Getting up and moving on with our day is simple. Waking up with a constant excitement for life is a bit more complex….Because it requires a daily routine and dedication.
In a matter of fact, any morning routine should begin the night before.
Visualizing our goals for the next day prior to falling asleep is linked to an enhanced performance and a sharper focus. *
I went from a chronic not-morning person to an avid early “wake-uppper,” by following those strategic five steps:
Visualize Your Top Priorities For the Day
That I do the night before while I am taking a shower or in my bed before falling asleep. Not only do we have to create a mental check on the commitments we have but also need to prioritize the most essential ones. Otherwise, we risk feeling depleted and loosing our main focus.
And let’s collectively admit that 24 hours are simply not enough for all of the things we have on our plate.
So we have to pick out the basic ingredients first. And break them down to an action-oriented statements.
instead of telling yourself you need to be working on the entire project x (and immediately feeling overwhelmed by the intensity of the assignment), aim to narrow it down to simpler steps: i.e., begin the first paragraph; send out your priority e-mails first; schedule one phone call instead of five, etc.
For me, it is beyond helpful to also follow a specific time frame. That way, I stop whatever I am doing at/around a specific time and go on with my next project. And I don’t do distract myself with anything else but my priorities. That includes Social Media/text messages/missed calls.
Again, it is very important to choose not more than five things for the day in order to do them all.
2. Hydrate First Before Caffeine
Hydration not only stimulates our body to wake up in a natural way but, metaphorically, also cleanses our mind and purifies our thoughts. If my schedule allows it, I strive to spend ten-to-twenty minutes in a “transition” pre-caffeine zone where I meditate, listen to affirmations and, once again, rehearse mentally what are the things I must do first in order to have a prolific day where I am feeling productive and, just as importantly, not drained by exhaustion.
In addition, drinking a cup of boiled hot water with lemon juice not only aids our digestion but stimulates our hormones to prepare us for an awaken and energetic state of being. That way, we are not dependent on caffeine to get us through the day and we are not compromising our adrenals.
3. Enhance Your Coffee And Brain With MCT Oil
Speaking of coffee…I find that adding just the right amount of fatty acids to your coffee balances your sugar levels, thus minimizing jitters, and also speeds up your metabolism and improves your brain function.
If you are more adventerous, add a dash of cinnamon and cayenne pepper.
Cinnamon has proven benefits in balancing insulin as well, and the capsaicin ingredient in cayenne pepper aids blood circulation and speeds digestion.
I mix all of the ingredients together in my small blender and sip on the concoction as I am answering e-mails.
4. Try Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent fasting is a practice many of us do without calling it with this term. Essentially, it is prolonging your first meal and allowing your body to spend between ten and fourtheen (*for males, it can go up to sixteen) hours in a fasted state where no food is consumed and the body is given its neccesary time to digest all the food that is still in our digestive tract and not spend energy on metabolizing more food…Accordingly, we are using this energy to work on our projects with more focus and stamina.
Also, if you implement my number-3 tip for enhanced performance (adding MCT to your morning coffee), you will find that it blurs your hunger and you actually have more energy. Even though a tablespoon of MCT does contain calories (I, myself, find a teaspoon sufficient enough to sustain my energy), it doesn’t trigger an Insulin response and, thus, maintains your body in a fasted state.
Fasting is the most natural way for self-healing and rejuvenation and you can do it every single day without ever be hungry. If you are following this protocol you are not depriving yourself from food (or adequate caloric intake for your weight/needs) because you are still eating the same amount of calories but you spread them in two bigger meals (plus a small snack) that simply omit breakfast.
Of course, there are days and times where is impossible to be “perfect,” and that’s the beauty of spontaneity and being flexible with your routines.
And, of course, exercise. So, so important to move our bodies. If your schedule only allows you to find time to exercise later in the day, plan your day around that. But if you can, aim for at least 10-20 minutes for an invigorating movement that energizes every cell and muscle in your body: jogging in place with jumping jacks; doing planks, yoga or active stretching…going for a brisk walk.
Regardless when you do it, please move your body at least twice a day for at least fifteen minutes. We compromise our spines with the amount of sitting we do on a daily basis in front our desks so it is highly important – for our health – to live our life in a flexible and stress-free body.
I hope you liked this article and, if you did, please let me know in the comments below which tip resonates the most with you, and also please share your own practice and recommendations.
- [* books I recommend on that topic are: Mel Robbins`s The 5 Second Rule and Brendon Burchard’s High Performance Habits].