Is it possible to create the best morning routine possible?
How about a morning routine that could make you unstoppable and impenetrable for sixteen hours straight?
Personally, I think I’ve created the best morning routine for myself, and now my life is sixteen hours of power. Then all I have to do is sleep and repeat.
- forming the best routine is the cornerstone for staying productive,
- staying creative,
- and remaining collected and confident on your road to a successful life.
We are what we repeatedly do, so our success will greatly affect by the habits we participate in.
None of us need to be convinced that a solid routine will make us better,
- and more successful.
But coming up with a routine that satisfy’s our needs, makes us powerful each day AND we can stick to can be troublesome.
- Changing habits can be difficult, especially if we were never taught how to do it successfully.
- There’s always the chance we could relapse back into our comfort zone
- Especially with morning routines, it’s easy to just…stay in your warm bed.
So we’re stuck with a serious issue: We know a routine will improve our lives, but…hard to do it.
We do, however, need to understand which activities will give us the most bang for our buck, and how to perform them properly.
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HOW I SECTION OFF MY DAY
The first part is not really a part of my routine as much as it is how I see the day.
My morning routine is like filling my life up with gasoline. I assume that at the end of each day I am completely out of gas. So these activities are like refilling my tank in order to be more powerful than the day before.
I use my morning routine to make sure that
- All the important things like my health, money, social life and over all happiness don’t get left on the back burner
- I can avoid the grogginess and my hatred of waking up and doing stuff
- To get a leg up on the day, and to be completely explosive and impressive when it’s time to get to work
- To create a sense of effort and “earning it” at the end of the day. When everything is done and I’m pooped, going to bed is very statisfying.
The Best Morning Routine: First Three Hours:
I’m an early bird and like to do my routine first thing upon waking. You may think that three hours is overboard and a waste of time, but it’s not.
Doing this allows me to stay in a state of fixed concentration so much that, while working, sometimes I forget to each lunch. It works.
“Laziness is nothing but a habit of resting before you’re tired.”
I have since edited my morning routine to b 2.5 hours.
I’ve done this due to shortening my morning exercise and increasing it’s intensity.
I have also noticed that I’m getting the results I desire from my meditation in a shorter amount of time, so there’s no need to go for the same amount of time anymore.
The Best Morning Routine: Second Eight to Ten Hours:
I don’t always work for the same amount of time each day. I call the second part of my day my productivity period.
I got this idea from Tai Lopez in one his private mentor groups.
What he calls the “creation” period, I call the production period.
During this period:
- I am creating all the things I create for my readers,
- handling whatever business I need to,
- making my money and being professional.
This is the period when most people are at work (even though I consider it more fun than work).
Edit: Since writing this post, my focus has increased and the amount of time that I can work without getting mentally exhausted has also increased.
Therefore, my production period has shrunk to a period of 6-8 hours with the same amount of work getting done.
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The Best Morning Routine: Last Three to Four hours:
This is what call my recreation period.
It’s when I hang out with friends, family, check my social media and answer emails (not in that order).
If I’m going out on the town,
- getting something to eat at my favourite restaurant,
- or mingling,
it happens in these hours of the evening.
Edit: Because of all the changes in my routine that you’ve been reading about in these Edits, I’ve been able to increase my recreation period to a period in the evening of 4-6 hours.
This is nice actually, because I have more free time to roam around and enjoy doing things that aren’t work related (even though I’m perfectly happy working most of the day).
The Exact Timing
I’m awake, normally, from 3 am to 8 pm. You’re supposed to get eight hours, but I normally get seven.
Some of you might get less sleep, and if that’s the case, you’re wrong.
You will never be more productive getting less sleep.
You will be awake more hours, doing more things, but you cannot make your brain stay awake, even if your body still is.
You will lose cognitive abilities and your productivity rate will drop each hour you’re sacrificing recharge time.
See how reliable your phone is if you don’t charge it each night if you need some common sense proof.
Personally, I take the approach of Ariana Huffington, who “prioritizes sleep”. You can do whatever you like, but if you want to be explosive each day, get enough sleep. Period.
Edit: I’ve changed my waking time to 4:30am (just felt like it). I still like to wake up early, but I wanted to see if I could squeeze an extra hour into my evenings, and it worked!
I’m now in bed around 9pm.
Why So Early?
It’s partially preference and partially habit.
Some of you already know, that in my early twenties I spent nearly six years travelling across the world living in a few different monasteries. They all wake up super early.
Waking up early for me is habitual, so I continue to do it.
Secondly, I prefer to do my routine while everything is quiet.
Not only is there less noise, but there is no trepidation that something might disturb my concentration because I’m certain nobody is awake.
I start my day with a hot water and lemon routine. I meditate. And take my problems lightly, like my mother always said: treat them like helium balloons and let them go. I devour a lot of books to feed my mind.
It’s a weird quirk, but even the possibility of there being noise while I’m trying to focus stresses me out a little.
To adapt to my environment, I prefer to start early, while everyone is asleep because even early risers normally start at 5.
Now onto the activities that I consider to be my best morning routine yet!
Affirmations for the Best Morning Routine
I’ve always been into the subtle stuff about life. I like mysticism, philosophy, etc…
I don’t talk about it too much, because It’s not how I prefer to help people, but I am hugely into the 11 Laws given to us by Bob Proctor. Quantum physics, yoga, the law of attraction, manifestation, are all techniques I use to get what I want.
So naturally, I start the morning with affirmations. Don’t feel weird about it, most people do it and don’t talk about it.
Edit: In a recent youtube ad of his, Tai Lopez (talking about the secrets of success) gave 3 steps, one of them being “feel the emotion of your success before you actually have it. That’s called faith”
People are more into this subtle stuff than you think.
Once we’ve been pushed over the threshold, everyone will accept it as if it were always the truth.
That just seems to be the way life is.
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- having that bright light in your face when you wake up,
- and having to leave your wifi on (which interferes with your sleep quality.)
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How I Use Affirmations
An affirmation is a declaration.
You literally “affirm” something to be true.
An affirmation can be something like“I will experience a positive day and great obstacles with focus and clarity”.Click To Tweet
If nothing more, an affirmation is something to direct your focus on what you want, making you more likely to move towards it throughout the day.
Think of affirmations like a verbal plan.
They really work, promise.
As soon as I wake up, I have my affirmation list next to my bed, and as groggily as I can, I say them aloud.
I wake up easier with a short shower.
I take a warm shower, not cold. I know all the benefits of a cold shower, but I told you I was explosive, not crazy.
Back to affirmations?
Why not? I’m not doing anything in the shower in the morning anyway accept waking up.
I take a short three to five-minute shower and while I am doing that, I stare at my laminated (don’t want them to get wet) sheet of the same affirmations that were beside my bed.
I repeat them over and over for five minutes and visualize them individually.
This gets me in the mood I need to be in to experience effective meditation.
This is one of the longer periods of what I consider to be the best morning routine.
Meditation is great
- Physiologically: it helps you control your reactions and emotions in your brain
- Mentally: it seems to help round out your psychology and mental disposition
- Intellectually: the best ideas always come to me during my meditation
and is something that everyone will be doing soon.
It changes your brain chemistry, helps you make better decisions, and for me, keeps me in touch with my intuition better.
Quality is not an act, it’s a habit.
I sit in the dark and
- go through my initial breathing techniques,
- and remain this way for an hour and a half.
To be honest, I’ve been doing this for almost ten years, so sitting there and meditating for an hour is not difficult. The worst thing is that your legs might fall asleep. Which sucks.
It’s also fun, I enjoy meditating, but you don’t need to sit there for an hour.
Even five or ten minutes of watching your thoughts come and go can prepare you for an intense day, and allow you to maintain your self-discipline.
Exercise will give you more energy than coffee.
It gets your blood flowing, and once you get passed the period directly after where you will be sore and breathing heavy, you will feel like you can punch through a brick wall.
To be honest, I don’t like exercising that much.
What I do like are the benefits. Aside from being healthier, and feeling great…Actually, that’s it, it makes me healthier and I feel great.
How I exercise each morning.
By now, I’ve already been awake for two and a half hours.
- I do basic compound exercises with adjustable dumbbells three days a week,
- and on the off days, I do HIIT in the form of sprints.
Sprinting is an intense exercise because you are moving your entire body through time and space as fast as possible.
When I started, I could barely handle 5 minutes. Now, I sprint forty yards in one direction and walk back the other direction for twenty minutes.
You will be dead afterwards, in the alivest way possible.
But you will also feel
- Euphoric in twenty minutes or so
- And like taking a cold shower
The pain that comes with this kind of self-discipline is the price you pay for feeling like a badass afterwards.
Edit: I’ve added HIIT on a stationary bike, to combat frigid winter temperatures.
I’ve also been experimenting with light to medium weight resistance training to see the diffrence in results I get.
No substantial data to talk about though.
Why two showers?
- To wake me up and
- To cool off and clean the sweat off of me.
The post-exercise shower isn’t long though; maybe two or three minutes.
Now I am prepared for my second favorite part of what I consider the best morning routine, which is the knowledge section. Time to read!
The way I have this section of my morning routine organized is good for stacking.
Stacking is NOT multitasking, which we all know is bad for you.
Stacking is taking one mindless activity and pairing it with something else so that you can do two activities at once while not sacrificing concentration on the one.
In this circumstance, I am stacking eating breakfast and reading. It takes no focus at all to eat food, so I can eat and read at the same time.
Otherwise, I’m taking fifteen or so minutes to eat, and thirty minutes (or however long) to read, which is almost an hour.
When you stack activities, you are only spending the time it takes to complete the activity that takes the longest. In this case, reading.
What do you read to maintain the best morning routine?
Anything and everything. Most of the time I’m reading some philosophy, but I also have a healthy diet of non-fiction.
It’s more about consuming information than reading. You could turn on your favorite educational youtube channel, or lecture and get the same result.
Reading is important because it increases your awareness of the world around you. Constantly learning is your best defense against slowly slipping backward in life. I read for about an hour every day (which normally turns out to be half a book).
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Reading will also make you a better influence on others. For example, every day I send out insights and information that I learned from my the books I read in short emails to my subscribers (almost every day).
Since my favorite things in life are pizza and empowering others (in that order) reading is another activity that gets me 80% of my results in life.
That’s basically it.
After the Best Morning Routine
At this point, my morning routine is over, at about 7am.
It’s now time to start my productivity period where I create all kinds of things for my following and those who read my articles (like you).
It’s a no bullshit morning routine that makes me explosive for sixteen hours straight and I never plan on giving it up.
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