How to Win Every Morning
I remember a time where my mornings were characterized by an exhausted Jake dragging himself from room to room. Always waking up at the last possible minute and spending less than 15 minutes on a morning routine. It was a miserable existence for at least the first 2 hours of the day, sometimes longer. This continued until developing a routine that I felt good about my mornings.
Why Have a Morning Routine?
First, it gives structure to your day. When you wake up with no idea of what success looks like for your morning, it is difficult nearly impossible to have a “successful” one.
Morning routines are in use by some of the most successful individuals in the world. A few of these individuals are: Tim Cook (CEO of Apple), Mark Zuckerberg (CEO of Facebook), Barack Obama (former president), Jeff Bezos (Founder of Amazon), Richard Branson (Founder of Virgin Group).
Setting up a routine also gives you fewer decisions to make. It allows you to save time you would normally put into what to do next and use it elsewhere.
What Should I Include in My Morning Routine?
Before we move forward, you absolutely will not get the most out of a morning routine without proper sleep. Everyone is a little different, but most people I have encountered need anywhere from 6-10 hours of sleep per night to feel their best in the morning. You should have a pretty good idea of what that number is for yourself, please aim to hit it if you want to be effective.
It is my experience that most people with a good morning routine include several of the following:
These will be enough to get you moving in the right direction.
What Should I EXCLUDE from My Morning Routine?
This will be a little more difficult for people that deciding what to include. It is also possibly the most important part. Having the correct exclusions will keep you from being distracted and “dodging bullets” early in the day. Here are some examples of what to exclude from your morning routine:
I understand that sometimes these things cannot be avoided. However, it is not unreasonable to exclude these items from your morning routine 80% of the time, in most cases. If you disagree I encourage you to do it just once and see how much better you feel.
My Morning Routine
I start my routine with doing my best to wake up to my first alarm….its a work in progress.
Next I head into the bathroom with a bottle in hand and drink 8oz of water and do 10 push-ups before hopping in the shower. The water helps to clear out the “cob webs” in my organs and get my metabolism moving. Push-ups help to get my blood flowing and keep me from continuing to be groggy.
After my shower I go downstairs, put water in my kettle, and begin heating it. While I am waiting I drink another 8oz of water and do 10 more push-ups. Once the water is nice and toasty I open a pack of instant coffee with lions mane and chaga by “Four Sigmatic” (find it here) and add 6oz of hot water.
Once the water is added, I add 1 tablespoon of butter (from grass fed cattle), 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, and 1-2 tablespoons of MCT oil. I mix all of the ingredients and add a little water so that the coffee is at drinking temperature, then I drink it all in 2-3 sips.
Journaling is the next step in my routine. I use Evernote to track my journals and usually spend less than 5 minutes creating a journal entry each day. At the end of each journal I include my daily goals, complete with check boxes. These will be my primary goals for the day and will dictate success or failure. Find more on goal setting here.
Now for my greatest morning routine failure.
Last, I try to include some sort of mindfulness meditation for 10 minutes, but I have been TERRIBLE about doing this. It is my biggest struggle for my morning routine and I am actively trying to find a way to make sure I do it. Right now I probably fit it in 1 day per week…I know, its bad.
A morning routine has a huge impact on my daily life. I feel more productive when I follow through with completing my routine and it allows me to start the day with a clear head. Nothing has had a bigger impact on my productivity and effectiveness in daily life.
I would like to challenge you to at least try a morning routine 2 days in a row, I promise you will not regret it.
Now that you know how to win the morning, check out how to win the evening here!