Rise & shine! Morning priming rituals are so powerful it changed my life! 
I got inspired to start my morning priming routine from various people including Tim Ferriss, Tony Robbins, and James Phu. Basically, a priming routine is something you do right after you wake up, to quickly change your physiology, win your morning, and prepare yourself for a great day !

“Every morning is a chance at a new day!”

I usually wake up around 5:30 and finish my following routine by 6: 
1. Gratitude — I take a few minutes to feel thankful about my good sleep and an opportunity to live another great day
2. Make my bed — I just lay my duvet flat on my bed and make it look nice, to feel a sense of accomplishment
3. Hydrate — I drink about 750 ml of lemon/citrus water to re-hydrate myself after the long sleep 
4. Move the body — I do 10 push-ups and 10 squats to ignite my body. This is not a workout, it’s simply a stimulus to get the blood flowing. Also another way to build a sense of accomplishment.
5. Cold Shower — It’s crazy, but it’s awesome! I take about 2 mins of pure cold shower to shock my body and boost the metabolism. Surely, I’m totally awake by now! 
6. Journal — I then spend a few minutes to write down 3 things that I am grateful for, 3 things that would make my day go well, and 3 daily affirmations as part of the 5 minute journal
7. Meditate — Finally, I take 15–20 minutes to meditate.

Then I move on to conquer the rest of my day. It’s amazing feeling how much I have accomplished within 30 mins of waking up!

I have to say, this week, has changed a lot in terms of productivity for me, and I believe the practicing the priming routine is one of the reasons why.

I recommend you to come up with your morning routine, stick with it for a week and let me know how it goes!

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Rybo Chen is an engineer by profession and a self-help enthusiast by passion. He is an aspiring blogger looking to share his thoughts and ideas one article at a time and hoping to help people along the way. More of his writing can be found at medium.com/@rybochen.

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