The One Hour Morning Routine


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video service, Nebula, when you sign up for CuriosityStream using the link in the description. I have a confession to make. I am fascinated by morning routine videos. It’s just interesting to see the habits that successful people pack into the first parts of their day. But there’s a slight problem
with most of these videos. Most of these routines
take entirely too long, and replicating them yourself
is just not practical. You simply don’t have time for an hour of meditation in the morning, or a long session at the gym, or writing eight pages in
your gratitude journal. By the time you wake up in the morning, you’ve probably got an hour tops before you need to be doing the first thing on your calendar. So, here is my proposition. Let’s put that hour to good use. Let’s build a morning routine
that only takes an hour, but, that is still comprehensive, and that covers six major areas. Nutrition. Hydration. A bit of exercise. Hygiene, of course. Some learning. And finally, number
six, sunlight exposure. And sure, you won’t have time to mindfully pour water over
your teapot for 30 minutes to build up a patina, or
log 20 miles on Strava. But, hitting these six areas will give you a great start to the day. And with some good planning and timing, I do think that it’s
doable in under an hour. And here’s one way that you could do it. (muted jazz music) First, throw yourself out of bed the moment your alarm goes off. Don’t let the snooze button
waste any of your precious time. If you can avoid that, this should only take about 30 seconds. Once you’re up, do all the basics. Brush your teeth, shave if you need to, and take a shower. Now you could also shower
at night to save time, but I like to shower in the morning, and I’ve found that it only
takes about four minutes anyway. To save some time while
you’re getting dressed, you can lay out all your
clothes the night before, so that they’re waiting for
you right when you wake up, and so that you don’t have to spend time deciding what to wear. All told, this part should
take you about 15 minutes tops, as long as you don’t find yourself staring at a styrofoam head. With hygiene taken care of, the next item on your list is hydration. I find the three most important things for feeling fully awake in the morning are sunlight, movement, and hydration. So, right after showering, I’ll
drink a full glass of water. Now, this is probably the
quickest step in the routine, unless you’re like me and have plants that also need hydration. Even so, after two or three minutes, you’ll be moving on to the next step, which is my favorite, making coffee. Now with only an hour to spare, my brewing method of
choice is gonna be drips, as you can just set it and forget it. And since your cuppa Joe is gonna take about five minutes to brew, you’ve got some time to
get a bit of exercise in. Now like I said before, you don’t have time for
a lengthy gym session. But, with an inexpensive
pull-up bar on the door, you can do some pull-ups. And most people, other
than those who live here, have access to the ground, which is great for crunches, push-ups, and lots of other things. Breakfast is one area that
can eat up a lot of your time. But, if you choose the right foods, you’ll make prep, eating, and cleanup all go really, really quickly. I like to start with a piece
of toast, and here’s a trick. Put some frozen spinach in a bowl with olive oil, chopped garlic, and salt. Microwave that for 90 seconds and you’ve got a serving of vegetables to go with your toast. Finally, hard-boiled eggs are a great way to round things out. You can make them in bulk on the weekends, or just buy them boiled
and peeled from the store, like I do. As an alternative to all of this, you could also make a smoothie, and I’ll link to my smoothie recipe in the description down below. Either way, prep should only
take six to eight minutes. Now, you could bundle
nutrition with learning by reading while you eat. But with the time limit that you’re on, you probably don’t have time
to get deep into a book, so instead you might want
to opt for an article. In this case, the book
that I’m reading right now has chapters with several
article-length subsections, so it’s easy to read
one in about 15 minutes. After that, cleanup is also really quick, since we didn’t use that many dishes. Now the last thing that
we mentioned wanting was some sunlight exposure. And normally, you would go
outside for a walk, to get that. But, perhaps, like me, you currently have 18 inches
of snow outside your window. And it’s freezing cold outside. In which case we’re not doing that. Instead, open up a window and then maybe use the rest
of the time for extra reading. Or meditation. Or really anything else
that you’re trying to learn. Starting your day with a bit of progress
on a goal feels great. But, whatever you decide to do, try to keep the 20 second rule in mind. Set things up so that it
takes less than 20 seconds to start using them. This will save you time,
but more importantly, it’ll remove friction that could prevent the
formation of good habits. Of course, you could also
just use this extra time to pack up your bag, so that
way once your hour’s up, you can easily roll into whatever it is that you need to do next. Which, in this case, is filming a video. Now, this routine is just a suggestion, and there are definitely
changes that you could make. For instance, if your commute
involves walking or biking, then sunlight exposure
is already taken care of. And, if you wanted even more time for exercise or for learning, you could just skip breakfast altogether. A lotta people practice what’s
called intermittent fasting, where they restrict their mealtimes to an eight-hour window during the day, and then fast for the other 16. Plus, all that stuff about breakfast being the most important meal of the day is just marketing by cereal companies. Though, while we’re
talking about breakfast, I do wanna note that reading isn’t the only way to
bundle learning with it. In fact, maybe you’re
watching this very video while you eat breakfast. That’s something that I do all the time, I love watching videos in the morning. But, what I don’t like, is sitting through ads
before they even start. Which is why I got together with a bunch of other educational
creators and built Nebula. If you haven’t heard about it, Nebula is a completely
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like The Science of Sleep. Or David Attenborough’s Light On Earth. As always, thanks for watching, and huge thanks if you choose to support what we’re building over on Nebula. You can get subscribed right there if you haven’t done so already, and I’ll see you in my next video. (soothing electronic music)

100 thoughts on “The One Hour Morning Routine

  1. 3:10

    Buying a bag of hardboiled peeled eggs?

    What? That is not a thing where I live.
    It takes 10 min. to boil an egg, and 5 sec. to peel one. You can boil eggs in the weekend for the whole week. They last at least 10 days in the fridge when they are boiled.

    Why would people buy that? I could maybe understand if it was on the go, but if you have access to a kitchen then it's just insane.

  2. Awesome video, Thomas! Your channel has added, and continues to add, so much value to my life. I was wondering how can we access Nebula if we already have a curiosity stream account.

  3. Signed up, and Nebula is looking great! I'm hoping there's a mobile app in development ? 😉

    Edit: for Android & iPad 😂

  4. Thank you so much for the suggested morning routine, its a great video that I will try immediately…What was the green leafy veggie you put in the red bowl with garlic, olive oil and salt… I'd like to try it… thank you so much…

  5. Waking up takes 5sec, I feel lightheaded right after waking up, I drink water, then I brush my teeth, then again I drink water, don’t eat breakfast, barely catch the bus, work out for 55min in first school period which is weight training, don’t eat lunch because I have no time, go home in a crowded bus, get home starving, make some food, do hw, draw a lil, take a bath, go to sleep. ( my day in a nutshell )

  6. People need instructions on how to start their day? Really? Advice is good but I’m surprised there is a video for this. ☺️

  7. ok, let me quickly sum pluses in this video:
    cat – obviously
    skeleton painting on the wall
    dumbbell – kudos and hi5s to AM gym guys 😀

  8. “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day is just marketing by cereal companies”. You just lost any credibility you had, tool bag tommy. Thats why you’re physique looks as appalling as it is

  9. This is by far in your top 3 best videos. Internalising these rutines and ideas will bring changes to a lot of peoples day to day life.

  10. Imagine living somewhere you can actually see sunlight before you get to the Office. Sadly not a luxury we have in the UK most of the year 🤣

  11. Fantastic thanks! Great breakfast tip as my prep always takes up a bit of time. I take 2 hrs in the morning to get ready and out. But will try this 1 hr and see how it goes 😊

  12. I wake up at 6:45 and need to leave the house at 7:10
    that's 25 min for breakfast, brushing teeth and getting dressed ( i maximize sleep time over being awake for a 1 hour and just sitting on my phone )

  13. Can someone please eloborate on the why breakfast is not the most important meal of the day? I was looking into but all I found was good benefits such as it help jump start metabolism and stuff.

  14. One hour morning routine (crazy cat lady version ) get up … feed cats, stop cats eating each others food, water cats, let cats out, let cats in, let cats out, let cats in, cats have second breakfast, cats squabble, cats go out, cats mean I'm late for the bus …

  15. Man i wish i could have an hour long morning routine, if not a 4 hour full routine.. but i find that even 6 categories are too much for me, so i decided to focus on 3 general things in the morning: 1. Body.(cleaning, hydrating, moving) 2. Mind (goals, intentions for the day, writing or meditation) 3. Surroundings (make bed, tidy room, get ready)

    It makes it way simpler that way when each step i just have to ask myself: "body: what does my body need?" "mind: what does my mind need?" " surroundings: what do i want to be done for the day?"

  16. Man i wish i could have an hour long morning routine, if not a 4 hour full routine.. but i find that even 6 categories are too much for me, so i decided to focus on 3 general things in the morning: 1. Body.(cleaning, hydrating, moving) 2. Mind (goals, intentions for the day, writing or meditation) 3. Surroundings (make bed, tidy room, get ready)

    It makes it way simpler that way when each step i just have to ask myself: "body: what does my body need?" "mind: what does my mind need?" " surroundings: what do i want to be done for the day?"

    Really great video though! Nice 🙂

  17. All you Americans eat such a little breakfast!? There’s no way i can eat mine in 6-8min! I wont even get through my first hour of the day with only a cup of coffee & a toast with some eggs! Apart from that a really nice routine. I like to take longer showers 10-15 min though so guess mine will be a bit different!
    Thanks for sharing though, this did in fact inspire me to make a fixed 1h/1h30min long morning routine!

    PLEASE DO AN EVENING ROUTINE AS WELL!

  18. What would you suggest for sunlights for us Alaskan folks? For reference the sun doesn’t rise till 8:30am right now.

  19. So, well, this is not gonna work for me. First, I need to take a dump which takes easily 10-15 Minutes. Then, tooth brushing after breakfast another 5 minutes. Plus, I cannot read while eating because I cannot multitask.

  20. wow the quality in this video is more good than the professional VIDEOMAKERS just woww … wow and congrads on your new streaming platform

  21. Very nice video!! I love short morning routines since I need to go to University early in the morning sometimes. Could you talk about that book you were reading? Looks really interesting. Thanks!!

  22. My morning routine is very simple: SLEEP. I get up at noon and thus don't have to worry about all this morning routine stuff. Just snore through it.

  23. I'd like to see a morning routine video filmed in real time, not one of these edited versions which everyone makes and claims they adhere to

  24. I have a class where we watch practically all of your videos like it’s basically the curriculum lol but honestly I’m not complaining

  25. A very helpful video – I often have trouble implementing a consistent morning routine because it's so time consuming, and often overwhelming. Also, love the new editing style 🙂

  26. Loved the production value!!!!! It's been really hard to get out of bed at 6 like I've gotten used to this summer. Getting up when it's dark is so much more difficult

  27. The production on this was CRAZY good man. Really appreciate the effort you went through to make it like this. Nebula sounds awesome, definitely want to check it out.

  28. You walked out in last week's snow (another Denverite here) in normal shoes? That's some serious commitment to B-roll! Seriously, though, awesome video, glad you're getting some well-deserved praise on your editing work.

  29. I save time in morning by preparing my smoothie previous night (except putting banana & milk). I keep it in fridge and in morning it takes 2 minutes to make smoothie. Also, I drink smoothie on the go. I wakeup at 5am everyday, finish my 1 hr workout, take shower, get my daughter ready for school and leave home at 7:20am. This is working out to be great for me from last 1.5 years. Smoothie in morning takes care of saving time on breakfast and keeping my sugar cravings in check.

  30. 1) wake up….groan
    2) yell at kids to get up
    3) take shower
    4) yell at kids for not being dressed yet
    5) brush teeth
    6) repeat step 4
    7) feed kids
    8) have kids brush teeth
    9) get kids out and hope you didn’t forget anything
    10) drop off kids and go to work

    Oh dang I forgot to meditate, feed myself, exercise…..etc maybe I’ll wake up an hr earlier lol

  31. 1) wake up….groan
    2) yell at kids to get up
    3) take shower
    4) yell at kids for not being dressed yet
    5) brush teeth
    6) repeat step 4
    7) feed kids
    8) have kids brush teeth
    9) get kids out and hope you didn’t forget anything
    10) drop off kids and go to work

    Oh dang I forgot to meditate, feed myself, exercise…..etc maybe I’ll wake up an hr earlier lol

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