Let’s talk about mornings. Your alarm goes off. What do you do? Are you up and heading right to the shower, or do you hit snooze a couple dozen times? What about after that? Is the morning time for yoga and watching the news, or do you run down the clock until you have to be out the door? Do you even know what your morning routine is?
STOP WASTING TIME
Too many people throw off their whole day because they don’t have a solid morning routine. I recently picked up “The Miracle Morning for Entrepreneurs” by Hal Elrod and Cameron Herold. The book maps out how you can take yourself and your business to the next level by learning how to start your day off on the right foot.
Elrod has written a series of “Miracle Morning” books, each one focused on planning the optimal morning routine for various careers and lifestyles. He details how mornings matter more than we think. The morning is your road map, the time when you choose what your day will be. At a glance, it sounds like more self-help, silver-bullet jargon, but it makes sense. When you commit to waking up on time and exercising every day, it’s only natural that you’ll see improvement in your life.
MY MORNING ROUTINE
5:30 a.m. I wake up and drink a full CamelBak bottle of water. (I fill the water bottle the night before and have it waiting on my nightstand beside the bed.)
5:45 a.m. Depending on the day, 2 or 3 friends (my son Jake joins us sometimes) will meet at my house to workout. Usually P90x, run 5-7 miles or a Yoga Recovery session.
6:30 a.m. I drink Athletic Greens, a supplement, and morning cocktail - a glass of freshly squeezed lemon juice with a dash of pink Himalayan salt, or apple cider vinegar with cinnamon. I am always looking for new mixers.
6:45 a.m. I drink coffee. During the school year, I also use this time to make my kids’ lunches.
8:00 a.m. I shower while box breathing. At the end of the shower, I’ll do a “polar plunge,” switching to cold water for 60 seconds. Then I get ready for the day while listening to a podcast.
8:45 a.m. I listen to podcasts while commuting to work.
8:50 a.m. I arrive at the office and make a pot of Imperial Gyokuro green tea in a cast-iron kettle. (My commute is only five minutes long.)
ONE SIZE SHOULDN’T FIT ALL
Once I’m at the office and getting into my work, I consider that the end of my scheduled routine. I’ve taken a lot of my routine habits from another book, Aubrey Marcus’ “Own the Day, Own Your Life,” but there are also certain things I’ve had to change it around to fit with my family and lifestyle. For example, Marcus recommends working out at 5 p.m. after work, but if I did that, I wouldn’t be able to make my kids dinner. That’s why my workouts take place first thing in the morning.
You also probably noticed that I don’t eat breakfast in the morning. I practice intermittent fasting, which involves only eating between the time window of noon and 8 PM. This is another spot in the morning routine where Marcus and I differentiate. I enjoy the benefits of intermittent fasting, but it’s not for everyone. For example, if you have diabetes, you probably shouldn’t be fasting.
What I’m saying is that while there are tons of experts who claim to have cracked the “ideal” morning routine, the best routine is the one that suits your needs. But first, you have to make a routine and stick to it.
It starts with getting out of bed when your alarm goes off the first time.
Thanks for reading,