All posts filed under: Routine

Wake Up

I wish I could say that I woke up like Bruce Lee. I read in John Little’s The Warrior Within that he was doing a set of exercises before he was out of bed in the morning (e.g., arching the back, stretching, leg lifts, and more). That’s not my routine. I roll out of bed, stumble into the bathroom, and then fill up on as many cups of coffee as possible. This is something I want to work on, but it has been effective. I’d have my breakfast with my coffee, spent a little time waking up by staring at the weather report, and proceeded to move into the office to write for an hour or so. Periodically, I’d head straight from my office to the gym. It just depended on whether I was working out in the morning or the afternoon that day. This struck me as reasonably productive, which may have been the problem. I slipped into some complacency over my morning routine because there were times when I’d schedule my mornings out …

15 Minutes

Last year, I signed a contract to ghostwrite the first draft of a short novel. It was on a tight deadline, and I have a day job. So I knew I was going to have to maximize the way I use my time both before and after work. I did this by breaking both periods into 15-minute increments. While I was writing the book, I woke up every day at 6 AM and spent 15 minutes eating breakfast and drinking a cup of coffee. Then, I took a quick shower. By 6:30, I was writing and doing so for one hour. The rest of the morning went to a workout and a bit of straightening up or reading before heading out the door. When I got home, more often than not, I went to work on the novel. That left me with some time afterward to take a walk, eat some dinner, and unwind before going to bed. The best thing about this kind of routine was that I knew where I was supposed to …

Water

There are plenty of reasons to drink a glass of water first thing in the morning. It’s been to shown to help regulate appetite, moderate the metabolism, keep you hydrated, and, generally, flush and replenish the system. That’s great if you can actually remember to fill the glass and drink it. Once I decided I was going to have a glass of water every morning, I started thinking of ways to make it a routine or habit. This may sound simple, but it wasn’t for me. Mornings can get busy, and I found that I was often out of the house, having forgotten to drink any water. So, I took action. I set a reminder of the voice-enabled device in my home. At 7 AM, a soft, soothing voice alerts me to the fact that it’s time to drink a little water. My device pings before it speaks, so I’m surprised it hasn’t had a kind of Pavlovian effect. When I hear a chime, I go directly to the faucet. After I started taking a …

Hydrotherapy

Taking cold showers is something I’ve been trying to incorporate into my routine for a while. Because it’s summer, I thought it would be a good time to give it another try. If you do a quick Google search, you’ll find that there are many benefits to taking cold showers, including: Increased vitality Decreased muscle soreness Stress management Enhanced weight loss I think I read a James Bond novel that described the famed spy getting up in the morning and starting the day with an ice-cold shower. It purportedly increased his alertness, which would be necessary for someone who is trying to achieve situational awareness. I may not be worried about Goldfinger or Dr. No, but I definitely want to reap the benefits of taking cold showers. But, to be honest, it’s been something that continues to be more or less out of reach. Maybe because it’s summer, I found out my water temperature won’t go below seventy degrees. And true hydrotherapy starts there, but this could be okay. I’ve found that a temperature of …

Morning Prep

About a year ago, I started prepping for my morning the night before. I follow a fairly simple routine. I place a bowl and a glass on the kitchen table. The glass is to remind me to have start the day with 8 oz. of water. The bowl is for my oatmeal. …