#1 NEVER Drink coffee as soon as you wake up.
When you first wake up in the morning your body is at peak cortisol production. Cortisol is a vital hormone that regulates various processes in the body. But mostly, it’s the hormone your body produces in order to keep your body and mind alert and awake. Cortisol also plays an important role in regulating your natural sleep-wake cycle aka your circadian rhythm. Your circadian rhythm is the rhythm your body creates in order to keep you awake and alert in the mornings and throughout the day, and also to make you sleepy and ready for bed at night. If you drink coffee when your body is at peak cortisol levels, you’re supplementing your alertness with a drug, in this case, caffeine. This results in your body potentially decreasing your cortisol production and resulting in you being dependent on coffee for your alertness and awakeness Also, this may be a really unpopular opinion but I think it’s really stupid to have to drink coffee in the morning to feel awake and energized.
If you wake up and have low energy and fatigue throughout the day, it’s indicative of a bad sleep schedule and or a poor diet. Both of which require long-term, holistic fixes, and using coffee to bypass that is simply short-sighted and only fixes the symptom, not the underlying problem. The most important thing you can do for your health and well-being is to get a regulated sleep schedule where you’re sleeping a non-negotiable bare minimum of 7 hours per night AND you’re going to sleep and waking up at the same time most nights. This regulated cycle puts your body in a groove that makes it easy for it to get good sleep because it’s routine. If you wake up at 7 am one day and then at 12 pm the next day, then your body isn’t going to have a routine and will, therefore, have trouble establishing your sleep cycle and going into deep sleep.
#2 Don’t dick around and procrastinate in the morning.
The worst thing you can do as soon as you wake up is laying in bed for an extra 2 hours wasting time. As soon as you wake up, you should get out of bed and start on the most important tasks of your day, OR do 1 or 2-morning rituals or routines that can prep your mind and body for the day before you go crush your tasks for the day. What you do first thing in the morning sets the precedent for your whole day, so if you wake up and just lounge in bed for a long ass time after you wake up, then it pushes back your entire schedule and will put you in the wrong frame of mind.
I like to use the 5-minute rule when I’m feeling lazy in the mornings. If you’re not familiar, the 5-minute rule is a really common productivity hack that basically says, if you don’t feel like doing something, just commit to doing it for 5 minutes. If after 5 minutes you want to stop, then you can stop. If you want to continue, then you can continue for another 5 minutes. Doing this turns your tasks into small actionable steps that are WAY less overwhelming than committing to doing an entire 3-hour task.
#3 NEVER leave the house without washing your face.
If you didn’t already know, your skin naturally produces and builds up oil in your pores and skin as time goes on. This is why when you don’t shower or wash your face for a long time, your skin starts to get oily. This oil build up leads to your pores getting clogged and these clogged pores cause pimples, blackheads, and acne. Most people sleep for at least 6 hours, even though you should really be sleeping at least 7 or 8 but that’s for a whole other topic. The point being, when you sleep for a few hours and your face is up against a pillow creating heat, your skin becomes oily and your pores can start to become clogged. So if you leave the house without washing your face when you’re walking out with hours and hours of clogged pores and oily skin, and if you don’t shower till later in the day, then you’ll end up going like a full fucking 24 hours without washing your face. Can you imagine how much oil and dirt is gonna be built up in your face by then??? I mean hey, if you’re trying to grow a blackhead farm on your face then, by all means, don’t wash your face but if you’re trying to have clean and godly skin then you have to wash your face with a face wash.
A handsome and wholesome face requires and wholesome routine that has the essentials for cleaning up your skin, nothing more nothing less. Ain’t nobody got time for some oily ass clogged skin.
#4 NEVER NEVER NEVER, AND I MEAN NEVER Use your phone as soon as you wake up.
I can’t tell you how bad this is, yet every single person does this. They sleep with their phone next to their bed, they check it if they wake up in the middle of the night, and they check it as soon as they wake up. Remember how I was saying that your body requires a delicate and regulated routine in order for you to go into a deep sleep and actually feel rested? Well if you check your phone in the middle of the night, it distracts your mind, making it harder to fall back to sleep, and it engages it in another activity which makes it harder for your mind to reach a relaxed and restful state and pulling you further out of your deep sleep cycle. Not only that but, but it also fills your head with distractions and stress before you’ve had a chance to tackle and focus on your most important tasks. If you wake up to some YouTube drama or see that PewdiePie is about to pass T-Series then you’re gonna be stressed out and distracted first thing in the morning and it’ll make it harder for you to have a productive and stress-free day. And lastly, for all my productivity nerds who work from their computers like me.
#5 NEVER do email as your first task of the day.
There’s nothing more soul-sucking than doing emails. But not only is it sucking, but it’s also really bad for keeping your mind in a focused and productive state. Email is the world pushing its agenda on to you before you can push your agenda on to the world. It puts you in a reactive state instead of a proactive state and makes it more likely that you’ll end up spending your day going from task to task based on what people want from you and you won’t get done the big, important tasks you set out to do from the start. And that my friends, is it.
In summary: Never drink coffee first thing in the morning, Never leave the house without washing your face, first Don’t dick around, Never check your phone as soon as you wake up And don’t do emails as your first task of the day.