Jack Canfield, originator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, calls the first 60 minutes of his day his "Hour of Power." His Hour of Power includes 20 minutes of exercise, 20 minutes of meditation, and 20 minutes of uplifting reading.
Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert comic strip, believed in written affirmations. He writes his goals down 10 to 15 times a day.
Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer for Facebook, rises at 5:30am and focuses on getting her children ready for school, dropping them off, and answering emails before arriving at Facebook's office at 7:00am.
Arianna Huffington, co-founder of The Huffington Post, spends her first 30-60 minutes setting her intentions for the day.
These successful people--and many others like them--firmly believe a good morning routine is crucial to their effectiveness and ability to achieve their goals. Your morning routine will set the tone for your entire day. It does not need to be complicated. Consistency is the key.
What is your current morning routine? Does it energize you or zap your energy? What would you change if you could?
Cheryl C. Malandrinos is a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of four children’s books including, A Christmas Kindness, released by 4RV Publishing. A blogger and book reviewer, she lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two daughters. She also has a son who is married. Visit Cheryl online at http://ccmalandrinos.com and her children’s book blog at https://childrensandteensbookconnection.wordpress.com