"“Life hack” refers to any trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method that increases productivity and efficiency in all walks of life" – Wikipedia
In the beginning of 2017 I went on a personal journey to invest in myself and my family more effectively. This was the beginning of the FullTimeHumans. I immediately dove into reading blogs, listening to podcast, burning through any books I could find, and I eventually I started to notice a pattern. I started to notice telltale differences between the happy and unhappy. I listen to those who belly ached about a negative experience, and others who took a positive lesson from that exact same scenario. The difference seems to be how you perceived a given obstacle or event, and more importantly how you chose to react to it. So I asked a simple question. What prepared a person for a meaningful, happy perspective, and how do I get that on a daily basis? The answer to any deep question is typically simple. It was about their daily preparation.
Each of these people has a morning routine, and each of them was vastly different. What they had in common is that they prime themselves each day, and they hit the reset button with specific routines that set them up for success even in failure. Personally, when I added a morning routine I found over time that I am slower to anger, and I have more mental clarity in stressful situations. As a plus I feel emotionally balanced and physically prepared for each day. This “life hack” has been a life changer for me, so I am going to share my morning routine with you now. Please note that everyone has to find their own morning routine. My wife does not follow all of my routine, and she does things I do not.
My Morning Routine
1. Drink large glass of water with a hint of dōTerra Lemon Oil – This jump starts my body by giving it what it needs most, and it also helps begin a process of cleansing.
2. Take my supplements
a. Thyroid meds (levothyroxine)
b. One dōTerra TriEase and one dōTerra OnGuard capsules
c. Rub Deep Blue Lotion on my legs to prep for my run!
3. Take a small shot of sipping vinegar to alkalize my system. This is an important step to overall health, and to cleanse out all the toxins and impurities in my system from the day before.
a. I use Village raw organic sipping vinegar (Honey Blueberry flavor)
b. I have also used Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar as a less expensive option.
4. Run 3 Miles – 25-30 Minutes. This wakes up my body, my nervous system and primes the physical side of myself for the day! I tend to get a ton of mental clarity and inspiration on my running days. I am training my body to handle endurance, so I try to keep my heart rate steady at 140 BPM. This will speed me up over time without burning through my lactic acid too early making me slow down. I do have long term goals with my running.
5. Meditate – 10 minutes. I do this immediately upon returning home from the run. This has been invaluable for me. I find it calms any anxiety or stress that I have about the day. It gives me 10 minute to take some deep breaths, and it clears my mind for the day ahead. I focus on my emotions and the way my body feels during meditation.
6. Practice Thankfulness – 5 minutes. I like to find 3 things that I am thankful for each day. The key to this exercise is find specific things. Yes I am thankful for my wife, but instead of saying generalities I find being thankful for specific actions help me appreciate her. Usually if done right, I am finding myself smiling and appreciative at the end. This particular exercise is key for my emotional well-being! We have so much to be thankful for, yet we hardly ever take time to recognize it.
7. Read Devotion and Pray – 10-20 minutes. I have made sure to follow up the thankfulness practice with a prayer and reading time. I do my best to not just pray request at God, but to also pass on the three things I am thankful for from earlier. I tend to use an app that has 1000’s of devotionals, and I do one daily followed by some scripture and a couple minutes to really think about what that scripture means to me. The Bible does say to pray continuously, so I do my best to remember that by praying throughout the day.
8. Apply Health and Aromatherapy dōTerra oils – 2 minutes. My wife and I diffuse oils consistently throughout the day. Our favorite dōTerra oils to defuse are Cassia, Serenity, and Balance. I also apply Melaleuca oil to my face along with Lavender. If I have any joint pain I rub in some Deep Blue by dōTerra. (If you have any questions about dōTerra oils please reach out to Bethany as she sells them, and she is very knowledgeable about them.)
If I do my whole morning process it takes about 1-1.5 hours. There are days where I don’t sleep well and I miss the routine, but I tend to regret that throughout the day. I also noticed while writing this that each practice has one of 5 goals in mind:
· Physical prime
· Mentally prime
· Emotionally prime
· Spiritually prime
Writing these blogs, at times, becomes therapeutic and also gives me some insight on the “how” and “why” I do things. I believe a key to success isn’t just about setting goals, but it is about appreciating the failures and successes along the way. It is coming to an understanding that failure is a part of success and not the opposite of success. So prepare your mind, body, and soul to find success when the journey is over despite the outcome.