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Your morning routine affects the rest of your day

My Morning Routine, by Benjamin Spall and Michael Xander, summary extract (getabstract)

Hurrying through the first hours of the morning will not help you face the day awake, alert and ready. Productive, successful people start their days deliberately, with intention.

A morning routine is not one-size-fits-all. What works for one person may not be right for another. Your work hours, your personal rhythms and your children, if you have kids, dictate the best way to begin your day. Some people commit to uncluttered living and rigorous exercise. Others prefer a routine focused on spiritual pursuits and self-care. A rejuvenating morning routine makes the difference between reaching your daily objectives and falling short.

“The choices we make during the first hour or so of our morning determine whether we have productivity and peace of mind for the rest of the day or whether it will clobber us over the head.”

As you go through different stages of life, your morning routine will evolve. If you align your actions with your beliefs and intentions, how you shape your mornings will add value to your life. Whether you’re an early riser or a late sleeper doesn’t matter. The first hour of your day, whatever time it may occur, paves the way for the rest of the day.


  • Your morning routine affects the rest of your day.

  • Learning how successful people begin their day can inspire you to craft your morning routine.

  • Successful people who feel most alert and energetic in the mornings use this time to get as much done as possible.

  • A consistent exercise routine nourishes your mind, body and spirit.

  • A meditation or mindfulness practice gives your day clarity, focus and a sense of peace.

  • Create an evening routine that helps you relax, let go of daily demands and organize the next morning.

  • A good night’s sleep provides energy for your morning routine and enables high performance during the day.

  • Parents should continually adapt their morning routines to evolve with the changing needs of their families.

  • Beginning the day with self-care and attention sets you up to handle whatever may follow.

“Without a routine, you’re like a ship without a rudder, veering this way and that, but never truly sailing the course you’ve set.”

Making the most of the day’s beginning allows you to fortify yourself for upcoming demands and thoughtfully prioritize your responsibilities. The sense of accomplishment you feel when you complete an important project before lunch or get in an early workout is uplifting and energizing.

About the Authors: Benjamin Spall and Michael Xander co-founded the online magazine My Morning Routine. Spall writes for The New York Times, Observer and Business Insider. Xander is a product designer and engineer.

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