A Productive Sunday Morning Routine - Deliberate Reading

Happy Sunday, loves! I love my weekends, but I particularly have a bias for Sundays. It's just a great time to reflect on the week, relax, and enjoy some you-time. I'm going to walk you through a typical morning with me.

7:00 AM - Wake-up, make two cups of coffee

7:30 AM - Watch a morning motivational video 

This morning, in particular, I watched a 30 minute video of Kim Kardashian's Key Note interview at the BlogHer Conference 

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRpQE9gCeaI

8:05 AM - Read an ebook on my iPad (During my lunch breaks at work, I like to bring a physical book, but when I'm at home, I enjoy reading from my iPad)

Personal Recommendation:

How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life

This is an AMAZING BOOK---- For anyone who loves professional development kind of novels, this is the book I would recommend. The author has a great sense of humor, drawing from personal experiences to giving you insights on how pattern recognition, trial, and observation can eventually lead you to success.

I'm a big pusher when it comes to mentally stimulating your brain through two channels:  1) What you hear (i.e. audio books, from a conversation you just had) 2) What you see (i.e. reading articles, observing others) This is why I choose to watch videos and read every day. Aside from news outlets and online articles, reading actual books inevitably goes hand-in-hand with gaining more knowledge, which correlates to increasing your odds of breakthrough success. I call this process: the art of deliberate reading (learning) 

Some fun stats: 

  • Warren Buffett spends five to six hours per day reading five newspapers and 500 pages of corporate reports.

  • Bill Gates reads 50 books per year.

  • Mark Zuckerberg reads at least one book every two weeks.

  • Elon Musk grew up reading two books a day, according to his brother.

  • Mark Cuban reads more than 3 hours every day.

  • Arthur Blank, co-founder of Home Depot, reads two hours a day.

  • Billionaire entrepreneur David Rubenstein reads six books a week.

  • Dan Gilbert, a self-made billionaire, and owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, read one to two hours a day.

(Source: Michael Simmons, Medium)

Instead of overloading myself with difficult reads, I try to balance it out by choosing two (very different) books at a time - 1) a professional development book/career-related 2) a leisure novel

9:00 AM - Study training notes for work

I don't do anything on Saturday that's work-related; however, to prepare myself for the rest of the week, I go over all the notes I've written throughout the week to ensure that I stay on top of my industry

10:00 AM - Eat breakfast

11:00 AM - Gym

I love working out on the weekends. The gyms are less crowded and it's just a great way to start the rest of my day.

12:00 PM - Relax/Spend the rest of the day with family 

Hope you're having a good weekend!


Khanh P. Duong