I wake up at 5:30 every morning — most mornings — to start my morning routine. 3 hours. 3 amazing hours in the day. This is the routine:
Mind — Learn something new
There is so much out there. Taking it in, understanding it, using it at some point in the future. How great it is to have this ability.
For this I use 25 minutes to read a page from the latest book on my reading list. Currently this is Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief by Jordan B. Peterson. It is helping me understand the obscured principles that guide our living.
Or I’ll complete the recommended exercises on Elevate — a brain training app. I have built my vocabulary. Learnt simple math techniques that I had forgotten as a child. I even improved my recall speed among other things.
Body — Exercise
I tore 2 ligaments in my knee while playing 5-a-side soccer. I do not want that to happen again, especially since I intend on playing soccer for as long as my body is able to.
I am playing again and have been for the past 3 months.
Now, I spend 1.5 hours each morning on training to get the best performance out of my body.
This is a combination of:
- Core exercises
- Glute activation and
- Strength training.
The strength training varies. It can be in the form of a 30–45 minute program via the Nike Training Club app, boxing, swimming or yoga.
Soul — Meditation
The last activity in this 3 step routine is a 30 minute guided meditation.
Guided by Tara Brach’s podcasts.
If I don’t have enough time for a 30 minute meditation, a 10 minute meditatin will do. For this I have Headspace. Another app.
How wonderful it is to have access to so much. There are still apps to learn new languages, how to play guitar, read, listen to podcasts and more.
This primes me for the rest of the day, and each day, for the rest of my life.