This alarm clock really is the complete package. With 20 different brightness settings this alarm starts gradually brightening 20-40 minutes before your alarm is set to go off. And you can choose from 5 nature sounds to play when you begin waking. More expensive than alternatives, but this alarm is proven to work and may be just what you need to stop hitting the snooze button!
An alternative natural sunrise simulator to help you get your butt out of bed when you intended to. While not as advanced as the Philips alarm clock (only 3 brightness settings) this clock is very affordable and worth the investment in experimenting with waking up via natural light.
So still having trouble waking up and getting out of bed? No problem, we just need a solution that makes sure you get out of bed. Clocky here will literally run away and hide forcing you awake to go find it and turn it off. Now that the adrenaline is going, let’s just stay up and start the day!
These 2 loud and annoying alarm clocks with an attached vibrating bed shaker will be sure to wake up even the deepest of sleepers! I recommend testing the alarm clocks above first, but if you really have trouble waking up this will shake and wake ya! They are also perfectly sized for travel, so those on the go or digital nomads can bring this with them. They also allow you to turn off the sounds and just use the bed shaker if you don’t want to annoy everyone else in your house
Watch these 3 videos on creating a morning routine, developing a mindfulness practice, and how to plan your day from 3 thought leaders in these respective fields.
After we gain some mental clarity with our mindfulness practice, how should we go about starting our day? Tim Ferriss has asked hundreds of top performers on his podcast this exact question and synthesized some results here. This is a good place to start, but you will need to experiment and customize a plan that works best for you.
Our minds are lost in thought 47% of the time. Starting the day we should be thinking about what we want to achieve and to be less distracted. Daily mindfulness is NOT optional, you need time for yourself to collect your thoughts for the day in order to properly plan your day.
In our morning routine we want to plan our day in accordance with our personal growth goals. What will help us become our best selves? What is the highest leveraged activity we need to accomplish today to push our goals forward? Tony Robbins has one framework you can use – Rapid Planning Method to plan your day. But there are many solutions here, some as simple as a to-do list, just make sure capturing the activities that are most important for you today.
There can be many additional activities to test and incorporate in your morning routine depending on your life situations. But try your hand with just jotting down a morning routing to try consistently for 1 week.
Note: I am currently creating a How-To guide on Building a Morning Routine, be sure to subscribe to receive an email when it’s published! Much more to come on this!!
As we look to Win The Morning, some days we won’t have the energy or discipline to do what needs to be done. Rather than fall back to unproductive habits, here’s some performance boosters to experiment with as you start your productive day.
For more information on ‘butter coffee’, popularized by Bulletproof Coffee, check out this primer here.
As someone who drinks 2-4 cups of coffee a day I’m always looking for ways to have sustained energy and focus. It’s tough enough to get a few uninterrupted work hours in a row to focus on projects and goals, so I want to limit the caffeine lulls I face as well. That’s where Bulletproof coffee steps in and has been an aid. Read more below on the science of butter coffee and how butter helps slow the absorption of caffeine to give you energy for a few hours rather than a quick caffeine spike and drop.