The beginning of the day is an opportunity to start fresh. We often say to ourselves, “I’ll start tomorrow.” We start our diets tomorrow, we start going to the gym tomorrow, we begin a new habit…tomorrow. Today is yesterday’s tomorrow and it can be the new beginning we are looking for. All those positive daily tasks we keep promising ourselves we will do, can begin today.

The best way to accomplish this is to create a morning routine.

Begin by writing down all the things you would like to do every single day, such as: meditate, go to the gym, read, walk, have coffee, journal, make your bed, drink water, walk your dog, paint, sit-ups, and so on.

Next, group similar tasks under one category such as exercise or personal growth.

Exercise: 

  • go to the gym
  • do sit-ups
  • walk

Then each day when you want to exercise, you choose what you will do.

After your list is simplified, prioritize the tasks in an order that makes sense. If you prefer to exercise early in the morning, then that task will appear at the beginning of your routine. Do you meditate as soon as you wake up? Then meditate will be listed before exercise. Keep adding each task until you have a routine that you can actually do each day. Here’s an example:

  1. Wake up with a smile.
  2. Drink water.
  3. Meditate
  4. Exercise – M, W, F Gym, T, Th Walk
  5. Journal

Now to start following your routine.

If you have a long list of tasks (I have 15 items on my morning routine), it will be overwhelming to do everything all at once and keep it up. Start with the first one or two things. Do them each day for a week or two. When you are easily waking up and accomplishing these tasks, add the next one. Eventually, these little tasks become positive habits and over time produce positive results.

Creating a morning routine is a helpful way to ensure that your day is off to a good start. And many good days, make a good month. And many good months, make a great year!!

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