DAILY ROUTINES FOR SUCCESS
For years I always wondered what the best way to start my day was. Is there a specific order I should perform my daunting tasks? Brush my teeth before or after I shower? Make my bed after breakfast? Real grown-up shit.
After scouring the vast pages of articles, blogs and books I’ve finally discovered my daily routine to become mindful before venturing off to “The Land Down Under” Here are a few of my tricks that I’ve learned that will help you take a step in the right direction with a positive attitude and a body full of energy.
Before we dive in let’s make this first point extremely clear
* THERE IS NO SPECIFIC ORDER TO COMPLETE THESE DAILY RITUALS*
Honestly... there’s no order in which you need to do your tasks in the morning. If you create a specific guideline for your morning routine you’re going to get stressed out and it’s going to start your day off with a sour taste in your mouth.
Try and get what you need done before you take your first step out of the house. Keep in mind, the tasks are important to be completed, but the chronological order isn’t necessary (unless you’re into that sort of thing). Transform your daily routines & rituals to your liking. Tailor it to your needs and get in the habit of executing these routines.
#1 MAKE YOUR BED
This sounds so silly, but after Naval Seal Admiral McRaven's speech on this, I had to test out the waters. At the end of the day when I dive onto my bed (sometimes head first) it makes it all worth it! This priority task helps you start your day off right. And of course it makes you look neat and tidy when you’re traveling with friends, or you have an unexpected guest over on a friday night.
#2 COFFEE, TEA, BREAKFAST SHAKE
Every person on this planet has their routine in the morning. Whether it be making a morning protein shake, boling water for tea, or making a quick coffee before running out the door. From my experience, blending up a quick protein shake and taking 10 minutes to relax and enjoy the most important meal is crucial. This get’s your day started right. Winning the morning is the derivative of winning the day.
#3 JOURNALING / TRAVEL ENTRY
Not everyone has time to jot down some personal thoughts in the morning (especially when you’re on the road), but myself and friends have attributed this to starting the day with a clear mind, becoming more grateful and increasing happiness throughout the day. It doesn’t matter what your write, but typically I like to list my goals for the day, what I’m grateful for in my life, and a quote of the day.
#4 WORKOUT / CARDIO
As Plato once said
“Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.”
Everyone has a busy morning, but from personal experience, if you go for a quick workout or cardio session it will set you up for success for the rest of your day.
Personally, I get my workout finished on an empty stomach, also known as fasted cardio. This boosts your metabolism and burns more fat than an ordinary workout. Pus. once you’ve finished your workout before the day starts, your mind can be at ease with itself.
#5 SHOWER (HOT & COLD)
It’s completely up to you how you get ready in the morning. Shower, don’t shower, I don’t care. But after completing this ‘basic’ task, I’ve seen incredibly productive results with cognitive and physical function during the day. This essentially increases your heart-rate using hot water, helping your body burn more calories. Upon switching the water to cold, your body’s heart rate increases and helps your metabolism increase, burning excess fat. Plus, it wakes your the F*CK up!
For those of you that haven’t meditated before or haven’t heard of the application “Calm.” please download it. These short meditation exercises will literally change your life in so many more ways than you can possibly imagine.
As Tim Ferriss explains, “ It’s like taking a hot bath for your mind.” This will essentially fill your body with the perfect amount of oxygen and keep you relaxed for the majority of the day. If you feel like your heads going to explode half-way through the day, no problem. Simply open Calm and Bob’s your uncle.
You can perform your affirmations at any time during the day. Personally, I perform my affirmations in the shower while I’m stretching (Talk about multi-tasking).
Everyone has a different mission in life, and different affirmations they should perform. Depending on your current situation; whether that be financial, relationships, personal or spiritual. Here’s my daily affirmation.
“Today I am happy. I am grateful. I am joy. I am love. My mission is to make a positive impact everywhere I go and make the world a better place."
#8 BREAKFAST / SNACK
Whether it be scrambling up some eggs and salsa or munching down some almond butter in the morning, breakfast is the most important meal of the day to get you on the right path for success. Many skip breakfast for personal reasons, and I don’t judge. Do what you’d like with your first meal of the day.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this post. You can tailor the order of your daily tasks to your liking. You can choose to leave some of these routines in or out. Mix it up and get yourself into a positive rhythm that will set yourself up for success. Finally, I find that when performing your routines and you get in a habit, you make a positive impact and maintain your “self” all day.
Thanks for reading. Please leave me a comment about your daily routines so we can share them with others.