How My Morning Routine Looks Like These Days 115

my morning routine

If you’re following my blog, you know that I’m all about morning routines.

Getting up early, having time for yourself and doing a few positive and healthy activities that are good for your body, mind and spirit, is a great way to kickstart your day and make the best of the rest of it.

I think everyone has felt the benefits of that.

The best way is to simply outline the morning of the average person – crawling out of bed at the last minute, checking social networks with one eye open, having no time for all the things he wants to do and getting out the door in a hurry (which results in forgetting something important like his keys) and the worst mood possible.

And compare it with that of a productive person – he gets up at least an hour earlier than he has to, has a ritual (meditation, reading, writing), a quick workout, time for a healthy breakfast and to drink his coffee in peace, checks (or makes) his to-do list and gets an idea of what he has to get done first.

So which morning do you prefer?

The answer is obvious.

We’d all like to experience the second one as it helps us feel productive before the day has actually started, gives us some quiet time for ourselves, we have time to do some pleasant activities and get energized and ready for the day.

But some sacrifices need to be made. Like developing the habit of getting up early, which also means going to bed earlier, and then trying out different things to find out what works best for us.
It takes time, willpower and dedication.

But if you manage to make it your priority and realize the long-term benefits it will have on your life, you’ll do it.

So here’s my latest morning routine (it changes, and I still haven’t mastered consistency, so I’m just sharing how it looks like these days):

Wake up.

Around 6 – 6:30.

I don’t like being in a hurry even when I’m doing stuff I don’t have to, so I make sure I have more than enough time (after all, all the time left can be used in more activities like these, or some creative work).

It’s hard for me to wake up and get out of bed early. It really is.

And most of the times, the best thing you can do is to simply do it. Without giving your mind time to think of excuses (there are many!) and without staying in bed for a few more minutes, as it gets even more comfortable there.

Make bed.

Do a few kicks.

It makes me warm – as it’s quite cold in the early hours – and gets me all pumped up.
I may even say that this is what actually wakes me up.

Meditate.

I turn on my laptop and put some meditation music on.

I sit down, start breathing deeply and consciously, and try to get rid of all thoughts and clear my mind. It’s quite hard as all unnecessary things about yesterday or the upcoming day just pop up.
So I try to focus on positive affirmations, and even repeat some of my goals.

I do that for a few minutes, at least 5.
The more, the better. But that’s still a habit I have difficulties with.

A workout.

Next on the list comes a 15-minute workout that includes stretching, some basic yoga moves, crunches, plank, squats, etc.

And this has nothing to do with whether or not I’ll have a gym session later in the day.

Cleanse face.

I wash my face with water, apply cleanser, then moisturizer.

I started doing that recently because I realized there were bacteria on it in the morning even after you’ve cleansed it the night before. Also, hydrating is crucial.

And it works great for me. My skin looks better.

I don’t think that’s something only women should do. It’s a basic procedure, we’re not talking about any special cosmetics here.

Protein breakfast.

What works best for me is two eggs. I add a carrot, and sometimes nuts to them. I also drink tea together with that.

I respect Tim Ferriss’s tip – take 30g. of protein within 30 minutes of waking up. I think it’s exactly what the body needs at that time to get the metabolism going.

Check email.

I do it during breakfast.

I check and answer all emails. I think we should all have this habit and do it in the morning, when there’s time to pay attention to everyone.

I also check my blog – reply to comments and see yesterday’s stats – and social media (but just take a quick look as now is not the time to be social).

Read something motivating.

There are so many blogs that I read, and so many topics I’m interested in (connected to self-improvement and blogging), that there’s always something great to read.

So I just choose the last thing I stumbled upon last night, or something from the archives of the blogs I’m currently following, and let it boost my motivation.

I try to go through just 1 post, as the goal now is to get inspired and ready to do some creative work, and be reminded of my objectives and what I want to achieve in the long-term.

Later in the day I read many more articles like these. But, for now, it’s just one.

Make coffee.

I think coffee should always be drank in peace.
So it fits perfectly in my morning routine just now.

Write.

I sit down at my laptop and start writing.

I eliminate all distractions, I even arrange some stuff around and put things back in their places if they aren’t, so that I can feel more comfortable.

I’ve found out that working for 60 or 90 minutes without a break (while drinking coffee and not thinking about anything else) works great. Many successful people do it, actually.
The brain can focus perfectly for 90 minutes, then it needs to rest for a while or switch to another task. And that’s definitely the case with me.

I aim at writing 2 or 3 posts (somehow each takes half an hour).

I’ve been trying that with a set time period, and word count, but this seems to be working fine as it combines both of these.

Review the to-do list.

I look at it (I’ve made it the night before.) and get a general idea of what I have to get done today. Also, I decide what’s more important and what to start with.

That’s it.

By this time it must be around 8:30 and I’ve done a lot.

It really feels great to have accomplished something in different areas before the day has begun and while other people are still in bed.

How does your morning routine look like?

See also:
How successful people start their day
Essential morning ritual components
How to develop a nurturing morning routine

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What the Richest People in the World Have in Common 4

What the Richest People in the World Have in Common

Getting rich is something everyone dreams about.

For those facing financial hardships, getting rich seems the only way out to tide over shortage of money. For the bourgeoisie – the working class – getting rich conjures up visions of stuff they want to buy for luxury or higher social status. Millionaires also wish to get rich: they want to become billionaires and enter Forbes List of the world’s wealthiest people.

Unless you inherit a fortune or get lucky at lottery or sweepstakes, getting rich can be quite tough.

Yet, there are countless rags-to-riches stories around the world. Enterprises such as Amazon, KFC, Facebook or SpaceX have become runaway successes within a short span. The reason: their founders have several things in common, which is rare among other people.

Here we look at various traits that the world’s richest and most successful entrepreneurs have in common.

The Common Traits of The World’s Richest People

The Common Traits of The World's Richest People

1. Serving People.

“If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it,” said John D. Rockefeller, who laid the foundation stone for America’s giant petroleum industry and his own enterprise, Standard Oil. The same adage holds good today.

Facebook, for example, was launched by Mark Zuckerberg and his roommate, Eduardo Saverin to allow Harvard University students to share profiles and pictures

There are countless such examples of ordinary people striking rich. However, they share one thing in common: serving people. The main objective of launching these enterprises was to make life easier or enjoyable for people rather than earning money.

2. Reading Books.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, celebrity TV show host Oprah Winfrey, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Berkshire-Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet and several other extremely rich people of the world have one more thing in common: they are avid readers.

Bill Gates reads at least 50 books every year – an average of nearly four and a half books per month.

Elon Musk owes his success at SpaceX, the project to open space tourism to his love for books and the knowledge he gained from them about rocketry. Oprah Winfrey attributes her success to dozens of books, including some 70 top titles she read on her way to success while Warren Buffet spends about 80 percent of his day reading books.

3. Long-Term Financial Strategies.

A report by CNBC states, all wealthy people depend upon long-term financial strategies rather than short-term gains. They utilized their earnings and savings to invest in safe stocks that would assure gains in the long run rather than indulging in risky trading that can offer high returns.

Such financial planning and decisions ensured they do not lose money. Further, they invested money in their enterprises without the hope of immediate returns.

These wealthy people first focused on building a brand, offering value for people to identify with the brand. And later, popularize the brand through word-of-mouth publicity, which is more effective than traditional advertising.

4. Never Say Die.

Yet another common character trait shared by the world’s richest people is, they are not quitters.

Like every other human on Earth, these wealthy folks also witnessed ups and downs in life. Some of these were so overwhelming most ordinary people would have called it quits and gone in search of easier ventures.

Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Bleckharczyk, founders of Airbnb, the world’s largest hotels and accommodations aggregator were plagued with financial problems.

 

Heavily encumbered with debts, bankruptcy was staring at these entrepreneurs in the very eye. Yet, they did not budge. They innovated their service that made Airbnb the world leader in its field today.

Another excellent example is Colonel Harland Sanders, whose recipe for fried chicken was rejected as many as 1,009 times before it was accepted. Col. Sanders is the founder of global chain Kentucky Fried Chicken or KFC.

5. Accepting Criticism.

Most people flee from criticism of any sort. Rather than learning from negative comments arising out of their behavior or work, they take umbrage rather quickly. Yet, they do not bother to amend their behavior or work pattern.

All wealthy people, however, are different. They are willing to be criticized for introducing new ideas or thoughts.

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, rightly says that those who will try and do something new must be willing to draw criticism.

Steve Jobs, founder, Apple, Inc. puts it in even stronger words: “If you want to make everyone happy, do not become a leader; sell ice cream instead.”

The success of Amazon and Apple proves their founders were right when it came to accepting criticism.

6. Out of The Box Thinking.

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Thinking outside of the ‘box’ or a typical mindset is often impossible for most people. Understandably, because everyone draws their mindset from factors and circumstances they are raised and educated in.

This mindset eventually becomes a formidable fetter for anyone wanting to become an entrepreneur. Generally, most people follow the flock and take professions they falsely believe as best suited for their skills. Others try to follow footsteps of their parents.

The wealthiest people in the world never followed flock or took lucrative professions of their parents.

Mark Zuckerberg’s father was a dentist and mom – a psychiatrist. Bill Gates’ dad was a banker father while his mother was a lawyer.

Despite coming from wealthy families, they chose to follow their passion rather than confine their thinking to the proverbial boxed mindset. Col. Sanders had lost his parents at a young age of six years and had to shoulder responsibilities of his siblings.

Other Examples of What The Wealthiest People Have in Common

As we can see, these qualities or personality traits are common to the world’s richest people. It sets them apart from others. Most of them launched small enterprises with the sole purpose of bettering the lives of people. Their products or services gained popularity because money was never their consideration. Widespread use of their technology, products, and services eventually led them to become wealthy.

These traits are not typical to the US or the western world, as one may mistakenly come to believe. A glance at some richest people in India and elsewhere also reveals, they share the same characteristics with their American counterparts. This amply proves that richest people around the world share something in common, regardless of where they live and flourish.

Another common trait that all rich people share in common is philanthropy.

Since childhood, they believe in giving back to the society and helping the underprivileged. They practiced charity when they were not so rich and continue to donate money for the betterment of the society even after becoming billionaires.

These richest people on the planet never waited to become wealthy. Instead, they were philanthropists since childhood – a trait most other people pathetically lack or try to foist upon themselves to gain popularity.

In Conclusion

It is not easy to become wealthy. Or everyone would become a millionaire. People who do make it to the top have a different way of thinking combined with an undying zest for learning new things and educating themselves.

They do not consider conventional learning at universities as the end of their education. Instead, they try and acquire new skills every day and find ways and means to become better humans rather than focusing on fattening their purses.

The world’s wealthiest people also share one common trait: they are not people pleasers, despite their generosity and willingness to serve the society. Because they know, trying to please everyone will get them nowhere and could mean possible failure.