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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.

Screw that.

With simple steps and daily practice you can make mornings productive and even enjoyable.

 

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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.

Fantastic.

Clenching the covers in your aching fists, you roll back over and attempt 15 minutes of shut-eye.

BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP.

Great.

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.

Try This

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.

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Eat This

-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

 

 

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Own the A.M.

If you’re anything like me you despise the irking sound of whatever pain in the ass alarm goes off. Often times this leads to hitting the snooze button two or three times, rolling over, and finally getting out of bed 30 minutes later. Finally out of bed, I make my way to my computer where I check my email, refresh my Facebook multiple times, and check out a few blogs. Before I know it its 10 a.m., I’m on a caffeine overload, but haven’t managed to get anything meaningful done.

When a day start like this is it any surprise that the rest of the day might not be as efficient as those mornings when you get out of bed and get going? How you start your day is often very indicative of how the rest of the day will follow. Get up right, or hit the snooze? Leftover pizza or scrambled eggs? Green Tea or a double strong screwdriver?  Small decisions and actions right from when you throw your alarm against the wall can have a profound effect on how the rest of your day goes.

To avoid an unproductive day filled with Facebook, email checking, and sitting around here are a few tips to get the ball rolling right from the get go.

1.) Get Up Right Away! This is far and away the most important thing to do, get up when your alarm goes off. Immediately upon shutting off your alarm stand up, walk to another room, and turn lights on or open the shades. Sunlight not only makes you squint and rub your eyes when you wake up, it helps the body’s biological clock reset itself. In return, this resetting of the biological clock will help you fall asleep easier the following night.

2.) Drink a large glass of cold water

You just spent 6-8 hours (hopefully) sleeping. 6-8 hours during the day without fluids would love you tired, groggy, and dehydrated so it’s time to fight back. Drinking a large glass of cold water (20 ounces) also increases the metabolism early in the morning to get your body burning through calories and preparing your biological systems for the day ahead.

3.) Get Moving

Now that you’re out of bed and exposed to sunlight get your body moving. Doing the simplest things such as walking out on your porch, stretching your arms overhead, and performing a few pushups or simple stretches and breathing deep will wake your muscles up and keep the ball rolling to dominate the day.

4.) Avoid your email/social media and devour a healthy breakfast

Don’t wake up right away to check your email, creep on Facebook, or tweet #rise and grind to show everyone how early you get up (I’m guilty). These things can wait and often put you in a rushed state and waste your time. Head into the kitchen with your glass of water, slam it, refill it, and make yourself a healthy breakfast. Take 10 minutes to cook yourself some scrambled eggs with spinach, salsa, and fruit on the side. It doesn’t take much work and will provide you with the energy to keep you moving at a torrid pace throughout the day.

5.) Whatever important tasks you have for the day, Get it Done Early!

This one is important, but at times this event may be an appointment at a pre-set time or work at a set time that you can’t change. However, if you are able to, get your errands done in the morning. For example, I tend to get my grocery shopping done early on a Saturday morning or a Sunday morning. This leaves me the rest of the morning and day to 1.) Do Fun stuff like hiking in the mountains 2.) Cook Meals up in preparation for the following week 3.) Do whatever else I want!

I hope the following tips can provide you with the tools necessary to dominate your morning from start. Getting up and getting things done early is a phenomenal way to set the tone for the rest of your day and be wildly efficient with your time.

If you have a morning ritual to start your day off with a BANG share below!

Copyright 2012 by Eric R Bach.  All rights reserved.  This material may not be duplicated or distributed without written consent from the author.

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