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INSIGHTS FROM AN OLYMPIAN BY JOHNNY QUINN | @JOHNNYQUINNUSA

My Morning Routine (Timestamp)

The key to a strong morning routine is to keep it simple and consistent.

The first two hours of my day looks like this:

5:15 AM – Opportunity Bell (Alarm)

  • I lay out my clothes the night before so I do not waste time trying to figure out what to wear. It is like elementary school all over again.

5:15 AM – Hygiene 

  • I brush my teeth (duh!) and shave. I use video email to connect with clients and prospects, and a clean shave looks better on camera. Plus, my wife likes me with a fresh shave so it is a win-win.

Also at 5:15 AM – Priority Time (Audio) 

  • Last year, I read through the bible chronologically with the Bible Recap (it was fun and super easy to follow). This year, I am doing a deep dive into the New Testament with the YouVersion bible app. Listening to the Word of God as I wake up transforms my heart and my head. It sets the tone for the day. I like maximizing my time during mundane tasks such as toothbrushing and shaving.

5:30 AM – Morning Brew

  • I keep it simple with a nice glass of freshly squeezed orange juice.

5:30 AM – 6:00 AM – Priority Time Continued

  • Enjoying my fresh morning brew, I read my bible plan study guide notes for a deeper understanding of what I listened to during my brush/shave time. I watch any corresponding videos and I pray.
  • Sometimes, I read out loud Zig Ziglar’s Self-Talk Card (but quiet enough not to wake anyone up). I use Zig’s biblical version self-talk card.

6:00 AM – 6:10 AM – Email and Socials

  • I check my email and social media. I have to be intentional on not checking my email or socials before Priority Time, otherwise, it turns into Time Suck Time. Have we connected on social media yet? You can find me here: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn.

6:10 AM – 7:10 AM – Workout

  • I eat a banana before working out for fuel. My wife and I designed a fantastic home gym, which you can see pictures on my Instagram Saved Stories called, Quinn Gym. My workouts vary as I want to improve my fitness across multiple exercise modalities (a.k.a. be a well-rounded fitness junkie). In a typical week, I will do: 1-2 x run outdoors, 3-4 x lift weights, 1 x ride indoor bike, 1 x rest day. We have a Peloton bike and my username is @Johnny_Quinn. If you are on Peloton, let’s ride together!
  • I have a goal to join the Million Meter Club this year by rowing 1,000,000 meters (625 miles). I use this indoor rower and if you have a rower, come join the fun and row, row, row your boat with me! You can track my row to 1 million meters here.

7:10 AM – 7:25 AM – Get Ready and Protein

  • As a guy, 15 minutes is ample time to shower and get ready for the day (sorry ladies). Especially, if your clothes are laid out the night before. The post-workout drink I make is as follows: 10 ounces of super cold Berkey filtered water + 1 scoop of Chocolate BodyLead (25 grams of high-quality protein). I then proceed to shake it like the cows are coming home.

Our daughter wakes up around 7:30-ish and it’s GO time (breakfast, dishes, play, etc.) until I head to the office to lead our team meeting at 9:00 A.M.

I am not perfect at this but I am consistent. If I miss a day, I don’t dwell on it. I get back on track the next day.

Remember, the key to a strong morning routine is to keep it simple and consistent.

Do you have a morning routine?

I would love to hear about it.

Send me an email.

P.S. Have you seen any of my Mind Gym videos to help strengthen and protect your mindset? They are free.

P.P.S. I also have an evening routine.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Johnny Quinn is a U.S. Olympian (Bobsled) and Speaker. He delivers thought-provoking and action-packed speeches to help increase performance and teamwork in business and in life. Companies that have hired Johnny to speak include: Toyota, Chick-fil-A, Cisco, Southwest Airlines, Wells Fargo, Zillow, LiftMaster, Fiserv and Lockheed Martin.

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