Morning Routine: Priming The Mind with Rituals, Supplementation, and Making Each and Everyday Count

Anand Swamy
7 min readApr 28, 2021
Mushroom Rock — Tom’s Thumb Trailhead, AZ

“Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines practiced every day.” — Jim Rohn

I have been running an experiment on myself where I have been following a set of rituals or daily disciplines for the past few weeks. I was inspired by many of the successful people I admire.

A common trait that all of them embody is they have a set of morning rituals that they stand by. These are MUST DO TASKS they abide by because it puts them in peak mental, emotional, and physical state. This allows them to tackle obstacles, harness creativity, and remain present.

Conditioning our mind every day to be at its peak takes preparation. My morning routine starts the night before.

Every day we are given 86,400 seconds. What we focus on invariably makes our life. We only have so much space and energy to devote things too. I’ve chosen to be hyper-vigilant of where I use this energy because it’s precious.

Putting this much attention and devotion to how I spend every day simply boils down to my standards and how I value myself.

The higher standards I set for myself, the more I value myself. The more I value myself, the better impact I can make in the world.

The Night Before

The few hours or so prior to bed is when my preparation for the following day begins.

I am more deliberate about planning the following day. Not everything is 100% regimented. I follow a few daily rituals and allow creativity and spontaneity to find me.

This is exactly what I do before going to sleep.

  • I retire my phone for the evening and leave it charged in my kitchen, so it’s away from my bedroom. I use my phone as my alarm clock, so when it goes off in the morning, I have to get my ass out of bed.
  • I spend about 15–20 minutes journaling. I write about any noteworthy observations, my feelings about the day (good or bad), and if there are any lessons that I can take into the next day. I don’t have a template or restrict myself to what goes onto the paper. I like…
Anand Swamy

I write about personal development and self awareness.