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Life is busy. Plain and simple. The older and more experienced we get the more responsibility we take on, sometimes voluntarily, sometimes not so much. We can get so caught up with working hard to please the people around us, make a living and building a family that we sacrifice the much needed personal time where we refocus and center our lives. If we neglect to do this for extended periods of time we become unproductive and have nothing to give back to those around us who we were laboring for in the first place. Michael Hyatt says multiple times in his blog and his book Platform that,

If we do not take the time to center and replenish ourselves then we have nothing left to give back to those we are trying to help.

It is so true, we are much more productive when our physical, mental and spiritual lives are in order. I have come to find that the morning is the most important time to do this because it sets the pace for the rest of your day. Here are a few things you can do each morning to keep this burn out from happening and start moving towards thriving.

1. Exercise first thing in the morning

I know many of you are considering skipping the rest of this post because of this first point but by getting your blood flowing first thing in the morning you will kick off the day with more energy that will help to carry you through the rest of the day. Just take me at my word, try it out and see if you don’t feel better and more energetic that morning.

2. Stimulate your brain
Lately I have been taking Michael Hyatt’s advice and taking time first thing in the morning to either read or listen to a podcast that is going to benefit me and help empower me to keep chasing after my goals. A lot of times this can be done in tandem with tip #1, with the amount of audio books and podcasts you can listen while you run or workout. First wake up your body, get the blood moving, then workout your brain.

3. “Feed the machine”
One of my good friends always says, “time to feed the machine” after a good work out and he couldn’t be more right. If we want to run at our full capacity we have to be consuming the right foods that are going to give us the energy to take on the day and that will keep us healthy for the long run.  Make it a point to eat breakfast every morning, and make sure it is something decent.  Kick the day off right.

The morning sets the tone for the rest of the day.  Personally, I am trying to discipline myself to wake up earlier every morning so I can get my exercise and reading in and accompany that with a good meal.  I will elaborate on the outcome of  this more in the coming weeks.  I would love to know more about what you do to put yourself first so that you can continue to impact the world around you.  Keep the conversation going in the comment section below.

What are your best habits that help you kick the day off right?  

What do you do to take care of yourself and prevent burnout?