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My Way to Start the Day

Wake up, medicate, caffeinate, then rush to the office - sound familiar? Well that’s how my mornings used to go - no routine, no planning for the day, just the bare minimum. But that all changed after reading The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod.

The foundations of the book are Hal’s Life S.A.V.E.R.S, which are the six parts of the routine — silence, affirmations, visualisation, exercise, reading and scribing. I try following most of these parts, but have slightly tweaked it based on personal preferences - here’s how my morning now looks:

  • Wake up at around 0527, most of the time I get out of bed on the first alarm but there is another at 0534 just in case!
  • Two glasses of iced water, then a glass of sole with lemon juice
  • Around twenty minutes of meditation (I started off using Headspace, but have switched to using the Insight Timer app)
  • Some basic stretches / yoga poses (Bridge Pose, Downward Dog, Cobra Pose, Child’s Pose, and finally Supine Twist)
  • Make a cup of Titanium Tea
  • Read through the daily devotion from The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman
  • Write down 3 things I’m grateful in my journal
  • Spend about 20-30 minutes reading (generally self help / business books)
  • Ice cold shower

My new morning routine sets my day up for success - it has me feeling energised, focussed and ready to tackle anything that comes my day! There have been a couple of mornings where I have slept through the alarm (oops!) - but I figure it’s my body telling me I need more sleep. In these cases I’ve found that at a minimum I need to meditate, read and have my ice cold shower or my day just doesn’t feel right.

I’d like to eventually wake up earlier (around 0445) and add in a brisk walk, but getting enough sleep has been difficult lately with a teething 16 month old - hopefully once T is in to a better sleep routine I’ll be able to get to bed earlier, and a better nights sleep.

I’ll set out to write posts on each part of the routine in due course, and provide greater detail on where I have seen recommendations or the science behind each step.