There’s one thing that the majority of top leaders around the world have in common, and that’s having a morning routine. Everyone has their own version of it, but there are a lot of common aspects of the morning routine and we’re going to cover the ones that stick out in my head and have worked the best for me over the years.
A foolproof way of waking up!
Waking up can suck! Sometimes all you want to do is hit that snooze button and go back under the covers and fall back asleep. That’s still what I want to do sometimes, but I found that this quick 15-minute quickstart routine will help you feel awake fast!
The night before I’ll set the Barcode Alarm Clock so I have to scan an item to turn off the alarm. You can download the iPhone app here or the Android app here. I’ll set the alarm as an inspirational song or speech so I’m not woken by a loud noise. I’ll also set 2 alarms 10 minutes apart. This is done to ensure that you don’t go back to bed because you’ll have to get up to turn off an alarm 10 minutes later. I’ll set the first alarm about 6.5-7 hours after I go to bed because I’ve found I perform best on 6 hours of sleep. The first barcode will be for something in my bathroom. This can be toothpaste, body wash, shampoo, or anything else that’s in your bathroom.
The moment has come and your alarm has gone off. Head to the bathroom, turn off that alarm, and now it’s time to wake up. This is a combination of Jim Kwik’s morning routine, plus enhancements I’ve made that I found useful. 10 minutes should be enough to wake your body up.
- Brush teeth with the opposite hand – This will help your brain wake up by making it think.
- Drink 1 glass of cold water – When you wake up you’re going to be a little dehydrated, let’s rehydrate your body.
- Shower to Reset Your Nervous System – You may not be someone who likes cold showers and that’s why I suggest starting off with a warm temperature that you’re used to. After about a minute in there, you’ll start to turn down the temperature. The goal is to get down to the coldest temperature you can get to and try to last as long as you can. If you enjoy cold water then try to max this out at 5 minutes.
- Chinups – Your second alarm is getting close to going off and it’s time to move your body. Have a chin-up bar set up along the route to your second alarm and pound out as many chin-ups as possible.
- Get coffee or tea started!
Hopefully, you’re wide awake now and ready to conquer the rest of the routine! Here we go!
(Inspired by Jim Kwik, Tim Ferris, and Robin Sharma)
If you’re having trouble focusing, getting angry too often, stress, relationship, being productive or having any issues at all, then I suggest picking up meditation. The most successful people in the world meditate and there is a reason why. Science backs up the effectiveness of meditation and has revealed an incredible array of benefits. Read more about the benefits of meditation here.
You’ll want to do your morning meditation routine before you have any coffee or look at a screen.
Learning and Coffee or Tea
(Inspired by Robin Sharma, Tim Ferris, Jim Kwik, and so many more)
You’ll want to get your brain going as early as possible. MindValley’s Quest All-Access Pass gives you the ability to learn something new each day in a 25 minute or less video. I choose MindValley because all of their online courses/quests are focused on self-improvement and that’s what we’re trying to achieve with our morning routine.
I also love coffee so usually down a couple of cups by the time the lesson is over. Try to stick to black coffee or bulletproof coffee (or a possible rendition of it)
Morning Exercise Routine
(Inspired by Ben Greenfield, Jim Kwik, Richard Branson, Tim Ferris, the list goes on)
My morning exercise routine is different each day. Sometimes I’ll do yoga, maybe hit the punching bag for a bit, or I’ll do an ultimate efficient bodyweight workout
Yoga brings a combination of exercise and breathing for a meditative effect. There is also no exercise that I have found that benefits my life more than yoga. I used to think that the bigger I was the more fit I was, but this couldn’t have been further from the truth. The more muscular I got, the stronger I got, but the less flexible I got. As soon as I incorporated yoga in my life I became a better hockey player, stronger in the gym, had more endurance all around, and joints stopped hurting all the time!
(Inspired by Jim Kwik and Tim Ferris)
This is another pretty common practice for most of the top achievers in the world. Reading gives you so many benefits including stress reduction, memory improvement, stronger analytical thinking, improved focus, better writing skills, knowledge, and more. Reading is really the gift that keeps giving.
It’s a good idea to practice speed reading techniques to increase your reading capabilities. Check out Jim Kwiks tips to read faster here
(Inspired by Jim Kwik and The Food Pharmacy Team)
The more information we can retain the better and your diet is a defining factor on how successful you’ll be with this. My smoothie includes leafy greens like Kale, frozen blueberries and strawberries, fresh ginger, matcha powder, rolled oats, avocado, MCT oil, and water.
(Inspired by Tim Ferris, Jim Kwik, and Robin Sharma)
Journaling helps your mind get in the right place. I like to journal while drinking a brain smoothie. If you’re not one who enjoys journaling then start by writing 10 things you’re grateful for. The act of writing down what you’re grateful for will change your mindset at an unbelievable rate. If you’re lost for ideas, think about the fact that you have the ability to turn on a light without worrying about breaking the bank. 60 years ago this was a legitimate concern. Or how about the internet and being able to read this post. Maybe you are grateful that you have 2 working legs. When you start being aware you’ll see how much there is to be grateful for.
I find that a full inbox really stresses me out and that’s one of the reasons why I tackle it bright and early. The more emails that pile up in your inbox the more you realize how much you need to do. If you clean it out early you’ll feel a lot less stress throughout the day. On top of that, you’ll be at the top of the inbox for potential clients!
Where To Find The Time
You may be saying, “where do I find time for all that?” Thankfully, I have found a magic trick to get more time in the day! It’s by waking up a little earlier. I know what you’re thinking… “hellll no!”
Don’t worry, I felt the same, but when you start waking up early you’re going to benefit in so many ways and you’re going to get hooked on it. I used to love sleeping in, but the moment I started waking up early my life changed. The early hours of the morning are the most productive ones. There are fewer people up to distract you and once you’ve achieved more than the average person does before they have even woke up you’ll be on a high all day long!
I still make sure I get enough sleep and track my sleep patterns with a Fitbit to ensure I’m getting the optimal sleep times. I also ensure I put on my blue light blocking glasses before 5 pm each night. It may sound ridiculous, but the moment I started wearing them I went from 30 minutes of deep sleep to almost 2 hours each night and felt refreshed.
You also might get the added benefit of watching the sunrise, which is an amazing way to wake up! Plus you might be able to get a killer shot for Instagram!
The Breakdown of My Morning Routine
5:00am – 10 Minute – Quick Start Wake Up
5:15am – 5:45am – Meditation
5:45am – 6:15am – MindValley Quest and Coffee or Tea
6:15am – 6:45am – Morning Exercise Routine
6:45am – 7:15am – Reading
5:45am – 6:00am – Brain Smoothie and Journaling
7:15am – 8:00am – Emails