I'm a morning guy and one of the things I try to stick to, more than anything in my day, is a powerful morning routine. Now, being a human being, this doesn't always go according to plan. Sleep patterns can vary for any number of reasons when you're a father! However even if I oversleep and find myself struggling to squeeze the time in for my morning routine, there is one action that I carry out regardless, because it is so quick and easy to do.
Over the course of my daily reading, I look for inspirational quotes and record them in Evernote. These can be from self-improvement books, web articles, sometimes even conversations I have with people as I go about my daily business. All of them are recorded in an Evernote I have named "My Mantras. I like to think of this as a list of qualities or values that I would like to live my life by. Examples include:
You achieve greatness by becoming the highest and best version of yourself every single day - From The 5AM Miracle by Jeff Sanders
If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants - Isaac Newton
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit - Aristotle
Vision is not enough, it must be combined with venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps, you must step up the stairs - Vaclav Havel
With this note in Evernote, I need a way of being able to get to it quickly. There has to be a trigger that encourages me to look for it, which for me is OmniFocus. I have a Morning Routine project which outlines the steps I need to follow and Read My Mantras is the closing part of the process. In the Notes section of the action, I have a direct link to the My Mantra Sheet in Evernote, saving me from browsing for the note itself within the Evernote application. I can just use the one application as a central hub, which is the simplified way I like to work.
Adding the link is easy and I covered this in a separate post last year. Check it out.