How This Business Coach Sets Up Her Day for Success
Business coach and content creator, Erin May Henry is dedicated to supporting women through the transformational period of turning passion into a profitable reality. Henry quickly found success after leaving her corporate job and creating a YouTube fitness channel which evolved into a website, e-books and developing an online girl boss series, The May Collective. Here, she talks about her morning routine and what inspires her to be successful everyday.
I was always raised with the impression that how you start your morning has a huge impact on how you spend the rest of your day. However, for most of my early 20s, my morning routine consisted of not much more than Vegemite on toast and a coffee to get me through the hour long duty of deciding what to wear to my corporate job.
It wasn’t until I started my business, along with an extensive journey of self-discovery, that the childhood impression of starting the day the right way begin to resonate. I now consider my morning routine to be one of the most important attributes to not only my success as a business coach but also my sanity as an entrepreneur. So here goes, my morning routine summed up into a concise little bundle for you to analyse.
5:30 a.m. Wake Up
I am not going to pretend that developing the habit of waking up every day at 5:30 a.m. was easy, nor will I say that I naturally rise with the sun and the delightful sounds of birds chirping. However, I will assure you that waking up this early has been an absolute game changer for me. Not only do I have more hours in the day to get things done, but the accomplishment of rising at 5:30 a.m. supercharges my motivation right from the get go (even if it does take three alarms and a very strong coffee).
6:00 a.m. Workout
I like to get my workout done early. Initially I was attracted to morning workouts so that I would miss the after work influx of tradesmen at the gym, but now I realise that moving your body first thing is amazing for improving your cognitive function, mood and energy for the remainder of the day. I also use this time to listen to motivational talks on YouTube or Spotify.
7:30 a.m. Eat and Read
After the gym, I always eat my breakfast (poached eggs on toast with smashed avocado), and although this habit would have most mindfulness experts cringing, I use this time to read self-development content as well as catching up on my social media.
8:00 a.m. Mediation and Visualise
If I miss this step of my morning routine my entire day is off. I am a huge believer in manifestation and accredit so much of what I have achieved thus far to spending 10-15 minutes every morning focusing on everything I desire within my business and personal life. As a natural over-thinker, I still to this day struggle to quieten my mind. So for this, I always use guided meditations, my favourite being those from Wayne Dyer.
9:00 a.m. Journalling
If I was going only to recommend one step out of my entire routine, it would be this. Journalling. It is honestly the holy grail to my girl boss lifestyle. When I eventually sit down to my desk and start the working day, I spending the first 30 minutes journalling. My journalling routine includes writing out a gratitude list, revising my goals, brain dumping ideas and bullet journalling the days to do list. I highly recommend.