Over at the Bold and Determined blog there is a post about the Three Cs of a morning routine (their post is great, read it).
- Cold Shower
These are all good ideas. I’m not a fan of aerobics or cardio as a form of fat loss or as a way to “get in shape” for that you need sprints and weight training (which exercise your heart, btw). But caffeine has tremendous neuro-protective capacity, it improves working memory, focus, alertness, etc. It’s great stuff. I would switch the coffee and cardio order though. I prefer to be fully awake before consuming my coffee. But these guys are more successful in life than I am, so their advice might be better.
Not only would I change the order, I would add a fourth.
The Fourth C
The fourth C is calling, which is not the same as career.
Career is what you do to make money. Calling is what leaves a legacy that is unique to you, your circumstance, and your abilities. I wrote about the difference here: Career vs Calling.
In the mornings you get up, get your body and brain moving and while the rest of the world sleeps you work on your calling.
If you’re a teacher, you write lectures to put online in order to build a legacy for the future.
If you’re a home school parent you plan the day’s lessons.
If you’re going back to school to learn a new skill, you perfect if before you hit your 9-5.
If you’re a pastor you practice your Greek and Hebrew.
If you’re a student, you work on your blog to practice writing.
What will you do with your extra time in the morning?
If you don’t wake up early enough for a 4-C morning, what’s stopping you? Here’s how I wake up: How to become a morning person