Ways to Start Your Day Off Strong

Updated on: by Erica Martin

waking up on a positive noteWritten by: Erica Martin

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It takes only a few moments plus a little bit of energy and intention to get your day off to a positive and productive start. The way you start your day will determine how the entire day goes for you.

At the beginning of the day, put the very best of yourself into life. That small effort will continue to pay as the day progresses. Sure, you may not feel like being positive right off the bat. But if you wait for encouragement to come to you, then you might be waiting all day.

Instead, be the encouragement you seek. Be the instigator of your own successful day.  You can be the positive influence you are waiting for. You can be the reason this day starts on an upbeat note.

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The first few minutes of each day are ripe with opportunity. Choose to start strong, and that strength will echo throughout the day.

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A fellow work from home friend of mine posted the quote to the right recently, and I found a lot of truth in it.  For me, one of the keys to achieving the goals I set for myself each day is to start the day off strong.  Yes, sometimes it’s easier said than done, but for me the rewards are well worth it.  This post will provide some suggestions for starting your day off on a positive footing.

 

Exercise

I work out 5-6 times a week, for at least 35 minutes to an hour each time.  Though some people have told me that exercise actually makes them feel more tired, it makes me feel energized and ready to take on the day.  Working out can also be a great way to get rid of stress from the previous day so you can start your day on the right foot, which I will talk about in just a few paragraphs.

 

Write down your goals for the day the night before.

This  helps me stay focused, so I know what I want to accomplish the next day.  You can write your goals down in a journal or on paper, or you can find a group online to share your goals with, such as the WAH Goal Sharing Group on Facebook.

 

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Eat a healthy breakfast.

This, along with a good workout, helps me get my day off on the right foot so I have the energy to accomplish the goals I set for myself the night before.  I usually have some type of carbohydrate, such as a bagel or English muffin with a little bit of low-fat cream cheese and occasionally a little bit of jelly, as well as some yogurt and fruit.

 

Get rid of your stress from the previous day.

Ideally, this should be done the previous night so you can get a good night’s sleep.  Some ideas to get rid of your stress are by writing about it, either in a journal if you want to keep it private, or in a blog if you want to share it with others and maybe get some feedback about how to deal with the things that are stressing you out.  If that’s not possible however, one way to get rid of stress in the morning is to work out… I like to do kickboxing workouts and pretend  I’m punching out who or whatever was stressing me out the day before.

 

These are just a few ideas for ways to start your day off strong.  If you have other ideas for ways you start your day off strong,  I’d love to hear them!

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Katie Jones

August 29, 2011 at 8:53 am

I always try to write out my goals for the previous day so that I wake up knowing what I need to do. Excellent tips & advice you have here.

Angie

August 29, 2011 at 9:02 am

When I start feeling overwhelmed during the day, I also try to turn to exercise. Even if it is only 10 minutes, it definitely helps clear my mind and give me a fresh start.

Carla Easley

August 29, 2011 at 12:34 pm

I need to start writing down my goals the night before so that i’ll feel more productive the next day. Great tips overall 🙂

Lisa

August 29, 2011 at 5:21 pm

I am a compulsive list maker. But I’ve never really thought about it as writing out my goals for the day. Maybe I need to think of it more in that light. I love the quote, by the way!

Jess Weaver

August 30, 2011 at 12:25 am

List maker here too 🙂

Leisa Good

August 30, 2011 at 2:53 pm

I plan my day the night before as well. I split my list down the middle and also include personal and family goals as well on the left side of the split. Work goals go on the right side. I use my dayplanner as well as my Google calendar.

I try to start off with exercise as well or sometimes I will divide it up so that I can go out during the day.

I also like to begin my day with a prayer or meditation. I find that it also helps me deal with stress. I also beginning to journal as a way to discover my life and business more.