The Three Key Elements of a Good Morning Routine

All of us, of course, want to have good days. We all want to be productive and fulfilled every day. But the question is: how can we consistently have good days?

An important factor, I believe, is the way you start your day. The way you start your day can make or break it. If you start your day right, your day will be good. But if you don’t, the opposite will happen. That’s why it’s important that you start your day right.

The key to starting your day right is to have a good morning routine. If you have a good morning routine, you can start your day right by default. It’s as if you can automatically get a good start for your day. Isn’t that great?

But, for your morning routine to be good, it must include three elements. Here they are:

1. Clarity.

Your morning routine must help you gain clarity. It must help you know where you are going and why. It should also reconnect you to your values.

With clarity, it will be easier for you to make decisions throughout the day. Why? Because you can easily see whether something fits your overall direction or not.

So, in your morning routine, include an activity that helps you gain clarity. In my case, it’s prayer and reading the Scripture. In your case, it might be reflection time, meditation, or something else.

2. Energy.

If you want to be productive and enthusiastic throughout your day, one thing you must have is energy. So include an activity that boosts your energy.

The best thing to do for this is exercise. Make it a part of your morning routine, and you will feel the difference it makes.

3. Control.

In addition to clarity and energy, a good morning routine also helps you gain control over your day. You should know what you are about to face so that you can prepare for it.

For this, review your calendar and to-do list. You might also want to check some stats and information to get a sense of how everything is going. You can then decide what to do.


With these three elements, you will have a good start for your day. You will know where you are going (clarity), what to do (control), and what it takes to get them done (energy). Your day will be productive and fulfilling.

Any thoughts on how to have a good morning routine? Please share them in the comments. Thanks!


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  1. Donald, some important ideas. I’m always amazed at how rushed and poor the normal morning start can be for many. A lot of people skip breakfast or eat at their desk when they get to the office which is a bad thing.

    I find reading a good way to start the day. It can focus the mind away from unhelpful anxiety about what’s unlikely to happen. A good way to accompany a slow bowl of porridge.

  2. I really needed to read this. I’ve struggled with being proactive every morning like before. Like you, I also gain clarity through prayer and scripture and this is where I have slacked. This was a good reminder to get back to it, because I know once I gain clarity, energy and control will follow. Thank you!

  3. I can’t tell you how helpful I found this post, but my wife sure can. I have never been a morning person, but I’ve learned just recently that I was sabotaging my mornings before they ever had a chance. Now I make the decision that it’s going to be a great day, and I prepare for that outcome, especially through exercise and yoga. Getting up that slight bit earlier doesn’t make me any more tired, it actually energizes my whole day. This post has been a great help.

  4. Let me try it. Thanks ur article

  5. Orlando Sanchez
    Orlando Sanchez

    Always try to get at the minimum 7 hours of sleep and try to fall asleep the same time every night so that your body can develop a sleeping pattern. This will allow for your body to recover better and get a more restful sleep.

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