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Morning Rituals For Productivity

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7 minutes of exercise. Yep, not 10 — just seven. Why? It's short enough that it won't impact the rest of your morning routine and long enough to shake off any residual sluggishness from the night before — including that extra glass of wine.

There are endless fitness routines to turn to, but the one I like best is called the 7 Minute Workout (and yes, there's an app for that). In just seven minutes, it works all major muscle groups with 12 total exercises.

Start your day out green. Sure, we've all been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it's pretty easy to reach for a bagel, bowl of cereal, egg sandwich or cup of yogurt to get your metabolism going.

While all of these options are fine choices once in a while, you'll be shocked at the morning lift you can get from a green smoothie. And healthy juicing requires less time in the morning than toasting a bagel and slathering it with low fat cream cheese.

I go quick and easy, blending (for about a minute): one apple, one banana, one orange, a handful of spinach, half of a cucumber, any juice or coconut water on hand, a few cubes of ice and some flax seed. It's cheap, easy and energizing.

Pick 3 wins for the day. While you're waiting for that smoothie to blend, get ahead of the evening's conversation with your significant other — you know, the one that starts, "How was your day?"

Decide on the three things that you'd like to accomplish in the next 12 hours in order for you to feel like the day was a success. Sure, not every day will be an epic win, but strategizing in this way will help to move the ball forward.

Wow, this sounds so good for a person! A habit worth practicing.

3 wins for the day is a lot! I would be happy with one.

Make an effort to eat fruits and veggies in EVERY meal.

More on the 7 minute workout:

Get rid of your hangover by doing 7 minutes of relatively poorly designed exercises, drink a shit-ton of sugar water with a couple leaves in it, and focus on WINNING?!?!? Don't make me laugh! This is how Halibutboy ritually wakes up:

1) Poop, brush teeth, and apply sunscreen. No other grooming stuff really affects long-term health.

2) Drink a cup of tea while thinking about something you're grateful for and how you can express that gratitude. Hydration, caffeination, and appreciation!

3) Ride bike to next destination, before eating if possible. Next best thing is walking briskly to next destination. Riding or walking makes me feel connected to the world, driving makes me feel disconnected.

I agree with the guy on one thing tho, which is that it's crucial to fight afternoon sluggishness. I do this by not eating carbs at lunch, and sometimes by going for a walk.

Those are decent rituals, as long as brushing includes flossing.

Flossing is more important than brushing because it promotes gum health.

Sure, flossing too. I floss and do strength training at night, so I didn't mention either of them here.

Any other night rituals? :)

Btw I like the word "rituals".

Tony Robbins says rituals are important to success and greatness:


Well, as long as they're helpful rituals.  

I don't think bringing back human sacrifice will get you into the boardroom, but it will certainly get you out of the data entry pool...

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