The One Hour Morning Routine of Epic Proportion

The 20/20/20 Morning Routine

Routine, in an intelligent man, is a sign of ambition. (W. H. Auden)

What W.H Auden is saying is that if you’re smart, you’ll realise that the devil is in the detail. People succeed or fail depending on their habits.

After all: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose.” — Dr. Seuss

How? Well, let's start with the morning routine.

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The ideal morning routine combination from CareerHealth

The first 20


In the famous words of Albus Dumbledore “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

We can forget to live. In our busy lives, we often get caught up in silly affairs that have no real baring on our lives. We worry we obsess. Spending 20 minutes of our mornings, at the very start of the day thinking about our thoughts, asking ourself questions and processing our answers is a wonderful use of time.

  • Journal. By writing things down it’s often that we don’t just explore our thoughts we find them too. Spending time in the morning can help you get your thoughts in order for the day. It can also help you get clear on the things you want to achieve for the day. Above all else, it’s really quite nice to explore your thoughts first thing in the morning.
  • Mediation. It’s not something I’ve mastered yet but I tried it a while back and it did have some beneficial results. Mediation is perhaps the holy grail of mindfulness. At it’s core it’s about being as present as can be. Focusing only on your breathing or whatever singular event you chose. It’s about clearing your mind and being truly present. Feeling the chair beneath you, tasting the air in your lungs, being tuned into the weight of your own bones. It can help you appreciate what is important in life.

The Second 20


  • Kara Goldin, Hint Water founder and CEO, is up and on a morning hike with her husband and dogs before her first morning calls.
  • Tim Cook, the Apple CEO, is off to the gym before his morning Starbucks.

The Last 20


The Morning Routine 20/20/20

Such a simple concept but one of the pretty substantial results. I’ve been experimenting with my morning routine for the last year and I can tell you that it makes an incredible difference to my day.

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BSc Biomedical Science, studying MSc Behavioural Science. Essays exploring a happy self.

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