What's your morning mojo?

How do you get awake, energized, and in the zone each morning and ready to perform? 

Coffee? Tea? Nootropics? 

Any recs for brands/types? 

If there were a caffeine subscription box with different caffeine sources each month, would you subscribe?

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  • Associate 2 in IB - Cov
Jan 10, 2021 - 8:52pm

Wake up, get the espresso machine brewing, throw up last nights toxins while muttering "fuck my life" in between dry-heaves, brush the dentals and steam it out in the shower, throw an addy or two down the gullet, grab the espresso and get ready to rock. Why? Because I'm frat as FUCK.

Jan 10, 2021 - 9:03pm

That's frat

Quant (ˈkwänt) n: An expert, someone who knows more and more about less and less until they know everything about nothing.

Jan 10, 2021 - 9:01pm

Wake up, stretch and meditate, walk to the gym a couple blocks away, weight lift, shower, then hit it. Trying to decide if I should meditate before or after the gym though.

Quant (ˈkwänt) n: An expert, someone who knows more and more about less and less until they know everything about nothing.

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Jan 11, 2021 - 10:10am

I did both and I think I like that when working from home since it's a great cool down, but when going to the office I'll do it before.

Quant (ˈkwänt) n: An expert, someone who knows more and more about less and less until they know everything about nothing.

Jan 11, 2021 - 5:41pm

I personally like meditating after my morning runs. Usually, I'll finish my run and do a stretch meditation, where I work on my breathing while slowly stretching. Helps me achieve that Zen like state to be introspective and think about the meaning of the world and my place in it. 10 out of 10, I get this sort of natural high. Also great for cooling down.

Jan 11, 2021 - 5:50pm

Milton Friedchickenman

Helps me achieve that Zen like state to be introspective and think about the meaning of the world and my place in it. 10 out of 10, I get this sort of natural high.

yeah tbh that's what I like about it too, I went to Japan 2 years ago and checked out a Zen Buddhist monastery on a whim in Kyoto and it was a pretty cool experience. Recently I've been looking into early Christian meditation with the Desert Fathers and whatnot and it's helped too. Hate running though so need to find another form of cardio, been thinking about getting back into swimming.

Quant (ˈkwänt) n: An expert, someone who knows more and more about less and less until they know everything about nothing.

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Jan 26, 2021 - 9:43am

Clocks

Wake up 10 minutes before I need to be online. Get online 5 minutes late. Panic while I load my emails. 

Rinse. repeat.

Yep.

Array

Jan 11, 2021 - 12:36am

Run/Workout, shower, meditate for 10-15 minutes, put the day on paper (i.e. plan & prioritize), read some Institutional Investor/Newsletters, and I am good to start. 

  • Associate 2 in IB - Cov
Jan 11, 2021 - 9:02pm

Mergerz

Smelling Salts -> Chug Bottle of Water -> Crunches and Pushups -> Shower -> Blow -> Coffee. Works 60% of the time every time.

The other 40% of the time you go full Mel Gibson in your ex-girlfriends DMs

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
Jan 11, 2021 - 11:33am

Wake up 10 minutes after i should be online, check social media accounts, shower, watch CNBC for a few, get on laptop by 10 lol

Jan 11, 2021 - 11:48am

5 am - rise

5:05 am - ice pack on my eyes + cocaine + shot of whiskey

5:10 am - cold shower blasting either house techno, country, or 80s/90s rock

5:15 am - hot coffee with Baileys Irish Cream & Godiva liquor + a Dunhill cigarette

5:20 am - remove ice pack + cocaine + bong rip to take the edge off

5:30 am - 3 mile jog

6:10 am - stomach crunches, I can do 1000 now + 10x10 burpees + 15x5 full extension wide-grip slow-release pull-ups

7 am - cocaine + bong rip

7:05 am - hot shower blasting more house techno, country, or 80s/90s rock

7:15 am - hot coffee with Baileys Irish Cream & Godiva liquor + Dunhill

7:20 am - cocaine + bong rip

7:25 am - cocaine + Dunhill

7:30 am - check emails and turn on the news; start planning my agenda

7:35 am - glass of wine; Merlot if the day feels like shit will hit the fan, Cabernet Sauvignon if I'm optimistic, a red blend if feeling flat

7:45 am - cocaine + tequila sunrise

7:50 am - cocaine + bong rip

8 am - 100mg CBD gummies to level off

8:05 am - cocaine + Dunhill

8:10 am - 8 oz protein shake + 10 oz plant-based "green" shake

8:20 am - cocaine + bong rip

8:30 am - start replying to emails, read today's newsletters

8:55 am - shot of whiskey + 30mg XR adderall so I can focus

9am - official start to the workday

/s

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Jan 11, 2021 - 11:54am

ATM, GF wakes up about 15 min before me and makes coffee with a light breakfast on days I'm working from home. On days I have to go to go run this portfolio co, I throw myself out of bed, pack my stuff and jump in the car. Usually have a protein shake + caffeine pill prior.

Jan 11, 2021 - 12:14pm

The combination of kids and working from home has destroyed any semblance of routine in the morning. (I realize that's less relevant for the bulk of the readership here, but it's something to think about in the future.)

I don't miss it, though. I used to be very particular about my morning preparation sequence, and now it's more chaotic because kids have different and unpredictable needs depending on the day. I have found that getting up and getting kids fed and ready for the day jump-starts my mind better than any of my individual routines ever did.

YMMV, though.

"Son, life is hard. But it's harder if you're stupid." - my dad
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  • NA in IB-M&A
Jan 11, 2021 - 12:33pm
  1. Wake up 15 minutes before I need to "get in" and log on to make it seem like I am an early riser - make sure to have Skype timeout duration set to 1hr.  
  2. If nothing needs attending to, set alarm for 20 min and go back to sleep 
  3. Repeat step 2 until something needs attending to
Jan 11, 2021 - 2:26pm

I believe in taking care of myself, and a balanced diet and a rigorous exercise routine. In the morning, if my face is a little puffy, I'll put on an ice pack while doing my stomach crunches. I can do a thousand now. After I remove the ice pack, I use a deep pore cleanser lotion. In the shower, I use a water activated gel cleanser. Then a honey almond body scrub. And on the face, an exfoliating gel scrub. Then apply an herb mint facial mask, which I leave on for 10 minutes while I prepare the rest of my routine. I always use an aftershave lotion with little or no alcohol, because alcohol dries your face out and makes you look older. Then moisturizer, then an anti-aging eye balm followed by a final moisturizing protective lotion. 

Jan 11, 2021 - 3:19pm

espresso with dark chocolate almond milk, shave, nitraflex in shower, run

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Jan 12, 2021 - 9:12pm

Yeah its a warmup shower and I just shaved too so want to washup. 

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

  • Intern in PE - Growth
Jan 12, 2021 - 8:57pm

in your experience, what have the benefits of journaling been?

Jan 13, 2021 - 1:48pm

for me, mental clarity. if i have a lot of thoughts swirling around in my head it helps to write them down and sort it out piece by piece. if it gets really complex then i need to draw things out or use a spreadsheet lol, but usually journaling is sufficient

in any one day, i think about career progression and optionalities, my food choices, relationships, family, workout regimen, etc. Writing it out helps keep my mind less congested

Jan 12, 2021 - 12:49am

its like how michael scott likes to wake up to the smell of bacon except here its nutt

Dayman?
  • Associate 1 in PE - Other
Jan 12, 2021 - 12:16am

Wake up, rip the juul, and turn on the kettle. As the water boils I rub one out on pornhub premium, and I've gotten my timing almost perfectly to where I'm busting right as the water is done, and get to pour 16oz of water into three bags of green tea.

Jan 12, 2021 - 12:52am

i wake up, go back to bed, repeat that cycle until I need to actually gtfup. Work from my bed for a bit, maybe then go hit dunks/mcdicks for a coffee. Take the long way home when I try to avoid the anxiety that comes from work. Come back, turn my speakers up, blast some rap and get to work. Also I'll shower, sometimes have a beer (in shower), sometimes eat breakfast (not in shower).

Dayman?
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Jan 12, 2021 - 9:48am

Snooze my 7:45 alarm till about 8:25 in preparation for our daily 8:30 am internal call. Log into it on my phone as my dead laptop reboots from yesterday. Chug water and coffee till 11 and then make a breakfast sandwich. Pretty sad honestly. 

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  • Analyst 1 in IB-M&A
Jan 12, 2021 - 9:57am

I have been at the desk for ~8 months now. Nothing gets me ready for the day more than a lunchables and a sugar-free monster. 

Jan 12, 2021 - 7:32pm

Wake up between 6/7, turn AC off & heat on, turn on kettle and fill French press with coffee I ground the night before, jump back in bed and browse phone/email/news/etc. while kettle boils

Once Kettle is boiled, pour into French press, back into bed to continue reading while coffee percolates

Once coffee is ready, pour, have first cup with a cig on my balcony

Once I've finished taking another 10 minutes off my life, I get back inside it's nice and warm and I'm ready to lock myself in the home office for the grind

Jan 13, 2021 - 9:23am

For 6+ months now I have had the same morning routine:

1. Wake up an hour before needing to log on to get a run in and workout

2. Realize I am tired as hell and running on 4-5 hours of sleep, snooze alarm

3. Wake up 5 minutes late to my next call, toss on the same polo I wear for every singe Zoom call wondering if I will get to shower today 

4. Rinse and repeat

Nov 5, 2021 - 2:25pm

I used to be a coffee lover, but now I only drink green tea. I feel like it gives me the same amount of energy, if not more, and it's a lot healthier.

My mom gifted me a bag of goodies for Christmas, including some organic tea, and now I'm obsessed with it. I also tried matcha, but I hated it, it tastes like grass, but I've heard people raving about it, so I had to give it a try.

Many people underestimate green tea, but it's delicious.

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Quant (ˈkwänt) n: An expert, someone who knows more and more about less and less until they know everything about nothing.

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