The Productive Morning Routine That Took Me Years To Refine

When it comes to morning routines, I have made many, many changes over the years. I have always experimented with my mornings ever since I was in university.

When I was in school my schedule wasn’t consistent. Sometimes I would start around 9:30am, sometimes 8:30am, sometimes 11:30am. It was messing with my sleep, my energy and my mood. I came to the realization that I needed to standardize my time and my mornings.

By waking up every day at a certain time, I was able to take control of my mornings. I was no longer taking into consideration fluctuation in my day-to-day calendar. I was in the driver seat.

This continued to evolve up to where I am today.

I realized I was missing ingredients that were vital to a full all around morning. I was only focusing on the physical preparation to the morning, but not the mental one.

SO, after doing some reading of over 20 different types of books, articles, sources, I have come to this routine.

I am not going to list the time I wake up or anything. I want to tell you about my 2.5 hour routine, so you can apply it to your life and see how you like it.

My Productive (2.5 Hour) Morning Routine

0 – 1 hour:

  • Wake up
  • Drink a big glass of cold water
  • Go to the gym / do something active
  • Shower (cold showers are definitely a kickstart)

1 hour – 1.5 hours:

  • Write in my 5-minute Journal
  • Visualize the day ahead
  • Do a guided meditation using Calm

1.5 hours to 2.5 hours:

  • Have a breakfast with some colour to it
  • Have a morning coffee
  • Read through my Blinkist app while having white noise playing (like on Calm)
  • Watch videos related to my industry
  • Read what’s happening in the news, what’s trending.
  • Work on a passion project (editing photos, writing blogs, etc.)
  • Watch motivational videos (below)

Here is an example of one of the motivational videos I watch:

Try this one out and watch the full thing below, it’s only a few minutes of your time.

Motivated yet? I know, right!

I find the combination of all things is very much a mind, body, soul type of thing. As much as that’s played out in a lot of different coffee table books, I find that I need that now to standardize how I feel each morning.

It gets me motivated, ready to start my day and really effin’ excited over how I can change and take control of my day, my tasks and be more productive.

Hope this helps YOU!

Comment or message me directly on social (@stevedolson) if you tried this routine out!

Thanks for reading,


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Serial entrepreneur who has worked with over 100 brands over the last 7 years and a finalist for 2016's Canada's Top 30 Under 30 Award Follow Steve on Instagram: