My Perfect Morning
I’m a big fan of routines, specifically morning routines, I believe it increases your productivity by setting up your momentum and tone for the day. Its also important to do the same thing everyday so that your actions are on autopilot, ingrained habits, therefore requiring zero mental energy. Although I fail almost every day or at least don’t always knock out everything, here’s my ideal morning:
1. Wake up at 6AM. No snooze. Bonus if you have a Jawbone or FitBit that wakes you in the lightest part of your sleep rhythm.
2. Drink a glass of water. Eat some salt (optional). You are dehydrated when you wake up.
3. Exercise. I recommend 3 days of weight training. 4 days of yoga or cardio.
4. Meditate. 10 minutes of Headspace everyday will change your life.
5. 5 Minute Journal. It’s a journal that everyday asks you what you’re grateful for, what you hope to accomplish for the day, and a daily affirmation that you would like to remember for the day.
6. Shower. I recommend cold showers. It builds resilience, improves circulation, boosts immune system, and gives you tons of energy for the day. You can slowly build up the time or temperature level that you can handle. Your body adapts quickly.
7. Get started on the most important work of the day. No emails, no social media.
8. If you don’t have any pressing work for the day, then read. Reading is such a simple success hack. Every problem you have has probably already been solved by someone much smarter than you. Reading can be like listening to advice or a story from one of the greatest thinkers to ever live, anytime you want. Bonus if you have a porch where you can get some sunlight.
9. Coffee at 10AM. Your body has natural energy reserves in the morning. Caffeinating too early can mess up your cortisol levels and deplete your body’s ability to produce natural energy.
10. Lunch at 12PM. I don’t eat breakfast. I only eat from 12PM – 8PM. It’s called intermittent fasting. It increases your ability to focus, aids in putting on or maintaining muscle mass, and saves time spent cooking. Again, your body adapts quickly, but you will be hungry in the morning for a while.