sunriseConsider the most important hour of your 24 hour day your first. What you do when you first wake can set the tone for the rest of the day.

Think about your “bad” days. You probably woke in a rush, after oversleeping and feeling tired only to be met with something scheduled on your calendar that you forgot to plan ahead for. You skipped not only your spare minutes of exercise but even worse, breakfast. You had multiple cups of caffeine instead.

On the flip side, envision your “good” days where you wake up rested and un-rushed with at least a few moments for to yourself to stretch, exercise, read–whatever you need. You had more than coffee for breakfast (protein!) and you’ve already got a game-plan for how you will tackle your remaining 23 hours of the day.

While not everything can go as planned all of the time, you can definitely set yourself up to have a positive day ahead of time.

  1. Do not get consumed by tasks and processes right away. The first decisions of your day should be your own, not others’. You set the tone. Stay away from the minutia of typical tasks first off and you’ll be better equipped to handle them.
  2. Reflect and then do something that energizes you. Spend a moment recognizing how you feel. Just this awareness will help channel your inner strength. Then use the time to charge yourself by doing whatever works for you such as working out, reading something motivational, or even visualizing the things you are grateful for and the things you want to work towards.  
  3. Create a list (physical or mental) of the things you will focus on. What are your main goals today? In general? What makes you happiest? Never forget that time is a limited resource and it’s only as valuable as you make it. Spend your time on the things that make a difference in your life.
  4. Kiss your loved ones. This may sound a bit cheesy, but giving love will help you feel more fulfilled and will allow you to focus on the day ahead of you. Start your day with gratefulness and share that with the ones around you that you love.
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