5 Ways to Start Your Day with a Purpose


Your Day Can Have Purpose

How do you start your day?

Do you wake up with a purpose or would you rather sleep-in until the last possible second?

The overall goal is to allow time to focus for the day ahead of you.

Here are some purpose driven suggestions that have helped me.

1) Exercise

Any doctor will tell you exercise is very important for the body. It helps your cardiovascular system, blood pressure, muscle strength, and even mental focus. It also helps your brain to reset and change gears for the morning. At one time I used to be at the gym by 4:30AM. I haven’t been able to start this early in quite some time, but when I did, I had more energy, positivity, and a purpose filled day.

2) Read

Reading is another way to focus the mind. It helps to flex those creative mental muscles. I vary my materials from fiction to non-fiction and read until it’s time to help wake up the rest of the family at 6AM. I typically sip my coffee while reading from my Kindle. Right now, I’m reading “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck.

3) Meditate

Prayer, sitting still, thinking happy thoughts, and focusing on your goals, are all ways to meditate. The key is to center yourself before setting out for the day. It’s best to decide what type of attitude you’re going to present to the world. Make it good.

4) Cook Breakfast 

Breakfast is first, good for you, and second, the process of making it helps with focus. If you have kids, you probably already do this. I love cooking breakfast, and it doesn’t have to be complicated. You just want to make sure you’re involving actual steps versus, grabbing a bowl, cereal and milk. That doesn’t mean to say you can’t go for simplicity, but try to plan a few days during the week to make a more detailed breakfast. I prefer to combine 2 eggs, spinach, and only other “sauteable” vegetable in a skillet. Sometimes I’ll include an avocado or banana on the side. It’s good brain food and tasty.

5) Journaling

This is super easy, and can lead to great things.The purpose of journaling is to allow your thoughts to flow easier and to be less inhibited. There’s no right or wrong way to journal. For me, I used to review my goals, and then write an entry to describe how I felt. I use Evernote to hold my entries. Over time I started writing more extended thoughts and ideas which eventually became the basis for my “Ramblings. By, Thomas.” blog. Usually, I write my ideas for future blogs in the morning, although a lot of times if I have an idea, I log it immediately in Evernote. I spend my evenings developing my entries into detailed topics. You’re as free as you want to be, but the key is to just write. Whether you want to share your thoughts or keep them private is up to you.

There are many, many other ways to start your morning with purpose. I “StumbledUpon” an entry titled “Start Your Day in 33 Different Ways” a few days ago. I found a few commonalities with this entry. I highly recommend reading it for additional inspiration.

How do you start your day?