These days everybody seems to be preoccupied with some sort of high-energy morning routine. I don’t have anything against it because the first hour of the day is what makes all the difference in your mood and productivity.
So why not design that first hour?
We already have great morning-routine examples from overachievers like Tony Robbins or Brian Tracy. I’m nowhere near their level but over the years I developed some very smooth ways to start my day. They helped me a lot and that’s why I decided to share them with you. Pick and choose to increase your productivity and performance.
My High-Energy Morning Habits
1. Drink a glass of warm water with some wheat-grass powder
After the night you’re likely to be dehydrated so you should get some liquids first thing after getting up. Plain water will go through your system really fast (that’s why some physical fitness experts recommend adding a pinch of sea salt to it).
But you can also drink water with some wheat-grass powder as it’s filled with nutrients, vitamins, and other goodies. And the warm water will help to restart your metabolism.
2. Practice meditation for 20 to 30 minutes
You might think that meditation is a waste of time, but it’s more like an investment. By sitting down, relaxing, closing your eyes, and concentrating on your breath for 20 to 30 minutes, you can vastly improve your levels of well-being and concentration.
You don’t even have to set a timer (because it will steal a part of your attention). It’s much better to choose one of these relaxing tracks that will put your brain in the Alpha state and wait till it fades after 20 or 30 minutes.
You can find many of these tracks on YouTube:
3. Munch on quick, nutritious breakfast and get the right supplements
My breakfast of choice consists of oatmeal with sliced banana, pure chocolate powder, cinnamon powder and raisins or other type of dried fruit.
The reason behind it is that it’s stunningly fast, healthy and easy to prepare. It takes around 3 to 4 minutes to get it done, and it will give you sustainable energy for the next few hours.
4. Write down your goals and objectives for the next 12 months
Goal setting is essential for high performance and it’s recommended by all success experts (it’s also one of the things you need to do to reset your life). Fortunately, you can complete this step while still eating your breakfast.
Write down your goals in the present tense (for example – “I have a new job in XYZ field and I earn XYZ per year). If you don’t feel like writing, you can just look at your goals list and really concentrate on them. This will speed up your progress significantly.
5. Watch a single (this is the hard part) inspirational video on YouTube
This one can be tricky as YouTube will invite you to forget about work and watch trivia for the rest of the day. But I’ve found that watching just a quick inspirational video can really help with motivation for the rest of the days.
Here’s a rundown of the best motivational YouTube channels:
6. Now get to work on your most important task
Completing your hardest task first thing in the morning will give you a tremendous feeling of satisfaction and it will motivate you to crush the other things on your to-do list. If you want to learn how to do it consistently I highly recommend you read Eat That Frog!
Consistency is the key with this morning routine. Just try if for 30 days and you will notice substantial changes in your life. One thing that I didn’t include in the list is exercise but I will try to incorporate it into my routine in the future. Morning cardio followed by a cold shower is truly one of the best habits for health and high energy.
What is your morning routine? Would you like to share some of your own ideas for starting the day like a pro? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.