Start the day as you mean to go on is a phrase lots of British children heard growing up. And actually, there is a lot of sense in it. Beginning the day on a positive note helps to set the tone for the rest of the day ahead. A lot of our actions are habits and putting the right ones in place can bring about simple and effective changes.
Our habits are essentially patterns in our brains (neural pathways). It takes time and effort to create new ones. Getting into good habits to begin each morning will help set the tone for the rest of the day.
Of course, there are always obstacles and incidents outside of our control. However, for the majority of the time, it’s the way we deal with them that affects our mood. Starting the day positively helps frame our thought-patterns and emotions so life feels a bit easier to deal with.
How to start the day as you mean to go on: THree Habits to get into
- Plan ahead
My day goes much more smoothly if I’ve managed to iron my clothes for the day ahead – rather than picking out what’s clean and hoping for the best. If I’ve made a green smoothie and my lunch in advance, then I am literally winning at life (small things here).
2. Be appreciative and show gratitude
Say thank you for the cup of coffee, your train arriving on time, or getting a good parking space outside work. Feel the appreciation for things around you and events going your way.
3. Start creative thinking or problem solving first thing
Use the first part of the day to tackle more challenging tasks and save the more administrative, basic jobs until later in the day. Your brain should be less tired and you’ll start the day with a sense of accomplishment.