Unless someone has a serious psychological issue, no one wakes up planning to have a bad day or to not do good for others. Most of us do not even get up and consciously think about the kind of day we are going to have. We usually wake up, go through our morning routine and start thinking about what lies ahead for the day.

If you happen to get up extra early so you can read something positive, exercise or sit and write out your to do list, and at least have a light breakfast, you are more likely to have a good day.

If, on the other hand, you happen to be one who hits the snooze button a few times, jumps up for a quick shower, grabs a cup of Joe for breakfast and head out the door in a hurry… your chances of having a good day have diminished.

How you start each day determines the outcome of your day.

It has been proven that the happiest, most successful and most productive people have a daily plan.  Preparation makes you feel confident and ready for the day – it gives you the edge. You feel less hurried throughout the day and you are more pleasant and helpful to others.

Those that start the day hurried, hurry all day long. They can’t seem to catch up and are less likely to make time for anyone else along the way. It leaves one feeling behind all day long.  Though it may not be consciously expressed, the prevailing feeling is, “The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.”

It is said you cannot teach an old dog new tricks, but just a slight adjustment to your daily schedule can truly change your life and disprove that saying.

If you will just go to bed a half hour earlier and get up a half hour earlier, have your clothes already laid out, have a light breakfast and some positive message on your breakfast table or posted on your bathroom mirror, your day will actually change for the better.

I don’t get up and exercise in the morning, but I do get up early (surprise to many – I just do not want to talk that early).  I know what I am going to wear, I have certain chores I do each day since I have animals, I eat something light, check my email, write down nine things in my gratitude journal and then turn on the phone and computer.

I have learned that if I do not turn on the phone or computer until I am ready for work, it allows me to focus on getting done what I need to get done and not forget anything.  I have noticed that if I break my morning routine, I invariably forget something which also lends to getting behind for the day.

Before I go to bed, I have already planned my next day, written it in my planner and put it on my Google calendar.  (I am one of those baby boomers that grew up with a paper calendar so I use both methods to ensure I have my information available so I have a backup – and a good day).

When we are not in a hurry and can truly focus, or be in the now, as is the trend of grounded people today, we are more apt to get the things on our list done and even lend a hand to others in need.

I BELIEVE starting the day off in a positive way has a domino effect. If you doubt it, and would like to have the best days possible, try it.

My Post It Note for your mirror requires a bigger post it note this time because it a positive poem cementing good things in your mind for your day.

As I live each day
may I do my part
to make one difference,
to touch one heart.
And through each day
may it be my goal
to encourage one mind
and inspire one soul.
To spend my days wisely
in all that I do
caring and loving
and living
for you.

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