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Oct 30, 2014

6 Things Every Man Should Do Each Morning

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Look, we know you're a grownup. You know it's essential to eat breakfast, and to never be late to work. But that doesn't make hearing that damn alarm go off any easier. So, no matter what time you have to wake up, here's how to make that first hour of the day go smoother, mean more, and set yourself up for success. 

1. Don't hit the snooze button. Ever. It may make those initial five minutes feel better, but it'll mess up the rest of your morning. It teaches your body that waking up doesn't actually matter, and you end up even more groggy ten minutes later than if you just embraced the wakeup call in the beginning. Trust you'll feel more alert in five, and welcome the morning.

Oh, and while you're at it - open the shades and curtains. Even if its still dark outside when you rise, you'll feel more connected to the outside world than if you just stayed in the dark, lamp-lit cocoon. 

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2. Make the bed. Does it matter if no one will ever see it? Yes. Google it - and you'll find links to several studies that suggest bed makers are happier, more organized, and more productive. Be one of those guys. 

No, you don't have to start fluffing pillows the second you wake up, especially if there's someone that sleeps beside you, but make it happen before you leave for the day. The key is to maintain a relatively easy bed to make, so keep things to just the essentials. If it takes more than a minute, you're doing it wrong. 

How to Make the Bed in 30 Seconds

3. Don't check your phone. You can worry about that stuff later. Wait until you've had something to eat before you start digging into your calendar. There's more to think about in the shower than your to-do list.

And if you can manage, don't go anywhere near your email during the first two hours of the day. Wake up, get ready, and work on something creative. Your response will be just as helpful at 9:30.

4. Shave in (or just after) the shower. The hot, steamy environment of the shower mimics the hot towel of a barbershop shave, opening your pores and minimizing irritation to your skin. So, if you don't have one, invest in a fogless shower mirror, and knock both out at once. If you shave with a traditional safety razor and need a pool of water to clear the blade, take a cup into the shower with you, or throw on a towel and shave in the sink as soon as you step out. 

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5. Drink a big glass of water. It's important throughout the day, but downing a tall, cool glass before you put anything else in your system starts your metabolism, helps to renew your cells, benefits your skin, and combats inflammation in your lymph and digestive system.

If you can - have two. One cool, and one warm. Drink a 16 oz glass before your shower, and a mug of hot water with a squeeze of lemon before breakfast or your morning coffee.

6. Make your own coffee. Or tea, or whatever you have in the morning. The coffee shop should be a treat, not a necessity. Sure, you'll save time and money, but it also gives a sense of place and purpose to the morning. You can set a drip pot timer the night before, but we vote for a handmade route. ManMade publisher Bruno swears by the Aeropress, while Chris, our editor-in-chief, goes for the burr grinder and press pot or pourover. 

A Handmade Coffee Routine Can Seriously Improve Your Creativity

If you're not a coffee guy, consider the Earl Grey Foglifter. It's got enough to get you going. 

 

What are your tips for a successful morning? Post your thoughts in the comments below. 

 

 

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Tom on Feb 16, 2016:

Oh glad you asked.  One thing I do before my feet ever touch the floor, is do some crunches with my feet elevated slightly off the bed and arm behind my head....no blankets, no pillows.  I do 100 on one side, then roll over and do 100 on the other side. Then 50 frontal with knees tucked and hands behind head, and 50 alternating with left elbow to left knee then right elbow to right knee.  These go pretty fast.


The benefits? Well aside from helping to keep my core muscles toned, it actually clears any congestion in my head; gets the digestive system going and makes waking up and making the bed easier.  I've been doing this for years.


William on Feb 07, 2016:

Thanks for nice tips.


Tom on Jan 21, 2016:

thank for great article


 


thank you for the tips


 


Mike R on Jan 09, 2016:

In addition, upon waking, spend a few minutes reflecting on the day ahead and then say a prayer for those you love, for your country, for those who are suffering, and for yourself.  While eating your breakfast and drinking your morning coffee or tea read a good devotional or subscribe to a bible reading plan.  Lay a foundation for the day ahead that is based on your faith.


Curt on Jan 07, 2016:

Wake up thankful. Each day, no matter what it holds in store, is a gift and an attitude of gratitude opens you up to positive things.


Anonymous on Dec 24, 2015:

i really like this list. i usually don't care for "every man should..." lists, but this one's good stuff.


Richard on Dec 20, 2015:

Thanks for the lovely tips. I love the first one that you have mentioned and I usually also maintain the first tips. In addition to this I love to take a short run everyday morning that gives me strength for the whole day.


Anonymous on Oct 25, 2015:

In addition to the push-ups, one should also stretch or incorporate a few yoga stretches into the morning routine.


Jake on May 23, 2015:

I'm completely with you on the phone. I am guilty of that - finding myself a little stressed out before the morning even begins. Thanks for the advice!


joel on Apr 30, 2015:

thank you for the tips


 


joel on Apr 30, 2015:

thank you for the tips


 


paco on Feb 17, 2015:

me gusta mucho su sitio... se ha convertido en uno de mis favoritos.


gracias por los tips!


Anonymous on Jan 23, 2015:

Making your bed actually increases the growth of mites and many becteria, so be messy and skip that step.


Erik on Jan 23, 2015:

I would advise against shaving in the shower. The last thing you want to do is drop that razor anywhere near certain components of your naked body. 


Anonymous on Nov 25, 2014:

Better order!


If your sleeping properly no need for an alarm. Thus no need for snooze buttons.


Water first.


Make the bed such that it can dry from a night of sweaty bodies laying in it. fold the top blankets down towards the foot of the bed. 


Keep the beard!


Shower - get dressed


Make coffee