The way in which you begin the day provides a foundation and sets a precedent for the rest of the day. It causes a snowball effect into the next night of sleep and in turn, the following day, week, months, years and ultimately your life. Studies prove that willpower is the strongest in the morning before exhaustion and other priorities get in your way. As a child, this most likely included making your bed, eating breakfast and watching morning cartoons. As an adult, this may and should (as studies have shown) include making your bed but is so much more. As our lives become more chaotic and as our goals evolve, setting a morning routine in place can be vital to our success. It is commonly known numerous CEO’s and entrepreneurs implement a morning routine, of which many incorporate the same tactics. While there’s not an ideal morning routine for everyone, we can learn a lot from the morning routines of successful people as well as from the research. Tim Ferris states “I try to have the first 80 to 90 minutes of my day vary as little as possible. I think that a routine is necessary to feel in control and non-reactive, which reduces anxiety. It therefore also makes you more productive.” Nir Eyal, author of “Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products,” says that following a morning routine helps improve the work I do and the life I live.” Eyal starts his morning the previous night: A timer shuts off his internet connection at 10 p.m., and he charges his phone outside of his bedroom.  My girlfriend and I have incorporated this into our lives. Our cell phones are in airplane mode and left in the kitchen to charge overnight. This results in our mornings being about us, not someone else and their needy emails. Yes, may sound a bit selfish but we live in a world where the rest of our day can revolve a lot around others. Giving yourself a window in the morning to solely focus on ourselves will decrease our stress and increase performance throughout the day.
My mindset is similar to Tim Ferris’ in that I try to have as little variation as possible. Waking up earlier than needed can be difficult. Knowing our routine ahead of time increases productivity and the likelihood of accomplishing what we set out to do. No one morning routine is right for everyone but I wanted to provide some insight around my morning ritual. My goal is to jumpstart my day and tell my body mentally and physically it’s time to go, so get ready. It looks something like this:
Morning routines may vary between individuals in time and application. However, it seems to proven that we all can benefit from implementing a morning routine in some form or fashion. Focusing time and energy on ourselves first thing will empower us to be better friends, parents, coworkers, employers and all around better humans.