Robert Iger, the CEO of Disney starts his day at 4:30am.

Margaret Thatcher was up every day at 5.00am.

Frank Lloyd Wright at 4.00am along with countless CEO’s, COO’s, and Executives across the globe.

Research has shown morning people have been found to be more proactive and more productive.

And then there is nursing…a 24-hour-a-day job. People get sick day and night, and they always need someone to take care of them.

Doctors go home, specialists and ancillary staff are tucked into their beds, nurses are on night shift, doing what needs to be done, usually followed by a few days off and then back into it on day shift.

Nursing is not an easy job, and nursing at night or on rotating shifts makes that job even more difficult.

How does this fit into a solid morning…aka pre-work routine, compared to our fellow 9 to fivers?

Is it possible to have a ‘routine’ when your shifts can change every week?

The answer is yes…however, not as simple as it sounds.

Those “extra” hours with fewer distractions and fresh energy also give super successful a chance to do some creative thinking, fit in a workout, and spend time with family. And it should be noted that waking up early doesn’t necessarily mean losing sleep.

The problem isn’t just feeling like you have had a London red bus parked on your back, the World Health Organisation considers it a probable part cause to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and cognitive impairment.

Which is why it is even more important to tackle the healthy art of managing a great pre-work routine with a super simple 3 step focus plan, no matter what the shift.

How much sleep do I need?

When you think about a usual run of the night, say 3 – 4-night shifts in a row, it is not uncommon to lose around 2 hours on average per night…which makes you miss almost a whole night in a very short period of time.

To avoid fatigue, shift workers need to get as close to 7–8 hours of sleep as possible, which is the average amount of sleep for most adults.


Step One


It’s likely the last thing you want to do after a night without sleep: hit the pavement or sweat it out in the gym.

Believe it or not, when you exercise before going to bed, you will sleep better, think endorphins. Perhaps a high-intensity cardio, like cycling or boxing is better than a meditative yoga session.

If you are on day shift, exercise first thing in the morning is equally as beneficial.

Get organised the night before, get your activewear out, your shoes, socks, drink bottle, whatever else you need to minimise what to think about when you get out of bed.

Step Two


Wait sometime before you check your social media and email.

Who’s running the show here, you or your inbox and newsfeed?

Seeing who has done what, answering requests, replying to email first thing in the morning is guaranteed to derail you.

There is a stack of research and books written about it.

Check one out here



Step Three


According to Brian Tracy, the ugliest, worst thing on your list of things to do, is known as your frog.  The story of the Frog comes from a famous quote by Mark Twain.

Mark Twain once said that “If the first thing that you do when you wake up in the morning is to eat a live frog, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that’s probably the worst thing that’s going to happen to you all day long.”

What Brian Tracy means is that your live frog is your biggest, ugliest task. It’s the worst thing that you have to do. It’s the one that you’re most likely to procrastinate on, and put off and leave for hours, days, weeks and months.

We all have that one item on our to-do list that we dread. It looms over you all day (or week or month!) until you finally suck it up and do it after much procrastination.

Instead of anticipating the unpleasantness of it from first coffee through your lunch break, get it out of the way.


Step Four


 The best way to do this is to map out your day and know EXACTLY what to focus on, based on your very own decisions.

Maximise your potential by mapping out your schedule for the day, as well as your goals and to-dos. The morning is a good time for this as it is often one of the only quiet times a person gets throughout the day.

Depending on your shift work, you may find the quiet time at the other end of the day peaceful.

Give yourself 10 minutes to find your focus before you flick on Netflix to chill out before going to bed.


Final Thoughts

For years, I believed it was not possible to have a sold morning routine because of the shift work.

It can be done, it takes a little more time and energy to find what is right for you.

Yes, it is a challenge…the thing is, you are worth it, your health and future are counting on you to give it your best shot.

I recently put together a super quick Day Planner, CLICK on the image below to get yourself a copy, get working on what really matters, and not what doesn’t!

It’s Free…let me know how you get on.

Bron x