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Powerful Daily Routine

Examples for a Healthy and

High-Achieving You
We all have habits. Big or small, healthy or unhealthy, our habits combine to form
routines that play out every day for us. Most of this is done without us even having to
think. That’s why even though we understand the importance of having good habits,
sometimes it’s tough to stick to a healthy daily routine.

Today, you’ll learn more about why setting a routine can be a challenge. By
understanding the root causes for your behaviors, you’ll learn how to make changes and
stick with them. You’ll also discover some positive daily routines that can lead you to a
healthier and happier life.

Finding and adopting the right daily routine will re-energize you and help you regain
wasted time. Your mind and body will thank you for the decreased anxiety and extra
care you’ve given it. Here’s to a healthier, calmer, and higher-achieving you.


1. How a Daily Routine Changes Your Life

2. Best Daily Routines for a Healthy, Calm and Higher-Achieving Life
o Daily Routine for Good Health and More Energy
o Daily Routine for an Organized Life
o Daily Routine for More Productive Work
o Daily Routine for a Stronger Relationship
3. How to Stick to Your Routine like Glue
4. More Ideas About Building Habits & Routines
5. Books About Building Habits & Routines

How a Daily Routine Changes Your Life

Your daily routine consists of all of your habits. These actions structure your day and
make the difference between operating at peak efficiency and struggling to make it
through a poorly-planned day.

You can have energizing, time-saving routines, or you can adopt draining, inefficient
routines. The choice is up to you. Don’t feel bad if you know that some unhealthy habits
have crept into your day. The important thing is to recognize them so that you can make
a change.
An excellent daily routine sets you up for success. If you make just one change that saves
you 10 minutes per day, you can regain 60 hours of your precious time back
each year.[1]

Recently, I’ve had an interview with a renowned productivity and time management
coach, Carl Pullein, about his daily routine.

Carl shared with me about his daily routine:

“I wake up at 5 AM every weekday morning and spend the first 45 minutes studying
Korean and then 15 minutes in quiet meditation.
At 6 AM I will check my email for 20 minutes (that’s a strict 20 minutes) I will reply to
emails that can be replied to in less than 2 minutes and save other emails that need a
longer reply to my “Action Today” folder which I will deal with when I have time later
that day.
10:00 AM is nap time, usually 20 to 40 mins. It depends on how tired I feel but I try to
allow a complete hour for resting.
2 PM is exercise time. This has set days. Sunday to Thursday are exercise days and at 2
PM on those days, I will stop what I am doing and do my exercise for the day.
8:30 PM is 40 minutes dog walking. During that time I have no digital devices with me.
It’s just me and my dog and nature. This is the best time of the day for reflection and
idea generation.
At 10 PM, I will close down my day with a set routine of some basic admin tasks, setting
my objectives for the next day and closing out my journal for the day. This usually lasts
around 30 minutes. Then it’s bed time around 11 PM.”
Carl has been following this routine for over 10 years — nap time, email time, exercise,
dog walking and closing down his day. He thinks the biggest benefit of having a set
routine is that you will start doing things you may not want to do. These things will
become your habits.

“You no longer overthink things and persuade yourself not to do them. Instead, no
matter how you feel, you will just do it.”
For example, Carl has wanted to get fluent at Korean for years but failed miserably each
time. So this year, he is determined to achieve that goal. He has joined what Robin
Sharma calls the “5 AM Club” and modified it to allow him to study for 45 minutes every
weekday morning. In just 10 months, his language level has gone from ‘survival Korean’
to conversational Korean.

With daily routines, you will be taking baby steps consistently towards your goal over a
period of time. Having a daily routine helps you focus on the important things in life.

“My closing down routine at the end of the day—I call my “Golden Ten”—is where I can
see the big picture of what I am trying to achieve. This allows me ten minutes each day
to review how I am doing on my goals and set objectives for the next day that will help
me achieve my goals. It’s a way to make sure I am moving in the right direction and if I
am not, I can make any necessary adjustments.”
Having a daily routine not only makes you more efficient, it also eliminates your need to
waste time deciding what to do next.[2] It’ll help you build good habits and break
bad ones. It seems counter-intuitive, but adding some structure to your life can set you

Best Daily Routines for a Healthy, Calm and Higher-

Achieving Life
It takes time to become the best version of yourself but I’ll help you to make it easier by
getting you a few healthy daily routine examples to follow directly:

 Daily routine for good health and more energy

 Daily routine for an organized life
 Daily routine for more productive work
 Daily routine for a stronger relationship

Pick one routine to stick to first

, and then gradually combine one more routine to fit into your life each week. In less
than 2 months, you will be living a healthy and successful lifestyle in autopilot.
Daily Routine for Good Health and More Energy

Morning Routine
1. Start your day with a glass of lemon water

Simply add the juice of half a lemon to your glass and drink it to enjoy a refreshing start
to the day.

Lemon juice reduces your body’s acidity levels, which in turn protects you against
inflammatory diseases such as fungal infections and osteoporosis.[3]

2. Exercise

Working out early in the morning improves your energy levels, improves your
circulation, and encourages good lymphatic function. Just 20 minutes every day can
make a difference! Mix up cardio and weights throughout the week for all-over toning
and general health.

Getting on the scale each morning is also an effective way to monitor your weight. Don’t
go weeks without weighing yourself, because this allows you to remain in denial about
any weight gain![4]

3. Eat a good breakfast

Fuel yourself with a healthy mix of protein, slow-release carbohydrates, vitamins and
minerals. Sensible options include yogurt with nuts and berries, a vegetable omelette,
and low-sugar granola bars with a piece of fruit.

4. Stay hydrated and snack smart

Did you know that becoming even slightly dehydrated can lead to lowered mood and
decreased concentration? Keep water or other low-sugar drinks on hand to sip
throughout the day.[5]

When it comes to snacking, pick foods that will give you a slow release of energy. Pairing
a protein with a complex carbohydrate is a smart choice. For example, try half an apple
spread with peanut butter. Check out for more healthy snack ideas here.

Afternoon Routine
5. Get a healthy lunch

Even the busiest of us can grab a healthy lunch. You just need to think ahead!
For lunch ideas you can make in advance and take with you to work, check out this
post: Healthy Lunch Ideas for Work

Avoid too much fat at lunch time, as it promotes afternoon lethargy, which isn’t going to
help you get through a busy day![6] If you are watching your weight, track everything you
eat using an app like MyFitnessPal.

6. Take some mid-afternoon exercise

Most of us have a mid-afternoon “slump” somewhere between 2 p.m and 4 p.m, but you
can keep yourself going through the day by choosing a healthy lunch and taking some
moderate exercise in the afternoon. This doesn’t have to strenuous. Just a 10-minute
walk and a few stretches at your desk can work wonders. Check out this list of 29
exercises you can do at (or near) your desk.

Evening Routine
7. Dinner

With a plethora of meal planning apps out there, getting a quick but healthy dinner on
the table has never been easier! Use an app like Mealime to help you organize your
grocery list so that you always have the right ingredients to hand. Be realistic – choose
something that doesn’t require a lot of time or effort to throw together, otherwise you
may resort to takeout.

Green vegetables are always a great choice, as they are packed with antioxidants and
have an alkalinizing effect. Choose plant-based proteins such as tofu or seitan or, if you
prefer animal protein, pick fish and lamb rather than beef or chicken to minimize acidity
levels in the body.[7]

Avoid caffeine in the late afternoon and evening, because it will prevent you sleeping
soundly at night.

8. Take time to relax

It’s normal to feel stressed from time to time, but high stress levels leave you vulnerable
to a number of health conditions and problems including depression and elevated blood

Find a healthy activity that relaxes you, then set aside some time every day to do it! This
could be journaling, reading an inspiring book, spending time with a pet, meditating, or
simply taking a few minutes to remind yourself of everything that is going well in your

9. Take vitamin C supplement before going to sleep

Take half a teaspoon of buffered vitamin C powder in a glass of water before turning in
for the night.

This is a quick, effective means of reducing the acidity in your body. It will also ensure
that you go to bed well-hydrated, which will help you wake up with a clear head.

10. Go to sleep at a reasonable hour.

It sounds obvious, but if you want to feel your best then you must get enough sleep.
Most experts recommend that we get between 6 to 10 hours of sleep per night. [8] Some of
us can get by on six hours, but be honest with yourself – if you feel better having had
more sleep, bear it in mind when setting your alarm clock.

Turn off your phone and computer at least an hour before bed, and avoid vigorous
exercise in the late evening. These measures will help you wind down when it’s time for

Daily Routine for an Organized Life

Before Work Rituals

1. Make your bed in the morning

Start the day off right by making your bed. It’s a quick chore that will put you in a
productive, organized frame of mind.[9]

2. Have your workout equipment and clothing ready the night before

If you like to work out, the morning is the best time to do it! It will leave you feeling full
of energy and will give you a sense of accomplishment before you leave the house.
Whether you like to go for a walk, take a gym class or do yoga in your bedroom, make
sure that you have all the equipment and clothing you need laid out and ready the night

3. Spray down and wipe the largest surfaces in the bathroom

After your morning shower, spray down and wipe the largest surfaces in your bathroom.
It’s much easier and more fun to do mini-cleans throughout the week than wait until the

4. Put everything back where you found it after breakfast

When you’ve made your breakfast, put everything back exactly where you found it – this
makes everything easier the morning after. If you notice that you are running low on a
grocery item, add it to a list you can take with you next time you pass the grocery store.
5. Run through a list of your essential items before you leave the house

Before you leave the house, run through a list of your essential items such as your wallet,
employee badge, water bottle, and so on. Keep a list of these items near your front door
so that you can quickly check your purse or bag before heading out the door. Don’t try to
de-clutter or re-organize a room before work, as this will just add to your stress levels!

When You Arrive at Work

6. Prioritize your tasks

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Make a list of tasks and decide whether they are important, urgent, both, or
neither. Start with important and urgent tasks, move onto the important and non-
urgent tasks, then tackle the unimportant but urgent jobs. Writing a task list gives you a
sense of control.

7. Prioritize your emails

Before you start your day, spend 10 minutes prioritizing your e-mails. We all receive so
many messages each day that we can’t hope to reply to them all! Get into the habit of
deciding which ones need your urgent attention, which are important, which are both,
and which are neither.

Check your e-mails every couple of hours rather than every few minutes, because
frequent interruptions will impair your concentration and productivity.

During Your Coffee Break

8. Keep your finances on track
Take a couple of minutes to keep your finances on track. Check your bank balance, and
make sure that you’re sticking to your budget! You can also use apps to help you manage
your money, including Mint.

9. Think about what you are going to have for dinner

Do you need to pick anything up from the grocery store on the way home? Do you need
to look up a recipe? This only takes a few minutes, but a bit of planning can save a lot of
time later. Why not use a meal planning app such as Mealime?

At Lunchtime
10. Make personal calls or send personal emails (when necessary)

This is the perfect opportunity to make any personal calls or send personal e-mails. For
example, you could schedule that dental appointment you’ve been putting off, or finally
reply to that e-mail from your aunt. These little chores can seem overwhelming when
you get home from work and just want to relax, so do them at lunch.

11. Clear your desk before you leave your desk

Take five minutes to clear your work desk before you leave for your break. It will help
you feel more organized when you return.

Afternoon Routine
12. Quickly review your to-do list

If you aren’t making as much progress as you hoped, it’s time to rewrite it!

13. Carry out mundane and easy tasks

If possible, carry out mundane and easy tasks such as replying to simple e-mails a
couple of hours after lunch, when your energy will naturally hit a slump. In general, as
the day goes on, we lose the capacity to make lots of high-level decisions.

Try to schedule your more complex tasks for the morning. On the other hand, important
and urgent tasks must always take priority.

14. Neat your desk before you leave the office

Spend the last 10 minutes of your workday neatening your desk and your computer
desktop. This will help you stay organized the following morning.

Evening Routine
15. Put everything you’ve worn on that day the same place you took from
Always put your coat, purse, and other possessions away in the same place the moment
you get in the door. Otherwise, they might go missing!

16. Do the dishes immediately after dinner

Otherwise, you might be tempted to sit down in front of the TV and get distracted. [11]

17. After dinner, spend 10 minutes doing a quick de-clutter.

Set a timer, choose an area of your home, and get busy! It’s an easy way to see quick
results, and will make you feel more in control of your possessions.

Bedtime Routine
18. Lay out your clothes and accessories for the next day

This ensures that you don’t have to think about what to wear the next morning. [12] You
can even lay out your breakfast dishes![13]

19. Do a “brain dump” of all your ideas and tasks for tomorrow.

Doing a “brain dump” is helpful if you tend to lie awake worrying about what you need
to do the next day. Once you have written them down, you can go to sleep knowing that
you can refer to the list when you wake up.

Daily Routine for More Productive Work

Before Work Rituals
1. Plan for the upcoming work the night before

Some of the most effective and productive people get started on their daily routine the
night before.

Think of this as the planning stage, at this time you might find it useful to plot out your
day in blocks of time, with a specific activity planned for each. This is commonly known
as the time blocking method.

Using this method ensures that you don’t end up multitasking which can have a negative
impact on your productivity. As the president, Barack Obama often got ready for his day
the night before by reviewing what he needed to accomplish. [14]

2. Wake up at a time that works for you (and sticks to it every day)
This may sound counter intuitive, it is often imagined that the most productive people
are those that can wake up at dawn, and continue into the evening. But the 9-5 work day
might not necessarily suit everyone.[15]

I’m not suggesting that people work less, but someone who works from 10-6 works for
just as long as someone who works 9-5, and that extra hour in bed may mean that
they’re more fresh and ready to work.

Often you might not have a choice in what time you get up, after all, if you are expected
at work at 09:00, you can’t be in bed at that time, but if you have any flexibility at
all, consider what works best for you.

3. Eat a good breakfast 

As also mentioned in the Daily Routine for Good Health, once you have woken up, it is
very important to eat well. You need something that will give you a good boost of energy,
all the while keeping you full. A good idea is oatmeal with a smoothie or a healthy fruit

Check out 30 Healthy And Tasty Recipes For Breakfast That You Can Make The Night
Before for more healthy breakfast choices that are easy-to-make and will keep you

Back to Work Rituals

4. Ensure a clean workspace which is distractions free

A few years ago a study at Princeton University concluded that if in your field of vision,
there are many forms of visual stimuli, your brain will spread its focus and attention to
each piece.[16] In another word, if your desk is cluttered, your ability to focus on the task
at hand.

Simply clearing your desk of distractions therefore, can have a great impact on your
focus, and with it, your productivity.

5. Don’t check emails first

Mornings are a great time to do productive work that requires focus, creativity, and
strategy. Clearing out the inbox gives you a false sense of achievement, and wastes the
opportunity to engage your brain in more proactive tasks. Though you may have read a
lot of emails, you have nothing important done.

Unless your job revolves around emails checking and replying only, never make
checking emails your first thing to do when you’re back to work. Instead, focus on your
goals and do what really matters.

6. Tackle the worst thing first

Start your working day by tackling the most difficult or most pressing task first, the task
that will most likely encourage you to procrastinate. This is the philosophy put forward
by Brian Tracy in his book Eat That Frog.

The benefit of this is simple. Even if you accomplish little else that day, you can be
happy with the knowledge that you did something important. Also, by doing the most
difficult thing first, everything else will be easier.

7. Take a quick nap or meditate

When setting up a routine, it can be easy to forget the most important activity – resting.
Humans simply aren’t built for working all day, every day without a break. If you don’t
consider this in your routine, there is a danger that you will lose energy and enthusiasm
all together and burn out, thereby killing your productivity altogether. This can be
mitigated by making sure to making sure you get some rest.

One way to do this is by picking a reasonable time to stop working, another is to take a
quick nap, others recommend meditation. It all depends on your preference.

8. Say no to unreasonable requests

This can be the hardest things on this list, but it can be one of the most effective. Adding
extra tasks and jobs to your day can immediately throw your routine off balance, and it
will negatively impact you day’s productivity.

As such, declining and saying no to extra tasks (that are unreasonably urgent or are

unimportant) can be the key to staying productive. After all, doing one thing really well
is more important than doing several things badly.

Sometimes you may be forced to say yes and accept new tasks, but this won’t always be
the case. Feel free to say no some times.

9. Finish up and off on time

By remaining focused on specific tasks, you won’t feel overwhelmed and overworked as
you’re totally in control. And because you have things all planned out, you saved tons of
energy from making unnecessary decisions.

As you should have tackled all the hardest things by now, the rest of the day should be
far easier too.

Daily Routine for a Stronger Relationship

Morning Routine
1. Kiss each other goodbye
How often do you rush out of the door with a quick peck on the cheek and a ‘see you
later!’ Maybe you’ve got to the stage where you don’t even do that anymore. It’s
important to really take the time to say goodbye.

Create 3 to 5 minutes in your morning routine to just be with your partner and properly
say goodbye. Kiss each other meaningfully and take in the moment. It’s important not to
get in such a rush that these small gestures don’t get overlooked.

During Daytime
2. Create little daily rituals when you’re together and apart

Creating small actions that are meaningful to both of you can build a sense of
connection and these can carry on throughout your day when you’re apart.

Find a certain song you sing to each other when you bring a cup of coffee. Leave a
message on the fogged up mirror for your partner to discover or leave little notes in the
car or biscuit tin. Text a joke of the day on your lunch breaks.

These types of rituals bring a sense of positive expectation and bonding – something
only the two of you share together. Without these, relationships can become stale.

Evening routine
3. Kiss each other hello

Again, these moments can get looked over once the initial spark of a relationship has
died down. We often walk in the door exhausted, maybe even irritable, and we don’t
take the time to connect.

Spend a good amount of time saying hello to each other. Kiss, cuddle, ask how each
other is or don’t say anything at all and take in the embrace. Physical touch in silence is
equally powerful.

It’s very easy to neglect this simple routine where it becomes a habit to not do it

4. Schedule regular date nights

This is particularly important when you have kids. When your lives are controlled by
children and extra responsibilities, your relationship can get overlooked. This is when
things can breakdown and intimacy gets lost no matter how much you love each other.

Schedule regular date nights where you can be free from responsibilities and really
connect with each other. Use this time to check in with how each other is feeling, and
most importantly, have fun. Keep reconnecting with the reasons you fell in love in the
first place.
5. Create a bonding bedtime routine

When the doors are closed and you’ve finally fallen into bed, it’s easy to want to fall
asleep but bedtime is a wonderful time to get connected with your partner not only in a
physical way but in an emotional way too.

Try to go to bed at the same time and use it as your couple time. Pillow talk is a great
time to bond. While you’re in a relaxed state, talk about your days at work, any concerns
or even future plans. Communication and talking things out is the best habit you can
have as a couple. Just make sure you take the time to really listen to each other with
respect and an open mind – always ending the night on a positive note.

Regular Relationship Habits

6. Say thank you to each other

Whether it’s in the morning, evening or a text in the day, remember to express gratitude
to your partner.

Feeling thankful is a powerful way to create love in a relationship because it benefits

both of you. Really feel gratitude for something they’ve done – even if it was something
small two months ago. It’s impossible to feel gratitude and negative feelings at the same
time so this can really strengthen your love for each other.

7. Use your partner’s love language

A lot of bad communication and feelings of neglect are down to not understanding each
others love language. There are 5 key ways people express love and two people could
have two completely different languages leading to misunderstandings.

Find out each others’ love language and try to use it to show your love throughout the
morning, day or evening. Your partner may express love through physical touch whereas
you express your love through words or gifts. One isn’t better than the other but finding
out which one is important to each of you and acting accordingly will help your
relationship to flourish.

How to Stick to Your Routine like Glue

When you do something and no immediate harm comes to you, your brain assumes that
it’s safe to continue doing the activity. Overcoming a habit that feels comfortable to you
requires impressive amounts of willpower.

Reaching for a snack or scrolling through social media can sabotage healthy plans by
flooding your brain with dopamine, a feel-good neurotransmitter. That dopamine
release causes you to want to continue the action whether or not it’s good for you.
There may be quite a few things that ought to change in your life. Changing too many
habits at once can be difficult and discouraging. [17]

On top of all that, we only have so much mental bandwidth to devote to making
decisions. When decision fatigue sets in, we’re likely to revert to whatever is easiest,
even if we know it’s unhealthy.[18]

Biting off more than you can chew is a surefire way to fail. Instead, pick one routine,
and work on that. Or better, pick one habit and stick to that first.

Everything you’ve learned from this article is just part of our 7 Cornerstone Skills —
a skillset that will give you the power to build habits, stay motivated and achieve
whatever you want.

You can’t change your entire life overnight, but you can gradually change your lifestyle
and routines with our Cornerstone Skills Transformation Course.

Upgrading your daily routine is a commitment. By starting small and being realistic, you
can develop healthy rituals and efficient routines that help you get the most out of life.

More Ideas About Building Habits & Routines

 How to Break a Habit and Hack the Habit Loop
 Understand Your Habits to Control Them 100%
 Want to Feel More Energized Throughout the Day? Start With This
 The Ultimate Morning Routine to Make You Happy And Productive All Day
 20 Tips to Get Your Bedtime Routine Started for a Better Tomorrow
 The Ultimate Night Routine Guide: Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive
 Science Tells You How Long It Takes to Break a Habit

Books About Building Habits & Routines

 The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business , by Charles
 Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones ,
by James Clear
 The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change ,
by Stephen R. Covey
 Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen
Your Creative Mind, by 99U

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[1] ^ Inc.: 7 Daily Habits That Will Save You 60 Hours of Your Life Next Year
[2] ^ Skilled at Life: 18 Reasons Why a Daily Routine Is So Important
[3] ^ Develop Good Habits: 34 Quick Habits To Add To Your Daily Morning Routine
[4] ^ Develop Good Habits: 34 Quick Habits To Add To Your Daily Morning Routine
[5] ^ Journal Of The American College Of Nutrition: Cognitive Performance & Dehydration
[6] ^ WebMD: Afternoon Energy Boosters
[7] ^ Chatelaine: How To Balance Your pH & Find Out If You’re Too Acidic
[8] ^ National Sleep Foundation: How Much Sleep Do We Really Need?
[9] ^ The Spruce: 10 Things To Do Daily To Be More Organized
[10 ^
Creative HomeKeeper: 10 Things I Do Every Day To Keep A Clean & Organized Home
[11 ^
The Spruce: 10 Things To Do Daily To Be More Organized
[12 ^
The Spruce: 10 Things To Do Daily To Be More Organized
[13 ^
Creative HomeKeeper: 10 Things I Do Every Day To Keep A Clean & Organized Home
[14 ^ Buffer: The Daily Routines of 7 Famous Entrepreneurs and How to Design Your Own Master
] Routine
[15 ^
Trello: The 5 Productive Morning Routines Of Highly Effective People
[16 ^ The Journal of Neuroscience: Interactions of Top-Down and Bottom-Up Mechanisms in Human
] Visual Cortex
[17 ^
Zen Habits: Sticking to a Habit: The Definitive Guide
[18 ^
Develop Good Habits: Psychology of Daily Routines (or Why We Struggle with Habits)

51 Daily Morning Routine Habits for an

Amazing Start to Your Day
Last Updated on July 6, 2019

Are you having trouble sticking to (or building) a morning

It’s easy to forget about a daily routine when your day is full of dozens
of tasks and personal obligations.

Fortunately, there’s a simple solution to this problem.

If you add good habits that directly relate to your personal goals,
then it's easy to create a daily schedule (that's under 30 minutes),
which can dramatically improve your life.
Use the power of healthy habits in your morning routine to improve your life.

The trick here is knowing which success and health habits to include
in your morning routine.

In this post, we’ll go over 51 ideas that only require less than minutes
of your time.  Simply review this list and you'll discover a plethora of
morning routine ideas.

Let’s get to it.

The Importance of a Morning
Before we jump into the habits, let's take a moment and talk about the
benefits of a morning routine.

For starters, people are the most productive when they wake up, and
setting up a routine ensures that they maintain that level of
productivity for longer periods of time.

Following a system first thing in the morning, means you’ll have more
time to reflect in a quiet atmosphere (less hustle and bustle) and it
gives you the opportunity to be organized for the rest of the day.

More importantly, this daily habit helps you create energy and the right
“mindset” to tackle the challenges of a busy day.

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Download the checklist (and free report): The Morning Routine for Peak

Waking up early is a success habit that nearly all leaders follow, notes
Sujan Patel in his blog post on the routines of fortune 500 leaders. Noting
how early many high powered leaders start their work days.
The good news?

Everything in the following list can be accomplished in as little as five

minutes. A morning routine does not necessarily mean you need to be
up at 4:00 am. It only means you need to set aside a little bit of extra
time every day.
These quick routines mean you can stack one habit on top of another
and complete a lot of important things in a single block of 30 minutes.

Simply look at the following list and choose the habits that make the
most sense for your lifestyle.

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Career Morning Routine Habits

1. Declutter Your Desktop
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It is harder to stay focused when your surroundings are in chaos.

Spend the first 5 minutes of your workday clearing your work area. It
mentally conditions you and helps you become more productive.

Clutter on your desk is a source of stress. It reminds you about other

things that you need to do, taking away your focus from the task at
hand. It is also a major time waster, if you constantly have to
rummage through a stack of files to find what you need.
Here are some tips for effective decluttering:

 Paperwork that you need for the day should be the only file(s)
you have on your desk.
 Put paperwork that you don’t need for the day into physical
folders, filing cabinets, or drawers.
 Delete temporary files that you no longer need from your
 Place files in appropriate folders, using a standard system for file

2. Schedule Your Day

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Without a schedule, it’s frighteningly easy to get to the end of the day
and realize you’ve achieved nothing of importance.
Schedule your day and make a list of tasks you want to complete.

At the very least, you should make a list of the tasks you want to
accomplish during the day and decide where your priorities lie.

Make a list of the tasks you want to complete by the end of the day.
Try to be realistic about your efficiency instead of creating a lengthy
list of tasks that will be impossible to complete.

Use the Eisenhower Decision Matrix to rate the importance of each task:

1 (important and urgent), 2 (important, but not urgent), 3 (not
important, but urgent), or 4 (not important, not urgent).
3. Remove Distractions before Working
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Many of us find it impossible to ignore notifications from our emails

and social media. This is especially true if we are trying to work.

The thing is, if we are constantly interrupted by the pings, text alerts,
and push notifications from different communication platforms, our
productivity takes a nosedive.

To focus on the task at hand, close your email tab and make a
personal ban on social media use during your working hours.

If you find it difficult to resist online distractions, there are several tools
that can help block your access to them:

 Cold Turkey – you choose the sites you wish to temporarily block
in order to focus on work
 Freedom – this app lets you block time-draining website. You are
prevented access to that distracting website for 8 hours at a time.
 FocusWriter – If you are a writer and you find it a struggle to
reach your daily word-count quota because of distracting sites, this
this app is for you. It works by blocking out the items on your screen
except for what you are currently writing.
 StayFocusd – This Chrome extension restricts the duration of your
access to time-sink sites. You set the limit of how much time you
spend on a certain website, e.g., Facebook or Twitter. When the
allotted time is used up, your access to that site is blocked for the
4. Chunk Down a Project (or Task) into
Manageable Steps
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Sometimes a project is so overwhelming that you simply don’t know

where to get started. But if you set aside time during a stack to create
a step-by-step plan, you can improve your productivity because you’ll
know where to get started.

For each of your major projects, take a few minutes to chunk it down
into simple-to-complete steps. By breaking a task into specific actions,
you’ll have a better understanding of what needs to be done and how
to schedule the work into your day.

5. Identify One Task to Delegate or

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In any career, there are tasks critical to the job while others take away
precious time to do the critical work. Of course, you’d want to spend
more time doing the high-value activities.

At the same time, these less-than-high-value tasks are also important.

You need to simply identify which of the tasks you do daily are high-
value ones and which ones take away your time from being more
efficient on your job.

Then you can either delegate these time-consuming, less-crucial

aspects of your work.
Make a running list of the tasks that you want to eliminate from your
own to-do list. Develop the habit of adding one item on your list per

One quick way to do this is to pause for a few seconds before an

activity and asking yourself, “Am I the only one who can complete this
task?” If the answer is “no,” then the task goes to the list.

Once you have completed your list, then it’s time to delegate. One
way of getting these tedious tasks off your hand is by outsourcing
them. Here are some useful resources:

 Virtual Staff Finder – Hire an experienced and dedicated Filipino

virtual assistant to help increase your productivity
 Angie’s List – Helps you find a fully vetted contractor to do that
home improvement project you’ve been putting off for moths.
 – Create an account and find reliable caregivers for
your child, fur babies, and elderly family members, as well as house
sitters from services providers within your area.

6. Research One “Side Hustle”

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A side hustle is another way to describe a part-time activity

that could turn into a full-time income. But there are too many choices
out there, which makes it hard to pick one and stick with it.
To research a side hustle, the best starting points are Nick
Loper’s Side Hustle Nation and his book Buy Buttons. Both provide a
great overview of the different income-generating opportunities and
what you need to do to create a similar business.
Ask yourself a few key questions like:
 Do I have time to work on this side hustle?
 What equipment is required to get started?
 How much money do I need to invest in it?
 Does the type of business match my personality?
 Can this business scale into a full-time income?

7. Make One Business Connection

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You’ve probably heard the expression, “It’s not what you know.
It’s who you know.” Well, it’s true for every area of life, but this is
especially true when it comes to your career.
(Side note: One of the simplest ways to build up your business
skills is to join over 1 million others and start your day with the
latest news from Wall St. to Silicon Valley.  This newsletter is a 5-
minute read that's informative, witty and FREE!)

There are many ways to improve your business network. Here

are five resources you can use to get started:

1. LinkedIn: The best social media site for making business

connections and profiling your skills, knowledge, and areas of
2. Beyond: Another social media site for professionals, with over 50
million registered members.
3. Meetup: The preferred site for finding specific groups in the area and
connecting with people who are interested in your career field.
4. Facebook Groups: One of the best resources for finding people who
share a mutual interest. There are millions of groups here, so it’s not
hard to find a few that specialize in your industry.
5. Google Plus: While use of Google’s social site has diminished, it’s
still embraced by folks in the business and technology fields. So if
have a job like that, then this is a great place to look.

8. Review Your Goals

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Everybody has goals. Whether they are big or small, we all have
things that we want to accomplish. Sadly, the daily hustle and bustle
of life can make us get off track.

You need to review your goals so that you can:

 Create plans to reach those goals

 Put your day in perspective
 Know what’s important to accomplish
You can set goals for the day or the year, but you can't just aimlessly
wander around on a day-to-day basis. Make sure you use every
minute for what it's worth and accomplish what you set out for.

Read more about Goal-Setting: How to Set Clear and Goals you can

Finance Morning Routine Habits

9. Review Your Personal Capital
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If you want a solid look at your current financial situation, using a
financial tool such as Personal Capital can help you.
This app helps you keep track of your investments with its syncing
feature. It accurately lets you know your “net worth.”

Knowing the current state of your finances is useful when you’re

making decisions about how to spend and invest your money.

10. Track Your Expenses (from the Day

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Get started by keeping all the receipts, credit card statements, and
notes (in an emergency) for each expenditure. Then, at the end of the
day, jot down a description of the purchase and the amount. (This
should be a daily habit because it’s easy to forgot those small
purchases that you make throughout the day.)

From there, input this information into one of the following tools:

 A notebook (yes, this is a low-tech approach, but some folks like

having a string of notebooks that they can use to maintain their
 A spreadsheet program, like Microsoft Excel.
 A Cloud-based software program and app like Mint.

11. Review Your Budget

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There are two budgeting habits that you can build. The first is the daily
checkup that neatly fits into any regular stack. Here, you’ll look at your
budget as a reminder of what you’re allowed to spend for each

When it comes to monitoring your budget, it's important to have a quick daily check up and a weekly
budget review.

The second habit is the weekly budget review. This thirty-minute

routine is important because it gives you a complete picture of where
you’re spending your money and if you’re sticking to the plan.
During this weekly analysis, look at each category and ask questions

“Are my expenditures under what I’ve allotted for that category?”

"Should I increase or decrease the cap for a particular category?”
“Is there a type of spending that I can completely eliminate?”
“Why did I purchase each item? Is it because it’s a need or a want?”
“Are there substitute habits or purchases that can minimize what I’m
“Can I find any additional ‘financial holes’ that can be plugged?”
“Is my money being spent on the things that truly matter to me?”
“What was the last item I regretted purchasing?”
“What’s holding me back from taking action?”
“How would my budget look without debt payments?”
“What’s my true hourly wage?”
“What can I do to increase my income?”
“If I died today, would my family be okay?”
“Am I setting a good example for my children?”
“Where do I want to be financially one year from now?”
“Do I have enough of an emergency fund?”
“How much am I spending (and saving) each month?”
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12. Conserve Your Utilities

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Turning off the lights and appliances in your home, office, or

apartment can save you a significant amount of money when it comes
to your monthly utilities. Not only is it simple to do, but it also helps the
To supercharge your efforts, you can add a series of tiny actions into
your daily routine:

 Turn off lights whenever you leave a room.

 Power down electronics when they’re not being used. (Many
electronics will often go into “standby” mode that still uses some
 Open windows and use fans for cooling in the summertime,
saving the air conditioning for those oppressively hot days.
 Open the blinds and shades in the winter, which lets the sun
shine in and warms your home without expending additional energy.
 Match your pot size to the proper sized burner. Using a small pot
or pan on a larger electric coil means you expend more energy to
get the same result.
 Use cold water to do loads of laundry. The results are nearly as
good, but it costs about 40 cents less per load of laundry than
washing clothes with hot water.
 Turn off the water heater if you are going to leave your home for
a few days. It takes an hour to get a water heater to reheat the
water and saves quite a bit of energy over the days you are gone.

13. Pack a Meal, Snack, and Coffee

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Preparing and packing the food items you consume every day is both
a healthy choice and a wise financial decision.
Packing your own lunch and coffee can save you a lot of money in the long run.

Author David Bach often talks about what he calls The Latte Factor,
where a simple way to save money is to eliminate those small,
recurring purchases that add up to a substantial amount of cash.
You can put his advice into action by preparing your, coffee (or tea),
and a snack before leaving your home in the morning.

Check your kitchen for what you could bring as a snack or for lunch.
Place it with your purse or car keys so you don’t forget it when you
leave. Or make coffee at home and use a travel mug to take it with

14. Read a Personal Finance Article

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You can never be overeducated, especially when it comes to personal

finance. In fact, I recommend building a self-education habit where
you read books, listen to podcasts, and scan personal finance articles.
If you don’t have time for these activities, then I’d recommend
checking out at least one personal finance article a day.

Here are a few personal finance websites that I’d recommend

checking out:

 Get Rich Slowly

 Money Crashers

 Budgets Are Sexy

 I Will Teach You To Be Rich

 Wise Bread

 The Simple Dollar

If you want a simple way to scan these websites, then you can sign up
for a free Feedly account, add these sites to your feed, and look
through it during a regular stack.

Health Morning Routine Habits

15. Weigh Yourself Every Day
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I know, this isn't something that you want to hear. But, weighing
yourself on a regular basis can help you establish clear health and
fitness goals.

Also, it's important to know that your weight will fluctuate on a daily
basis, so you don't have to be bummed if your weight goes up for a
day or two. Finally, be sure you weigh yourself at the same time for
the most accurate results.

16. Check the Weather

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Many people have used weather as an excuse to not work out.

Excuses like, “Oh, man! It’s too cold out. I can’t go running as

Checking the weather ahead of time allows you to execute that Plan
B, especially when you intend to do some workout outdoors. If the
weather does not permit certain exercise activities then you will be
able to change plans accordingly.

You’d have accomplished your fitness goals and felt great about it.

Some ways you can still work out even with inclement weather

 Going to the gym (it’s indoors!)

 Spending the day window shopping at the mall (walking burns
 Well, with the right clothing, you can still do the outdoor workout
you’ve planned. As famed British fellwalker and guidebook author-
illustrator Alfred Wainwright put it, “There is no such thing as bad
weather; only unsuitable clothing.”

17. Practice Rebounding

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Rebounding is a trendy new exercise routine that is changing how

people start their day. You need a small trampoline (here’s one that I
have personally used).

There are numerous benefits to rebounding:

 Cleared sinuses
 Toned muscles
 Stronger lymphatic system
 Increased creativity
One of the best things about rebounding is that it doesn't take up a lot
of space. Whether you live in an apartment or a home of your own,
you can start rebounding right away.

Learn more about rebounding here: 51 Of The Best Benefits Of

Rebounding Exercise

18. Have a Glass of Cold Water with

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Start your day by drinking a 16 ounce glass of lemon water. (Make
sure your drinking water is clean and safe by using a quality water
filter pitcher).

Start your day by drinking a 16 ounce glass of lemon water to wake you up faster.

We’re not talking about putting in a whole lemon and juicing it. Instead
it’s better to do just a few drops.

This habit helps you:

 Wake up faster
 Freshen your breath
 Get large amounts of vitamins
 Reduce the feeling of hunger
 Aid your digestive system
This is a lot easier to do than it seems, and it's a great way to start
your day. All you need to do is pour some water into a glass and add a
couple drops of lemon juice. Easy, right?

Learn more about lemon water benefits: 10 Benefits of Drinking

Warm Lemon Water In The Morning

19. Take Daily Vitamins

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Daily vitamins are a must for anyone, and you'll feel better about your
day if you take them on a consistent basis.

Vitamins are essential because they:

 Help build a stronger immune system

 Increase awareness
 Ensures your body gets essential nutrients
 Build stronger bone
Vitamins can give your body the boost it needs to get started and help
your mind stay focused throughout the day. Be sure to read the
directions on specific vitamins so that you are taking them properly.

Learn more about the benefits of taking vitamins daily: Potential

Benefits of Multivitamins

20. Maintain a Food Journal

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This is another aspect of your morning that you probably don't want to
do, but need to do if you want to lose weight.

Maintaining a food journal helps you see exactly what you’re putting
into your body and how much you’re eating. You'd be surprised at just
how much you consume in a given day.

Food journals are effective because they:

 Make you responsible for what you eat

 Give you a physical representation of your daily habits
 Encourage you to avoid little "snacks"
 Help you meet your health goals
 Food journals might seem like a negative thing at first, but you'll
soon be able to take pride in recording what you eat.
Check out this site to learn more about food journals: The Benefits
of Keeping a Food Journal

21. Use the App

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The app is a great tool for maintaining and sticking to new

habits. It's like having a coach in your pocket, for better and worse.
You'll be held accountable for your activities and goals through
This app will help you:

 Visualize your progress

 Receive step-by-step coaching (on specific habits or goals)
 Develop winning habits
 Get encouragement from friends and strangers
Did I mention that is free? It's supported on both Apple's
Store and the Android store, so be sure to download it now and get
back on track!

Feel free to add me if you decide to use this tool. Read more on
the blog.

22. Let the Natural Light In

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Remember when your parents would come into your room and open
the blinds? While it may not be fun to wake up to, natural light does
help you get started on the right foot.

Natural light has a number of different advantages, including:

 Aiding in mood and perception

 Enabling the performance of tasks
 Controlling the body's Circadian system
This tip is only helpful if the sun is up, but it's an essential one that you
should turn into a regular habit. At the very least, it helps you lower
your bills because you're not using as much light during the day.
Some natural light in the morning help you get started on the right foot.

Learn more about the benefit of natural light here: Benefits of

Natural Light

23. Make an Antioxidant Smoothie

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If you need a quick pick-me-up, you should try making an antioxidant

smoothie. They help you get the necessary nutrients and vitamins in a
simple and tasty form.
My personal favorite consists of:

 1 cup of frozen berry mix (usually containing strawberries,

cherries, pomegranate, raspberries, and blueberries)
 4 ounces of plain, nonfat Greek yogurt
 1 cup of almond milk
 2 tbsp of milled flax
Just blend all of the ingredients together until they are smooth and
take your smoothie on the go. Make it as thick or smooth as you want
by adding or subtracting water. It tastes great and will satisfy even the
pickiest in the family.

An alternative to this idea is to prepare a green juice drink.  To

learn more, check out this review where we talk about the Organifi,
Athletic Greens, and Super Greens products. 

24. Eat Other Nutritious Foods

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Of course, you can't just live off of smoothies for the rest of your life.
There are plenty of other foods that you can have for breakfast that
are really beneficial to your performance.

Some suggestions that I recommend are:

 Having a small bowl of berries

 Eating a breakfast bar
 Sprinkling granola or nuts on yogurt
 Putting an egg on a high-fiber English muffin
All of these options are healthy for you and you can mix things up to
your liking. Never stick with the same thing because your body can get
used to it. It pays to try new things!

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25. Have a Mint

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Mints can do more than just freshen your breath. You can suck on an
Altoid, chew some strong mint-flavored gum, brush your teeth with
mint toothpaste, or dab some peppermint essential oil under your
nostrils if you want; the choice is up to you.

The reason you want to do something with mint is because it:

 Increases mental alertness

 Is a natural stimulant
 Helps with memory loss
 Mint can be used in a number of different ways, and how you
choose to use it will change what it does. It can be ingested (when
directed) or applied to the skin for other benefits.
Here's a great list of all the things mint can do for you: Health
Benefits of Mint

26. Wear a Step-Tracking Device

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Wearing a step-tracking device can have an amazing impact on your
physical fitness. If you’re not familiar with them, step trackers are
small devices or watches that track your total steps and floors climbed
every day.

At first glance, “putting on a step-tracking device” might seem like an

inconsequential habit. But there are a surprising number of people
who buy these devices and never wear them.

Wearing a step-tracking device is the crucial first step to building the exercise habit.

If you start each day by clipping on this device, you’ll take that crucial
first step to building the exercise habit. And when you constantly wear
this device, you’ll find reasons to get more movement throughout the
If you don’t have a step tracker, then feel free to check out
the exhaustive review that I posted on my website, which compares the
pricing and features of the popular pedometers. (And if you'd like to
get more steps, then learn how to start running.

27. Complete a 7-Minute Workout

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A great way to start or end your day is to use an app like 7 Minute
Workout, which acts like a personal trainer that guides you through a
12-exercise total-body workout.
Just fire up the app and complete the recommend exercises. (You
might have to buy a few pieces of equipment ahead of time to get the
real value from this app.)

Also, you should consider upgrading to their “All the Things” level,
which gives you a few different program options:

 Arms
 Cardio
 Core
 Pilates
 Toning
If you alternate between these options with each stack, you’ll get a
decent amount of exercise that’s better than what most people do
during their day.

Leisure Morning Routine Habits

28. Practice Self-Education
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In my book Novice to Expert, I talk about a lot of ways to efficiently

learn new skills. Two of the strategies that I discuss are to schedule
time for deliberate practice and to research what you need to learn.
Practicing self-education 5 minutes a day can help you build a skill slowly but surely.

Odds are, five minutes isn’t enough time for deliberate practice—but
it’s perfectly adequate for researching one skill-related topic or a
challenge that you’re currently facing.
Practicing self-education is a perfect task for those longer breaks
during the day, like on a drive, at lunchtime, or in the evening. This is
the time when you can listen to podcasts, scan through blogs, or read
books that focus on one specific, interest-related challenge.

29. Watch an Inspiring Video

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Motivation is fleeting. You might feel excited one moment but then
experience a crash in emotion when something negative happens.
One habit that can be used to “reset” your motivation is to watch an
inspiring video.

You have a few options with watching inspirational videos.

TED Talks are inspiring lectures from the most visionary leaders of our
time. They tend to be ten to twenty minutes in length, so you might
need to commit to a longer habit, or watch a single video over a few
days. You can access these videos directly through the TED website,
but they are also accessible on a mobile app (iTunes & Android) and
through a video streaming service like Roku.
If TED Talks aren’t your thing, then you can also find inspirational
videos on Upworthy or your favorite YouTube channel.
I recommend limiting your viewing time. It’s far too easy to turn a five-
minute break into several hours of passively watching videos. My
suggestion: Stick to one video per break.

30. Add to Your “Soon List”

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Make a list of twenty fun and enjoyable things you want in the next
three months. This is not a goals list.
Instead, it’s a list of fun or even odd things you can enjoy by yourself
or with others. The only requirement is that each item needs to be
something that makes you happy.

Your "Soon List" is a list of twenty fun and enjoyable things you want in the next three months.

Here are a few ideas:

 Sleep until noon on one of your off days.

 Have a movie/game night with your family.
 See a play.
 Go for a daylong hike.
 Play baseball with your son.
 Buy a new grill.
 Enjoy a date night with your spouse, away from your kids.
Next, you have to make time to do these things. You’ll sleep in late
one day. You’ll go buy that new grill. And you’ll schedule time to play
baseball with your son. It’s too easy to fall into the trap of spending
your days working, running errands, and doing household chores. But
if you keep an ongoing list of fun activities, then you’ll proactively
create opportunities to enjoy life a little more.

31. Read a Summary of the World News

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It is our responsibility to stay informed about what’s happening around

the world. This doesn’t mean that we have to be geopolitical experts.

However, we should all be able to hold conversations about current

social and world events. Our knowledge of what’s happening around
the world helps us make the right decision when we vote, give our
time for volunteering, or support charities.

The following websites that provide news from all over the world:
 Associated Press
 Google News
 Reuters
Develop the morning habit of reading news sources that are
aggregate news from different sources and are politically neutral.
32. Learn a New Word
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Expanding your vocabulary helps you in the following ways:

 Increases your communication skills

 Provides a good workout for your brain
 Boosts your self-confidence in social situations
Committing to learning one word per day can be done in one of the
following ways. Make sure to not just learn the definition but also how
to pronounce it!

 Set your homepage to’s “Word of the Day.”

 Download a mobile app that provides you with word-of-the-day
 Subscribe to Wordsmith’s A.Word.A.Day and get the featured
word daily through your email.
Find opportunities to introduce the words you’ve learned in
conversations. Regularly using the new words in actual conversations
helps you retain what you’ve learned.

33. Add an Item to Your Bucket List

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The concept of creating a “bucket list” was made popular when the
2007 movie called The Bucket List hit the big screen. If you haven’t
seen it yet, the story centers on two men with terminal cancer. They
decided to leave the hospital together to accomplish the things they’ve
ever wanted before they “kicked the bucket.”
You can apply this principle in your life. Think of the things you’ve put
off in order to focus on career and relationships. Perhaps now is the
time to begin accomplishing some of them.

First, you can make a list of the things you’d want for your life. You
can add one item per day. Then make a plan on how you’ll accomplish

Need ideas for what to put in your own bucket list? You might also want
to check out over 300 ideas for your bucket list, courtesy of this post.

34. Learn a New Joke

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Humor is the best way to break the ice. Learning a new joke benefits
you in the following ways:

 Is a great conversation starter

 Helps someone feel at ease when you meet each other for the
first time
 Helps you think in a more creative way
 Makes you healthy
Use a few minutes of your mornings developing your humorous side.
You can do this by researching good jokes and collecting them for
reviewing and practicing later. Making someone else laugh is a great
way to start a conversation. It is also a great way to strengthen
relationships and establish new ones.

Organizational Morning Routine
35. Fix Your Broken Windows
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No, you don’t have any actual broken windows, but you probably have
a number of small things that add to your stress levels if you don't
address them early on.

Some common broken windows include:

 Unmade beds
 Cluttered mail
 Unsorted laundry
 Messy kitchen
 Trash that needs to be taken out
Most of these can be fixed in a matter of minutes, yet we allow
ourselves to ignore them and let them sit in the back of our minds for
the rest of the day. Take care of your broken windows and then you'll
see a dramatic decrease in your levels of stress.

36. Make Your Bed

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In life, sometimes the smallest of actions can have a powerful impact

on your daily success.

In a commencement speech at the University of Texas, US Navy Admiral

William H. McCraven said the following to the graduating class:
If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed. If you
make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first
task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will
encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. And by
the end of the day that one task completed will have turned into many
tasks completed.
Making your bed is a small action that can have a powerful impact on your daily success.

I won’t tell you “how to make your bed” because I’m sure this is a skill
that we’ve all learned at some point in our lives. But if you get stuck, I
recommend watching this video, courtesy of Howcast.

37. Put Away 3 Things

3 min. Required Time

Clutter usually builds up over time because people don’t take a couple
of seconds to put their belongings in appropriate places. If you commit
to putting away 3 items first thing in the morning, you’ll have trained
yourself to start the day with maximum productivity.

To support you in this habit, make sure that every item in your home,
workplace, or car have a designated spot.

Then have an if-then protocol for items that you take out of their
designated place. For example, if you need to carry an item up or
down the stairs, you can leave it by the landing.

Each time you (or a member of your family) walk up (or down), you
can grab the item and put it away in its designated place. Since you’re
already making the trip, you might as well bring something with you.

You will never fall into the trap of being drowned in clutter if you
practice this habit.

38. Follow a “Getting Out the Door”

5 min. Required Time
There are few things worse (from a psychological standpoint) than
starting the day feeling rushed and disorganized. If you’re running
around in the morning like a headless chicken, then these feelings will
create unnecessary stress that can negatively impact your workday.

Fortunately, there’s a simple solution. In the evening, compile all the

items you’ll need for the next day and put them into a central location.
Then, when you wake up in the morning, every item you need will be
in this predesignated spot waiting for you to leave.

In the hour before going to bed, think of the items that you’ll need for
the next day and then spend five minutes putting them together.

These can include:

 Paperwork
 Briefcase or backpack
 Schoolbooks
 Laptop or tablet
 Personal items like your wallet, keys, purse, or cell phone
 Lunch, snacks, water bottle, and travel mug
 Gym clothes
 Items for your children (toys, clothes, formula or stored breast
Start by reviewing your calendar for the next day, then think about
what you’ll need for each activity and appointment, and finally put
these items in the same location where you put other items, like your
wallet, purse, and car keys.

If you can commit to building this evening habit, then you’ll eliminate
the stress that many feel in the morning as they get ready for work.
39. Identify your 3 MITs (Most Important
10 min. Required Time

The best way to structure your day is to focus on your most important
tasks (MITs) before taking care of something else.

These MITs are items that have the biggest impact on your day’s

Applying the Pareto Principle, also known as the 80/20 Rule, can help
you identify daily tasks that help you achieve more during the day.
This eliminates the problem of task overscheduling that leaves you
feeling like a failure when you don’t accomplish everything.

An app, such as Todoist, can help you organize these MITs.

40. Track Your KPIs (Key Performance

5 min. Required Time

In the business world, there is a concept known as “Key Performance

Indicators” (a.k.a. KPIs). It is a system of measurement that managers
use to let them know if a business is successful.

For personal use in developing an important habit, identifying and

tracking your KPIs lets you know your progress over time.

Here are some examples of KPI tracking in your personal life:

 Eating better – track what you’re eating every day with the help
of a food log app
 Writing – track your daily word count
 Getting out of debt – tracking and analyzing your daily
 Sales – log the number of people you’ve called and potential
business connections you’ve made
 Exercise – track what workouts you’ve completed, your strokes,
or calories burned by using a general fitness or a specific app
designed for a particular activity (e.g., a running app)

Relationships Morning Routine

41. Text an Encouraging Message
5 min. Required Time

An encouraging text message sent to the people in your life is much

more than that.

The messages are a way of keeping in touch with the people you love.
It strengthens the bonds you have with each other.

You don’t need to text them anything earth-shattering or important. A

simple, heart-felt message tells them that they are in your thoughts.

42. Start a Kettle of Tea

1 min. Required Time

Perhaps your spouse or partner loves a cup of tea (or coffee) in the

Make it a habit to start a kettle for them first thing in the day. You’ll
have time to complete other morning habits while the water boils. By
the time it’s ready, you’d have done most of your morning routine and
your partner will have a steaming cup waiting for him or her.

Remember that it’s the small things like this that help strengthen a

If you have time, check out our post on relationship goals for more ideas
of how to strengthen the bond with your special someone.

43. Research a Fun Activity

10 min. Required Time

Set aside time each week to come up with a few interesting events
you can share with people in your life.

I recommend using a mix of nine resources to find fun events in your


1. Eventful is a great website for anyone who lives in or near a big city.
2. Narrow down your search to your local area, which can be found in
region- or town-specific newspapers, magazines, and websites.
3. Simply go to and type in the name of your city or town,
plus one of the following terms:
 Event listings
 Festivals
 Cooking lessons
 Softball leagues
 Running clubs
 Volunteer opportunities
 Concert venues
 Mini-golf

Set aside time each week to come up with a few interesting events you can share with people in
your life.

4. Map out a Walking Tour

5. Only In Your State has a massive collection of articles that feature
interesting, state-specific attractions.
6. Try Geocaching.
7. Bulletin Board Flyers
8. Craigslist is a useful resource to find listings for fun activities,
interest-specific groups, volunteering opportunities, local events, and
9. is a great place to find groups based off your personal
interests and make new friends as you enjoy one of your favorite

44. Do Something That Makes You

5 min. Required Time

It is difficult to be happy in your relationships if you’re unhappy with

yourself. Taking a few moments of “me” time in the morning (and
during different times of the day) is essential to become grounded and

Make clearing your mind every morning a part of your routine. Here
are some ways you can do this:

 Write in a journal
 Have a cup of coffee or tea and allow your mind to just drift
 Spend your 5 minutes outside, feeling the sunshine on your face
 Play with your pet
 Laugh a little while reading some jokes
 Listen to your favorite song
 Eat some chocolate
 Read a few pages of your preferred fiction

45. Leave a Caring Note

3 min. Required Time

Leaving a note for a loved one is something that goes a long way. You
can brighten someone’s day. It’s a way of showing someone that you
care about them because you went out of your way to pen the loving

All you need for the process are some Post-It notes, a pen, and your
heartfelt message. It could be a quick note like “I love you,” or “Good
luck with the presentation/project/test.”

Depending on your relationship with the person, you can leave this
note on their pillow, in a lunchbox, on the desk, or backpack.

Don’t overthink the note-taking process. The important thing is you’re

writing from the heart.

Spirituality Morning Routine
46. Meditate for 5 Minutes
5 min. Required Time

Meditation is about maintaining focus on one thing (such as your

breathing or the sounds of the ocean) and blocking out any other
Meditation has been proven to have numerous benefits, including:

 Less stress
 More creativity
 Better focus
 Increased memory
Some people meditate for hours on end while others just take a few
minutes out of their mornings. I suggest you start by meditating for a
few minutes, so it fits into your morning routine. And if you like it, you
can increase the length of time that you do it.

Learn how to meditate: Meditation for Beginners

47. Yoga for 10 Minutes

10 min. Required Time

Still not buying into the idea of meditation? That's okay, you can give
yoga a try instead. Some of the core ideas are the same, but yoga has
a more active approach then pure meditation.

Yoga is great for you because it can:

 Increase your lung capacity

 Help with memory
 Lower the risk of heart disease
 Relieve anxiety
Yoga has been practiced for years, and it's not like other exercises
that are just fads or trends. It's easy to get started and can have a
huge impact on how your body reacts for the rest of the day.
Get started on the right foot: A Beginner's Guide to Yoga

48. Practice Deep Breathing

5 min. Required Time

Deep breathing is a quick habit that takes less than five minutes to
complete. It can be part of a regular stack or a single habit that you do
whenever you feel stressed.
Doing deep breathing exercises can help you start the day stress-free.

Simply follow this nine-step process to get started:

1. Schedule uninterrupted time where you ignore your cell phone or

other types of technology.

2. Pick a specific time each day (or a specific stack) where you’ll
practice deep breathing.

3. Set an alarm for a specific time (like three to five minutes).

4. Sit on a pillow on the floor, in a comfortable chair, or on your couch.

Find a comfortable position with your feet on the floor, straighten your
back, and rest your hands at your sides.

5. Inhale slowly through your nose until your lungs are filled to

6. After inhaling as much as possible, hold your breath for a full two

7. Slowly exhale, in a steady and even manner. If you desire, envision

exhaling all your negative emotions.

8. Take a two-second pause.

9. Return to step 5 to repeat this cycle until the alarm signals the end
of the session.

49. Shower Meditation

10 min. Required Time
For most people, a shower is already a part of the morning routine.
But when you add a quick meditation session to this ritual, you can
focus on deep thinking and creating positive thoughts for the day.

The calming effect of warm water puts your mind on autopilot, which
frees it up to come up with inspirational ideas. (There’s even research
that shows we often get our best ideas while engaging in mindless tasks, like
showering, driving, and doing chores.)
Shower meditation can easily be attached to your existing “getting
ready” routine. This means you only need to add a few minutes to
your shower time to get the full benefit of this habit.

Get started by letting the warm water of the shower wash over your
body. Visualize all the stress, anxiety, and worries in your life as being
tangible things sticking to your skin.

Next, visualize the water and soap scrubbing the stress off your body.

Third, envision all the metaphysical “dirt” of your body—your fears,

regrets, anxiety, anger, and stress washing free and swirling down the

Finally, realize that you are clean, fresh, and ready to start your day
free of distractions.

50. Drink a Calming Beverage (Like Tea)

5 min. Required Time

Drinking a calming beverage, like a cup of hot tea, has both physical
and mental benefits.
When it comes to your health, drinking tea (specifically green tea) has
many detoxifying effects on the body. It has been shown to lower blood
pressure, assist hydration (despite the caffeine), and reduce stress hormones.
When it comes to spirituality, a daily tea break gives you “me time,”
which can be a few spare minutes to think on what has happened
during the day and what you plan to do for the next few hours.
Drinking a calming beverage, like a cup of hot tea, helps lower blood pressure, assist hydration, and
reduce stress hormones.

Start a teakettle right after you wake up as part of your morning habit
stack. You can also repeat this habit during the afternoon or at the end
of your day.

While the water is boiling, focus on completing two to three tasks in

your stack, and then enjoy a few minutes of reflection while you’re
enjoying a cup of tea.

51. Practice Gratitude

10 min. Required Time

Being grateful for what you have right now transforms you. It pulls you
out from negativity and infuses joy into all areas of your life.

Gratitude is expressing your appreciation for what you currently have.

You appreciate the people who are part of your life. It is also
appreciating the good things that you have and are available to you.

One of the simplest ways to make gratitude into a morning habit is by

daily writing in a gratitude journal. (Visit this post for over 100 prompts for
your gratitude journal.)
An attitude of gratitude transforms you in the following ways:

 Boosts your self-confidence

 Improves the quality of your sleep
 Helps you cope better with major life challenges
 Strengthens your relationships, whether personal or romantic
Best Results = Habit Stacking
As you can see, there are 51 different small habits that can be added
to any morning routine. While you don’t have to do them all, I do
suggest following a simple strategy that I call “habit stacking.”

With habit stacking you create a process flow where you put
everything in a logical order where you go from room to room and
complete one task after another. (Example: Start the day by making
your bed and opening the curtains.)

The idea here is to establish a routine where you complete a number

of positive habits without even thinking about it. You can even write
down this routine and follow it as a daily checklist every morning.

Find out all about Habit Stacking by clicking here.

How to Build Your Perfect Morning

In 30 minutes a day, you can be on your way to a happier, healthier
life. There is no suggestion that one small habit is important than the
other. Instead it’s up to you to find the ones that best work for your

The hardest part of starting a morning routine is getting started. M

Saturday I take off. I hike. And then Sunday is

reflections, feedback, strategy and getting ready
for the rest of the week.
I rise early almost every morning, and sit in my
chamber without any clothes whatever, half an hour or
an hour, according to the season, either reading or
writing. This practice is not in the least painful, but on
the contrary, agreeable; and if I return to bed
afterwards, before I dress myself, as sometimes
happens, I make a supplement to my night’s rest, of
one or two hours of the most pleasing sleep that can be

My focus is usually great first thing in the morning, so

going to the gym first is a trade off of very productive
time. Instead, I’ve started going mid-morning or late
afternoon (especially on days I work late).

Leo Babauta: “Start your day by planning what you need to get done”

A morning routine can be particularly important to setting

up your day in the best way. Leo Babauta of Zen Habits shared his schedule when he
began experimenting with the best morning routine for him:
 Wake at 4:30 a.m.
 Drink water.
 Set 3 Most Important Things (MITs) for today.
 Fix lunches for kids and myself.
 Eat breakfast, read.
 Exercise (run, bike, swim, strength, or yardwork) or meditate.
 Shower.
 Wake wife & kids at 6:30 a.m.
Leo’s routine is all about starting his day in the best way possible:

The reason I like having a morning routine is that not

only does it instill a sense of purpose, peace and ritual
to my day, but it ensures that I’m getting certain things
done every morning … namely, my goals.

Track your habits to understand yourself better

It takes time and effort to track everything you over a day. I recently started tracking my
weekday activities and noticed that remembering to track each activity is the hardest
part for me.

Having said that, if you can put in the effort for a few days, you might find the insights
you need to improve your daily routine. Understanding how you live right now can help
you to work towards how you want to live.
With habits especially, it’s good to follow Richard Branson’s advice and start something
before you feel ready. It’s one of the most powerful things that has helped him succeed.

There are changes you can make to your daily life to boost your productivity. It
may not come easy at first, but once you form new habits everything will fall
into place.

Here are 10 daily habits of the most productive leaders, all of which you can
implement into your own life:

1. Get Enough Sleep

In the United States, 40% of people get less than the recommended amount of
sleep. This can have a negative impact on your productivity and health as a

If a lack of sleep is dragging you down, look for ways to improve this area of
your life. It may not be as difficult as it sounds to retire to your bedroom an
hour earlier each night.

2. Rise Early

There are many studies that show that the early bird gets the worm.

So, while it’s important to get enough sleep, this doesn’t mean you should set
your alarm for noon. The most productive leaders understand the importance
of getting out of bed early in the morning.

3. Meditate Daily

Are you among the 8% of Americans who use meditation to improve your

mind, body, and soul?

This is a growing trend among productive leaders, so don’t hesitate to work it

into your schedule.

4. Workout (No Matter How You Do It)

Some people workout in the morning, others find time at lunch, and then
there are those who do so in the evening.

Although you may have slipped out of the habit of working out, you can get
back into the flow by taking a few key steps.

5. Eat A Good Breakfast

Yes, what your mother told you really is true: breakfast is the most important
meal of the day.

You don’t want to be one of the 31 million Americans who skip breakfast each
day. This can take a toll on your body, while zapping your productivity during
the morning hours.

6. Take A Nap
This may sound like the best way to kill your productivity, but it can actually
have the opposite effect.

A short nap of 30 minutes can improve your performance, alertness, and

mood. If you can work this into your daily schedule, it may transform your day
for the better.

7. Don’t Waste Time Commuting

The average commute has reached 26 minutes, which for many Americans is

entirely too long.

The most productive leaders don’t spend time on a long commute. There are
times when this is unavoidable, but it’s best to eliminate spending excess time
in your car (or on public transportation).

Imagine if you could save an hour a day on your commute. This works out to
five hours per week, and approximately 20 hours per month. You can use this
time to tackle important tasks.

8. Take Breaks To Re-energize

When you go, go, go, you’ll eventually hit a wall. There’s nothing wrong with
taking breaks, even if this seems to slow down your progress.

Science says that taking breaks can boost productivity. That should be enough
for you to give it a try.

9. Avoid Lengthy Meetings

Did you know that companies waste tens of billions of dollars every year on

unnecessary meetings?

There are times when you have no choice but to schedule and take part in a
meeting. There are also times when you can find a way to avoid this.

By cutting lengthy meetings out of your schedule, you’ll find that you have
more time for other tasks.

10. Use A To Do List

Even though some people struggle to keep up with a to do list, it’s one of the
better ways to boost productivity and stay on track.
Use pen and paper or use an app. Either way, experiment with a to do list to
see if it has an impact on your productivity.

No two leaders are the same, so you can’t expect to implement all of these
daily habits.

Your goal is to find a few things that boost your productivity. By doing this,
you’ll get more done each day, thus finding it easier to take your business to
new heights.

What steps do you take to remain productive? Have you formed any of the
habits discussed above? Are there any others that have helped you reach peak

1. Loosen your muscles with a foam roller. "You'll increase blood flow,

improve your range of motion, and increase your chances of avoiding
future injuries," according to the list.

2. Do a short exercise session. Exercise is great for your mental and

physical performance, and you only need to do 10 minutes to start making a

3. Find a new healthy recipe. "One of the most common reasons we skip
eating healthy is our lack of preparation. Spend a few minutes in the
morning looking for recipes that excite you, and you'll be prepared and
motivated to execute on cooking healthy meals down the line."

4. Drink a full glass of water. Your body will thank you and it couldn't be

5. Drink coffee. Go ahead. As long as you skip the sweeteners, research

shows it's not bad for you.

6. Drink tea. Not a fan of water or coffee? Not only is tea healthy, but
recent studies show it might even boost your creativity.

7. Brush your teeth ... mindfully. You have to do it anyway, so why not

take a moment to really notice what you're doing? It will make you calmer
and happier (this works with other minor morning chores, too, like doing
the dishes).

8. Take a cold shower. Pleasant? No. But some claim it's a procrastination


9. Do the Wim Hof method. This one I'd never heard of before. Here's what
it entails: "1. As soon as you wake up, sit in a meditation posture. 2. Do
30 power breaths -- inhale through the mouth or nose and exhale
through the mouth in short powerful bursts (like blowing up a balloon). 3.
Hold your breath until you gasp. 4. Take a deep breath in and hold for
10 seconds. 5. Repeat for three more rounds. 6. Have a cold
shower." It  "sounds like a recipe for torture," but devotees swear it
boosts performance and reduces stress (maybe because you've gotten
the most stressful part of your day over with already).

10. Cross off yesterday from your calendar. "Remind yourself

that another day in your life is gone. Evaluate how you feel about that and
consider what adjustments you may want to make moving forward,"
suggests the list.

11. Write Morning Pages. Here's a quick intro to what this is and how it

12. Notice your first thought. "Write it down, say it out loud, or simply pay
attention to it. Decide on what you want your next thought to be. This
morning routine exercise has amazing impact for the amount of
effort," insists the list.

13. Do productive meditation. "In his book, Deep Work , Cal Newport

presents the concept of productive meditation," notes the list. "You
focus on a question you have, but you don't critically think of the
answer. Instead, you focus on being present and mindful, letting
thoughts come to you. When you notice your thoughts steering away
from your question, go back to your question."

14. Think of a one-word description. Love this idea: "In only one

word, think about or write down how you feel about the day ahead,
where you are in your life right now, or what you need to hear. Put that
word somewhere where it'll be visible during the day."

15. Video log. "Record a short video diary for the day (one to two minutes).
You can talk about virtually anything: what's happening in your life, what
you're grateful for, what you're thinking about, or simply choose
a random speech topic. Share with others or keep it private."

16. Capture a second a day. Trying using "the second a day app to create

cool videos of your past month, year, etc."

17. Photo log. Even easier -- just take a daily photo "with the help of an
app like the Everyday phone app."

18. Read a book. Reading is the best way to improve your mind. Full

19. Listen to a podcast. For the rushed, this can be paired with getting
dressed, exercising, or even that cold shower. Here are some suggestions.

20. Take in a TED talk. There are so many good ones out there.

21. Be grateful. It won't just make you happier in the moment, it will
also rewire your brain to more easily see the positive in life .

22. Read a blog post or article. OK, it is self-serving for me to

include this one, but it doesn't make it a bad idea.

23. Work on a crossword puzzle. "Relax and kick your brain into

gear by working on a crossword puzzle," suggests the list. My mother
has started her day this way for decades and highly recommends it.
24. Learn and absorb one to three new things. As writer and
entrepreneur Michael Simmons has pointed out, making space
for continual learning in your life is one of the most valuable ways to invest
your time, and is one of the most consistent elements in the routines of super

25. Write down 10 new ideas. "Think of them around certain

categories (like 10 books I could write, 10 words I wish I understood the
meaning of, 10 business ideas)," instructs the list. Don't filter. Just
scrawl down whatever comes to you.

26. Train your gut sense. Here's a cool suggestion from Seth Godin:
"Practice going with your instincts in private. Every day, make a
judgment call. Make 10. Make predictions about what's going to happen
next, who's got a hit, what designs are going to resonate, which videos
will go viral, which hires are going to work out. Write them down, or they
don't count."

27. Read good news. Science shows just five minutes of negative news can
impact your mood all day, and you don't need to keep up with every
headline to stay informed.

28. Keep a dream journal. "Dreams are our window into our

subconscious mind," claims the list.

29. Meditate. There's a reason this is probably the most commonly

recommended addition to your daily routine.

30. Strike up a conversation with a stranger. "You never know what may

come out of it, and you just may make someone's day," points out the
list. Plus, it's an empathy booster. Here are some conversation starters to
31. Do an act of kindness. "Give change to a homeless person, pick
up garbage on the street, reach out to a friend you haven't heard from in
a while, let other drivers into your lane, give your partner a massage."

32. Cultivate awe. Feeling small in the face of the vastness of the world is a
powerful stress buster, science shows.

33. Do creative work. "Every small bit of work toward a big creative project
adds up. Work on a book, blog, video, art project ... whatever your heart
desires," suggests the list. Plus, your mind probably is at its best in the

34. Do SAVERS. Nope, this isn't anything to do with getting your finances in

order. The list  explains: "Created by Hal Elrod and the focus of his
popular book, The Miracle Morning, this is a combo of six rituals that make
up a morning routine: silence (meditation, prayer, etc.), affirmations,
visualization, exercise, reading, and scribing (writing, journaling, etc.)."

35. Review your previous day's spending. Here is one that WILL help
you get your financial life in order. "There are some great tracking apps
as reviewed by Investopia -- Mint. You need a budget, Wally and
Acorns." notes the post.

36. Make a small donation. "There are a few apps where you can make
micro donations so that you can wake up and immediately cultivate
giving," suggests the list. "Here's a list to consider" or "another option is to
put aside a small amount per day, and then make a larger donation."

37. Do your most important task first. Then the rest of the day will
feel like a breeze.

38. Process email. Yes, tons of productivity gurus argue that checking

email in the morning derails your own agenda for the day, but the stark
fact is most high achievers disregard their advice. You might want to as well.
39. Count your distractions. This could be ugly at first, but it should
improve your concentration over time. "Set a timer and have a pen and
paper handy. Every time you get off task, tick a tally on your piece of
paper. Do this for several weeks and you'll ramp up your
focus," instructs the list.

40. Work on a side hustle or business idea. Similar to number 33,

but more commercially focused.

41. Do one or two small marketing actions. Already in business?

Why not use your morning energy and clarity to grow what you've got?
"Post a comment or article on social media, send a message to make a
new connection, or try a new marketing technique," suggests the list.

42. Appreciate something in your home. "Our instinct is to

appreciate new items or items we desire, instead of focusing on what
we have. There are likely enough items in your house for you to
appreciate an item every day for several years."

43. Make your bed. It's an easy win that will set you up for success for the
rest of the day.

44. Open the curtains and welcome the day. "Be there. Embrace
the moment. Take a deep breath and open the curtains. You may also
want to add in a phrase, mantra, or a simple, 'Thanks for today.'"

45. Take care of plants. This is part of my personal routine. One, it's good
because my plants don't die, but two, I also find it deeply relaxing. Nature
can do that to you.

46. Listen to music. This is the perfect morning playlist, according to

47. Spend time on a hobby. "The idea here is to spend some time at
the start of your day doing something you love. How much better would
you feel about your mornings if you spent even 10 minutes doing that?"

48. Cuddle with someone you love. Self-recommending.

49. Remember someone you've lost. "Take a few moments every

morning and remember a lost loved one. It's one of the best ways to
keep them alive."

50. Take your dog for a walk. "It can also be a great way to begin
your day with some calm, and you can combine it with other rituals that
involve listening, thinking, or exercising. Win-win-win," enthuses the list.