Giving in to the TimeSucker is death in the mornings, and boy do I know it. I work a second shift and leave the house around 12:15 pm. I'm not back from work until after 10:30 pm, so that time in the morning is crucial for me to get things done. Like most of us, I have had a habit of logging into my social media and email first thing in the morning to check it. Turns out, this is the worst possible thing to do. Not only because it provides you with a myriad of distractions, but also because social media can be a real downer if you let it. I've started getting into the habit of knowing what I want to do first thing in the morning before I go to bed the night before. I've started reading about 10 or 15 pages of the book I'm working on (The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph**Amazon Affiliate Link**), and then I journal and get a daily brain dump out of the way. Then I go to the gym and workout for about an hour. When I get home, I meditate for about 10-15 minutes, and jump in the shower.
Then I walk into my office for the first time that day, and then I look at my Feedly account for possible topic ideas, and look at my Evernote account for stuff I've already saved. I'll start working on a draft. If it's a podcast day, then I'll look for material for show prep. I may even start recording some material if I'm not going to wake anyone up.
Once I'm done with all of that, then I'll check my email and process it to Zero. I'll check it occasionally from my phone, but I'm giving some serious thought to removing from my iPhone for 30 days to see if it's really necessary to have on my phone.
As far as social media is concerned, I have Facebook, FB Pages Manager, and Twitter on my phone. I find that to be a major distraction during the day, and I think I really should remove the FB accounts at the very least. I'll admit, Twitter is my addiction. I don't play video games, so instead of shooting birds at pigs I read a constant stream of tweets. I should probably come up with a plan to curb that during the day.
What I have found is that by having a set routine to get what matters to me done in the morning first thing, I have felt more effective at both my pirate life and my day job life. It's a long day, but because I've had time to build my ship, it's a more fulfilling one.