When I receive the flattering question of how do I manage to do lots of things while maintaining my relationships/sanity/fun time, in addition to my pro tips, I often point to my non-negotiable morning routine. Though I don’t complete the whole routine every day, I’ve integrated the best practices to optimize happiness, productivity, and health to formulate an efficient, highly-leveraged routine that I enjoy most mornings.
If you want to win your mornings so that you win the day, come with me on a typical Wednesday:
- Pleasant-sounding iPhone alarm rings
- I put my phone on airplane mode before bed to reduce both EMF and distractions
- My phone stays in the kitchen for ~an hour during my routine, such that I’m not immediately put into reactive mode by checking email/social media
- Make sure you like the sound of your alarm – there’s nothing worse to waking up to an annoying buzzer!
- I look out my window and try to find a pretty bird
- I write in my 5 minute journal to get a morning dose of inspiring quotations, affirmations, gratitude, and organization
- Say good morning to my pet rabbit “hey gorgeous!”
- Start hot water in electric kettle
- Go to the bathroom (and enjoy my mirror covered with affirmations)
- Start Daily Boost podcast
- Today’s episode is is called “Setting yourself up to win” – perfect!
- Listening to podcasts on double speed is an amazing efficiency hack
- Make and drink a glass of hot lemon a/o apple cider vinegar (ACV) water
- I use ½ a lemon (if I have the time/supply) or ~2 tsp of ACV
- I drink with straw so that the acid doesn’t wear my tooth enamel
- Set up coffee maker while finishing hot lemon water
- Start EoFire podcast
- Mix up and drink green juice powder
- Maybe start cooking breakfast/lunch
- Make my bed
- This was shown to be one of the highest ROI habits to increase people’s feeling of happiness and accomplishment
- Grab a cup of coffee and start sipping it
- I make ~2 cups and drink one in the morning, then take one to work to drink at ~9:30/10am
- Caffeine on an empty stomach mobilizes fat cells, so having some caffeine before an easy workout or light movement (like yoga) is preferable for metabolism
- If I’m doing a long workout, I’ll add a TB of coconut oil to coffee, but it’s usually black 🙂
- 5 minutes of yoga in my bedroom
- Start another uplifting podcast – some of my favorites are:
- Quick workout (which depends on day/month, as I take on many monthly challenges and have routines with friends (walking, biking, lifting, etc)).
- On Wednesdays, I do 50 kettlebell swings and 50 pushups in the morning (and usually an afternoon bike ride with a friend)
- I record all movements on a fridge calendar (I have almost 2 years’ worth at this point). I also include a monthly goal or challenge or prevailing idea/mantra if relevant
- It helps to have a pen on a magnet right there to make it super easy to write!
- Five minute cold shower (because I’m doing a month-long cold shower challenge) (and because I’m a masochist)
- adding singing and deep breathing has taken this ritual from painful to oddly pleasurable 😉
- Hop out of shower and snap an accountability selfie
- Check the weather (this is the first time I look at my phone and take it off airplane mode) to pick out clothes and get dressed
- dressing in bright colors makes me happy, especially if I’m wearing Science Pants!!
- Cook breakfast (with a podcast or music going if I’m in a sing-a-long mood) and pack lunch
- Check phone calendar and email to see if there are any fires to put out
- Eat breakfast as mindfully and gratefully as possible
- Most days, breakfast = 2 eggs and a skillet of veggies (that are mostly frozen because that’s way easier than fresh) along with super spices turmeric, cayenne, cumin, black pepper, and sea salt with dulse
- Vitamins: 2000 IU Vitamin D, 1000 mg magnesium with B vitamins
- I only take a multivitamin if I skip my green juice
- I tailor my supplements based on my genetic makeup, an analysis I’ve done for myself and family/friends (ask me more if you’re interested!)
- Brush teeth & apply hair and face serums
- 5 minute quiet meditation (sometimes more time if I’m running early)
- Half the time, I end up just lovingly watching my bunny eat
- Jot down random thoughts (usually ½ – 1 page)
- My own version of Morning Pages
- Hop on my bike or in my car to get on to my workday!
- If I’m in my car, you know I’m either devouring another podcast or singing along to loud music!
- I realize I spend most of my time cooking and eating, so if I need to shorten my routine, that’s where I can gain time. In my current situation, I can spend the time on food, which is enjoyable for me, and get out around 9am.
- I also realize that I could wake up earlier, and half the time I wake up sometime before my alarm (usually between 6:10 – 6:50), and am psyched to get through my routine and get out earlier and/or extend the fun parts (like meditation)
- I don’t do the full routine every day – for example, on Thursdays I meet a friend to walk and have to leave by 7, so I wake up earlier and do a few quick things. I think it’s important to be realistic and flexible – I do what I can, and I’ve dropped the all-or-nothing approach. Five minutes of yoga is better than 0, and 1 minute is also better than 0. And on days that I do 0 minutes of yoga, I still love myself 😉