I recently read a blog post about setting the tone for your day and it intrigued me. After reading it, I realized that we are responsible for how our days go. With that being said, I started thinking about how I set the tone for my day or rather how I wasn’t. I used to just get up in the morning and start my day automatically. Things are a bit different now and I couldn’t be happier about it.
Set Goals for the Day
I set small goals for myself for the day first thing in the morning. Okay, not exactly first thing in the morning; I do need my coffee. The goals I set for myself aren’t big ones; just ones that help keep me motivated and on track. Some of my goals are the same each day, such as completing my to do list. Others are different depending on what I have to do that day. For example, if I have appointments in the morning, one of my goals is to walk the park instead of my usual route.
Believe it or not, the first thought we have in the morning influences our tone for the day. I never really thought about this until I read the post. Since then, I’ve started having more positive thoughts in the morning. Instead of waking up at 5 am on Monday, thinking “ugh, Monday”, I wake up at 5 am on Monday and think “It’s going to be a productive start to the week!”. Kinda sounds corny, I know, but it works!
Admittedly, this one is difficult for me because I’m a planner gal. Y’all know how much I love planning my days and I don’t handle it well when things don’t go as planned. But, I’m learning to be more flexible when it comes to this. Things don’t always go like you think they should and there’s no sense getting pissed off about it. Remember this…
\”Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.\” – Charles R. Swindoll #quote
I’ve found that I have to exercise first thing in the morning. Not only does it help clear my mind, it also makes be happier and keeps me from overeating. Exercising is something that I do for myself every day. It’s good for my mental and physical health.
Keeping my morning routine is essential for me if I want to complete my to do list. This routine consists of enjoying my coffee, having breakfast, and cleaning up around the house. If I have a busy day at the office or with appointments, I move pretty quickly. However, if I have a slow day, I take my sweet time…with 2 exceptions. I don’t rush through my coffee or my breakfast; that’s my time to reflect on yesterday and prepare for today.
Did you know that you’re responsible for setting the tone of your day? Not many of us realize it, but it’s true. Your attitude is completely up to you. Don’t waste anymore of your precious time worrying about things you can’t control or change; accept what is and move on.