Good Morning Routine = A Good Day

How you start your day has an enormous impact

In his now famous speech to a graduating class at Stanford, Steve Jobs said, “For the past 33 years I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

It turns out one thing that many famous and successful people have in common is a morning routine that helps them have a awesome productive day and win at life.

As part of my 2017 journey to a happier, healthier life I’ve been thinking a lot about my morning routine and trying different things to see what works for me.

Here’s what my routine looks like so far;

  • Wake up at 6:30
  • Drink 8 ounces of water. I keep a 16 ounce bottle of water by my bed and drink half as soon as I get up.
  • Exercise – nothing special 25 Jumping Jacks, 20 squats, 30 curls (25lb dbs), 20 push ups, 30 sec plank and light stretching. In total, about 10 –  15 minutes.
  • Drink remaining water
  • Shower
  • Meditate
  • Breakfast – High protein, low carb
  • Listen to Motivational Podcasts on the drive to work

I’ve been doing some variation of this routine since the beginning of the year and its definitely had a positive impact.

But there is room for improvement; some mornings I’m late to work, miss breakfast or meditation.

The two main culprits are;

  1. Lack of preparation the night before
  2. Procrastination

Its still a work in progress but I’ve felt more energized, motivated and happier as a result.

What is your morning routine? How are you preparing for the day?

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