I’m starting to believe that how you spend the first ten minutes of your morning determines how your day will go. Take this morning for instance, I got up late and then spent a few minutes in gratitude and offering the day to the Universe. Then I went to make the coffee. Once we had that, I set about writing down what I wanted to achieve through the day.

Things didn’t go according to plan. Although, I have several pending projects, mostly involving writing, I was interrupted. Since I had already surrendered the day, even though I was cross with certain events and people, I was able to settle back into doing what I had planned. The day is halfway through, and I’m happy to say, I’ve accomplished quite a bit.

I know I need to include a lot more ‘fixed’ events into the first ten minutes of my morning, and I’ve been researching this a fair bit. The idea is for me to stay creative, inspired, productive and at peace at the end of the day. I thought I’d share some of my ‘findings’ with you.

This is something I came across from the Harvard Business Review on this subject.

Mise-en-place is the religion of all good line cooks,” Bourdain wrote in his runaway bestseller Kitchen Confidential. “As a cook, your station, and its condition, its state of readiness, is an extension of your nervous system… The universe is in order when your station is set…”

The “Meez,” as professionals call it, translates into “everything in its place.” In practice, it involves studying a recipe, thinking through the tools and equipment you will need, and assembling the ingredients in the right proportion before you begin. It is the planning phase of every meal—the moment when chefs evaluate the totality of what they are trying to achieve and create an action plan for the meal ahead.

Sounds like a great idea but I’m more a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of operator. I know this must change, if I am to be creative and productive.

I really loved this infographic from Entrepreneur Magazine encouraging us to take our mornings back – and I really want to do that.



Also read: A list of 10 things the most successful individuals do within the initial 10 minutes of the workday from Inc.com

Summer is here and the sun comes up early in my part of the world, so I’m hoping to start waking up much earlier and getting a routine in place.

How do you spend the first ten minutes of your morning? Did any of these ideas strike you?



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Happy to be linking in with The 1Word Blog Challenge. Held every Wednesday – the words given were ‘secrets’ or ‘morning’. I chose ‘morning’.
The link-up hosts are:

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons
Janine @ Confessions of A Mommyaholic
Marcia @ Blogitudes