I love the morning, and I love getting started with my day. Some people are night owls, and some are morning people. I love the morning.
I think it is important to be as efficient as we can be in all we do. I try to make my morning as mindless as possible. Many successful people focus on making as many decisions as they can mindless. I go into great detail about the theory behind that in this article.
So here is what I do every morning, no matter what day it is:
- Wake up: 4:15 am
- Walk in the living room and press the ON button on the coffeemaker that I pre-loaded the night before.
- I drink my coffee black, and I drink 2-3 Cups in the morning before I leave the house.
- After I start the coffee, I go in the bathroom and brush my teeth and pee.
- Next, I pick my clothes up from the designated spot and go into the living room and put on my clothes including my shoes.
I always get dressed to workout. Why? Because those clothes are non-restricting and comfortable. I always put on my shoes. ALWAYS. When my shoes are off, I feel like I am in a too relaxed state. When I get up I am ready to tackle the day, so I want to be in a readied relaxed state. Ready to go fight hell with a water pistol but relaxed enough to not stress about what’s in front of me. Having shoes on helps me be in that ready state.
- Read. I sit at my kitchen table in a dining room chair because I do not want to be in a lounging comfortable chair. I want to be in that readied relaxed state.
- I do the same thing every morning, again to make it mindless.
- I read the one year bible (Verses from the new testament, psalms and proverbs.)
- Read the daily devotional guide that I have. It is only half of one page but the writers of this little thing are so good. I love the nuggets I get out of it.
- While I read, I write in my prayer journal the verses that stick out to me and the things God puts on my heart. While I am reading, I make bulletted lists of people and things I am going to pray for. I write them down so I do not forget them.
- I read what ever spiritual book I am reading at the time. This is a book that has some kind of spiritual teaching in it. As of this writing, I am reading “Deep and Wide” by Andy Stanley.
- I try to read about 50 pages a day, not of that particular book but 50 total.
- I then spend sometime in prayer. Sometimes I write the prayers, sometimes I pray silently, sometimes I pray out loud.
- I then pick up whatever book I am reading and read it for 20-30 min.
- This is something that I do daily, some days it is 45 minutes and some days it is 10 minutes. My goal is to prime my body. Get the blood flowing and moving from my brain to my toes. I want to grease the wheels.
- The biggest thing I want to do is get out of breath. I want to breathe hard and sweat.
- Sometimes that is lifting something heavy. Taking 20 min and working up to a heavy single or double but staying in rhythm doing a set every minute or every 90 seconds keeps my heart rate going while still moving a heavy load.
- Some days I run for 20 min and them some days I just walk out to the garage and hop on my C2 Rower and row. The possibilities are unlimited. The goal is to move and get out of breath.
- Most days, this is not my primary workout. I usually workout in the afternoon with my wife and friends. We have a group of us that lift together in the afternoon. We let the kids run free while we lift in the garage or outside.
- In a day an age where we sit most of the day, this is HUGE for me. It releases those much needed endorphins that help me think clearly throughout the day.
- I find that if for some reason I do not get to move in the morning, I am more groggy and have less energy.
After I am finished I usually come in and take a shower and fix breakfast.
I know it is important to make sure you are taking care of the things that need to be taken care of before we get into the hustle and bustle of the day.
You read this and you are probably saying:
- Man this looks hard!
- You’re right. It is, but you have to do things no one else does in order to be like no one else is.
- I can’t get up that early!
- Start slow and work yourself that way.
- I don’t have that much discipline!
- Again, discipline is a muscle, the more you work it the stronger it gets.
In closing, you can do it. Take it one step at a time.
Morning routine everyday:
- Dressed (Shoes)
- Read, pray Read
Let us know in the comments if you have a morning routine and what it is!