My Morning Ritual


 

Rob,

Great question. I am a huge proponent of having morning rituals and believe it sets the tone for a productive, happy, successful day.

The first thing I do when my eyes open is meditate. In the past I tried doing this at other times throughout the day but this has proven to be the best for me because I’m guaranteed to get it in. I simply grab my Beats by Dre headphones and listen to the Holosync program for thirty minutes while tying to keep my mind completely blank.

As I’m meditating the only thing I try to focus on is deep belly breathing.

After flossing and brushing my choppers I pop a high quality probiotic, drink twenty ounces of water, then go for a twenty-minute walk, while listening to a podcast on a topic of interest. Since I’m starting my workday it’s usually something about productivity or business to get me motivated.

However…. Before the podcast starts I listen to the theme song from Superman. Seriously. It sets the tone for the day.

Yes, I’m obsessed with superheroes. Laugh and make fun. It’s all good.

Getting fresh air and sunlight first thing in the morning is great for the mind and can also help you sleep better at night.

When I get back from the walk I will do some mobility work for about 15-20 minutes, then once I’m all warmed up I work in some shadow boxing just to get cranked for the day.

I do this while continually yelling “the champ is here,” in my best Muhammad Ali impression. The neighbors love this.

Next up, I throw on a pot of ultra high quality, mycotoxin free coffee.

After that I shower then read for read for thirty minutes.

The main reason for reading at this time is not so much knowledge acquisition, like it is later in the day, but rather to help me become a better writer.

Writing is a big part of my business and I want to get better at it. So I read a chapter or two from a book written by someone far more talented than I am.

My hope is that it rubs off on me when I attack the keyboard for the first time shortly afterwards. It’s kind of like my swinging the weighted bat in the on deck circle then taking it off when I approach the plate.

While reading I drink my first small cup of coffee. Caffeine is best tolerated/utilized in smaller divided doses so I have a half a cup every hour or so for a total of a cup and and a half. Two at most on days when I really need it.

Before I start anything work related I write in my gratitude journal and just list the things and people I am grateful for. This reminds me that no matter what goes wrong today there is a ton to be grateful for so I shouldn’t let it get me down. This does a great job of setting the tone for the day.

When I finally open the laptop to start writing I play the theme to Superman again and keep it on repeat in the background as I tackle the most important task for the day.

In the past I used to dive straight into work but I found that was no longer cutting for me anymore. I was hitting mental roadblocks and getting frustrated. So I modified it over time and will probably continue to do so.

Right now this schedule is working and gets my mind and body warmed up for the serious, highly focused work ahead.

To recap, it’s:

1)   Meditate (30 min)

2)   Walk & listen to podcast, focusing on deep breathing the entire time (20 min)

3)   Mobility work & shadow boxing (10-15 min)

4)   Shower & flexing in the mirror…I mean… what?! (7 min)

5)   Coffee

6)   Read for inspiration (30 min)

7)   Gratitude journal (5 min)

8)   Work

All told it’s anywhere from ninety minutes to two hours. So if I wake up at 6:30 I’m working by 8:30 at the latest. Some days I have to shorten it based on whatever curve balls life may throw my way.

I realize this might be long for a lot of people and might not fit your lifestyle. But at the very least, hopefully it gives you some ideas to work with.

Even if you do something completely different than I do, I encourage you to have some kind of daily ritual. It eliminates some decision making, which thus eliminates stress.

 

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3 Responses to My Morning Ritual

  1. noreen January 25, 2014 at 11:40 am #

    Fantastic advice. I just added meditation to my morning routine (though I can barely focus for 5 minutes), but I like the clarity of thought it gives me (which stays with me throughout the day). Did you build up to 30 minutes? Thanks for sharing. You do a few things I keep meaning to do but “can’t find the time”, and you post shows that things like a gratitude journal don’t really take that long. I’ll stop making excuses now.

    • Jacob January 27, 2014 at 2:00 pm #

      Hey Noreen,
      glad to hear you’re incorporating meditation. Actually 5 minutes is good and it does take time to build up to it. Experiment with your meditation to help you find what’s best. You can focus on breathing or visualizing if you’d like. What helps me is when I do it I tell myself “deeper” and it feels as if I’m slipping into my own subconscious.

      and Jason this is really awesome and inspiring. You give a great structure of clearing and organizing your day so you can be productive. Thanks for sharing your methods!!

      Jake

  2. Zach January 28, 2014 at 9:32 am #

    Love this article! Thanks for sharing this. I use Holosync myself. I’m curious to know, do you only stick with the half hour session, or do you meditate for the full hour? Also, have you gone on to any of the deeper levels? I’m interested in getting your input on this.

    Thanks!