First off, I don’t do morning routines.
I don’t like relying on the time of day to tell me when I should be productive because having a strict schedule inhibits my ability to think ‘outside the box’ and be creative with my work — writing.
It’s something Paul Graham, co-founder of Y Combinator, explains best in his essay, Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule. He says creators are less likely to start something ambitious in the morning if we know our day is going to be broken off in meetings or appointments that we must attend. And that if we had to switch tasks at certain times, it’d change the mode in which we work — sometimes lasting the entire day.
That’s why it’s better to work without a schedule and to instead employ ways that’d keep your productivity high throughout the day.
1Stretch for five minutes after waking up
The first thing I do right after waking up is stretch.
I don’t even touch my computer or phone, because I’d been overwhelmed in the past by the number of emails I have to respond to or the tasks on my to-do list.
So I stretch and it keeps my mind relaxed while my body warms up. Once I’ve done 5-10 minutes of it and my circulation is flowing, I know it’s time to start the day.
The best part about stretching besides the increased flexibility is the fact that it also primes your mind for a productive day. By completing a session of stretching, your mind will feel more accomplished and that’ll set the tone for the rest of the day.
My friends have also recommended yoga or meditation in the morning — they all work; I just prefer stretching.