If I had discovered this routine 10 years earlier – I think my world would be very different. But I guess, sometimes you’ve got to be in the right time and in the right place to really absorb a new idea and put it into action.
It all started on my way back from a trip to my homeland (NZ – Aotearoa). I’d elected to take an earlier connection to the airport so I was guaranteed to make my flight. This connection got me into Auckland with a cool 6 hours to spare. If you share my love for airports (even little ones like AUX), you’ll agree 6 hours at the airport is always an adventure.
While nibbling a cheeseburger, and drinking sparkling water, I browsed Audible for a new ebook to devour. My plan was to lazily roam the shops and digest some info. I cruised through the ‘personal development’ category, all too familiar with the titles on the best seller list. ‘The Miracle Morning‘ was a book i’d seen before – but was never committed enough to hit the download button and invest my valuable audible credits.
The principles of this book are simple. Get up earlier, do the shit you need to get done every day and live a better quality life.
This guy covers off the concept of the life SAVERS (Ultimate self help acronym). S – Silence, A – Affirmations, V – Visualisation, E – Exercise, R – Reading, S – Scribe.
I’ve adapted this routine slightly. And it changes most days. I write it up on a little whiteboard to keep track. It goes something like this:
The night before
Go to bed at 9:30. Lay out gym gear. Set alarm across the room – obnoxiously loud. Commit to myself that i’ll get up in the morning (This step is important).
The day of
4:45 – 5am:
- Wake up and turn off alarms.
- Chuck on some gym gear. A hoodie if it’s cold.
- Drink a protein shake (30gs of protein).
- Brush teeth.
- Make bed.
5am – 5:10am
5:10 – 5:20
5:20 – 5:50
- Read over my goals, progress things forward; OR
- Writing for my blog or some creative writing.
5:50 – 6:30
- DAY ON: Run, HIIT kettle bells.
- REST DAY: Bike ride, yoga, walk.
6: 30 – 6:40
- Floss (Pairing this with a shower helps me to remember it)
6:40 – 7am
- Meditation for 20 minutes.
Feeling fresh and motivated, I move on with my day.
The beauty about this routine is a) I love it. I can’t stand the days where I don’t do this, and b) I don’t really have to worry about much once it’s done. I’ve taken care of myself. I’ve achieved a lot. I’m motivated. This free’s my mind to go into the day stress free. To work hard. And most importantly, making some headspace to chill and have fun with my mates.
I’d highly recommend this kind of routine. Maybe not as die hard as my routine. But it makes a huge difference.