I’ve been finding a lot of inspiration from Tim Ferriss lately. He frequently interviews some interesting people via his podcast and has also recently written the book Tribe of Mentors (probably my next purchase). He interviews a variety of successful individuals ranging from athletes, entrepreneurs, filmmakers, etc and asks them a series of questions.
There’s a saying that you are the average of the 5 closest people around you. Some people don’t have the luxury of keeping 5 people around who can continuously challenge themselves. Through Tribe of Mentors, Tim provides insight into the personalities of various successful people who anyone can find inspiration from.
When asked if there was a consistent habit among all the people Tim interviewed, he responded that they all had a morning routine. Everyone has their own opinion on why morning routines work, but for the most part it’s always about accomplishing small tasks to get you physically and mentally prepared to take on the rest of the day. I’ve never maintained a morning routine in my life, so I decided to give it a go. I’m about 2 weeks in and things are going pretty well!
Here is a glimpse into my routine:
1) I make my bed. Everyone preaches about why this is so great. It means that once you’ve woken up and made your bed, you’ve already “accomplished” something. This is a simple task but for anyone who knows me well, this is actually a big deal. I never make my bed. Before I started my routine, I could probably count the number of beds I’ve made on my two hands, and all of those occasions were probably when my ex-girlfriend was busy and asked me to do it for her. Fortunately my bed here in Singapore is pretty small, so making the bed is easy. Baby steps.
2) I foam roll my legs. This is a really good way for me to wake up my body. I do about 10 slow rolls on each leg for my glutes, hamstrings, calves, quads, and groin. No matter how tired (or hungover) I am in the morning, once I get to foam rolling, I have no choice but to wake up.
3) I have my cup of coffee. Obviously. Step 3 can be repeated “X” amount of times.
So that’s all. Just 3 basic steps that I’m committed to for now. Depending on my schedule for the day, I may have time to go for a proper workout, read, or just head out for the day for meetings. That being said, I definitely feel as if I am more productive in the mornings. We’ll see how long I can keep it up and if I add any more steps to the routine.