Win The Day With This 5 Step Morning Routine

Do you struggle with mornings? Are you often late and/or frazzled when you arrive at work? So you lament that you have no time for anything?

That is okay! These are perfectly normal problems for tons of people.

In fact, I used to have a terrible time with mornings! The problem wasn’t waking up – I was up at 5am with my son. Every. Single. Day.

Didn’t matter what time I went to bed or what I did the night before. I was up.

Problem was that despite my early starts I was still rushing out the door, hurrying around my house and stressing about getting where I needed to go on time!

I needed to take action! I implemented these 5 steps to take back my morning to win the day!

Get A Solid Nights Sleep

I know – we are talking about the morning. Trouble starts the night before. If you consistently sleep poorly no morning routing will save you! A good nights sleep starts with a consistent bed time. Watch the sugar, caffeine and alcohol intake at night. Try to exercise. Read hard copy books and limit screen time. These are all ways to improve sleep! Find what works for you! Additionally, there are amazing products – not drugs – products that greatly improve sleep. Check out this post for details!

Prepare for the Morning

This means no surprises! I used to always scramble for clean, wrinkle free clothes! There is no excuse for this. I knew I was going to work the next day but I refused to take action. There are tons of things you can do to streamline your morning and eliminate surprises!
* Lay out and prepare clothes: this means making sure you have an appropriate outfit ready to go – ironed or Steamed etc. for the next day. If you don’t have one ready – CORRECT that!

Steamer saves your morningSteam clothes the night before for a perfect morning!

* Gym Clothes: if you plan on hitting the gym (see below) eliminate excuses by having the workout gear ready!
* Breakfast: depending on what you have for breakfast you can remove friction from your day by having it set up. I typically measure out my smoothie ingredients so I just add the liquid and ice and blend!
* Review your agenda: do you have early or important meetings? Don’t let yourself be surprised!

Plan Something Enjoyable

For many people the main obstacle is getting out of bed. The remedy to this is finding something you really want to do and carving time out in the morning to do it! This serves as a motivator to get your butt out of bed and activating your winning routine! This depends entirely on you but here are some ideas:
* Spend Quality Time with kids: since we both are up early i am always able to spend at least 30 minutes of time with my son. Sometimes we just watch a show or read. Other times we sneak out for a full breakfast. Over the years we have bonded during our early mornings before the world wakes up.
* Work on a Passion Project: are you trying to write a novel or start a side business? This is your time to do it! Before other people’s priorities get in your way. Give yourself time every morning to advance your goals!
* Meditate or Yoga: Find time for mindfulness before he day gets hectic!

Yoga makes a great part of a morning routineA morning yoga session will have you ready to win the day
Yoga kit for morning yogaPick up a yoga setup to start your new morning routine

* Video Games, Shows or Books: for family men he evenings can easily get away from you. Dinner, activities, chores and family time will stop you from getting some time to your self. Spend some time each morning with your favorite show or video game. There is nobody to distract you!

Fuel Yourself

I know many people claim not to eat breakfast due to time or diet. If that is your preference, fine. But forge rest of us win your day by having a healthy breakfast! I typically start my day with about 40 ounces of water, a Protein shake and some turkey bacon! Whatever works for you is what you should try! I prefer high protein to prevent me from getting snacky mid morning!

Morning Protein Shake with CoffeeThis protein shake helps me start my day right!

Get a Sweat In

You may not get in a “full workout” but if you can find a way to work a morning workout into your routine you will be much further ahead of the competition! At a minimum I will knock out 100 push-ups every morning. This ensures that the blood is flowing. I try to do more – a quick Dumbbell routine, row and/or run. But I always do something!

Dumbbells are perfect for morning exercise Dumbbells are perfect for quick morning workouts!

If you can implement these changes to your life you will quickly discover that morning can be enjoyable and you will find yourself less frazzled and arriving to appointments on time!

PS: my “ideal” routine is shown below and while I usually execute we all have bad mornings!

5:00 AM: Wake Up
5:02 AM: Drink 20 ounces of cold water
5:05 AM: Get my workout in – usually 30 minutes
5:35 AM: Drink more water and prepare breakfast for myself and my son.
5:45 AM: Quality Time over Breakfast with my son.
6:15 AM: Shower and Dress for the Day
6:30 AM: Depends on day – more family time, work on a project or some “me time”! On less than ideal days I head out the door to work!
7:15 AM: Coffee and Oatmeal for Wife – I like to Make the early part of her day with the kids as easy as possible.
7:30 AM: Chat with my wife until it’s time to jet!

Notice that there is no time spent finding something to wear or eat! It’s all been considered! Sure, sometimes I need to skip the routine and prep for a meeting but that is either by design or based on a last minute change – not lack of preparation!

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Awesome Groomsmen Gift Ideas

Are you planning a wedding? Are you drowning in the details of the flowers, Menu and the dreaded guest list? Well I cannot help you with any of that, but I do suggest taking some time to plan your time with the groomsmen! It can be a great distraction and a way to have some fun! Traditionally, the groomsmen are responsible for planning the bachelor party, but as the groom you have control over the groomsmen gifts!

Groomsmen gifts are traditional tokens of appreciation given to all the men that participate in your wedding. It’s a nice way to recognize that they spent considerable time and money to participate in the big day (and all the days leading up to it).

Groomsmen gifts can range from super simple and inexpensive to over the top and expensive. What you select depends on budget, time and the interests of the group.

The seven gift ideas below would thrill most groomsmen! Clearly I am into booze but there are so many ideas that can be combined too! Now take a break from the cake tasting and take care of your boys!

Custom Flask with Bottle

The guys will appreciate a high quality Flask with their initials or other customization. A high end bottle of their favorite drink takes this over the top. As a bonus you will have sources for a quick swig planted all over the place on the Big Day!

Awesome groomsmen gift idea flaskThese personalized flasks will impress your groomsmen
Groomsmen wedding gifts
Include a bottle of their favorite liquor for a bonus!

Add a bottle of liquor for a bit of class

Customized Axe

If your crew is the outdoor type, enjoy the new trend of Axe throwing or complete psychopaths this can be a memorable gift. Just remember to put these away when the drinking starts! Another fun alternative for this type of crew is a Custom Pocket Knife!

Personalized axes make unique gifts for menDon’t lose a finger! Custom axes are awesome but dangerous gifts!

Whiskey Stones

Whiskey Stones amazingly keep your drink cold without diluting it. A custom set of whiskey Stones makes for a classier touch. Add a nice bottle of scotch or rocks glasses to elevate further.

Whiskey gift whiskey Stones wedding groomsmen
Including a high end whiskey will take this gift over the top!

Yeti Cooler with Beer

Yeti Cooler for GiftFill this cooler with your groomsmen’s favorite beers for a great, fun gift!
Great groomsman gift inspiration
Just add great beer to a Yeti for an inspired groomsmen gift! Perfect for a bachelor party!

This is the most fun gift I have ever received. My buddy’s bachelor party was a camping and canoeing deal and he surprised everyone with Yeti Coolers filled with their beer of choice! This gift is perfect for guys who love beach days or tailgates too! A less expensive alternative is the really smart Cooler Chair!

Custom Suit

The nicest gift I received as a groomsmen! The groom set us all up with custom suits from Indochino. It was especially thoughtful because we wore these for the wedding which saved us the tux rental. 2 years later mine is still in great shape – I need to shed a couple of pounds to look my best in it. Once you have a custom suit it’s hard to go back to the rack!

Yeti Mugs

These wonderful mugs from Yeti will keep your drink hot or cold for hours. Get them engraved for a really nice keepsake.

Personalized Yeti Mugs make a great gift Furnish your crew with Personalized Mugs – perfect for the big day or bachelor party

Mini Draught System

There is nothing better than a draught beer! I was thrilled to receive one of the Della Mini Kegerators a year back. I am now able to enjoy a cold pint in the comfort of my own man cave! Your crew will be similarly thrilled!

Kegerator groomsmen gift weddingA mini kegerator give the gift of draft beer at home! Your groomsmen will be thrilled.

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5 Products to Transform Your Sleep

Trouble sleeping? Try these sleep hacks!I was lucky. I never struggled with sleep or fatigue. That all changed after or second child. Days were filled chasing a toddler or attending meetings and evenings were spent changing diapers or chores around the house. Making this more difficult was the fact that my son wakes up everyday at 5AM. I knew that I had to get better sleep to improve my performance and attitude.

I set out to find any products available that would help me “hack” sleep. Now I know that hacking sleep is impossible but I did find 5 products that made my time asleep as beneficial as possible while reducing time spent tossing and turning.

Cool Pillow

Before discovering the Cool Pillow I would spend all night shifting my body and flipping my pillow. If I became a little bit warm it could ruin an entire night. The Tempurpedic Dual Cooling Pillow was my first sleep hacking purchase and easily one of my faves. If you are someone who prefers the cooler side of the pillow do not hesitate to buy one today!

Tempurpedic Dual Cool PillowThis cooling pillow changed my life!

Chilli Pad

I followed Tim Ferriss’ advice and picked up a Chilli Pad a year back. This amazing invention might seem expensive and frivolous but trust me it is an absolutel steal at any price. This pad will regulate temperature to keep you at your preferred temperature and keep your partner at their preferred temperature. It drastically reduces debates over air conditioning or heat. Picture your relationship when both individuals are well rested!

Weighted Blanket

I was skeptical of the benefits of a Weighted Blanket and worried that I would be too hot (see above) but the weighted blanket truly forces you to relax and sleep. I liken it to a swaddled baby.

Weighted Blankets help with InsomniaWeighted blanket Great Sleep Therapy for People with Anxiety, Autism, ADHD, Insomnia or Stress

Noise Machine

Growing up I typically fell asleep to some sort of noise such as a fan or even the radio. I didn’t realize how much of a habit this was until I got married and stopped falling asleep with the television on. At my wife’s urging I purchased a Sound and Sleep Noise Machine and have loved it ever since. My favorites are beach sounds, rain and just old fashioned white noise. My wife, who prefers quiet, doesn’t mind either.

Noise Machine for SleepThe Sound and Sleep Machine will help you sleep soundly!

Black Out Shades

We moved to a new house in a more developed area and discovered that it was brighter – even after dark – than we could tolerate. Light from cars and streetlights would manage to peek through our windows and prevent us from falling asleep. We purchased these NICETOWN Blackout Shades because of the reviews and the unassuming look. We have been thrilled with these as it helped create a cocoon effect of total darkness at night which makes for healthier sleep!

Blackout shades will dramatically improve your sleepBlackout Shades improves sleep!

Now don’t hesitate to take steps to improve your sleep – it may be as simple as getting more exercise, laying off late night drinks or cutting screen time while in bed. But if you are really struggling consider these options!

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PPS: if you enjoyed this Post check out my prior post on easy ways to upgrade your everyday!