We’re all familiar with those last minute mornings. The ones where we skip our morning shower to steal a few more minutes sleep.
Your mornings lay the foundations for your day. If you start your day with a routine, you’ll feel energised and ready for action. If you rush out in a creased Arbour with one eye shut, your day won’t be much different.Many of the world’s highly successful people have a morning routine. “I’m more of a Nightowl”. Nice try—you’re not getting out of it that easy. Never identify as a ‘type’ of person. As soon as you do this, you deny yourself the right to grow and develop.
1. Find your purpose
The key to your early rise. What are you waking up for? What do you want to achieve from your victorious morning? How will this help you reach your goals for the day?
2. Make a choice
You might want to be better. But this becomes real when you choose to be better. The difference between wanting and choosing is action. Moving your alarm clock further away won’t cut it. You have to make the choice to rise early.
3. Be prepared
Have your morning planned so you can roll out of bed and into your routine. Get your cafetiere washed, your kettlebells ready and your best reads bookmarked.
4. Do it again
This is the tough bit, but it’s that simple. Keep doing it, and you’ll make habits — habits that come easy, but are hard to break. As humans we have a deep instinct to develop, and be consistent. That alone will help you sustain good habits.
It's that simple.
Prepare, and make a choice with purpose. And then do it again, and again. The hangover of old habits can make things tricky. They’re familiar, they’re easy, and you’re human. But recognise them, and beat them with stronger, more positive ones.
Make rules, but allow flex
Your routine doesn’t have to be set in stone. You can develop it, or flex it based on your goals for the day. This is how it might go down.
5am: Have your gym shorts ready at the bottom of your bed. The quicker you’re dressed, the quicker you’ll feel like a functioning human man. Splash your face with water. Leave your phone on charge. Yep, leave it.
5.10am: Make a strong espresso. It’s time to read with some hard-hitting caffeine. Whether it’s a book, a fistful of articles or your best man speech, wake up with words.
5.40am: Food time. Prepare your meals for the day ahead whilst your eggs are cooking. Eat the healthy breakfast you’ve been craving since last night.
6.20am: Prime your brain to complete your day’s goals with journaling. Writing it down gives you clarity and helps reflect on previous days. Dr. Gail Matthews, a psychology professor found that you become 42% more likely to achieve your goals by writing them down regularly.
6.45am: Get moving. Stretch it out with yoga, curl some weights or breast-stroke your way to success. Avoiding peak times later on gives you a head start to a healthy body. Those endorphins will last all day.
7.45am: Make sure you shower before you slip into that crisp Arbour. Going hot and cold (in the shower) leaves you feeling fresh. It also has many other health perks — we’ll cover these in a future post.
8am: Go get it.
Ok, disclaimer: this doesn’t have to be your routine.
Your routine will be unique. Prepare, and make a choice with purpose. And then do it again, and again. The hangover of old habits can make things tricky. They’re familiar, they’re easy, and you’re human. But recognise them, and beat them with stronger, more positive ones.
Today you’re the best version of yourself. But tomorrow you’ll be better.
Your Arbour. Your best self.