A lot of people talk about the importance of having a morning routine. Until a few months ago most of my mornings were choas. I had all afternoon classes and I would stay up until 2 or sometimes 3 in the morning reading, watching TV, or talking with Suppliers in China. I would roll out of bed grab some food and be on my way.
However, once I graduated college I realized I was going to have to start waking up early. Below you can find my my morning routine probably 6/7 days a week with explanations as to why I do it the way I do it.
The Night Before
The night before bed I really only do three things.
- I chug at least 1 glass of water. This makes it almost certain I have to wake up in the middle of the night to pee. Most people are probably asking themselves “why in God’s name would you want to do that?” Fair question. There are two reasons, and I cannot explain either of them greatly. First, if I wake up to go pee in the middle of the night usually I feel more rested. I don’t know if that’s because my body wakes me up once I complete a REM cycle or it’s just my imagination and I’m a psycho. The second reason is because the chances I can lucid dream when I wake up once in the middle of the night increases around 40%. I’ve only had lucid dreams a few times (I’ll make a full post on that later) but when I do I almost always woke up in the middle of the night to pee. Even if I don’t have a lucid dream waking up in the middle of the night gives me a way better chance of remembering the dream I did have.
- I charge my phone out of arm’s reach. This one is pretty self explanatory. It keeps me from checking my phone before bed and makes me have to actually get up with my alarm. If my alarm goes off and I am still laying in bed there is an outstanding chance I am going to hit the snooze and go back to sleep. But if I actually have to stand up and turn it off I probably only crawl back into bed 20% of the time.
- I leave my blinds wide open. I really hate alarm clocks they are completely unnatural and wake you up in the worst way possible. Anytime I have an alarm clock I always feel tired. But if my blinds are open and natural sunlight comes in I feel much more rested. Ideally, I will “beat” my alarm clock and wake up before it goes off. This is a pretty awesome feeling because you feel like you are already killing it even if you have only been up for a minute or two.
I try to make the first hour of my day as uniform as possible. Obviously, this probably only happens half the time but this is what I set out to do as soon as I wake up.
1. 5:15 AM alarm goes off if I haven’t woken up already. Spend about 10 minutes doing my business and then chug a glass of water and throw on workout clothes.
2. I then drive to the gym and try to work out for 45 minutes to an hour. Sometimes (half the time) I sleep in and have to find something to do at my house like stretching, pushups or running.
3. If I do make it to the gym then I take a steam after. This is honestly this biggest carrot to make me work this early. Taking a steam is one of the best parts of my day. I helps me breathe easier, relaxes my muscles, probably keeps me from feeling cold for several hours. If I don’t make it out of the house in the morning I take a scalding hot shower, which makes me look like a cherry tomato.
4. After the steam I drive home, take a scalding hot shower and get dressed. A lot of people lay their clothes out the day before but so far I’m too lazy for that. I usually just grab the first thing I see.
5. Breakfast is the most important and consistent part of my morning without a doubt. It’s also the thing that makes me feel like I “won” the morning more than anything else I do. My breakfast has been pretty much identical for the last 6 months. It’s 10 ounces of water, 1 serving of Athletic Greens, 25 grams of flavorless Whey protein, and 1 tablespoon of MCT oil.
After I finish drinking that I head to work to start my day.