Do you have a morning routine?
You know the drill: Cold showers at five AM, writing in your gratitude journal, etc.
The idea of a “morning routine” sounds great.
There’s one problem though.
Routines are personal things. I mean, why would you want to follow the “routine” of someone you don’t even know?
While principles and concepts are certainly helpful, I believe that every person must find what works best for them as an individual.
I think cold showers are torture. And just because Tim Ferriss or the next guru says they work, it doesn’t mean it’ll work for you.
The list below is what works for me. Take what you will and throw out the rest.
My “Morning Routine”
When you get up in the morning, your mind is like a sponge.
And while my science is shaky, my Ph.D. in google research reveals this: Upon waking, your brain operates at around 10.5 waves per second which is in the alpha range.
Alpha ranges from 8 to 15hz (cycles per second) are thought to be the “gateway” to the subconscious mind.
This means your brain is more susceptible to taking in information (i.e. brainwashing yourself for success)
Here’s what works for me and might work for you, too.
I’m biased here, but I think writing in the morning is amazing. I like to take what’s on my mind, without analyzing it or thinking too much about it, and write it down.
You might’ve heard this referred to as “Morning Pages.” It’s a concept made popular by Julia Cameron.
Try it out, I think you’ll love it.
2.) Youtube it
Turn on YouTube and search for these people. They’ll get you motivated to do big things.
- Les Brown
- Gregg Plitt
- Tony Robbins
- Jim Rohn
Read a sacred text or self-help book that inspires you.
It’ll keep your mind engaged, sharp, and help you think of new ideas.
Leaders are readers as the saying goes.
4.) Talk to Yourself
The best way to program your brain is to through self-talk.
Do you ever stop to think about how you talk to yourself? Would you talk that way to a colleague or a loved one?
It’s time to become your greatest advocate. Here’s how:
- Grab your phone and go to the voice memo section.
- Talk to yourself in a way that inspires you to be your best self and record it.
- Listen to it every single morning
What should you tell yourself? I’ll leave that up to you.
5.) Pump the Iron
Morning workouts are great.
Something about pumping the iron gets my mind going. I get random thoughts between sets. It’s almost like being in the shower when you get really good insight into things.
Whenever I tap into something noteworty, I’ll throw it into the notes app on my phone.
Workout in the morning and you’ve already conquered something big. The cascade effect is real.
Find What Works For You and Do It
Like all “routines” or “blueprints,” there’s a context to everything.
You might not like reading in the morning, and that’s fine. Find what works and throw out the rest. You don’t need a guru or a teacher to become the best version of yourself.
You just need to be you. Gary Vaynerchuck calls it being “self-aware.”
The only routine you need is the one that inspires you to become better each and every single day.
If the list above helps you do that then I’m happy, like really happy.
But if you read it and say, “This is stupid, that would never work for me,” then I’m even happier.
The best routine is the anti-routine. It’s the one that gets you to reflect and capitalize on the things that make you, you. It shakes you out of the complacency of the day to day and puts you into the here and now.
Meditative. Introspective. Useful. That’s where the gold is.