Personal Improvement

Habits and Thomas’ Ridiculous Morning Routine

Updated on March 22, 2020 Updated on March 22, 2020
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"Lose an hour in the morning and you will spend all day looking for it." —Richard Whatley
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Your morning routine can make or break your day. It can set you up for a good mood and good productivity or send you screaming back under the covers.

Not all of us are morning people.  But you don’t have to be one in order to organize a routine that will set you up for a productive day.

Thomas is a freak who starts his day at 5:50 and finishes thirteen habits practically before the sun comes up.  He wasn’t born that way which means any of us could do the same.  It’s a routine that has evolved over time.

How does Thomas get up so early?  He has monetized sleeping in.  If he doesn’t get up, he stands to lose $30.  Not worth it.

These don’t all have to be monumental habits.  It can be something as simple as taking your vitamins every morning.  Or just getting up fifteen minutes earlier so you can relax into your day rather than rushing around all flustered.

They don’t have to number into the teens either.  Start small.  Wake up early and drink a cup of warm water with the juice of half a lemon in it.  Lemon water is crazy good for you and is a small, easy thing that will make a big difference.

If I sleep past 8:00, I feel like I've wasted the day.

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We have a series of podcasts and articles that list some great productivity apps.  There is nothing wrong with having a little help and prompting until the things you want to get done become habits.

Remember, start small but keep at it.  Once you become a morning person with good habits, you will notice lots of positive changes in your life.

Show Notes

Buffer:  A social media scheduling tool.

Dogfish Head World Wide Stout:  A dark, roasty ale.

HabitRPG:  A super geeky way to help you build habits.

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