15 Minute Fix: Morning productivity
Lose an hour in the morning, and you will be all day hunting for it. ~Richard Whately
So why not maximize your morning from the beginning?
Start with a crummy morning, you’ll have a dreadful day. Brew a few dreadful days together and you’re messing with a recipe for a shitty life.
With simple steps and daily practice you can make mornings productive and even enjoyable.
What’s the recipe for a crummy, shit-tastic morning?
It starts with the piercing noise spewing from your alarm clock.
Slowly rolling over, you blindly throw your hand at the snooze button, only to miss and smash your numb hand on the nightstand.
Clenching the covers in your aching fists, you roll back over and attempt 15 minutes of shut-eye.
BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP.
Stumbling your way to the kitchen you struggle to find your balance, and shock your eye-balls with bright light.
You make a shitty pot of coffee and slop down a shitty bowl of sugary multi-colored cereal (heart healthy by the way). Glancing up from your bitter coffee and sugar-bomb cereal you squint at the florescent-lighted microwave clock. “Shit”, you rush to your closet throwing on clothes that fit the “casual” criteria, and sprint out the door.
Time for day of doing un-rewarding things you don’t want to do. Awesome.
“But Eric, I don’t have time for anything in the morning.”
I hear you, but that’s bullshit.
Take 15 minutes in the morning (yes, you have 15 minutes) you can prime your muscles and mind, build a healthy muscle building breakfast, and set the table for an awesome day.
The First Few Minutes
-Get up right away, even if you wake up before your alarm. Your sleep cycle has ended and smacking the “snooze” will prolong your sleepiness. Pick a relaxing alarm, such as rain or crashing waves.
– Drink a large glass of cold water. You just spent 6-8 hours (hopefully) sleeping. 6-8 hours without fluids leaves you groggy and dried out like a raisin. Slugging down a large class of water re-hydrates your body, jacks up your metabolism, and gets your body rejuvenated for the day ahead.
– Turn the lights on immediately. Light turns off melatonin production, helping you wake faster. Start your coffee, tea, or warm beverage of choice.
Wake up your Body
-While your beverage is brewing use this time to get the blood flowing with a short workout.
1a. Push-Up x12 reps
1b. Plank x30 seconds
1c. Push-Up x10 Reps
1d. Body Weight Squat x12
1e.Bodyweight Reverse Lunge x6/leg
Feed The Machine
–While sipping your coffee, whip together a healthy, muscle building super-shake.
-In a blender mix the following
-1 scoop vanilla protein
-1 cup blueberries
-1 cup cottage cheese
-1 cup spinach
Optional: Water or a few ice cubes.
Enjoy your coffee. Then, get dressed, grab your supershake, and head out the door.
What To Avoid
– Avoid your email/social media. Waking up right away to check your email, creep on Facebook, or tweet #’s wastes time.
Ready to Maximize your morning?
We all have the same amount of time, how enjoyable that time is remains up to you. Take control of it and maximize your morning productivity. Setting your morning off right takes a little bit of knowledge and willpower. Will you take advantage?
When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love. -Marcus Aurelius