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Make Over Your Mornings

The myth of creativity that most of us are happy to continue believing is that inspiration strikes at any old time. And that all creative people have licence to be disorganized and haphazard in their living.

Not so.

Mason Currey in his popular book Daily Rituals: How Artists Work shows research to prove that many famous artists followed consistent schedules.

The famous psychologist William James says that habits and schedules are necessary because “they free our minds to advance to really intersting fields of action.”

I’ve found that when my mornings are better organized, then I’m not scrambling from one task to another. A better start to the day ensures that I don’t fall into bed at night thinking that I’ve accomplished nothing through the day. Those are days too when I’m at my creative best.

Remember my post about the first 10 minutes of the morning? It seems that some of what I’ve shared is filtering into my life. But I know I still have to be more disciplined about my mornings inorder to be more creative and productive through the day.

make over your mornings

Make Over Your Mornings

I’ve just signed up for Crystal Paine’s  (of Make Over Your Mornings course. It promises to help me with productivity, to streamline my days, make time to cultivate my soul and more!  The course has a three-fold approach: a chapter to read, a video to watch, and a project to complete – all of which will take no more than 15 minutes! I did the first module today and am excited to continue.

Some of the topics covered in the 14-day course include:

  • Discovering why a well-planned morning revolutionizes your whole day
  • Establishing bedtime routines
  • Designing a morning routine centered on your biggest priorities
  • Goal-setting
  • Setting up a task management system
  • Prioritizing exercise and healthy breakfasts
  • Creating internal and external motivators
  • Establishing accountability
  • Battling lies
  • Building stamina when things get tough

There’s a great offer on the course just now. So if you’re interested, go over to and get the course for yourself.

I’ll keep you posted on my progress and you do likewise. Deal?



  1. cathy cathy June 8, 2015

    I could have written the first part of your post myself Corinne. I find I am way more productive when I am organized. I look forward to seeing how the course benefits you.
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  2. Parul Parul June 5, 2015

    Deal! keep us posted on how the course goes.
    My mornings are mostly get up and run to work. I find that time to organize myself and my writing is when I get back from work. And that is why I don’t want to let go of that time.
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | June 6, 2015

      Ah! Parul, even though I don’t run to work anymore, I tend to plunge into the day’s activities. I’m back to setting aside 15-20 minutes to write my Morning Pages and that makes a great deal of difference to my day.
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  3. Vishal Bheeroo Vishal Bheeroo June 5, 2015

    Enjoy reading during the morning and it’s my stable breakfast. Thanks for this post:)

  4. Tina Tina June 5, 2015

    my morning starts with checking my phone and surfing for first 15-20 minutes, and on a weekday the first few minutes are spent in snoozing the alarm!!!

  5. Sacha Sacha June 5, 2015

    love this morning traditions or patterns to practice

  6. Nan Nan June 4, 2015

    Alpha Hubby and I were just talking about this, about mornings needing to be more organized. This is exactly what I’ve been working on so I love that you wrote about this today. The hardest part for me was stepping away from the computer, social media, blogging, and other things like television, that distract. Now that I have, it is amazing how much free time I have to really schedule a good day

  7. Martha Orlando Martha Orlando June 4, 2015

    I’ll be so interested to see how this course goes for you, Corinne. Having an organized day, especially starting in the morning, always works for me!
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  8. Carol Graham Carol Graham June 4, 2015

    I had to chuckle when I read this because the other day I decided that my mornings are too structured and maybe I should consider slacking off a bit. My day is scheduled from the moment I wake. After reading this, I guess I was wrong and will stay with my usual plan.
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  9. Shilpa Garg Shilpa Garg June 4, 2015

    Agree completely! A well planned and organized morning sets the tone of the day and also boosts productivity. So much can be accomplished without any hassles and heart burns. I am checking out this course. Sounds great! Thanks for sharing, Corinne!
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  10. Kathy Kathy June 4, 2015

    Hi Corinne! I so agree that if we set up the right disciplines in our life we can free our mind and creativity to be the best it can be. Good for you for finding something that will help you do just that! I look forward to reading about your progress. ~Kathy
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