What’s the first thing you do each morning to set the right tone for a successful day, and why do you think it’s effective?
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1. Drink your coffee first
It may sound cliché, but when I wake up in the morning the first thing I do is grab a cup of coffee. I need caffeine to get through my day and wake up early enough to finish my to-do list and stay productive. For you, this might be herbal tea or an energy drink, but it works the same way. It motivates me to get out of bed and puts me in the right mindset for the day.
– Jared Atchison, WPForms
2. Avoid interacting with your devices
In any case, avoid device interactions! Do not pick up the phone when you turn around. Instead, I think of something new every day that I’m grateful for. It’s amazing how many insignificant things we take for granted. As you do this daily, you start to think (and appreciate) so much more. You build an attitude of gratitude, something that always makes me destroy the day before me. Just be grateful.
– Frank B. Mengert, ebm
I meditate for at least 10 minutes, sometimes a lot longer. I’ve been doing this every day for three years. I try to center myself before jumping into a busy day. It helps me stay in what I can and can’t control during the day so that I can better focus my energy and time.
– Danielle Allen, Building Impact
4. Exercise after a healthy breakfast
My regime is pretty much set in stone: a breakfast that isn’t filled with a pile of junk and then a solid workout at the gym. When I follow this routine, which I try to do as often as possible, I have found that my days are successful, effective, and highly productive.
– Andrew Schrage, Money Crashers Personal Finance
5. Do a morning run
I like to run 45 to 60 minutes every weekday (outside, weather permitting). This helps me start the day with a clear mind and feel energized.
– Kristin Kimberly Marquet, Marquet Media, LLC
6. Listen to music while reading the news
Every morning I listen to music while reading the news. It sounds like a simple routine, but I really think it’s an effective strategy in setting the tone for the day. The music wakes my mind and prepares me for the day, while reading the news keeps me up to date on technical and global events.
– John Brackett, Smash Balloon LLC
7. Plan your daily activities
I start planning daily activities. This allows me to have a clear idea of the distribution of my day and get to the more important tasks, delegate less stringent tasks and take time to deal with all the indispensable matters without neglecting anything and without excessive workday saturate. I think each of these points is important to make a successful day.
– Kevin Leyes, Leyes Media
8. Start with the biggest task of the day
Everyone has a ritual or routine that gets them going for the day. I’ve found that a quick attack on the biggest task of the day sets the tone for a highly productive day and even a week. It gets tough quickly, but I am doing the best I can. Most of the time, I do the hard work and then do other tasks with more energy.
– Samuel Thimothy, OneIMS
9. Start with a positive, outgoing text message
I start every morning with a positive, outgoing text message that I send to a family member, friend, or loved one; B. “Hello, good morning, have a nice day! I love you!” This simple, positive outcome is a quick way to start the morning with an uplifting intention and set the tone for the rest of the day.
– Lisa Song Sutton, Sin City cupcakes
10. Clear your inbox
The first thing I do in the morning is email. I get up very early and clean up my inbox from the night before. This allows me to start the day with a literally blank blackboard instead of feeling overwhelmed and underwater. This changes my attitude and approach to the team and decision making.
– Ashley Merrill, Lunya
11. Diary for half an hour
A powerful way to start the morning is to keep a journal for about half an hour. This helps to get all of your superficial thoughts, which are often negative and obsessive, onto paper so that the rest of the day can be free for more creative ideas. If you do this for a few weeks, you should feel inexplicably lighter and happier.
– Blair Williams, Member Press