Daily Thought: Win the Morning, Win the Day
I’ve never been a morning person. I used to stay awake until the sun rose. However, after observing more than a handful of successful individuals I found that a morning routine is critical to the rest of my day.
Essentially the idea is that by creating a set of morning rituals you can start up your day as efficient as possible. Seth Godin describes it as rationing your cognitive calories (I think I need to do that with regular calories too…) In other words, save your thinking for the things that matter most. I’ve started a morning routine and my day has become noticeably more productive and efficient.
DISCLAIMER: I’m not a startup guy, freak athlete, or tech wiz. I have a 10 month old baby, a wife, and a business that pays the bills and lets us have some fun. This is my routine and I hope you can take something from it.
1. Wake up and drink water
2. Prepare Coffee (Usually Kalita, Chemex, or French Press (If I don’t want to use the hand grinder)
3. Read and Journal for 30 minutes
4. 12 Minute Tabata or HIIT Work Out
5. Eat small protein
6. Write down 3 specific daily goals or targets
7. Write down three things I’m grateful for
This usually takes between 1-1.5 hours each morning. Meaning I need to wake up with enough time each morning to go through my routine (usually 5AM-5:30AM). I’ve linked a few resources about how to form your best morning routine and I hope you WIN THE MORNING!
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