I’ve observed in my own daily morning practices that things number three (hard physical activity) and five (take a cold shower) definitely make a measurable positive improvement to my day.

When my best friend Tony and I decided to start our previous startup in a beach-side location we also committed to a new morning routine every Monday and Friday morning: an hour with a personal trainer on the grass near the beach, a brief bodysurf, and a cold shower in the surf club before breakfast.

There’s no question we had more energy, more focus, more creativity and more positivity all day after that.

If you don’t live/work near the sea, cold showers are great training for new entrepreneurs, who often suffer from an inability to commit wholly or quickly to a new venture.

There’s no partially getting into a cold shower! And it’s never as bad afterwards as you thought it was going to be.

I’m Alan Jones, an EiR for startup accelerators, GP at M8 Ventures. Previously investor, founder, and early Yahoo PM. Opinions mine (but should also be yours).

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