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After five weeks of experimenting, I ended up designing a morning routine that was ideal for me.
Just over a month ago, I decided to embark on an experiment to follow the routines and schedules of successful people. I wanted to see what it would do to my productivity, happiness levels, and wellbeing. For an entire working week each, I tried to mirror what Jack Dorsey, Arianna Huffington, Barack Obama, Benjamin Franklin, and Indra Nooyi do in the morning. After five weeks of experimenting, I ended up designing a morning routine that was ideal for me. In the process, I also learned many lessons — both from following routines perfectly, and from failing to miserably. 1. Exercising in the morning always made my day more productive 2. Meditating made a surprising difference in my productivity 3. The hardest time to do the experiment was in the middle of the week 4. Getting the right amount of sleep made a huge difference in my mornings 5. Having a bedtime routine was pivotal to getting good quality sleep 6. It's important to quit habits that are not working for you 7. Tracking how I spent my time forced me to come to terms with how I could do it better 8. Having morning and bedtime routines helped me make decisions based on what I truly wanted 9. I began to realize what activities, tasks, and goals were truly important to me 10. I subconsciously adopted the habits that worked and abandoned the ones that didn't