing, and you’ve heard it here today on Good To Be Home, the podcast.

Mika Perry: TM.

Russ Perry: TM.

Mika Perry: Another tip I would say is specifically for moms is to get yourself ready first. The mornings that I don’t wake up early enough to get myself ready first before the kids, I am getting myself ready at the same time as I’m getting the kids ready. It really becomes chaotic, especially mentally. I am not as patient, and I end up rolling out the door frustrated, and probably not looking as good as I should, or whatever. That would be a mom tip specifically.

Then I would say consider your season of life. Don’t be so hard on yourself. You said, “Be flexible or go with the flow.” Give yourself some grace that right now I can’t workout first thing in the morning because that’s Russ’ time right now. You go and workout. But that’s so that you can function at your best for the rest of the day. Being the primary breadwinner here, I am giving you that. Just be okay that this isn’t permanent forever. As we change, as our family’s needs change, my routine will change. I am making the best of the time I have now.

Russ Perry: Older kids allow you to have more of that time where you can go for a run or a workout, or you can get things done where you’re not changing the diaper, and chasing down someone to eat something before they leave. But you’re right. Always, the question I ask is, is my current routine or habit, am I showing up then for the main part of the day feeling fueled, feeling focused, feeling the direction that I need to go is the right direction? If I am, great, continue. But over time, things won’t serve you as much and you got to swap that out.

A great example is on the physicality side. I was doing CrossFit three or four times a week, and I ended up being just the end of the week was really hard on my body. I was super tired. I was wanting to go to bed at 7 o’clock because I just was so de-energized. Maybe I wasn’t eating enough, or maybe there’s some other reasons for that, but I was just banging myself up too much. The routine of working out in that capacity for all of that was not serving me. Just be reflective of that on an ongoing basis. Maybe it’s monthly, maybe it’s quarterly. I usually, it takes about a month or two to dial in a new habit or routine.

Another tip that I think is important, you’ve actually told me this, Mika. Don’t try to do it all at one time. If you have no routine and you’re like, “I’m gonna do 18 new things tomorrow morning. I heard this podcast. I’m gonna do this, and I’m gonna do the lemon water, and I’m gonna chop pillows, and I’m gonna do all this stuff.” Really add or subtract things one at a time. Try just getting up earlier, try just meditation, try just a workout. Then once that becomes “routine”, you feel like you have a feel for it, you know how much time it’s gonna take, you’re prepping for it, it’s consistent, then add the other thing in.

Everything that I shared literally has been dialed in over 10 years. It’s not just that I woke up one morning and just stacked all this stuff on there. I guess some people could do that, but you’re gonna get overwhelmed and you’re gonna burn out. The same thing with additive routines and doing stuff, you could also take things out of your routine.

One thing I’m really struggling with right now is the email mode I’ll get into early on in the day, and which now all of a sudden I’m not creating anything, I’m not focused on bigger projects, I’m responding to my accountant, or a client who’s unhappy, or finding scheduling challenges or the doctors are calling me. Whatever. It’s easy to have something that is, I would say maybe less of a routine and more of a habit, that you might need to eliminate and you might need to get rid of. That’s just a tip as well, is if you’re feeling that you don’t have a space in your life for these positive things, what can you remove? What can you take away from it?

Another tip that I’ve tested is when is the best time for creation. If you’re trying to work on something, they call it the important but not urgent items, the ideal time for that is when your energy levels are at their peak. For me, that’s about the two hours after I work out. If I’m wanting to write, create, problem solve, do anything that’s really gonna take a lot of thinking, I really want to time that for the morning.

The way I sabotage myself all the time is I have meetings in the morning, I don’t buffer enough time before a call, or like I just mentioned briefly, I jump into my inbox and then all of a sudden it’s lunchtime, I have no energy or focus to do what I intended to create. It’s why we do all of our recordings and my recordings in the mornings, roughly, ’cause we can get in, we can do stuff, we can talk about it, we can create. Then midday hits and whatever happens the rest of the day is just a bonus.

Hopefully this, for you the listeners, has been an interesting take, Mika’s very different tips and routine in mind.

Mika Perry: I think people like to know about routines because they can either see themselves in a routine, like you may hear some things that we said today that you are doing as well, and it’s like almost like a validation like, “All right, I’m on the right track.” I’m always curious about other peoples’ routines. Then also you can get some new ideas of one or two things that you can start implementing, not all. But I hope it’s been encouraging to think about ways to positively start your day.

I know I mentioned a lot about the kids sabotaging it, but my morning routine allows me to become a better mom, and balance all the things that I need to do. First thing in the morning and last thing at night is really my me time, so I really have to maximize all the things that I need to do and want to do.

Russ Perry: This wraps up our episode today of Good To Be Home. If you want to learn more about our routines, we’ll put some notes, and links, and tips, and a link to a Vitamix so you can get that in. Maybe a demo chopping pillow demo that I could record for everybody. But check it out on our site as well as let us know if there is any questions you have on the routines. We’re both on Instagram. I am Russ Perry …

Mika Perry: … and I am just Mika Perry.

Russ Perry: All right. Talk soon.

Mika Perry: Bye.

Russ Perry: Thanks for listening to this episode of Good To Be Home.

Mika Perry: Don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes and give us a rating.

Russ Perry: See you next time.