Let’s face it – not every day is the same when it comes to productivity. Some days you get into a great flow and everything comes together. On other days, you end the day feeling like nothing got done, aka "shitty days".
How do you recreate more productive days?
For me, I've found having a simple morning routine is one of the best ways to set you up for success. I'm not alone in this, some of the greats in history had deliberate morning routines.
Here are two greats.
- Benjamin Franklin - Sat naked every morning in fresh air for his “bath” which he swore fueled his energy and creativity. He also listed 13 character traits he wanted to build and measured how he lived against each of them every night before he slept (in a journal).
- Ernest Hemingway - Early riser at 5:30 every morning to write even if he’d been drinking the night before. He wrote as a practice, not just when he felt inspired.
"The quality of your habits defines
the caliber of your performance"
- Robin Sharma
Here's my personal five-step morning routine—tweaked overtime—that gets me into a cycle of results.
- Lemon Water + Cayenne Pepper - Why? Stimulates the liver, the body’s primary detoxing organ, and kick-starts the digestive system. For more benefits of lemon water in the morning.
- Neti Pot - Call it what you want – Nasal rinsing or washing with Himalayan salt – this odd but effective ritual bullet proof's my immune system. I've been a year and a half flu-free "knocking on wood". Nothing derails your momentum than babysitting inconvenient flu.
- Meditation - Inspired after reading the Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, I just started meditating for a few minutes in the morning and slowly turned into a morning habit. The benefits of meditation have been covered plenty.
- Working out - exercise is one of the greatest productivity tools in the world. Besides the obvious physical benefits, 20 minutes of exercise does wonder for your creativity. Highly recommend this book.
- Daily Plan - I don't want to waste my days to be busy being busy. I rather take a few minutes before starting my day by focusing on my most important opportunities. In five to ten minutes, I plan out my day and my priorities for the day ahead. This way, I'm not reacting to frivolous to-dos, rather on my key goals.
I find this five-step routine takes 1hr and primes me for a great day. That's it, meaningful daily practice to line you up for a cycle of success.