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10 Morning Habits For a Successful Day

What are some of your morning habits? Do you have a particular routine that you follow? Is there anything that you must do before your day can begin? No really, I want to know! A while back I read a very inspiring article posted on Lifehack.org that fell completely in line with habits that either I already had in my morning or those I wanted to have.

When I started writing this post, my plan was to research the morning habits of the most successful Entrepreneur Women (which you’ve probably read before!). After realizing how many habits I already shared with these women and the habits I wanted to adopt, I had a better idea! Why not share my current habits and future goals and ask you to share yours with me?

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I became fascinated to learn what we as bloggers and social media mavens (and some of us mothers) did to get their day started off on the right track! I do hope that you’ll share with me your #MorningHabits (don’t forget the hashtag!) in the comments section of this post or anywhere on social media.

10 Morning Habits For a Successful Day


Here Are the “10 Habits” From the Lifehack.org Article

  1. Wake up really early
  2. Burn your calories
  3. Do an “Hour of Power”
  4. Jot down on your gratitude journal
  5. Ask yourself one important question
  6. Eat that frog first
  7. Connect with your partner
  8. Plan and strategize
  9. Meditate and clear your mind
  10. Cuddle and bond with your kids

*The morning habits that I already had in my “repitoire” are italicized. The habits highlighted in gold are the ones that I wanted to incorporate into my morning. Below are my 10 #MorningHabits, why they work for me and how they can work for you!

Alegria’s Muse Founder, Jessica Adams’

10 Morning Habits 


  • Wake up really early – Like 5:30am! It sounds crazy, trust me I know. I’m a former Night Owl….we’re talking 3am-8am sleep hours. First of all, that is not enough sleep in order to function properly. I’ve also read a lot about successful people who have made waking up super early a habit. They always write such encouraging words about how the early hour effects their overall productivity (which is what sold me in the end!).
  • Meditate (or Pray) I cannot stress this enough, upon rising (then using the restroom, grabbing an essential cup of coffee and a bottle of room temperature water) I get right into the habit of chanting. Some people meditate quietly, others pray either aloud or quietly and some of us chant. I chant a calming mantra that focuses on “devoting myself to the mystic law of cause & effect through sound (my chanting)” and I focus my energy on all the causes that I want/need to make in the day that lies ahead.
  • Take Jasper for a brisk walk/jog through the neighborhood – “Your health is one investment that is guaranteed to pay dividends!” I never thought I’d be quoting my least favorite Shark, Mr. Kevin O’Leary (sorry Mr. Wonderful!) but he does have good point! I used to walk/run with Jasper at night until I read a study about exercising before bed, being good for some and not so good for others. I actually fell into the later group, so the switch to morning workouts has been incredibly beneficial to me for pretty much every reason listed in the article above!
  • Ask the “Steve Jobs” question At this time, it’s just after 6:30a and time to ask myself the infamous question that Steve Jobs used to ask himself every morning, “If today was the last day of your life, would you still want to do what you’re about to do today?”. If he answered this question with a “no” several times in a week, he would look at what his current goals were in both his professional and personal life. Then he would make a change, never knowing if he “would have the opportunity to do so the next day.” I am grateful that Jobs shared this daily question to himself during a speech at Stanford many years ago because it has truly become a habit that has changed the way that I view my goals and how important it is to look at whether or not something is really working in my life.
  • Check my “daily to-do list” Depending on how long I took to answer my “Steve Jobs question”, it should be about 6:40a by now. One of my favorite work-related habits has been to create a daily to-do list (every night before). Finally, it’s time to open up the WordPress Dashboard for my self-hosted website alegriasmuse  to make sure everything is running smoothly there.
  • Wake my daughter with lots of snuggles & tickles My 8 year-old daughter loves both snuggles and tickles. These tickles must be mild at first since she’s just waking up but I like to stay in the snuggle phase as long as possible. This particular phase of the wake-up process (snuggles) is my favorite, as any mother can attest. I’ll jump into her bed and scoop her into my arms at 7a sharp. Her school in close enough so that as long as we’ve prepared her lunch, outfit, etc, the night before, we have about 10 minutes (my favorite 10 min of the day) to wake up and share our dreams from night before. We also talk about our goals for the day ahead and I swear, this particular window of time with her is truly one of the best parts of parenthood for me.
  • Eat the Frog! No I don’t eat frog legs for breakfast! “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day” said Mark Twain in his famous quote, which became a metaphor for advice on how to tackle the day! Most people take this to mean that big article (they) have due at work” or eventhat traffic ticket (I’ve) been putting off going to court about”. This particular habit is usually work-related for most but I tend to eat the frog that is the biggest thing I need to tackle first thing, professional or otherwise.
  • Connect with my partnerThis became one of those points that I adopted as soon as I read the article that inspired me from Lifehack.org. We decided together that even if he didn’t have a client (he’s a Contractor) in the morning and could sleep in, he would get up with Claire & I, to have breakfast then go with me to drop her off at school. Depending on our schedules we try to make a habit of grabbing some coffee on the way home or if time permits, we try to stop by the chiropractor together!
  • Study time  Upon arriving home directly after droppi at school, it should be 8:15a and I’ll spend the next hour and 15 minutes (to round off the time) studying. This can include a “half hour of power” for me, for others it’s usually the popular “hour of power”. I already get a lot of my inspiration & encouragement during my early morning chanting session! I also gain a lot of encouragement, reading books by established writers, businessmen/women and my personal favorite, successful entrepreneurs!
  • Acknowledge and appreciate my life – The time is about 9:30am and I’ve already spent 4 hours awake & productive. Looking back over the morning inevitably sparks gratitude within in me and I like to write about things I’m specifically grateful for in my journal. I like to acknowledge the gratitude I have by putting it into my writing, my designs and my Office Hours & Strategy Sessions with clients. If at any point throughout the day I become frustrated or irritated with someone or something I just close my eyes, take a deep breath and think back on my morning with a smile. This habit is sometimes a forced one but I smile either way! It’s amazing what the act of smiling can do for your emotional wellness during a stressful time!

Well there you have it, my 10 #MorningHabits! Again, I’d love to hear some of your own morning habits in the comments section and on Instagram or Twitter (using the hashtag above). I look forward to reading about your #MorningHabits and seeing how many of them we all might end up adopting from each other in the future!


Jessica Rose Adams

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  • Reply
    Maria Madsen
    August 24, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Working out for 30 minutes and then a Healthy breakfast to get my day started. It’s the only way to make it through 10-11 hour work days!

  • Reply
    Jessica Adams
    August 24, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    I hear you Maria! I didn’t mention it (although perhaps I should in the future, as an additional habit!) but my family & I do eat a healthy breakfast in between habits #6 and #7….like I said, I sure as heck don’t eat the FROG!!! ; )

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    August 25, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    My morning is all about me
    As soon as I open my eyes potty break. Weigh in (yes I get on the scale every morning )
    Then I drink my first 5oz.of water
    I then take my morning meds. And vitamins & finger stick.
    Then connect with the other half.
    Eat a well balanced breakfast

    • Reply
      Jessica Adams
      August 25, 2015 at 8:38 pm

      I take my meds at night, otherwise I totally feel your morning Stephanie Guenard 😉 thanks for responding!

  • Reply
    August 30, 2015 at 5:31 am

    I’ll have to go read the lifehack article. I have been working on a post similar to this as I try to create a new routine wince my second child arrived I found myself increasingly frustrated. I started analyzing what I was doing different each day because some days I was on top of the world and some I was drowning. I’ve found it’s all directly related to how productive I feel in the morning.

    • Reply
      Jessica Adams
      August 30, 2015 at 8:54 pm

      So true! And trust me, it took YEARS after having my daughter to get a routine going like this but once it clicked….amazing days ahead! What do you blog about at akreativewhim.com? I shall check it out 😉 Thanks for stopping by!

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    August 30, 2015 at 5:57 am

    Great post! I have been trying to wake up early as well and have just started writing in my Five Minute Journal! I hope to get even better with my morning routine. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Reply
      Jessica Adams
      August 30, 2015 at 8:51 pm

      Stick with it, I promise a good morning schedule will improve your entire day! I’m so glad you liked the post and thanks for commenting! Do you blog anywhere that I could check out your stuff?

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    ilkay ivrendi
    September 1, 2015 at 1:55 am

    Hello Jessica. This post is so nice and cute 🙂 I would like to share this post also in my blog with your name. Or you can join and create your own profile and share your own articles by yourself 🙂

    • Reply
      Jessica Adams
      September 1, 2015 at 8:00 am

      Thank you Ilkay, I appreciate your kind words 🙂 I like your site, what a great DIY posting idea! I would be happy to share this post, just send me an email with all the particulars. Thanks!

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    Jessica Adams
    September 19, 2015 at 1:07 am

    Woo hoo! Now I’m not so bummed that I had to stay up late to finish some writing, I got to see that this post is featured in today’s SITS Girls Saturday Sharefest! Gotta love that “Pingback” alert 😉 This is so cool….I <3 the SITS Girls and all of their readers, what a great bunch! I hope everyone likes my 10 #MorningHabits and PLEASE SHARE YOUR OWN!! ~ alegriasmuse

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      Jessica Adams
      November 5, 2015 at 11:46 am

      I absolutely love it! I was so excited upon reading this and thinking about your piece for HelloGiggles, that I reached out to Sophia to share the article with her 🙂 Thank you again for thinking of me!

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    Charles Wakefield
    August 25, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Hi Jessica.
    I tell you,the morning hour has changed my life for the better.
    More control there and no interruptions,just me time all the way while my wife and 2 kids are sleeping.
    Physical exercise-cardio,bodyweight and yoga 20 min
    Guided meditation,deep beathing,resting-20 min
    Reading inspiational and journaling 20 min.

    I am then in beast mode…Lol..

    I am flexible with my routine.I shorten it at times when the previous day was too fastpaced.
    One thing is sure…no one messes with my morning routine!

    • Reply
      Jessica Adams
      August 29, 2016 at 12:05 am

      Charles, I loved your comment! Thank you for sharing your morning routine with me. I especially liked the part where you shared that once you’re done, you’re in “beast mode”!! 😉 I’m definitely a lot more flexible than I’m supposed to be too but in the end, it all works out.

      Thanks again for reaching out and I hope you’ll visit our site again soon 🙂

      Jessica @alegriasmuse

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    January 24, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    I love this! So inspiring my dear! I think I’m going to definitely make a morning habits big blog post as well! Routines are so important, thank you for this awesome post!

    • Reply
      Jessica Adams
      January 24, 2017 at 2:08 pm

      Oh yay!!! Thank you for such an energetic & supportive response 🙂 I’m so happy that you were inspired by this post, especially since I’ve been thinking about following it up with “10 MORE HABITS” for 2017? What do you think? Would love the feedback… 😉

      Jess @alegriasmuse

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