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How to Own Your Day

How to Own Your Day

Earlier, we’ve elaborated on how to win the morning in order to win the day. But what if we could have a whole day that would go exactly as you would have planned? Inspired by Aubrey Marcus’ new book release this month Own the day, Own your life, I got to think about how I could own the day. Aubrey Marcus is the founder and CEO of Onnit, a lifestyle brand based on a holistic health philosophy he calls Total Human Optimization. Besides his business at Onnit, he also hosts a podcast that is filled with conversations on how to optimize every aspect of human life. Not the worst person to teach us how to win the day, right? While we’re (im)patiently waiting for his book release, here’s a little peek into what my perfect day to owning it would look like.

Morning rituals

  • Wake up at 6.00 and make up the bed – making the bed will make me feel like having a treat when getting into a made-up bed at the end of the day.
  • Doing a meditational practice, preferably with Headspace – this will help me being more aware, productive and have clarity.
  • Take hot and cold alternating showers – to make sure kick start my blood circulation.
  • For breakfast, I like having a glass of lemon water, freshly ground coffee, and avocado toast – the lemon helps alkalizing the body and avocado is full of healthy fats to stay full till lunch.
  • A little guilty pleasure in the morning is watching Modern Family while doing my makeup.

Workday

  • Commuting to work will take no longer than 30 minutes (even though that’s only the case for less than half of my work week) and spend listening to music or podcasts. Favorites are the Joe Rogan Experience and Tim Ferriss Show.
  • No meetings in the morning as that is the time I like to perform deep work. I prefer to limit these to the afternoon.
  • Have a lunch break with my work friends.
  • 30 min commute to the gym, this one is often spend calling my brother, a friend, or the boyfriend.
  • In the meantime, I am due for a snack. Optimally a snack is a banana and some smoked almonds (and let’s be real, also some chocolate or other junk from time to time)

Switching from work to me  

  • Have a strength training in the gym – this helps me to forget about the work day, as I need to focus on the task at hand.
  • Do a few laps in the swimming pool – swimming is a form of moving meditation that gives me something to focus on physically while thinking about new blog posts or just clear my mind.
  • After the workout, I like to treat myself to ten minutes of sauna and finish with a cold shower – Did you know heat therapy is good for the brain?
  • As I arrive home after my gym visit, it’s time for quality time with the boyfriend.
  • If I am in a good mood, I love to eat a healthy dinner. On busy days, it’s just a (prepacked) salad. If I have a little more time, I go with my salmon, asparagus, sweet potato combo that I am obsessed with. For dessert, I enjoy some sweet fruit like mango, pineapple or orange.
  • The rest of the evening I like to spend reading, writing or just watching Netflix.

Pre-bed rituals

  • Enjoy a cup of tea, preferably a green tea with some kind of fruit flavor (like grapefruit, mandarin, pomegranate or raspberry) or rooibos if I’ve had a lot of coffee that day and I am in the mood for a caffeine-free drink.
  • I still need to clean off the makeup residue with my skincare routine: take off makeup with micellar water and moisturize with aloe vera gel, eye cream, vitamin E oil (for my scars), and vitamin E cream. If my skin is in need of extra moisture, I like to use Korean sheet masks from Innisfree.
  • Pick an outfit for the next day and pack both my work and gym bag – this will save me the hassle in the morning.

And what would your day look like? Do share in the comments below! Will you be ordering Aubrey Marcus’ book?  I know I am waiting for the book to drop in soon!

If you liked this exercise, there’s also one similar taught by Debbie Millman. In her course A Brand Called You, she encourages everyone to visualize what the perfect day would look like ten years from now. By having it written down and giving it consideration, it is supposed to guide us towards this day semi unconsciously. I’ve gotten myself to write it down and carry it with me every day.

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