Morning Routines (Ep. 81)

CIG PodcastThere’s something magical about skateboarding through a city at 6:15 AM.

Now that we’re halfway through October, the sun barely peaks over the horizon at this time. The stars are still out, it’s a bit chilly, and there’s almost no one out on the roads.

For those reasons, skating to the gym is easily my favorite part of my new morning routine – which, for the past week, I’ve successfully stuck to.

I’m really happy about this, as I’ve actually been slacking at bit on my morning routine for the past few months. I’ve let the urgency addiction of my work deadlines influence me to the point where I’d find myself waking up and diving straight into work without eating breakfast.

However, I’ve now nipped that bad habit in the bud; my morning routine is back in action and re-tooled to focus on my current goals – one of which is upping my fitness levels (especially strength – skating has kept my stamina up pretty well).

Here’s my new morning routine listed out:

  • 5:30 – Up, delete tweet
  • 5:35 – Brush teeth
  • 5:40 – Take vitamins, drink glass of water, start making breakfast
  • 5:55 – Eat breakfast
  • 6:15 – Finish breakfast, pack for gym
  • 6:20 – Check calendar
  • 6:25 – Head to gym
  • 6:45 – Get to gym, lift
  • 7:25 – Finish lifting, head home
  • 7:45 – Get home
  • 7:50 – Plan day
  • 8:00 – Monday meeting or read

On this episode, I’ll talk about what I’m doing to stay consistent about this morning routine, and also go over some of the common pitfalls that can derail a morning routine. I won’t be doing it alone, though – once again, my friend Zach Sexton is joining me on the show.

I wanted to bring Zach on again because, during one of our weekly mastermind calls, he mentioned that he goes through his morning routine with his girlfriend. I’m very much a lone wolf in the morning, so I wanted to compare each of our routines and get his perspective on making a routine successful as well.


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  1. I’m also adjusting my morning routine as well! Here’s mine:

    6am – wake up
    06:05 – 06:50 write
    07:00 – eat something light
    07:15 – go out for a run or do a 7min workout
    08:00 – Start my day!

    I’ve taken a few ideas from your website as well. Question though: to wake up at 05:30 am, which time do you go to bed?

  2. I’m currently in my senior year and decided on my own to make a morning routine before I even realized what I was doing. My routine is a lot more detailed — brush teeth for 2 minutes, wash face for 2, mouthwash for 30 seconds — but that’s mostly because my motivation for it was to keep me productive instead of getting distracted and just vegging on facebook for an hour and a half before school.

    Something I would suggest that really helps me stay on track is that instead of having my schedule written down, I downloaded an app called SequiTimer (I have an android), and it’s a sequential timer that goes through my whole routine without stopping. What’s even cooler is that there’s a setting that will read off what the title of my next task is when each timer is up, so I don’t have to be worrying about how much time I have left for what I’m doing or if I’m on schedule. Really helps me stay consistent!

  3. I think one should experiment with morning routines until they find the one that works for them. I personally am still in the experimentation phase but I’ve been using ideas from your blog posts as inspiration. Thanks!!!

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