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Build Your CEO Morning Routine: Goal Setting, Thinking, Ideas, Deep Work

teacher avatar Colin Stuckert, Entrepreneur, Podcaster, Writer

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      What To Expect


    • 2.

      The First Thing I Do


    • 3.

      Asana and the Master List


    • 4.

      The #1 Thing


    • 5.

      Shallow Work


    • 6.

      Work Session #2


    • 7.

      Your Morning Routine


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About This Class

As a creative or entrepreneur, managing your time and focus is the most important thing you do. The first few hours of your day are the most crucial for getting your best work done.

I show you exactly what I do every single day. By the end of the course, you’ll have ideas about how to start formulating your perfect morning work routine.

What you’ll learn:

  • Exactly what I do, every single day, and the logic behind why
  • Deep Work vs Shallow Work and why the distinction is huge
  • How to deal with your phone during your routine
  • Mindset around the ideal morning routine.

A little about me:

My name is Colin Stuckert and I am the CEO/ Founder of Wild Foods Co and The Ancestral

I’ve been working for myself my entire adult life. The hardest part of being your own boss is managing yourself.

It’s taken me years to figure out a routine that gives me the space I need to balance Deep Work with the many things that demand my attention on a daily basis. 

Managing employees, projects, partners, and a family while producing consistent content on a daily basis does not happen by accident. 

This course takes you through my exact daily step-by-step process as well as the logic behind the productivity theory that this routine is based on.

So while I do provide resources you can pursue outside of this course, this course is aimed at showing you the system I’ve developed for myself so you can take what you like, add what is uniquely your own, and discard the rest.

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1. What To Expect: Welcome to the course. My name is calling Stucker the founder and CEO of Wild Foods Co. In the ancestral mine dot com. In this course, you're gonna get a glimpse into my daily routine. I've been doing this entrepreneur thing for about 13 years now and in the past year. So I've really dialed in my getting things done my productivity in my morning routine, which I think could be helpful for you and building your own morning routine. Now, before we get to it, I gotta put a couple disclaimers out there. This is my routine. This is what works for me. It's not going to necessarily be what works for you. You should definitely steal whatever you want from my routine, though, to build your routine. I'm gonna give you some of the theory and the logic around my routine. And then you can pick and choose what you like to build your own routine. Now I do my warrior gene on an iPad and iPad pro. I always that ipads were ridiculous. But this new version with the pencil on the keyboard is actually amazing. I will say it's not needed, though you could do this on any laptop or probably any device. I also use a song as my primary productivity app, which you don't need. Teoh use asana. You can use probably one of the many countless productivity suffers out there that are based on the getting things done method. You also don't need to read David Allen's Getting Things Done, Although I recommend you do or really understand the GT T method. This is not a course on G T. D. This is, of course, simply on my morning routine as a remote CEO that is juggling a lot of things from podcasts , YouTube, two courses to having a family into running a seven figure company. I want to give you some insights into my workflow, and so maybe you can avoid some pitfalls that I have over the years trying to build my routine. This is very much a work in progress. It will probably change in the future, but right now this is my fair routine that I've been able to develop in 13 years. Doing this, I felt really got a point where I dialed this in, and there are certain things that I do for specific reasons that maybe you don't want to do like writing, for example, that is so integral to my routine and ties everything else together. But that could be easily replaced with, like, goal setting or journaling or something like that, right? I hope you get a lot of this course. I hope you start at the very least, thinking about your routine, your morning routine, how you start your day and the attention you have behind it is going to filter through and affect every other thing in her life. So if you start each day with this routine and you get your list done, you get your goal setting done. You get your various things done, you feel accomplished. You can take that moment, Um, and that positive energy and you can move it to other projects in your life. I'm also talk about a very important topic that you should read the book on. I think called The One Thing by Gary Keller every single day as part of my morning routine . I'm trying to identify what's the big one thing that is going to move the needle for? What's the big important thing that ever either. I've been putting off or that I need to get to, or that's going to really move my products forward by setting that in the morning and making that my primary goal for the day if I just accomplished that and I did nothing else . I've already won. And for most of you, that single idea, if all you did was create your more routine about figured out, what's the one thing how I'm gonna accomplish that and then going to do that? That simple life routine could change your personal professional life forever. It's extremely powerful. So it's all really saying that I'll get into a little bit more. We talk about it, But I would do is I'm gonna take you through my iPad. I'm going to talk about exactly what I'm doing, what I'm doing it. You're getting inside, glimpse into my routine and then hopefully you can get some ideas about how to do this for yourself. Let's get to it 2. The First Thing I Do: So I'm using an iPad here, but you use any tablet or laptop or even a bullet journal or journal Doesn't matter. It's about the methodology and the logic behind it. So I'm gonna go. This app that I like is called good notes. There's other APS called Note Ability. Whatever works for you. It's just an airy, reckoned doodle I can add text I can erase on. What I've done is I've basically mapped out my goals and my reminders and the big things I want to remember on the front page. And then I kind of go down in order of importance from my different work projects. Other reminders like the big things I'm working on. I like having a bird's eye of everything that I need to get done. And so, just having the really big ideas. The primary focus is the 80 20. The paradas principle, for all my projects is a huge step in the right direction to make sure I'm constantly realigning to the things that matter. I have a whole page, my personal goals, but I'm not gonna go into right now. I have, like, a YouTube reminder because I'm trying to grow my YouTube this year. So I have some things that I want to remember. Reminders. Important things again. You want to focus on the big things that matter that moved the needle and having something like this in the morning, It's gonna put you in that frame of mind to be reminded into constantly chip away. The things that don't matter constantly eliminate things right? That's a big part of my getting things done. And my productivity philosophy is to figure out what you can say no to write, like you want to be saying noted, more things you're saying yes to, and you want to really eliminate all the stuff that doesn't matter and focus on a few big things that move the needle. You know, like I said, I'll go in here if I have someone working on a lot of new page and I'll just kind of doodling here whatever you can do as little or as much as it says you want. If you're going to use a system like this, you could even to straight up journaling, whatever comes to mind, do it journaling and yeah, like again, This is infinitely variable. Based on what you want to dio? I like to start with my big ideas. Use it as a reminder, right? A few notes here and there if they come up But for the most part, keep it to that and then went to the next thing. 3. Asana and the Master List: So next up is asana, which is my primary productivity app. There's a lot of other ones like this, like Trillo or things or even some more simple ones. Like remember the milk. Whatever. It doesn't matter what you use as long as it has recurring reminders and has some kind of inbox system. I find that to do. This is another one that works. It's gonna be what you like the most, because they're all pretty summer at this point. So we're open up asana. We're gonna go to my master working project. And as you have a campaign board here of different things, my master day Lis is the primary list that I'm working on A on a daily basis. And this is where you can see I have my morning routine mapped out and I just did the first thing right, So I have good notes already done. I'm gonna check that off. Next up is goals reviewing asana, which I'm not going to do right now and that I rekindle for 10 to 15 minutes, take some highlights and that also primes in mind for some of the writing that I have to do for the content I'm working on Mark that off. 34 and five is when I get into writing moon. So what I'm gonna do from here is I'm actually going to put this into the writing mode and then I'm gonna open up a writer. Was I freaking love, love this app And so there's a way to do where you can add the app to the side. Some at this Over here. Put this on the side. This is the daily template. So I'm going to actually copy this and then I'm going to create new page under days. And then let's just say March 5th put that in there, and as you see, it's gonna coincide to the next things I have to do. I have my day of the writing. I have my daily ideas. I write five ideas. I'm at my daily outline, which is for podcaster for YouTube video. Then I have the daily solo podcast, which is another show I'm working on where I do a quick outline. Sometimes they're simple as like, a title of bullet points. I don't always go super in depth in these. I don't think this is like some crazy huge, like our long process where I'm committed to writing every single day and getting every single thing marked off my list. While I do get most of these done on a daily basis, how long or how short they are is gonna fluctuate based on mood, right? It's gonna be based on flow and what's coming to me. And sometimes outlining a video might come to me. Where is my daily writing, which is usually on a topic? Productivity doesn't come to me that easily. I'm going to go in here and I'm gonna go with number three and a sauna on a pick a topic and bright. And so this could be a blawg. Could be video. Could be nutrition, health. It could be really anything that comes in mind. I'm gonna start right here, and then I'm actually going to move us on our way, and I'm going to start writing. So taken idea, I think the title title and then I just right, Right, right. And then after that, I'm gonna go to my daily ideas. And a lot of times these are ideas. Really do work or products I'm working on, but I do like the idea that I got from James Ultra. Sure of. Just think about random ideas. Come to mind. He calls it is like idea muscle or idea exercise or something where he just writes 10 ideas , no matter how bad they are. I really like that. I haven't been able to think that way lately. I'm, like, so focused on what I'm doing that I'm not really thinking of ideas outside of that. But, you know, whatever different different time of the year or life for different things. And I think it would probably serve me to have some idea time where you think about random stuff. Right after that, I got my daily outline, and that's gonna be a video or podcast or YouTube. I'm gonna probably go from actually, we go back in the sauna, so I said, Pick the topic. I wrote, I gotta pick a topic. The outline. I actually have a recurring task in here for my outlines, right. I have it under planned one conduct. And so this has a bunch of different things that I'm working on or constant ideas. I'm doing carnivore diet stuff right now. So, like, obviously there's a bunch of ideas for that, and I will take one of these and I'll go back in here to daily outline and then our title, and then I'll just like whatever flows them. Usually I have thinking bold points. I think in 3 to 5 bull points, map out the big ideas and then I won't expand on those expand on those or if I don't expand on those. I now have a basic kind of outlined talking points script, which makes recording YouTube video that much easier. If you're doing any kind of content, your content is that much better. When you plan ahead, it really is, and literally something as simple as bullet points can help you tremendously. 4. The #1 Thing: so I just did My writing adjusted my outlining. I'm gonna mark off each one of these now number one thing decide, Then start working on. Here's the big important idea. The number. One thing. This is based on the book by Gary Keller called the number one thing. I highly recommend you read this book. The gist is every single day project every opportunity. Have. Ask yourself a question. What's the one thing I could do right now such that it makes everything else easier or unnecessary? Right? What's like the big, big thing that I could do is always the best thing that I can do right now that's gonna move this thing forward. Or that's gonna limit all this busy work or all these other projects, or limited having to do that. It's an art to figuring this out, and it's not always very obvious. Sometimes you have to ask a question like whether you should do this at all, right? Maybe Sometimes the one thing is just killing a project. Or maybe the one thing is not trying to get OK on this, just going around doing something else. This one's a tough one because it's hard to implement the habit. Sometimes things not very obvious. If you could just start getting this mindset of thing, that what's the big thing I could do? What's the most important thing every day that I can do to move things forward or the biggest thing that's like all my to do list that's causing me stress or whatever? If you didn't have it, was just doing that that thing. It'll change your work. Life will change proactively for sure. Now that being said, I'm doing a lot of product right now. Sometimes the one thing I have for wild foods is not the same thing as for my YouTube channel for the podcast or whatever. So I'm not perfect at fearing out what that one thing always is. Sometimes it's a little bit tricky to figure what that is, but sometimes I actually put a couple things together and one thing. So, for example, today in the studio, my one thing is that, like the four clips I wanna record done and then I saw a set aside one of two hours to do that, and when I knocked that out, I know that I moved everything forward at least no matter what else I did in the day, I at least got those four things I want to record done. One vo might take me 10 and 20 minutes of record. I could be in the student for longer and not a bunch out, so I kind of put it together. If I have one blast scene, I got to finish on a project. That's probably one thing I don't want spend much more time than because you need to read the book. Really, And you need to get in the habit of kind of thinking about and ask yourself questions read articles about except it's very powerful, highly recommended. So just get the book release every single day. Ask yourself a question. What's the big, huge one thing I could do that I need to do too much. We get sucked into the small micro task that feel good little dopamine rush every time we don't mark them off right, you won't avoid that. You want to think about what are the big freaking things. I need to dio and just focus on getting those done redundant yet, yes, but that's on purpose. That stuff is very important. The one thing is one of those concerts that could change everything. All right, So let's assume I got my one thing to side on. Mark that off. My one thing completed. Now, if it's something I could do earlier in the day, I'll do it and then I'll mark it off and then the rest of my days gravy. If I got the one thing done early in this first session, the rest of my day is pure bonus, and it reduces so much stress. And you can do a little work if you want, or you just enjoy the rest of day like it's amazing. This is also how people have control of their time. This is how they think and feel when it comes to work. They focus on those big things and get those done with their most optimum and hours of the day so early in the morning or early in the day, when they the most energy. That's when I get done with the rest of day. They can respond to things where you can add a little bit here and there or whatever 5. Shallow Work: So let's assume I got my one thing completed. I'm gonna market off and then next up is shallow work. Now, this is a very, very important concept. And if you did nothing else in your life but you separated your deep creative work from your shallow work and you kept them separate game changer. OK, so shall work is, let's say, in boxes, email, text messages, phone call, slack paying bills. You know, things like that don't mix that stuff up in your creative work. So notice this whole routine. My phone is actually off, and a lot of times I'll drive to the coffee shop with my phone off still and keep it in airplane mode so that no notifications come through to distract me. This is the opposite of what most people wake up. They wake up, they check the text messages. If there's anything going on, it pulls our attention away. And if there's like fires to put out well, today's prima shot. I noticed that when I have stressful things going on right in the morning, I'm just not in a good mood. And sometimes I'm extremely extracted and I just can't get my best creative work done. So if you are one that has any kind of deep creative work whatsoever, don't let your inbox management and let other people pull your attention away. This is huge on Lee after a dental this and only after I have either done my one thing or at least scheduled it out for the day. So, for example, my studio here is at home. I can't record until later in the day based on my schedule. So my one thing for today was to get in the studio and record was so what I'm doing right now, I've decided on it, though, and I've scheduled it. So I know no matter what, I'm going to get that one thing done. So I do get a bit of peace of mind there. Even if I didn't complete my one thing just yet shall work. That's when I get my email. That's when I checked my slack, and I do all that stuff baps into a short window. I knock it all out, then I'm pretty much done for the day, and this is a new thing I've been able to do. I used to answer a lot more email. And so I would get emailed earlier in the day. And then later in the day, I recommend if you could get away with it. Batch. All of your shower will work to like, two hours a day. And don't go in your inboxes outside of that time. Maybe it's first in the morning. 8 to 9. Get out of the way. Maybe so late in the day. 1 to 2 or 3 to 4, whatever or you did two hours. Would you like one the morning and one at night? Just figure out a routine that works for your workflow for your business. Whatever you're doing, your your co workers, whatever. And then stick to it. You will quadruple orm or your productivity. But you also let go of the mental state that people have when they're always thinking they need to check their inbox. Somebody might want something. I gotta respond to something. You also train people to get response from you. Certain times they won't bother you. It's so powerful. It is so freaking powerful. Shallower, done. Boom! Now, at this point, I'm ready. Lead. The coffee shop is when I come home. And if I have any Aaron's run will do those. I don't really run that many and to be honest, but I'll go the ghost or we'll get some food will come home or break my fast. I will usually have a big, juicy steak, and then I will hang out the family for a little bit and I'll get my first creative session going, which is what I'm doing right now. Of course, daily content schedule. This is my social media stuff. I've treated social meat is a very just like have X posts every single day. I have not a spreadsheet. I'll probably do another video on that or course on that. Actually, you know, Social Media. It's like a love hate thing. And if you have for business, we're trying to build something with that like, yeah, it's a necessary evil, but you really need to control how you're using it and have a system around it. That's almost a social media. So I have my my spreadsheet. I do. My postings usually takes me 10 minutes and then I'm done for the day. My YouTube checklists, these a couple things that I'm working on, getting filled out for all the videos I'm doing. And again, this is like sharing post. It might be adding as a block post might be sharing it so linked in or Facebook or whatever , So I do a couple things on there and then I mark it off. 6. Work Session #2: So now we're back to recording slash creative session, which I do in the studio. Having a place to do it is a game changer again. Uh, I just can't stress on that enough. If you can do any kind of creative work and you have your own officer studio that's marked off from the rest of family from noise, just get it. Please trust me. Get it? All right. So here I have record edit record. Usually I do a civil podcast, which is 10 to 20 minutes, and then I do a video which is 10 to 20 minutes. And then editing is basically another thing, right? And get into that. That's what I usually do later, at my computer, my room. So what? Two hours get out. More family time, Whatever. Relax time, Netflix time, etcetera. Then, after the family goes to sleep, I have my final work session for the day. So that's the secondary energy level two section. Now I mark that. Is that because I usually have less energy and less able to focus? I used to be better this, but since having darling having a son waking up early in the morning and I'm just I don't have the same kind of energy as I do later in the day and I think that's OK, right? I think, OK, there's also when I get some reading in, I get some, maybe some YouTube and I get some studying in. Maybe I'll take a few tutorials. I'm always making sure that I'm trying to learn something every single day, so that's huge, so it's a mark those off. 7. Your Morning Routine: so that's gonna be it entire day. It's all rooted in that daily morning routine, which is why that was the focus of this course. So no matter what you do after that first couple hours, your first initial work session, you can structure the rest of day, and you'd be a little bit more fluid with it as long as you get that morning routine done, and as long as you set your one thing and your attention for the day. Super powerful, super profound can be a game changer for productivity, but also not just getting more done. Getting more time back to yourself, getting more time with the family, getting more time to do things that matter in life, whether there's hobbies or passion or things outside of work. When you're more effective, you can work less hours and get the same or more done, then the rest of the world, or your co workers that are working longer hours and not being asked productive. It's a fallacy that working more hours just means you get more done. That's complete nutter fallacy, matching having things together, having a routine having reminder so that you do the same thing every single day, and you can build habit upon habit upon habit and build work upon work upon work that so anything is done today. And if you doing anything on your own is a solo pron your or an entrepreneur or non profit . If you're doing anything that relies on you having that celeb morning routine, having a consistent, repeatable accountability is the only way you could be successful today. I mean, I truly believe that. So I hope you can take something away from my routine. You could copy, as is. If you want to try it for yourself, then make tweets along the way. But the most important thing to understand is it's about consistency every single day. If you have your daily list and use something like a sauna to have your recurring reminder and you have your checklists, which I highly recommend you do, you're not going to get that thing knocked out every single day. The key is to get back in the next day and get at least a few of them done and then build progression as you go. Most people think they build this master list and then every day they have to get it all marked off, or next day they would just stop that. That's completely and utterly the wrong way to do it. You actually want to start from a baseline of less and then grow to more versus most people . Try set goals, is saying they do all these things and then when they stop, they fail. Quit, etcetera. You don't want to do that so focused on getting a couple of things done. You know, maybe the 1st 5 get better. Getting the other one is done. Get better modulating your day and building routines and building like secondary work routines and things like that. If you have a traditional office job, think about what is it like before lunch wasn't like after lunch. What is it like at the end of the day? Is 4 p.m. Every day I got to do all this stuff. Can I process my email then or before is three PM always open? Maybe from 2 30 to 4 30? I can have my deep work time. There's a 1,000,000 examples of this. You're gonna have to find what works for you, but you do need to keep some of those first principles of productivity in mind. Stay consistent. Get your team, get nap, get something that can give you recurring reminders and in a consistent checklists. So you not to reinvent the wheel every morning and spend your energy on the things that you deem important that are going to move the needle for and then get one big thing that's gonna move the needle. Ford, make sure you get that done. And then almost no matter what you do after that, you're winning. All right, so I'm calling suckered. I hope you enjoy this course. If you'd like to reach out to me and sent me an email to Colin and Wild Foods dot Co and check out some my other courses. And if you're interested in sexual health or any of these other things that I'm doing in my day job, you can find me on iTunes YouTube excited. Just search the ancestral mind and I will pop up and I look forward to senior