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How to Create a Morning Routine to Maximize Productivity for the Day

teacher avatar Arman Chowdhury, Confidence thru Communication

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Lessons in This Class

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    • 2.

      Value of a Morning Routine


    • 3.

      Ditch the Alarm


    • 4.

      Get Hydrated


    • 5.

      Get Physical Activity In


    • 6.

      Do the Hardest Task


    • 7.

      Be Consistent


    • 8.

      Bonus Tip


    • 9.

      Final Project


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About This Class

How you begin the morning is how you set the tone for the rest of the day.

But it's easy to not know what to do with all that free time.

Are there effective frameworks to follow in order to create a productive routine?




In this beginner’s class on how to create a morning routine, you will learn:

  • The power of not being reliant on an alarm clock.
  • Importance of being hydrated.
  • Why you should get physical activity in.
  • Doing 1-3 of your hardest tasks in the morning.

And much more.


In the end, you will be given a final project that allows you to clarify your thinking on which activities you want in your morning routine.


Since this is a beginner’s class, you don't need any prior experience in the field to understand the content.


If you’re ready to design a schedule that refines your morning, then I look forward to seeing you inside!

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Arman Chowdhury

Confidence thru Communication



Hello, I'm Arman Chowdhury. I am an engineer, public speaker, and writer who currently owns the company, ArmaniTalks. The ArmaniTalks company aims to help engineers and entrepreneurs improve their communication skills so they can express themselves with clarity and confidence. 


A few of the core communication skills covered include public speaking, storytelling, social skills, emotional intelligence, and creativity.


Throughout my career, I have served in the hard skills fields of aerospace engineering, electrical engineering & systems design. Some of my experience with soft skills include serving as the External Vice President of my Toastmasters club, former communications chair of the Tampa BNI chapter, and publishing... See full profile

Level: Beginner

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1. Introduction: Welcome to the morning routine for beginners class. My name is Armand Jodri, the founder of Armani Talks, a media company which helps engineers and entrepreneurs improve their communication skills. One of the best times to win over your day is in the morning. Yet there's some confusion in regards to what to do in the morning. The purpose of this class is to, first of all, help you understand why so many high achievers have a morning routine. I'm going to give you some suggestions on when to wake up a mind altering technique that you can do to build momentum from the very get go. Plus this class is going to end with the final project that will help you understand the importance of creating a morning routine for your life. If you're ready and excited for the class, I look forward to seeing you inside. 2. Value of a Morning Routine: The morning routine is very important because it sets the tone for the day. Think about it like this. Imagine that you're a public speaker and you're about to get onstage the host. He's introducing you, or better yet, he's barely introducing you. He's saying, oh, the next speaker, oh, he's just a speaker speaker get onstage and now you get onstage. Do you really think the audience is going to view you in the right light? Not really, but if the host says, our next speaker is a decorated speaker, has written many award winning books. By the way, he is a master in the hard skills and the soft skills and audience members. You guys should be pleased that we were even able to get the speaker on the event. Please put your hands together for the speaker At this point, the audience is going to think, my goodness, I can't wait. It's because the host has set the correct tone for the speaker. Now imagine, imagine you're waking up super late in the day. You're dehydrated, you're filling yourself up with all this coffee, making yourself even more dehydrated. You're thinking about going back to sleep because the coffee isn't working. Do you really think this is setting the right tone for the day? Of course not. You are being like that irresponsible host. But the opposite is also true. When you're capable of setting the right tone from the very morning. It sets this tone for the entire day. You feel as though the momentum is on your side. Therefore, we want to have the morning routine because it's very similar to the host. Hyping up the speaker and then introducing the speaker, it creates the right perception. 3. Ditch the Alarm: Just like how start the day is, how you finish the day. I would also like to say how you end the night is how you start off the next morning. This is where the plot twist for this class happens. We're starting off our morning routine from the night before. Every now and then, people are going to ask, well, when should I wake up? You're consistently going to hear different answers in regards to this. Some people are going to say 05:00 A.M. some people are going to say 07:00 A.M. Other people are going to say the afternoon. My advice is to see what you're already doing in context to your life and see if you're satisfied with it. Hypothetically speaking, let's say you're someone who doesn't want to wake up in the afternoon anymore because you're thinking, man, when I wake up in the afternoon, it feels like the day is almost over. Okay. When do you want to wake up? Let's say you want to wake up at 07:00 A.M. From here on out, what you want to do is you want to reverse engineer by looking at the night before and you want to toggle with different times when you fall asleep the night before. That allows you to wake up at 07:00 A.M. And here's the most important part, without an alarm, very important, let's say around 10:00 P.M. you're going to sleep. And the next morning without an alarm, you wake up at 05:30 A.M. Then you repeat this. You wake up at 05:30 A.M. Again, when you slept at a similar time. You're thinking, what about 11:30 P.M. When will I wake up then without an alarm? And this is when you're getting closer to that 630 to 07:00 A.M. range. You may be asking why are you telling me to not set an alarm? Here's one of the most important things I found out in regards to the morning routine. Having an alarm should be an addition. It shouldn't be something that you're reliant upon. This is something that I didn't initially know when I used to be very reliant on the alarm clock. What happened was that it created a very negative perception in regards to the morning routine. It's as though I was being forced. I was being shamed into doing this morning routine, which by the way, be shamed every now and then isn't the worst thing, especially when you're factoring in self improvement. But when I ditched the alarm, and let's say I wanted to wake up at seven in the morning, I began to sleep around 11:30 P.M. I set the alarm later on, but in the beginning stages, I didn't set the alarm, and still I was waking up exactly when I wanted to wake up. That is when I felt good. That is when I felt ready. Deciding when you want to wake up is one thing. But I believe if you remove the alarm and you look at the night before and you see when can I go to sleep, where I am going to immediately wake up At this time, there's this different tone that you have. The tone is now I'm doing this because I want to. I'll set an alarm just because I'm not perfect. Every now and then I may oversleep, but for the most part, my body is now alerting me to wake up at this time. This is an advice that you're never going to hear initially. Practice without the alarm, but if you can do that, then you are going to build even more momentum for your morning routine. 4. Get Hydrated: I'm going to give you a life flaw right now. Everything is more difficult when you're dehydrated, get hydrated. One thing that you can easily miss out on is drinking your water. Not too many people say I forgot to eat for the day. But plenty of people say I forgot to drink water for the day from the very get go. I recommend that you drink water that is incongruous with your body. I'm not going to tell you exactly how much water to drink because I don't know your body type. But experiment with it to a point where you're happy where after getting this water intake, soon as you wake up, there's this hydration that you're feeling and you're ready to tackle on the rest of your day. Just because it's easy to forget. Drinking our water is the reason that we want to drink water from the very get go obviously brush your teeth and do all of that stuff, but do not forget to drink your water. Remember, everything is more difficult when you're dehydrated but everything becomes a lot easier when you're hydrated. 5. Get Physical Activity In: After getting the water in, I recommend getting some activity in as well. You feel much better when your body is on your side. However you do, the activity is really up to you. For me, I definitely need to get my walks in every day. This is no longer a routine, it's a ritual. After getting the walk in, there's more momentum that we are building. Notice the theme throughout this class. We're trying to build as much momentum as we can from the very get go. Soon as we wake up this momentum, it's done through tiny steps, drink water, wake up without an alarm, get some activity in. You could make the activity more intense. You could go to the gym, you could do pull ups, push ups, et cetera. But getting that activity in is that missing puzzle piece into the momentum aspect that we are going for, see what type of activity works for you. It could maybe be just walking around in your own living facility, going to the gym, maybe doing a little bit of running. But getting that activity in aligns the mind and the body with the breath from the very get go and you feel much better for it. 6. Do the Hardest Task: One of my buddies used to always complain about how difficult it was to meditate. He told me, look, I know that meditation is very good for me, but for some strange reason, I find it very annoying to do. This is annoying for me because whenever I meditate, I feel so good afterwards. But getting myself to meditate is the difficult part. And then I began to press them. I was asking him, well, when do you do it? He started to give me different responses like well, sometimes at 02:00 P.M. sometimes at 05:00 P.M. Sometimes I'm having a busy day, I'm supposed to do it at 07:00 P.M. but by the time I'm back, I'm so tired. You know what it's like exactly. I know what it's like. I was capable of giving him advice that would change his life forever. I said, Would you consider meditation a difficult activity for you to do He said, yeah, because I find it difficult for me to even do it perfect. You have the activity now. What you need to do is do one to three of your most difficult activities soon as you wake up. What he started to do was he got meditation. And rather than saving it for later parts of his day, he did it in the morning when he was able to do it in the morning. I mean, he didn't have a clutter schedule or anything like that. He was getting it done from the very get go. He felt good because here's the thing with the phrase dopamine. Whenever we hear the phrase dopamine immediately, it creates a lot of negative perceptions. We think of drugs, alcohol, or something in correlation with the phrase dopamine. But here's a natural way for you to unleash dopamine. Aka feel good, chemicals in your brain. Rules, Not only rules, but accomplishment as well. If you compare rules with accomplishments, now you're feeling very good from the very get go. You may not even need coffee when my buddy was able to get meditation, a difficult activity, and give himself a rule to do it in the morning when he accomplished meditation. Now he felt accomplished and he satisfied a rule, unleash dopamine. I would recommend that you find and identify whichever difficult task that you have to do throughout the day and then do it in the morning. This is a part of your morning routine. I try it out for yourself. 7. Be Consistent: Rome was not built in a day and your morning routine is not going to be built in a day either. One thing that I would recommend is that you remain consistent and obviously experiment but maintain some consistency with the basics. I wake up consistently, I get your water and take in, get some activity in, and do one to three of your hardest tasks from the very beginning of the day. As you begin to build this series of consistencies, the easier that it's going to get. 8. Bonus Tip: I'm going to give you a bonus tip in regards to your morning routine. This bonus tip is purely optional. But I would recommend that you wake up when the sun is not up yet whenever you wake up super early. Personally, for me at least and for many high performers that I've met, waking up super early when the sun is not up allows you to build a very emotional connection with the morning routine. It no longer is just a routine which sounds very boring. It's a ritual because when the sun is still down and you are up, there feels as though there's some secret between you and the universe. And this engages the narrative mind. In addition to that, getting a lot of your tasks done from the very beginning of the day allows you to feel productive. It allows you to feel as though you're a part of a very rare club. Because by the time the sun gets up and now most people are getting up, they come to you and they ask you, hey, you're just waking up to right and you're like, yeah, of course I am. That's what you want to think. But do they know you got through so much of your work from the very beginning of the day and now you're feeling more motivated than ever to tackle the rest of the day. The bonus tip is that waking up early, I believe, is a life hack. If you could wake up when the sun is still down, it engages the narrative mind and makes you much more invested in your morning ritual. 9. Final Project: Now is the time for the final project. For the final project. Your goal is to clarify your thinking in regards to your morning routine. I want you to answer the following questions. Number one, when do you plan to wake up? Number two, what is your ideal water intake going to look like for your morning routine? Number three, what does your physical activity look like? Are you going to go walking consistently, go to the gym, do some push ups, et cetera? Number four, I want you to identify the one difficult task that you always postpone throughout the day and how you're going to plug it in to your morning routine. Answer these four questions, and post it in the final project section right on below. Soon as you answer these questions, it's simply going to help you identify what you want to do and what you don't want to do. And you, my friend, you're going to be one step closer to building momentum soon as you wake up. If you enjoyed this beginner's class on creating a morning routine to improve your productivity and you want to learn more about the Armantalks brand. Be sure to go to Armani Within this website, you will learn much more about public speaking, social skills, emotional resilience, and much more Armani Go on and check it out.