10 Morning Habits to Build Your Day Upon

Photos by Shenxy, Ali K. and Mikey.

Over the past year I have come to see the morning as the foundation upon which I build my entire day – mentally, physically, and spiritually. I find that if I start the day by doing the habits listed in this article, I am usually happier, healthier, more productive throughout the day. In contrast, if my morning is chaotic and rushed I find that my energy runs out later in the day and I generally get a lot less done. Here then are 10 morning habits I believe will provide you with a solid foundation upon which to go about your entire day:

1. Wake Earlier

It seems there are endless articles online espousing the benefits of waking earlier. But when you think about it, this really is the key to overhauling your morning routine. With more time, you are free to develop the habits listed in this article and actually enjoy the morning free from the pressure of having to rush out the door. If you would like to develop this habit, I suggest the following articles/ sites:

2. Have a ‘”Holy Hour”

One of my favorite personal development coaches, Robin Sharma, advocates taking a “Holy Hour” each morning. Basically this is an hour you devote to working on yourself mentally, physically, and spiritually. If you do this, instead of turning on the computer soon after you wake up (as I know many people do in this modern age), you will set yourself up for a great day.

3. Meditate

Meditation is the practice of silencing the mind, and the morning is a particularly good time to do it. Just a few of its many benefits include improved concentration, better health, and increased knowledge of self. If you would like to learn more about meditation and how to get started, I highly recommend reading 4 Powerful Reasons to Meditate and How to Get Started.

4. Visualize the Day Ahead

A simple, yet extremely powerful, exercise to practice in the morning is to shut your eyes and visualize how you want the day to unfold. This will give you direction as you go about your day and help you to avoid getting distracted with “urgent” but unimportant tasks.

5. Read and/ or Listen to Motivational Material

This may sound cheesy, but one of the reasons I love the morning is that an entire day of endless possibilities lies ahead. One of the best ways to ignite this spirit of endless possibilities is to devour some motivational material, impossiblewhether it be in the form of a book, audiobook or podcast. If you want some help finding motivational audiobooks and podcasts, check out this Free Audio and Podcasts article.

6. Think the Impossible

Since we are on the subject of endless possibilities, why not try an exercise that is inspired by the White Queen in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland:

“Alice laughed: “There’s no use trying,” she said; “one can’t believe impossible things.”
“I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

Allowing your mind to let go of the rational and, instead, to explore the world of the “impossible” is a great way to get your creative juices flowing. And Aristotle did once say that the mark of an educated or mature mind is that it’s able to “entertain a thought without accepting it.”

7. Eat a Nutritious Breakfast

A nutritious and balanced breakfast is essential if you want to fire up your metabolism and keep yourself powered up throughout your day. In his article 6 Practical Tips for Increasing Energy Using Food, Todd from We The Change explains:

“Simple carbs release sugar in the body at a faster rate than complex carbs, fats, and protein, and give the body an immediate “up” feeling. But it is short-lived, and if you are in the habit of a high carb breakfast you are constantly fighting a battle for energy during the day.”

So forget the carbs and instead eat whole-grain cereal, eggs, fresh fruit or a even a health shake for breakfast.

8. Exercise

There are immense benefits to exercising in the morning. First, it raises your metabolism which helps to burn calories all day. Second, it starts the day with a positive accomplishment. I always feel ready to take on anything after exercising, and it is great to carry this momentum into the day. If you would like to kickstart the exercise habit, I recommend the following articles:

9. Sharpen Your Brain

Exercising your brain is as important (if not more!) than exercising your muscles. Some fun activities to keep your mind sharp include Sudoku, Kakuro (my personal favorite), crosswords, quizzes, and brain teasers. I also highly recommend the site Sharp Brains for a variety of brain fitness resources.

10. Take Time to Look Good

It’s a fact of life that people judge us by our appearance. For this reason, it’s a good idea to spend a few extra minutes in risky businessthe morning to ensure you go out into the world looking the best you can. In fact, a recent study by two economists found “extra time spent grooming has a positive and significant effect on both men’s and women’s earnings”. This was found to be especially true for men, where “10 minutes daily grooming increases their weekly wages by 6 percent”. Just remember, though, at some point you will need to put your pants on and get on with your day…..

What morning habits do you have that are an essential foundation for your day? Please share them below in the comments.

Peter writes about how to change your life at The Change Blog. He is also the author of Starting a Blog and Audio Book Downloads.


Erin shows overscheduled, overwhelmed women how to do less so that they can achieve more. Traditional productivity books—written by men—barely touch the tangle of cultural pressures that women feel when facing down a to-do list. How to Get Sh*t Done will teach you how to zero in on the three areas of your life where you want to excel, and then it will show you how to off-load, outsource, or just stop giving a damn about the rest.

29 Responses to 10 Morning Habits to Build Your Day Upon

  1. news nigeria says:

    I cannot thank you enough for the article. Much thanks again. Cool!.

  2. I value the article. Fantastic.

  3. Great, thanks for sharing this post. Really Cool.

  4. film says:

    Say, you got a nice post.Really looking forward to read more.

  5. This is one awesome blog. Want more.

  6. Thank you for your blog post.

  7. Great post.Much thanks again. Great.

  8. A big thank you for your blog post.Really thank you! Keep writing.

  9. this page says:

    І always ᥙsed to study piece οf wrfiting in news papers bᥙt now as I amm
    a useг of weeb ѕo frоm noww I am uѕing net fоr articles oor reviews,
    tһanks to web.

    Feel free tо visit my web blog :: this page

  10. Ι am regular visitor, һow аrе you еverybody?

    Ƭһiѕ paragraph posted ɑt thіs web site is aсtually fastidious.

    Ƭake a look at my web site :: domino99 (https://ilmu99.xianggua77.com)

  11. 981643 712031Your writing taste has been amazed me. Thank you, quite great article. 485901

  12. 532891 504412so facebook recommended me the pages food and eating ,,, yeah Im obese|HasmAttack| 239891

  13. 490403 490505Greetings! Quick question thats completely off topic. Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly? My weblog looks weird when viewing from my iphone. Im trying to find a template or plugin that may possibly be able to fix this difficulty. In case you have any recommendations, please share. Appreciate it! 324103

  14. Bok Fergusen says:

    You have done the Great Job.

  15. 812102 595532You ought to join in a contest for starters of the highest quality blogs online. I will recommend this page! 237721

  16. EIS Components is the stocking Distributor of ATMEGA2561V-8AU, we specialize in Atmel all series electronic components. ATMEGA2561V-8AU can be shipped within 24 hours after order. If you have any demands for ATMEGA2561V-8AU, Please kindly submit an RFQ here or send us an email. We will reply you as soon as possible.

  17. sex shop says:

    Hey there, You’ve done an incredible job. I’ll certainly digg it and personally suggest to

  18. 스모크밤306 says:

    The best e-cigarette liquid site in Korea. Korea’s lowest-priced 전자담배 액상 사이트 e-cigarette liquid.
    스모크밤306 스모크밤

  19. IDoRKT says:


  20. Sosyal medya hesaplarınız için takipçi, beğeni, izlenme satın alabileceğiniz 5 yıldır hizmet veren en kaliteli ve en güvenilir sosyal medya bayilik paneli olan sitemiz üzerinden 7/24 otomatik olarak sipariş verebilir ve hesaplarınızın büyümesini sağlayabilirsiniz. SMM Panel sitesi olarak hesabınıza bakiye yükleyip istediğiniz zaman sipariş verebilirsiniz. sosyal medya takipçi paneli sizde fenomen olmak istiyorsanız web sitemizi kullanabilirsiniz. Tek yapmanız gereken siteye üye olmak, bakiye yüklemek ve sipariş vermektir. Kanallarınız için abone beğeni ve like satın alabilirsiniz. Sosyal medya takipçi paneli olarak siparişlerinizi çok hızlı bir şekilde tamamlıyoruz. App uygulaması ile telefonunuzdan kullanabilirsiniz. Smm Bayilik Paneli ve Sosyal medya paneli gibi tüm hizmetlerimiz vardır.

  21. kd23jflkjs says:

    강남카지노강남사설카지노,강남오프라인카지노 놀러오세요^^

  22. doctorem says:

    İncelemiş olduğunuz konuya dair sunduğunuz derinlemesine analiz için teşekkür ederim.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.