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So as you guys know I listen to a lot of podcasts about successful happy people as part of my self-care  I also make a point to read personal development books too.  It is just important to me to always have positive information fresh in my brain.  It really does help me make the best out of life and stay motivated. So one of the key things that all of these books and podcasts have in common is they say the key to a productive day is your morning routine.

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I already have a pretty well established routine in place where I get myself up early, about a half hour before I have to get in the shower and get ready for work. I pack my lunch and have a cup of coffee or two.  Usually when I sit with my coffee I scroll my social media, read fellow bloggers posts and make an entry in my journal.  

The journaling is a new thing for me and something that I picked up in a book or podcast.  I can’t remember which.  I know Mel Robbins says in her book the 5 Second Rule to write down 2 things that are important for you to accomplish during the day.  Just two things so that A) You have your goals for the day and B) It’s only two so you are more than likely to accomplish them and not get overwhelmed.   So I have been following this practice nearly everyday.

What I can tell you about the habit of journaling is that it clears my mind and helps me to prepare for my day.  I have so much going on, between 4 kids, a full time job, my blog and now my Mary Kay business (which is booming by the way), I am super swamped.  So jotting down my feelings on things that occurred the day before, what my intentions are for the day and my two big goals for the day gets me set for success! 

My suggestion to rock your mornings is to set your alarm for at least an half hour earlier than usual. Then you can absolutely not hit snooze! Studies show that this can throw off your whole day. (Check out Mel Robbins book the 5 Second Rule for more details on this)  Lastly if you haven’t done it yet start your journal now!  Write down those thoughts running around in your brain and set two big goals for the day. It makes a huge difference, keeps you focused and on track to a productive day! 

What are some of your morning rituals?  Do you already keep a journal?  If so how has it helped you!  I would love to hear about it! 

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