What did you do in your first waking hour this morning?

Most of us rely on habits to start our day. The productivity and habit gurus all stress the importance of that first hour, of creating habits so we don’t have to think or choose, we just do.

That could be a good thing if you have taken the time to choose your morning routine and have crafted it to serve your goals and values. But if you are like most busy professionals, your morning routine is running you.

We react to things around us: our children, pets, partners, even our smartphones. We string together reactions that, over time, become our morning routine – seemingly without our consent.

What’s even more frightening is what we do in that first hour can influences our attitude for the rest of the day. Of course it does, you’re thinking. That’s nothing new. We even refer to it with clever sayings like ‘I got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning.’

What if you took charge of that hour?


Every morning you wake up you have a choice: do what you do everyday (without thinking about it); or you can face the morning as an opportunity to take charge of your day and begin to design it by choice.

Has anyone ever asked you “if you could do that (project, speech, meeting, career) over again, what would you do differently? Sometimes your answer is ‘nothing,’ Often, you’ve learned something from the experience and would make a change – even if it’s a small one.

Well, the fact is we have that chance EVERY DAY!


What if we each chose to really pay attention to how we start our day?

What if we each chose to do one thing differently to see how it impacted the rest of the day?

What will you do differently?