1. Write in a gratitude journal (5 minutes)
Tim Ferriss swears by The 5-Minute Journal, and so do I. Using this thing transforms my day. It has 3 prompts for the morning: (1) List three things you are grateful for, (2) List 3 things you could do today that would make the day great, and (3) Who are you as an affirmation. Then in the evening, you quickly review what worked and didn't work. As an over-thinker, training myself to focus on the wins has been massively effective at empowering me during the day. It's the first thing I do when I wake up. I urge you to get the paper version, but there is an app available.
2. Create empowering affirmations (15 minutes)
Let's get real: your thoughts become your word. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your results. Every morning I listen to at least 1-3 audio recordings from Abraham Hicks. Abraham is "source energy" channeled by a woman named Esther Hicks. Out of the hundreds of thousands of free recordings on YouTube, every single one of them charges you with the mission to feel good above all else. Start with this morning affirmation: Today Is Going To Be A Very Good Day.
Your goal? Be as amped as Jessica by the end.
3. Create an action plan for the 3 things you want to accomplish today (7 minutes)
You started to create this in your gratitude journal, but actually sit down and flesh out the literal action steps you are going to take today. Usually I do this while sipping on a cup of Bulletproof Coffee.
The important thing: never have more than 3 action steps. I often break this rule -- but when I keep it to only 3 actions, I always feel accomplished. More than that, then I'm overwhelmed and disappointed in myself.
4. Move my body (20 minutes)
This is just common sense. Don't be chained to the computer or your instrument all day. Make sure you're moving. It will clear your head and keep you focused.
5. Turn off my phone (40 seconds)
Don't let anyone interrupt your deep work. Seriously. You've committed to handling 3 things today, and your phone cannot dominate the workspace. This is sacred time to create. People, Facebook, and Snapchat can wait. A friend of mine doesn't even accept calls until after 3PM every day. Why? Because 7AM-2:45PM is his sacred time to create.
If you have any tips that have transformed your morning, leave them in the comments. I'd love to hear them all!