The internet is filled with people who swear by one aspect or another of a morning routine. They will recommend that you do THIS before you do anything else:

  • Meditate
  • Take a cold shower
  • Work out
  • Go for a run
  • Read silently
  • Pray

And so on.

What I’ve realized is that there is a commonality linking all of these things. They require discipline and they get you out of bed. In other words, they aren’t the shitty non-routine that most of us fall into when we lack discipline:

  • Wake up and lie there
  • Browse social media/news
  • Chug coffee and rush to work

That’s the enemy — that mindless, turned-off, morning-on-autopilot thing.

So whatever your bootup sequence IS, it’s just important to have one. A set routine that gets you out of bed and moving into your day.

For the record, mine is:

  1. Five minutes of joint mobilization (Molding Mobility)
  2. Reading (Usually philosophy)
  3. Meditate
  4. Shower (warm, I can’t do the cold shower thing)
  5. Tidying up my house while listening to pump-up music
  6. Out the door

Don’t worry about what it is (and don’t subscribe to fuckarounditis where you’re changing your routine all the time). Just commit, and act.