I’m not naturally a morning person, yet I’ve been waking up at 5 a.m. motivated and ready to take on the day for the past 10 months!
The reason I’ve been able to make this lasting change is that I’ve created a morning routine for myself.
I’ve found that when I don’t have any plans for my morning other than get up and go to work, I’ll hit the snooze button several times and get up feeling groggy and guilty.
On the other hand, when I have a well planned, written list of specific activities to perform in the morning, I’m far more willing to jump out of bed and knock out the list before heading to work.
Kory (our resident One Brick A Day bad ass, contributing author, and Ranger school grad) has also been waking up before the sun for quite some time. He says that he loves a morning routine because it “prepares me for the day and my body knows what to expect.”
My most recent addition has been using the Morning Sidekick Journal to write out my morning routine the night before, which has been a game changer.
My routine is focused on getting my mind warmed up, loosening my body, and getting some side work done before heading to the day job.
Your morning routine will be unique for your needs, but here are our One Brick A Day morning routines to give you some ideas.
Papa Productivity’s Morning Routine:
5:00 am – Wake up, pee, make my bed (this is my first win of the day)
5:05 am– Read for 30 minutes (this wakes my brain up and allows me to learn about something I’m interested in)
5:40 am– Stretch and breathe for 20 minutes (Since I have a desk job and workout a lot, stretching is a must to keep me healthy. I also do breathing exercises while stretching to put me in a meditative mindset)
6:00 am– Practice typing 20 minutes (this is a skill I lack, therefore I want to attack it and turn it into a strength)
6:20 am– Write 40 minutes (I’ve been working on this blog to help others and improve my writing skills)
By this time it’s only 7 a.m., before most people wake up and I’ve already won my day.
Now I can shower, eat breakfast, and head to work feeling amazing!
Kory’s Morning Routine:
While my routine is designed to get some extra side hustle in, Kory designed his morning routine to efficiently prepare him for work, center his mind and spirit, and allow him to crush a workout while most people are still snoozing.
10:00 pm Night Before: Fall asleep (sometimes later, but never past 11:00)
4:45 am – Alarms go off , Brew coffee, Get dressed (in workout clothes) , Brush Teeth / Shave
5:00 am – Pack lunch / Throw lunch and gym bag in the truck.
5:20 am – Sip coffee / read bible / pray
5:35 am – Leave the house, 20-25 minute drive to work
6:00 am – Morning Meeting (getting there early, murphy’s law)
6:20 am – Check email, make list for the day’s activities
6:40-7:40 am – Workout
7:45-8:00 am – Shower
8:05 am – In the office, eat breakfast (usually a banana, yogurt, and protein shake from home), Check news / Get started on work
9:00 am – (hard time) The rest of the office shows up to work.
You can see how both of our routines are different, but they have been well tested and fit our current goals and needs.
Spend some time thinking about what your current needs and goals are and how a morning routine would allow you to accomplish them.
Hopefully this has given you a better look into our mornings so that you can get ideas for yours.
Keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming post with our tips on building your own bulletproof morning routine!
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