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What’s the key to success? Billionaire CEOs will tell you it’s finding the best morning routine for your lifestyle.

It usually goes something like this:

  1. He jumps out of bed at 3am.
  2. Kisses his beautiful wife on the cheek.
  3. Gets in some light exercise by climbing the nearest mountain.
  4. Comes home and shots 5 espressos.
  5. Completes his tax return for the next 10 years.

And that’s before 7AM!

Gents, let’s get real. Life just isn’t like that!

Chances are, your mornings involve hitting the snooze button, hiding under the covers and doing anything to avoid getting up for work.

I’ve been there myself – but there is a better way to kick start your day!

In today’s article, I’m going to share with you what I believe to be the best morning routine. Try some of this tomorrow morning, and you could see some serious results for yourself.

Let’s go.

Essential Preparation

Before we get started, there’s one mistake you cannot afford to make.

Staying up late the night before!

Getting your sleep is not a sign of weakness. It’s the best way to stay strong all day and is essential when planning out the best morning routine for you.

Without enough sleep, you’ll start the day with a mind that’s not 100% energized – no matter how many times you give yourself a good slap on the face.

More than 90 million Americans experience side effects of sleep deprivation every night.

So what’s the solution? Coffee right?

Wrong. It’s really unhealthy to rely on caffeine to overcome sleep deprivation. Sure, most guys enjoy a cup of joe in the morning – but becoming reliant on it to function throughout the day is bad news.

Follow The National Sleep Foundation guidelines and aim to get 7-8 hours of sleep per night.

5:00 AM: Get Out Of Bed

My day starts at 5am.

I wake up using a normal alarm clock – not my smartphone!

Why don’t I use my phone? I don’t like to have it in the bedroom and I find it’s too easy to hit that snooze button on a touch screen device.

Up next – the battle with my brain to get out of bed. I’ve got a simple trick to win this one – I give myself something to get up for! It can be as simple as a luxury biscuit to eat with my coffee or 20 minutes to catch up on my favorite TV show.

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5:05 AM: Coffee With The Wife

Next, I head downstairs for coffee. I use a french press with coconut sugar and cream and share it with my lovely wife.

It’s tempting to pick up my phone at this point – but I don’t. Here’s why:

This is the only time where both of us can sit together and chat without any distractions or interruptions. My wife has her hands full once the kids wake up (we homeschool them), so this quality time in the morning means a lot to us as a couple.

5:30 AM: Self-Development

Man reading books on couch

Whenever I can, I like to spend 30 minutes of my morning on self-development. Since I’m always looking to sharpen my sword, I enjoy reading about finance, investment, and other non-fiction topics.

However, self-development doesn’t just mean reading. I think people underestimate the value of short morning activities.

Take time to engage in activities for yourself. Things like meditation or yoga can really help to boost mental clarity and improve productivity throughout the day.

Chances are, you’ll find more motivation to go to work, perform well, and make it a kick ass day.

6:00 AM: The Gym

Man lifting weights in the morning

I devote the next hour to my physical health.

I take a 2-minute drive to the local gym and do some squats, deadlifts, and bench presses. It’s important to have a well planned gym routine.

Next to the gym is an aquatic center with one of my favorite facilities: a pool with a hot tub. I use the hot tub to reward myself after a hard workout.

The best thing? At this time of the morning – nobody else is there!

Then I take some time to prepare myself for the day. I shave, take a shower and get dressed into my day clothes.

I also bring my own natural men’s face and body wash so I can thoroughly wash off the chlorine. Little things like this ensure my skin stays healthy and young for longer.

Morning Hack – Save Time & Tie Your Necktie The Night Before

7:10 AM: Family Breakfast

Family eating breakfast together

Just after 7am, I’m usually back home making breakfast for the family.

The best morning routine should be about family – so breakfast is a great time of day to spend with my kids. If I miss breakfast with them, I’d rarely see them!

Moms say it best – never skip breakfast. It’s the most important meal of the day.

At this point, my kids have woken up and get to eat kasha – a type of buckwheat porridge. This hearty breakfast means we’re all fueled up and eager to get on with the day.

Your breakfast doesn’t have to be anything special – just something healthy, easy to digest and rich in energy.

Carbs are your best bet, but if you can manage to squeeze in some fruit that’s also great.

7:55 AM: Off To Work

I say goodbye to my family and wish them a good, productive morning. It’ll only be a few hours until I see them again for lunch!

Now I have to drive to the office (which is only 5 minutes away from the house.) Business awaits!

Morning Hack – To leave promptly, have a designated area for your wallet, phone, keys and other everyday essentials.

8:00 AM: The Morning Briefing

Man on morning conference call

My first priorty is turning on the computer to look at my company dashboard. This includes checking up on:

  • Sales
  • Traffic to the RMRS website & YouTube channel
  • View count/performance of recent articles & YouTube videos
  • How far ahead on content we are
  • Emails

Fun Fact: I get around 200 emails a day from people with personal questions, style-related questions or business inquiries.

I obviously can’t reply to each and every one by myself. So I have two personal assistants who are well-trained to respond in certain ways to different kinds of emails.

I know they’ll provide excellent customer service whether it’s giving advice, pointing someone to the right info or having the tech/sales team solve an issue.

8:25 AM: Coffee And More Emails!

It’s time to relax and have my second coffee for the day.

I take about 5 minutes and then go check my emails. I’m usually sent 5-10 emails a day by my assistants – those filtered from the bigger bunch – which I need to personally respond to.

That way I don’t get lost in my inbox.

9:00 AM: Lights, Camera… Action!

Film camera in studio

At 9am, I spend 2 hours doing what I do best for RMRS: filming YouTube videos. I film 2-3 videos in one day.

Why?

It’s simple.

Videos add the biggest value to my company because they reach millions of people. Which means they’re heavily responsible for any increase in sales or web traffic.

In short: the further ahead I get in this department, the more I’ll be able to maximize profits.

11:00 AM: Updates From My Team

The next stage of work involves these practical tasks:

  • Editing videos with the help of my videographer
  • Getting updates from managers in the team and discussing our priorities
  • Working with the tech team to address any fires or issues about the website or YouTube channel (e.g. the website is down temporarily)

Effective communication is essential to all those tasks. That’s why I make sure to promote respect and understanding within my team.

Everyone needs to be focused on their work while still doing their part in meetings, Skype calls, and email exchanges. There’s no “I” in team – or success.

12:00 Noon – Lunch With The Family

Family having lunch together

I love my job and I get a lot of fulfillment out of the work I put in every day.

I don’t have to eat a packed lunch or stop by a diner in this small town. Instead I enjoy a great lunch with my wife and kids – the second meal of the day we have together.

It’s also an opportunity to bond with my kids for around 30 minutes to an hour.

I know how fast they’re growing up so I don’t take the free time I have with them for granted.

How To Create The Best Morning Routine For You

I believe that a good morning routine leads to a successful day.

Here’s how you can come up with a similar routine:

  1. Know the main purpose of your morning routine. Is it to be healthier, or to be more energized for work? Understand that purpose and it’ll be easier to pick out your activities.
  2. Compile a list of potential activities that align with your purpose. Write them in order of how you’d like to tackle them.
  3. Ask yourself: “Where is my time best spent?” Narrow down the list to what benefits you most and be realistic about time constraints of your day.
  4. Remove any small mental tasks from your current routine. Take care of the smaller tasks the night before – lay out your clothes for the day and set your keys in a familiar spot in your house.

Once you finalize your routine, try and commit to it for 7 days. No excuses or delays – this is the only way you’ll find out whether it works or needs adjustments.

Good luck, gents!

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As much as you won’t like hearing this, you’re probably wearing your watch wrong.

It’s not your fault; you may have never been taught how to wear a watch properly. After all, there is more than one way to wear a watch.

But how do you know which way is the right way?

Don’t worry, gents; as always, I’ve got you covered. I’m here with the best way to wear your favorite timepiece properly and look as stylish as ever.

In today’s article, I’ll be covering:

  1. Origins Of The Wrist Watch
  2. What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?
  3. Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?
  4. The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch

#1 Origins Of The Wrist Watch

old watches

When it comes to wearing a watch correctly, it’s important to note why the wristwatch came about in the first place.

Dating back to the 1800s, the first watches modified to be worn on the wrist were primarily worn by women as accessories. One of the earliest was created by Patek Philippe as a fashion accessory.

At the start of the 20th century, watchmakers became intrigued about using a wrist-worn timepiece for men in the military. They believed it would help them tell time quickly while on the battlefield.

Watchmakers started modifying pocket watches to fit on a bracelet worn on the wrist. Men would not wear the first iteration of the modern wristwatch until well into the 20th century.

Then developed as a ‘trench watch’ for military use, the earliest wrist watches offered something the pocket watch didn’t have – convenience.

After the wristwatch became less of a fashion accessory and more of a functional tool, watchmakers would spend the next century modifying them into the modern wristwatches we enjoy today.

#2 What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?

man wears watch

The age-old question: what wrist to wear a watch on? The answer – it depends.

The reason it depends is that since the creation of the wristwatch, men have mostly worn their watch on their non-dominant wrist. And since most people are right-handed, you would wear your watch on your left wrist.

But this isn’t always the correct answer. You may want to wear your watch on the right wrist if you are left-handed. But you may also want to wear it on your dominant hand.

So how do you know for sure?

The most significant benefit of wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is that you can quickly put the watch on and navigate the dial more efficiently than with your non-dominant hand.

Wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is less likely to damage the watch as you tend to do more with your dominant hand. If you were to wear it on your dominant hand, you’re more likely to scratch or ding the watch than on your non-dominant hand.

So the rule of thumb here is to wear your watch on your non-dominant hand for the best way to navigate and protect your watch.

#3 Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?

watch facing inside

The next question is, why would a man wear his watch facing inward on his wrist instead of outward?

This trend is seen primarily in individuals who need to check their watch frequently and in the most efficient way possible. Among the many reasons you should wear a watch, one of the most common is to support you in your profession.

You will see men in the military do this, as it’s easier and prevents sun glare better than when it’s on the outside of the wrist. It also offers faster convenience to other tools on the watch in addition to the time.

Another reason you may want to wear your watch facing inward is that it can help protect your watch from scratches and dings. Again, this is just a preference.

But you’re a stylish guy looking for the best way to wear his watch. What should you do?

The answer here is to wear it facing outward, as that is the most common way to wear a wristwatch. It shows off your timepiece that you love while also still being functional.

Unless you’re in a profession where you need to check your watch quickly while managing other tasks, the best way is to have your watch facing outward. After all, you probably didn’t spend money on that beautiful timepiece to hide its character.

#4 The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch

stylish watch

Now it’s time to find out exactly how to wear a watch in the most stylish way a guy can.

Assuming you’ve selected the right size watch for your wrist, the first thing you want to do is figure out if you’ll be wearing your watch on your right or left wrist.

As mentioned above, traditionally, the watch is worn on your non-dominant wrist. So if you’re right-handed, this means wearing your watch on your left wrist. For left-handed guys, this means your right wrist.

After you figure that out, it’s quite easy. The first thing you want to do is locate your wrist bone.

You want to wear your watch face up just above your wrist bone. If done correctly, your watch should slightly peek out from under the cuffs of your shirt when wearing long sleeves.

Next, you want to tighten the strap so it’s loose enough to be comfortable. You don’t want it so loose it can spin freely around your wrist. You also don’t want it too tight, or it will feel uncomfortable, especially when you bend your wrist.

After doing this correctly, you’ll be wearing a watch in the most stylish way possible.

There you have it, gents.

Now you no longer have to worry about wearing your watch incorrectly.

There is more than one way to wear a watch, so find what’s most comfortable for you personally, and rock your favorite timepiece accordingly.

If you want to take your watch knowledge to the next level, check out this article I wrote about the difference between quartz and mechanical watches.

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Fall Capsule Wardrobe Preparation (Buy Now and Get $$$)

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We’ve all been there – fall comes around, and you open your closet only to find you have nothing but polos and shorts.

So what’s a stylish guy to do? Pay a premium to build an entire fall wardrobe last minute? Sure, if you’re loaded. But not every guy is that lucky!

Don’t worry; as ever, I’ve got you covered. In today’s article, I’ll show you how to get the best bang for your buck when building your fall capsule wardrobe.

We’ll be covering:

  1. What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?
  2. How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?
  3. Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?
  4. What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?

#1 What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?

man in closet

One of the most common headaches guys run into in their closet is having too many clothing options to choose from but not enough of the right options.

While more options aren’t bad, they can be overwhelming, especially when you rarely wear most items. This is where building a capsule wardrobe comes into play.

A capsule wardrobe is a limited selection of clothing items that complement each other. This means you can buy a smaller selection of items and create a larger number of outfits.

This is crucial to understand because most guys don’t have an unlimited budget for buying clothes. A capsule wardrobe allows you to purchase and use items frequently with little redundancy.

But where do you start in building your fall capsule wardrobe?

#2 How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?

fall clothing items

After you have put together the perfect capsule wardrobe, you can start to add a few fall-specific items. This is done by adding a few staple pieces that complement what you already have.

For most, fall offers mild temperatures mixed with slightly warmer temperatures.

This means that layering will be of the utmost importance because you may leave the house needing a jacket, but it might be warm enough by midday to sport only the t-shirt underneath.

Start with the basics when building your fall capsule wardrobe and add pieces accordingly.

Keep It Simple

man wearing coat

Fall is primetime for layering, so you only need a few outer layers and should focus more on the innermost layers.

You want to make sure that interchangeability is at the top of your list when it comes to your wardrobe. Everything should complement each other for ease of use.

With that said, having a few staples and adding additional items as you change seasons is essential.

For this reason, ensure you have the following items in your fall capsule wardrobe:

  • A dark three-piece suit 
  • A light-colored tweed blazer
  • A leather bomber or biker jacket
  • An overcoat (dark or light)
  • A formal button-up shirt (white)
  • 2 casual button-up shirts (flannel or chambray, you choose)
  • 2 sweaters (1 shawl, 1 crew neck)
  • 2 t-shirts (1 white, 1 black,)
  • 2 pairs of Jeans (1 dark, 1 light)
  • 2 pairs of slacks/chinos (1 dark, 1 light)
  • 2 belts (1 black, 1 brown)
  • 1 pair of black dress shoes
  • 1 pair of brown oxfords (leather or suede, you decide)
  • 1 pair of sneakers (plain white or brown)
  • 1 pair of military boots (black or brown)

When it comes to accessories like watches, scarves, or gloves, you can use what you have as most men won’t need all of them, so I won’t count them in.

#3 Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?

clothing on sale

As it is the middle of summer, fall will be approaching quickly.

Now is a great time to snag up some of last year’s sale items at department stores as they usually have sales on previous season items. By now, most men aren’t thinking about what to wear in the fall.

While you still might be able to find good deals on last year’s fall items, it’s usually the most optimal time to purchase these items after the season has ended. This is when retailers try hard to clear space and make room for the next season’s clothing.

When they do this, it is a great time to get excellent deals on items that have just gone out of season.

Another great option to buy men’s clothing is online at your favorite retailers, as they will often have sales and discounts on items they have in their online inventory but are not yet in prime season.

The most expensive items in your fall capsule wardrobe are the ones you want to focus on, as you can often save a significant amount of money out of season for them.

These big ticket items include:

  • Your dark three-piece suit and blazer
  • Overcoats and jackets
  • Dress shoes and sneakers
  • Boots

These items will be some of the most expensive items and can be found discounted out of season. Put these at the forefront of your fall capsule wardrobe search.

#4 What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?

man shopping for clothes

You want to adhere to a few staples when building your fall capsule wardrobe.

Since fall weather can vary, layering will be essential. These few items are crucial as mainstays that can be layered with other items within your wardrobe.

For example, if you experience a rather chilly day in fall and need to wear a suit, an overcoat is essential as that outermost layer because you can simply remove it when you no longer need it.

When it comes to the concept of layering within your fall capsule wardrobe, you want to make sure you nail these following items.

Overcoats

man wearing overcoat

Having a good overcoat to complement your fall capsule wardrobe is crucial.

The overcoat acts as the outermost layer and will be removed whenever you go indoors. This makes for a great option as you can wear it with anything as it offers excellent versatility.

When searching for the perfect overcoat, it’s essential to know your size as they usually come in sizes of suit jackets, not regular sizing. After you’ve nailed the size, focus on color.

Dark-colored overcoats tend to be the most versatile. However, a light camel color can work as well. Stay away from patterns with overcoats as the goal is to be as versatile as possible.

Leather Jackets

leather jackets

A good leather jacket goes a long way. You can choose a leather biker jacket or a leather bomber; it’s your call.

Biker jackets can be slightly harder to pull off as most of the time, they will have a larger and more aggressive collar, but they still look great.

A leather bomber jacket is an excellent option because it looks great on all body types and often has more options than biker jackets.

For color, opt for black or dark brown, as that gives you the most versatility with other items in your fall capsule wardrobe.

Sweaters

man wearing sweater

Sweaters are to fall, what t-shirts are for summer. This means they are a critical piece as they are season specific and offer great versatility when it comes to layering.

So how do you find the perfect sweater?

You want options, so have a couple of different collar choices to give yourself the most bang for your buck.

Having a shawl neck sweater and a crew neck sweater ensures you have all your bases covered.

Make sure you choose neutral tones such as greys, creams, and tans for color. This ensures maximum versatility with other items within your wardrobe and gives you the most options.

That’s it, gents.

To learn more about how versatile this concept of capsule wardrobes can be, check out how I turned 16 pieces of clothing into 256 outfits.

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The Best Zara Fragrances

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We all know of Zara and I’m pretty sure the majority of us own at least one piece from them, but I’m not here to talk about their reasonably priced clothing, I’m here for their fragrance.

Not quite a hidden gem but I don’t feel that they vast range and high quality fragrance that they create is given enough air time, I’m about to change that. The fragrance game is massive at the moment, everyone from the big fashion houses all the way to footballers have a scent on the market and they all carry a hefty price tag, with some of the bigger hitters asking in excess of

£100 for 50ml.

Zara clearly understand the need for a great fragrance but also appreciate not everything has to be overly expensive. I’ve been lucky enough to sample my fair share over the years and wanted to share with you what I feel are some of their strongest.

Tobacco Collective 100ml – £16.99

This is one of my absolute favourites, it works perfectly as an everyday scent. The initial smell is strong and masculine but with undertones of vanilla bourbon help to soften it slightly.

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For Him 100ml – £22.99

My current daily spray, its warm, modern and intense. It just so happens to be the perfect blend of three of my favourite scents, bergamot, cardamom and sandalwood. It’s strong yet light, never over powering and leaves a wonderful trail.

Florence 100ml – £16.24

Summer calls for a fresh fragrance and I cannot recommend this highly enough, its light, fresh and citrus scent is perfectly for those warmer days. Notes of black pepper, strawberry and guaiac wood allow this scent to sit gently on the skin with offending the noses of those around you.

Written by Tom Loughran

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