I was one of those people that had no routine. I had no structure. I woke up and just got shit done.
This worked for a couple of years, but eventually, my productivity and happiness started to degrade.
That’s when I added daily habits, and effectively changed my life.
Aristotle said it best, “We are what we repeatedly do.”
Instead of looking at your role model’s greatest moment in life, take a look at their habits. What did their day look like?
If you look closely at their priorities, are there patterns that can be emulated?
1. Great Days Start with Great Mornings
If you’ve read Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss, then you’re utterly aware of the common patterns that highly successful people share.
While the specific routines change from person to person, the three most common things from the most successful people in the world are:
- Waking up EARLY. “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wise” still holds true today. The early risers are the ones that are ahead of the world. These are the people that are on top of their shit, the people that are truly changing things. If you wake up after 7am, try waking up at 5am for 10 days, and see how your physiology along with your energy for the day changes. You may find yourself being happier, more productive, and more energetic.
- WRITING in a journal. This too, is a common practice of almost every billionaire in the world. Start with just writing about what happened the day before. Expand on this by adding three goals for the day, three things you’re thankful for, and three things you can improve in your life. It doesn’t sound like much, but after a year, you’ll have a priceless insight into your entire past life. Time flies, and this is one way to control time as it passes faster and faster. At the end of the year, I take a week and diligently read every page in my (now) 23 journals from the past six years. Each year, I look forward to travelling back in time and listening to my thoughts over the years.
- JUICING or something similar. The most successful people in the world understand that food is not necessarily your friend. In fact, food drains energy, especially in the mornings. Contrary to what traditional old school teaching used to say, people that are highly productive do not eat much (or at all) in the mornings. If you don’t believe me, simply try it yourself. Try it for just three days – don’t eat until noon. Drink a juice or if you have to, eat something really light. I’m willing to bet you’ll have much more energy for the day ahead.
This isn’t rocket science guys, it’s just simple observations about how people outperform other people, and it all start with your mornings.
In my mornings, I meditate for about twenty minutes.
Meditation and mindfulness are two highly common trends in the most successful of people. Even 10 minutes a day of meditation can have an unbelievable impact on your day.
Aside from a direct increase in brain power, meditation is able to reduce stress and restore focus.
What’s more, a team led by Harvard researchers found that 8 weeks of meditation is all it takes to cause a measurable increase in the brain’s gray matter.
If you’ve never tried meditation, get this book.
I read this “Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind” about three years ago coming from ground zero, thinking meditating was something strange people in India do.
I can honestly say, that book along with meditation, has literally changed my life.
Meditation is a simple way to reset your mind so that you can think more clearly, strategically, and enjoy the present moment for what it is.
You never know what the present moment is, until you truly start meditating. Without meditation, I would not be happy and most likely would not be successful.
It has gifted me with a new appreciation of life in it’s ever-changing state at any given moment.
3. Open with Easy Things
Get rolling and get traction. Instead of trying to tackle the hardest problems of the day, start with the EASY stuff.
You’ll get immediate satisfaction from knocking things out, this positive feedback cycle will allow you to perform better on the challenging things you have to do.
4. Eat Healthy
Big meals drain your energy. Meat can drain your energy.
Also according to Harvard, it’s better to consume smaller meals throughout the day (accompanied with large amounts of water).
Water is the primary ingredient of blood and, as such, plays a crucial role in delivering nutrients to cells throughout your body as well as removing waste products.
This combination results in a steady stream of energy which the body is able to effectively utilize.
This simple change can save you from energy crashes and the sense of drain that most people consider an unalterable constant of life.
5. Break up your day
This may come as a shocker, but there’s evidence that humans aren’t supposed to sit for 90% of their waking lives.
In fact, some have argued that the effects of such a sedentary existence is not just negative but severe to the point of being life threatening.
So.. Simply break up your day!
- Shoot some basketball
- Take a walk
- Go to a coffee shop
If you haven’t implemented any of these habits yet, start tomorrow. That’s the first step.
You don’t risk anything – if these habits don’t change your life, simply go back to your norm.
It may take a few days, or even a few weeks to adjust and you may not feel the immediate benefit, but with consistency, I promise your life will change.
The Greats of the world were not born great, they had to condition themselves to be extraordinary. It all starts with routines.