My Morning Routine - June 2021 Edition

morning routines productivity Jun 07, 2021
My Morning Routine - June 2021 Edition

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My morning routine continues to evolve. And so I thought it was time to share what I'm doing today, June 7, 2021.

The last time I talked about my morning routine, I was going to bed at nine and getting up at five. But due to my wife's changing work schedule, I had to shift that just ever so slightly. Now it's 10 till 6 am. I'm still getting seven to nine hours of sleep like I should, seven days a week.

When my alarm goes off, and I'd say about 50% of the time I don't need the alarm, I usually wake up before my alarm goes off, which is a good thing.

The first thing I do is take my blood pressure. I do that because I just finished listening to a book by Dr. Robert H. Lustig called Metabolical (The Lure and the Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition, and Modern Medicine).  Which I highly recommend. In the book, he says you should take your blood pressure while you're still in bed when you first wake up. So I do that.

Then I get out of bed and turn on all the lights in my bedroom. Then I make my bed.

This is followed by one to two minutes of stretching. Something I just recently started doing, that I learned from Brian Bradley (The Egoscue Method) is to do 10 push-ups. Well, that's a work in progress, my friend.

When this is done, I do the bio break and then immediately lace up my sneakers and I go outside, in my double cul-de-sac and walk briskly for 20 minutes. This is something I learned from reading Robin Sharma's book, The 5 AM Club: Own Your Morning. Elevate Your Life. You want to get that heart rate elevated, you want to break out into a mild sweat for about 20 minutes first thing in the morning. You don't have to walk. You can go for a run, go for a bike ride, go for a swim, do dancing around your house; do something for 20 minutes to get the blood flowing and purge the cortisol.

When I'm done with that, I come back and I sit down I read my Bible, and write in my bullet journal. I write out my goals every single morning. I can tell you that every day I actually do a brisk walk outside, I actually am able to focus more when I read my Bible and do my bullet journal.

If it's raining outside, I will do the 20-minute brisk walk in my house. I just walk up and down the hallway for 20 minutes. Same thing.

When I finished that, the next thing I do is my Duolingo lesson. I haven't missed the lesson in over 430 days. I'm desperately trying to become conversationally fluent in French.

After this, then I turned to social media and email. I don't spend a lot of time doing this. What I do is I post my daily podcast episode on social media and I see if I have any notifications and messages.

Then I go over to check my email. Because I'm so militant when it comes to my inbox, it only takes me about five minutes to go through it. People are in awe of my email inbox but it took years to get to that point.

After this, then I start my day. I have decided to embrace TRE, which is time-restricted eating. My window is 10:30 in the morning until seven o'clock at night. Perhaps you may be thinking, "Wait a minute. I've heard that breakfast is the most important part of the day. You should never skip breakfast." Well, do you know who came up with that? I learned this from Dr. Lustig's book. John Harvey Kellogg. He's the guy who invented flaked breakfast cereal. The cereal guy says breakfast is the most important part of the day. I can tell you since I started skipping breakfast and running without having breakfast, I've dropped eight pounds and it actually makes me feel better.

So I don't eat anything until 10:30 am. And even then, I'm only having my green drink. I'm not even having solid food until like 11:00 or 11:30. And I can tell you I'm losing weight, I'm feeling much better, but like I always say, you have to do you.

You need to figure out what morning routine works for you. There is no perfect morning routine. I know there's a lot of people out there saying "my morning routine is the best" but created a morning routine that is the best for you.

What I want you to do is I want you to think of what I told you today. I want you to think about what your current morning routine is.

And you do have a morning routine. Even if you don't think you do. It may be discombobulated. But you do have a morning routine.

I want you to think about how can you set yourself up for success for a super productive day by creating your very own morning routine that will serve you. It shouldn't be something you go, "ugh, it's a morning routine. I don't want to do this." It should be something that you know is going to benefit you in the morning. Your morning routine is more than breakfast. Your morning routine is the most important time of your day. It sets your day up for success. People I know who have morning routines established and do them are way more productive way, more successful than those who just wing it.

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