A year ago, I decided to have a morning routine to automatise the most important behaviors and make sure that important things are the first things done. Also, it helps me to get fully awake and ready for the day! Here it is:
#1. Wake up early (around 6am)
Why? More time to enjoy life, start before the rest of the world, get, opportunity to increase your productivity, best working environment (quiet and peaceful), get time to do my morning routine, increase the likelihood of success, better sleep
#2. Drink water
Why? Your body is thirsty after a whole night of sleep, get hydrated!
#3. Meditate (5min)
Why? Inner peace, self-awareness, relax, consciousness, inspiration, better concentration, better control of yourself, increase fulfillment of life, less bothered by little things. I know 5 minutes is not much, but I see some effects anyway!
#4. Exercise for 30 minutes
Why? You will feel accomplished even if you fail your day. Get ready for the cold shower. Get ready for a breakfast (appetite!). Improve mood&health. Less likely to skip your workout. Get fit. Here is my morning workout session I do
#5. Breakfast: Milk + 2 fruits
Why? Energy + health
#6. Cold shower
Why? Increase alertness, improve the attractiveness of skin&hair, immunity, blood circulation, metabolic properties, speed up muscles recovery, , be tougher, improves mood, increases testosterone levels, better breathing, increases tolerance to stress.
#7. Plan my day
Why? Planning what you want to do increases the likelihood of actually doing it
#8. Self-appreciation break 😀 (3 pts)
Why? Improve your self-esteem, self-confidence, and mood
#9. Gratitude (3 pts)
Why? Improve general health and quality of life
#10. Smile for a minute and say: “This day is gonna be the BEST day, EVER”
Why? Why not? Smiling makes us happy
#11. Read during transportation time
Why? Make the best out of what could be “wasted” time, (I’d rather sleep or listen music…)
#12. Once at the office, write for an hour
Why? That’s actually a tip for Ph.D. students and researchers in general, check in Science
+Basics rules of my days: No sugar, unlimited vegetables + fruits + water + tea, 2 coffees max, lunch and dinner: eat the smallest portion possible.