For as far back as I can remember, I have never taken a cold shower. If ever hot water has not been available when I wanted to take a shower, I have gone without showering until hot water was available again.

As it stands, my current morning routine looks something like this:

  1. Wake up
  2. Make bed
  3. Take supplements
  4. Exercise
  5. Shower
  6. Study
  7. Write
  8. Read
  9. Go to work

The activities in my morning routine can roughly be divided into pre-shower and post-shower activities. I have been finding that it is quite difficult to have an accurate approximation of when my post-shower activities will begin, which is important to know because being at work by 09:00 puts a hard limit on the total time that can be allocated to them.

All the activities that come before the shower fit in to fairly predictable time-boxes, even the morning workout. Hot showers, relaxing and pleasant though they may be, have a way of making me forget about the passage of time, and this results in the daily variation in the total time that I am able to allocate to the post-shower activities in my morning routine.

In an attempt to try and address this, I am going to start training myself to take cold showers in the morning by gradually decreasing the temperate on a daily basis, and finishing my showers by spending up to a minute under completely cold water.