Launching Your Day

Waking Up

Each morning we get up, take a shower, brush our teeth, eat breakfast etc.  We all have our routines that we start our day with.  The first hour of the day is the most important hour that we have each day.  I’ll explain why in a bit.  Some people are morning people, some are late nighters, but it doesn’t matter.  The first hour is still the most important because it sets the tone.

Setting the Tone

Let’s look at a couple scenarios.  Scenario A goes like this:

A person wakes up later than usual because of hitting the sleep button.  They need to get to work, so they are rushed.  They quickly start the pot a coffee, jump in the shower, get dressed, and zoom out the door, almost forgetting about their coffee.  “Oh wait, i forgot to comb my hair!”  Back into the house to brush through the locks quickly.

And they are off to work.  You know this type of person.  You’ve likely seen this type of person where you work currently.  In a rush and panic about getting to work on time.  They didn’t even eat breakfast.

Scenario B goes like this:

A person wakes up 30 minutes earlier than normal.  Slowly getting up and stretching.  They move into the shower and take their shower, now starting to fully wake up.  They find what they are going to wear for the day and head to the kitchen where they eat breakfast while reading or spending productive time on Facebook (No stalking, only communicating).

They get their hair combed and are ready to head off to work.  No rush, but have plenty of time to get to work.

Protecting the Treasure

It’s not hard to see the different tones that each of these people will have each day.  You see how important the first hour is?  I know I’ve waken up in both of these scenarios.  Lately I’ve been waking up 30 minutes earlier than I normally do to spend some time reflecting and preparing myself for the day.   

Make sure the first hour of your day is like a piece of treasure that you cherish.  Own it, and enjoy it.  Don’t start each day frustrated and rushing through life.  That is a sure way to bring on anxiety and un-productivity.  Relax and enjoy the treasure of the first hour.  Do something that you want to do, rather than stressing about work.  Wake up 30 minutes early and read something inspirational or cook a nice breakfast.  Don’t skip breakfast, ever!  It’s the most important meal.


A lot of people like to wake up early and exercise.  This is a great way to spend your first hour of the day!  I used to work out at 6:30 four mornings per week.  The toughest part was getting out of bed, and by 7:30 I was ready to take on anything that day.  If you can get yourself out of bed a little earlier and don’t know what to do with your extra time, start with getting some exercise.

Dan   5/13/11 – 5:17 AM


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