Morning Routine

I’m a reluctant morning person. While I love to sleep more than most people I know, I also find I am in a better mood if I wake up early. The early hours are mine alone and help prepare me for a productive and satisfying day. But when is morning? How early and how structured should that time be? I’m letting the shareholders decide.

No Routine - Sleep In

- Description: Prioritize extra sleep. No specific morning activities; wake up at 8:00 AM.

Minimal - Slow Start

- Wake up at 7:30 AM as usual.
- Engage in light stretching or meditative breathing for 10-15 minutes.
- Enjoy a relaxed breakfast or a warm beverage.
- Review the day's schedule at a leisurely pace.

Basic - Structured Start

- Wake up at 7:00 AM.
- Do a quick 10-minute home workout or a brisk walk.
- Have a healthy, pre-planned breakfast.
- Spend 10 minutes planning or reviewing goals for the day.

Moderate - Energizing Routine

- Wake up at 6:45 AM.
- Perform a 20-minute exercise routine.
- Take a refreshing shower.
- Eat a nutritious breakfast and engage in personal reading or journaling.
- Briefly review and visualize the day’s objectives.

Intense - Productivity Boost

- Wake up at 6:30 AM.
- Engage in a 30-minute intense workout session.
- Take a cold shower.
- Prepare and consume a high-protein breakfast.
- Spend 15-20 minutes on personal development.
- Review the day's tasks with specific goals in mind.

Ultra Structured - Power Start

- Wake up between 5:30 AM and 6:00 AM.
- Begin with a 45-minute to 1-hour workout.
- Follow with a contrast shower (alternating hot and cold).
- Prepare a balanced breakfast while listening to an educational podcast or audiobook.
- Spend 30 minutes on a focused activity for long-term goals.
- Review the day's agenda in detail, setting clear priorities and intentions.




  • 0% No Routine - Sleep In
  • 0% Minimal - Slow Start
  • 97% Basic - Structured Start
  • 37% Moderate - Energizing Routine
  • 2% Intense - Productivity Boost
  • 0% Ultra Structured - Power Start
  • 0% Abstain

20 users voted with 2833 shares


  • alexmahan [ 63 ]

    I voted basic cause I'm a basic bitch and a night person and all the options after that stress me out

  • smikeyw [ 103 ]

    Intense and Ultra Structured seem like they will be basically impossible to maintain. I hesitate to vote for them without some built in flexibility or some kind of accountability system.

    Do I remember correctly that you tried getting up at 5am for a while and it made you very unhappy?

  • Mike Merrill [ creator ]

    Yeah, 5am was HARD. But I'm not opposed to trying and failing and then reporting back and seeing if we can try something else. But I appreciate you remembering that and voting with my own limitations in mind. :)

  • Zach [ 35 ]

    This is going to be all kinds of fucked up unless you can ease into it. Let's set you up for success.