Start each day on the right foot

Start each day on the right foot

Have you ever noticed the way your morning starts can often dictate your energy and productivity throughout the entire day? 

For example, I find that if I get something positive done within the first five minutes of the day, then I naturally carry that productive momentum into the rest of my day. On the flip side, if I sit around for the first hour of the day without accomplishing anything of significance, it becomes much easier for me to waste the whole day.

You can benefit from starting your day with any positive action. 

You can benefit from starting your day with any positive action.  For a few weeks I got up and focused on making my bed perfectly and then starting my day.  I have also done five sun salutations (yoga) or two minutes meditation. These are very simple things, they take a very short time commitment and the benefit is that one good habit can lead to another.  Too many times I’ve started my day by looking at my phone and my mind all over the place before I’d even stepped out of bed, resulting in a less productive day.

A challenge for you:  Find one little habit you can accomplish within the first few minutes of waking up and do it tomorrow morning.  Examples: Make your bed. Do 10 squats. Meditate for 60 seconds. It doesn't matter what you do as long as you appreciate the fact that you’re starting your day with something positive.  Refuse to let distractions rule your life.  Start each day on the front foot.

What two minute habit will you commit to first thing in the morning?

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Leon Taylor is your Better in 30 Performance Coach. He’s a three-time Olympic athlete, BBC Sports commentator and mentor to diving sensation Tom Daley.  Leon was the first British Olympian in over 44 years to win a silver medal at the Athens Olympics.