How I Work 20 Hours Every Day Without Caffeine…

This Is My Morning Ritual

Since I was a Junior in High School I have been asked this exact question “How do you work so much and not drink coffee or energy drinks?” I wanted to share my secret for those of you who may want a healthy and natural alternative.

It started when I was in High School I had accepted a job as an Mechanical Engineering Intern. I went to school for 6 hours then I would go straight to work for another 8 hours and then go home and do it all again. After about 2 weeks I turned my internship into a full time real job that required me to work a lot more than 8 hours a day. I would wake up around 2:30 in the morning and go to work, I would leave work around 7 am and go to school, I would leave school at 1 pm and head straight back to work and be there until midnight most nights. This was a 20–22 hour day every single day. I wasn’t extremely tired… but I did take naps at school. I’m positive this was the foundation for my work ethic that flows through me today.

So How Did I Do It?

I created a routine I completed every morning without fail.

1. Wake Up at the SAME time EVERY DAY!

No matter what time you go to sleep at night you should wake up at the same time every single day. (You should wake up BEFORE the sun rises as a rule of thumb.) This allows the mental trigger in your body to know you need to be energized and awake at this exact time every day without fail.

2. STOP drinking caffeine and energy drinks!

I cut out the energy drinks and caffeine because I just felt groggy all day. I found that drinking water and eating some type of fruit with some natural sugar in it actually kept me more awake than coffee or Redbull.

3. GET UP!

Within the first 10 minutes of waking up you need to be on your feet and somewhat active. Throw some clothes on and go for a walk around the block, do some push ups or sit ups. Get your blood flowing.

4. Take a COLD shower

Now I know the immediate response to this is “Absolutely not giving up my steaming hot showers” And I agree. You don’t have to, however, the last 30–90 seconds of being in the shower you need to dial it back and make it cold. It will feel uncomfortable and kind of suck at first… but it gives you a natural energy throughout the day you’ll love.

5. Have a reason to wake up.

It is much easier to wake up if you have a reason. For me it’s to take care of my family and build my future. For you? It could be becoming a pro football player or gain a scholarship for college. It doesn’t matter what the reason may be… JUST HAVE ONE!

Hopefully this helps!

Cole VanDeWoestyne

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