Morning Routine | 8 Things I Make Sure To Do Before 8 A.M.
This post is a follow up on me Rethinking Life & Getting Out of the Mere Survival Mode. I have found that through establishing a morning routine, and working hard to keep it, my course in life is somewhat changing – to the better.
My personal morning routine may pile into a long list, but it’s really quite simple. Here’s how it goes:
- Wake up
- Get in the zone
- Get moving
- Put the right food in my body
- Get ready
- Get inspired
- Get perspective
- Do something to move me forward
So let’s begin
Here’s my personal morning routine:
1. Get a healthy 7+ hours of sleep
Sleep is just as important as eating and drinking water. Despite this, I have experienced insane problems with sleeping, just like millions of other people, which resulted in negative ramifications on my professional and personal life.
Being famous for my 3 am emails, my clients would praise me for the hard-work and dedication I put into what I do. However, little did they know about my headaches and stress levels that were caused by lack of proper rest.
You simply won’t last long if you wake up at 5 am and go to bed at 2 past midnight. On the long-run, your health and quality of life will fall apart.
On the flipside, research has proved that getting a healthy amount of sleep is vital to:
- Increase memory
- Elongate life
- Decrease inflammation
- Increase creativity
- Increase attention and focus
- Decrease fat and increase muscle mass with exercise
- Lower stress
- Decrease dependence on stimulants like caffeine
- Decrease risk of getting into accidents
- Decrease risk of depression
- And tons more… Just google it!
Honestly, the rest of this blog post is worthless if you don’t make sleep a priority.
2. Meditate to facilitate clarity & abundance
After waking from a healthy and restful sleep, meditation (and/or prayer – whatever floats your boat) are crucial for orienting yourself toward the positive. What you focus on first thing in the morning, expands.
Before getting out of bed, just take 5 minutes each morning to put yourself into a mindset of gratitude for all that you have. Gratitude is having a mindset of abundance. When you think abundantly, the world is your oyster. There is limitless opportunity and possibility for you.
People are magnets. When you’re grateful for what you have, you will attract more of the positive and good. Gratitude is contagious.
Gratitude may be the most important key to success. It has been called the mother of all virtues for a good reason. If you start every morning putting yourself in a space of gratitude and clarity, you will attract the best the world has to offer, and not get distracted.
3. Hard physical activity
Plenty of research prove that regular exercise decreases our chance of depression, anxiety, and stress. It is also related to higher success in our career life. Despite endless evidence of the need for exercise, many people still overlook the importance of physical activity.
I have neglected this fact long enough throughout my life, which has affected me negatively on many levels. Now I fully realise that if I want to be healthy, happy, and productive, I should get in the habit of regular exercise, even for a few minutes each day.
I have lately found that doing pilates, yoga and occasional high-intensity running exercises work wonders on relieving my stress, bring about an influx of inspiration, and put me at ease with whatever comes my way during the day.
Humans are holistic beings. If you don’t care about your body, every other aspect of your life will suffer. I know because I’ve been there.
4. Consume 30 grams of protein
Donald Layman, professor emeritus of nutrition at the University of Illinois, recommends consuming at least 30 grams of protein for breakfast. Similarly, Tim Ferriss, in his book, The 4-Hour Body, also recommends 30 grams of protein 30 minutes after waking up. According to Ferriss, his father did this and lost 19 pounds in one month.
Protein-rich foods keep you full longer than other foods because they take longer to leave the stomach. Also, protein keeps blood-sugar levels steady, which prevents spikes in hunger.
Eating protein first decreases your white carbohydrate cravings. These are the types of carbs that get you fat. Think bagels, white bread, toast, and donuts.
Tim Ferris makes four recommendations for getting adequate protein in the morning:
- Eat at least 40% of your breakfast calories as protein
- Do it with two or three whole eggs (each egg has about 6g protein)
- If you don’t like eggs, use something like turkey, or cottage cheese
- Or, you could always do a protein shake with water
- For people who avoid dairy, meat, and eggs, there are several plant-based proteins. Legumes, greens, nuts, and seeds all are rich in protein.
5. Take a cold shower
Why would you do such a thing?
Cold water immersion radically facilitates physical and mental wellness. If done regularly, it provides long-lasting changes to your body’s lymphatic, circulatory and digestive systems that improve the quality of your life. It can also increase weight-loss because it boosts your metabolism.
There is of course, an initial fear of stepping into a cold shower. What has helped me is thinking about it like a swimming pool. It’s a slow painful death to get into a cold pool slowly. You just need to jump in. After 20 seconds, you’re fine.
To me, it increases my willpower and boosts my creativity and inspiration. While standing with the cold water hitting my back, I practice slowing my breathing and calming down. After I’ve chilled out, I feel super happy and inspired. Lots of ideas start flowing in my head and I become way motivated to achieve my goals.
6. Listen to or read uplifting content
Ordinary people seek entertainment. Extraordinary people seek education and learning. It is common for the world’s most successful people to read at least one book per week. They are constantly learning.
Taking even 15–30 minutes every morning to read uplifting and instructive information changes you. It puts you in the zone to perform at your highest.
Over a long enough period of time, you will have read hundreds of books. You’ll be knowledgeable on several topics. You’ll think and see the world differently. You’ll be able to make more connections between different topics, and converse intelligently with people from different backgrounds and mentalities.
7. Review your vision in life
Your goals should be written down – short term and long term ones. Taking just a few minutes to read your life vision puts your day into perspective.
If you read your long term goals every day you will think about them every day. If you think about them every day, and spend your days working toward them, they will manifest. & this is not a cliche, you attract what you put your mind into.
Achieving goals is a science. There’s no confusion or ambiguity to it. If you follow a simple pattern, you can accomplish all of your goals, no matter how big they are.
A fundamental aspect of that is writing them down and reviewing them every single day.
8. Do at least one thing towards your long-term goals
Willpower is like a muscle that expands when it is exercised. But somehow, our ability to make high quality decisions in life becomes fatigued on a daily basis. The more decisions we make, the lower quality they become – and the weaker our willpower gets.
Consequently, I made it mandatory to do the hard stuff first thing in the morning. The important thing for me at this stage is to practice and learn Spanish. Because if I don’t, it simply will not get done. By the end of my day, I’ll be exhausted. There will be a million reasons to just start tomorrow – which is never.
If you take just one step toward your big goals every day, you’ll realize those goals weren’t really far away.
After you’ve achieved a morning routine that fits your life and goals, no matter what you have for the rest of your day, you’ll have done the important stuff first. You’ll have put yourself in a place to succeed, because your dreams are inches closer every day.
Because you’ll have done all these things, you’ll shape up better in life. You’ll be better at your job. You’ll be better in your relationships. You’ll be happier. You’ll be more confident. You’ll be more bold and daring. You’ll have more clarity and vision.
Your life will shortly change.
You’ll quickly find you’re doing the work you’re passionate about.
Your relationships and your conversations will be more passionate, meaningful, deep, and fun!
You will have freedom and abundance.
The world, and the universe, will respond to you in beautiful ways.
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