Ten Simple Things.

When the alarm goes off on Monday morning it is damn hard to get out of bed.
I’ll be honest, the first 15 minutes of my week are spent bleary-eyed, aimlessly walking around in my dark house.
Eventually, I make it outside to work out. From there I sneak back in the house and use juuuust enough light to find my things. (Not too little or I’ll spend more time fumbling making noise but not too much or I’ll wake someone up).
If I’m lucky, I’ll find a matching pair of socks, an unwrinkled shirt, and still have time to make some coffee before I run out the door (most times without my wallet and keys).
It’s not a great way to start the week.

Now, things don’t always go that poorly.
If I’m consistent with my list of small things, I can easily make Monday (or every day) go swimmingly.

  1. Put your gym bag together the night before. (yes, even if you workout at home)
  2. Sit down with your wife and make a monthly “menu” so you can meal prep Sunday night. Or, if you’re lazy like me, throw some chicken in the InstaPot in the morning, workout, shower, pack up the chicken and take it to work.
  3. Prep the coffeemaker the night before. Or get a Keurig.
  4. Prep your “gym” the night before. Put your notebook and pen w/ your workout written down in the gym. Place the appropriate kettlebells out on the floor, load the bar to warmup weight, etc
  5. Prep your work clothes ahead of time. Over the weekend, wash, dry, iron, etc. The night before set it out where you can easily grab it without rummaging around and making noise.
  6. Pray (or meditate). Spend time in reflection right from the get-go. Turn off your car radio and start Monday morning in silence. At very least, try it for 10-15min
  7. Audio books/podcasts. After your prayer, use the rest of your commute to actually learn something.
  8. Make excuses to walk more. Park farther away from the door. Take the stairs. Seriously. It sounds ridiculous but all those steps add up during the day and can seriously benefit your health.
  9. Floss. In between the last two episodes of that show you and the lady are watching, get up and floss. Not flossing can lead to gum disease. Left untreated, it can lead to receding gums and tooth loss. Gum disease is also linked to heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, premature birth, and many other health conditions.
  10. On the way home from work, grab some flowers for your wife. No special reason, just do it to make her smile.

BONUS

11. Do more pushups.
Traditional pushups are beneficial for building upper body strength. They work the triceps, pectoral muscles, and shoulders. When done with proper form, they can also strengthen the lower back and core by engaging (pulling in) the abdominal muscles. Pushups are a fast and effective exercise for building strength.

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