A Simple 5-Minute Routine to Maximize Your Day

A Simple 5-Minute Routine to Maximize Your Day

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Brandon Turner

Brandon Turner is an active real estate investor, entrepreneur, writer, and podcaster. He is a nationally recognized leader in the real estate education space and has taught millions of people how to find, finance, and manage real estate investments.

Brandon began buying rental properties and flipping houses at the age of 21. He started with a single family home, where he rented out the bedrooms, but quickly moved on to a duplex, where he lived in half and rented out the other half.

From there, Brandon began buying both single family and multifamily rental properties, as well as fix and flipping single family homes in Washington state. Later, he expanded to larger apartments and mobile home parks across the country.

Today, Brandon is the managing member at Open Door Capital, where he raises money to purchase and turn around large mobile home parks and apartment complexes. He owns nearly 300 units across four states.

In addition to real estate investing experience, Brandon is also a best-selling author, having published four full-length non-fiction books, two e-books, and two personal development daily success journals. He has sold more than 400,000 books worldwide. His top-selling title, The Book on Rental Property Investing, is consistently ranked in the top 50 of all business books in the world on Amazon.com, having also garnered nearly 700 five-star reviews on the Amazon platform.

In addition to books, Brandon also publishes regular audio and video content that reaches millions each year. His videos on YouTube have been watched cumulatively more than 10,000,000 times, and the podcast he hosts weekly, the BiggerPockets Podcast, is the top-ranked real estate podcast in the world, with more than 75,000,000 downloads over 350 unique episodes. The show also has over 10,000 five-star reviews in iTunes and is consistently in the top 10 of all business podcasts on iTunes.

A life-long adventurer, Brandon (along with Heather and daughter Rosie and son Wilder) spends his time surfing, snorkeling, hiking, and swimming in the ocean near his home in Maui, Hawaii.

Brandon’s writing has been featured on Forbes.com, Entrepreneur.com, FoxNews.com, Money Magazine, and numerous other publications across the web and in print media.

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This has been just phenomenal since we implemented it. It’s called the family huddle.

We had a problem: Now that we’re all at home in quarantine—although, personally, we were always at home anyway—can I still get work done?

The Family Huddle: A Simple 5-Minute Routine to Maximize Your Day

To solve it, we implemented this thing every morning called “the family huddle.” What we do is—my wife and I and my daughter Rosie, who’s three (almost four)—every morning at whatever time we’re all up (usually right before or after breakfast), we sit down and I grab a notecard and I write on the top today’s date.

Then I say, “OK, guys. What are we having for breakfast today (if it’s before breakfast)?” Alright—”Breakfast,” “Lunch,” “Dinner”—and we write down what we’re going to have, so we’re intentional about our day. Because it’s really easy to fall into, “I don’t know what to have right now and all the crap and junk food is here.”


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Then, we write “Snack.” We write down an available snack we have to choose from today.

Then, we write down “Dad’s Work Schedule.” And so now I write down what time I work that day and where my breaks are. So then Heather (my wife) can know anytime that day when I’m available. She knows that coming up here shortly, I said I’d be off. That’s when she’s planning lunch—and now I know I’m having soup for lunch—we planned that ahead.

And then, it’s “Work Out.” We write down what time we’re working out that day.

And then, finally, write down just “To-Dos.” This all takes less than two minutes to write this whole entire thing.

We stick it on the fridge every day—a brand new piece of paper. And now we basically have a plan for the day.


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And we also, because we’re a religious family, we pray with Rosie in the morning. We usually read a little story out of her bible. And then, we all go about our day.

Now there’s just so much more clarity and peace about the day.

And Heather knows when I’m going to work out. I don’t have to feel bad that I’m going to leave her to go work out for an hour, and she doesn’t feel bad that she asked me to come watch the kids so she can go work out—because I just know she’s working out today at 1:30.

I know that this has been tremendously helpful for us during this quarantine, this family huddle. I encourage people who are working at home to do it, too.

For everyone, it’s been just kind of feeling like it’s that week between Christmas and New Year’s, where no one knows what time is it? What am I wearing? I’m drunk. It’s 9 a.m. Like that feeing.

If we want to get out of that and get normalcy, this is the way to go.


What are you doing to organize and normalize this time in quarantine? 

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Are you working from home during quarantine and having trouble being productive? Trouble telling one day from the next? Trouble focusing? My family and I just implemented this new routine—and I encourage everyone to do the same—that's changed our days, sharpened our focus, and improved our productivity.