18 Mar 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.
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,