A Gentleman’s Guide for the Best Morning Routine

Ask any successful person – they will all tell you to develop a working morning routine in order to achieve your tasks and goals for the day. Your success starts with the first steps in the day.

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I know mornings can be rough. Those Monday mornings when all you want to do is press the snooze button and rest for another half an hour. Many people argue about the right time to start the day. In my opinion, it is a personal preference. I wasn’t a morning person until I found the right routine for myself. Now, man up and start achieving your goals with these morning routine tips.

When to Start Your Morning Routine

If you wake up at seven and achieve everything you want in the day, there is nothing wrong with waking up at 7. However, if you desire to accomplish more things and your time is limited, wake up an hour early. For example, at six o’clock – and see how much more you can squeeze into your daily schedule. If you want to spend the day with energy and confidence – check out the 8 points of my ideal morning routine.

Get a good night sleep – 10:00 PM

You might think that this is a morning routine article, and the first thing I am talking about is about the evening. Trust me, it is a morning routine article, but to make the next day count, you need to have this point right. This is step zero. In order to have a great morning and day – you need to have a good night’s sleep.

Men Morning Routine: Get a Good Night Sleep
Photo by Christopher Jolly

Wake up – 6:00 AM 

I bet many people and coaches will tell you to wake up at 4 AM, but let me tell you that it is not necessary. It all depends on when you start working. For me, it is 9 AM, that’s why I like to wake up 2-3 hours before. This way, I never feel rushed or under pressure. I actually enjoy my mornings. When the alarm clock hits in the morning, no hesitation, no snooze button, no social media – hop off the bed and dive into the day. It is one of the easiest ways to have a positive start to the day. No thinking, just straight out the bed.

Drink a Glass of Water – 6:05 AM

Despite my love of coffee, a large glass of water is the first thing I drink every morning. During the night, you will dehydrate. That’s why it is important to refill your body with water. You can put some lemon wheels or lemon juice in your water, but plain water is just as fine. I usually take my vitamins when drinking the first glass of water. The key here is to drink water in the morning.

Men Morning Routine: Drink a Glass of Water
Photo by Nigel Msipa

Stretching – 6:10 AM

I don’t know about you but for me starting to do stretching in the morning was life-changing. You don’t have to think about anything serious, like half an hour of yoga. 5 to 10 minutes of stretching with deep breaths is more than enough, especially if you plan to do a workout afterward.

Men Morning Routine: Stretch
A Man Stretching as Part of His Morning Routine © Scott Broome

Workout – 6:20 AM

I usually like to do cardio or HIT workouts in the morning to make my blood flow throughout the rest of the day, but sometimes I keep strength training for the morning. Whichever it is, doing your training in the morning is a great way to wake up your body and have a confident day. Doing some exercise in the morning is one of the easiest ways to reduce stress and create a great morning routine. This will give you positive affirmation throughout the day.

Men Morning Routine: Workout
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Breakfast – 7:00-7:30 AM

After my workout, the first thing I do is drink another glass of water and make a healthy breakfast. My breakfast is mostly either oatmeal or eggs. I like to keep a structure, or some call it routine, in my life, and keeping the same breakfast seemed to help me a lot. When limiting the options I usually eat in the morning, I don’t have to think about what I should choose. I have a handful of great recipes that are easy to make in the morning and full of nutrition, which is perfect for breakfast.

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Making Breakfast as Part of the Morning Routine © Alyson McPhee

Shower – 8:00 AM

Once I have finished making and eating my breakfast, I usually have a shower, which helps to refresh my body and makes me ready for the day. After the shower, I do my grooming – including my hair and skincare routine. Also, this is the time when I brush my teeth. I like to do these after showering because my hair and skin are in the right condition for it.

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Photo by Sidekix Media

Start Working – 9:00 AM

The morning routine ends here for me. When the clock hits 9, it means business. I usually start working at 9 AM, but by that time, I am ready for all the challenges the day will bring for me. This was my ideal gentlemanly morning routine that I am trying to maintain every day. Of course, there are days when things change due to previous days, but if you do most things right, you will have an exceptional day ahead of you, and both your physical and mental health will thank you.

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A Man Going to Work as Final Step of His Morning Routine © Andrea Natali


If you want more productive days, I recommend you start making a morning habit. You don’t have to follow the same routine I have. There’s no such thing as a perfect morning routine. I just shared this with you to have inspiration for your own. If you take one or two points from the article, I will be happy, but the most important thing is the routine and having a will every morning. I hope I can help and you will have better mornings from now on.

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