The Morning Routine for Insane Productivity
How to be a more productive human
- Get moving
Start out your day with exercise to tap into the power of your biochemistry. Gym, yoga, weight lifting, walking , biking or running — what you do doesn’t matter. As long as you start moving early and get your heart pumping. It’s counterintuitive, but exerting energy through exercise early actually gives you more energy throughout the day, not less.
2. Cold shower
There are many documented benefits of the cold shower, including: increased blood flow throughout the body, stimulates the release of endorphins and more. While I haven’t gone 100% cold, I like to turn the shower cold for a minute or so after a warm shower. The cold water is another hack to your biochemistry that costs you nothing but a little discomfort. Who knows, you may actually like it after a while.
Seriously, what kind of monster doesn’t drink coffee in the morning? Caffeine is good for you in moderation. Scientific studies show coffee is good for the heart and helps increase mental focus. This Harvard Study even shows it can cut the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease by fifty percent, protect against type II diabetes and lower depression symptoms.
Mindfulness meditation is the practice of paying attention, to being present in the moment. Learning how to do this can take time and patience, but the benefits are widely studied. This style of meditation is proven to reduce stress, anxiety and improve our overall well-being. With studies utilizing MRI machines, we now know that over time, this practice can literally change the structure of your brain for the better.
Say what you will about organic pressed juice, but I swear by it and feel my best by drinking green or carrot-ginger juice daily. The fresher, the better. If you can make juice yourself, that’s great. If not, there are decent organic cold pressed juice options at most grocery stores that will do the trick. Vitamins, nutrients, phytonutrients and antioxidants. Just beware of the sugary juices, some can have as much as 40–50g in a serving. Avoid those at all cost. Look for the juice under 10g of sugar per serving. Prefer smoothies? that’s fine too, and you get the added bonus of adding fiber to your diet.
These are the five pillars of my morning routine that keep me feeling healthy, focused and able to work at my best level during the day. How you feel is determined directly by your level of activity and what fuel you put in your body. This is very much under-appreciated in our culture today. If you don’t believe me, try the Whole30 experiment to see how specific foods affect how you feel.
What does your morning routine look like? Share your tips with me in the comments!