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How to Increase Your Motivation in The Morning

How to Increase Your Motivation in The Morning

How to Increase Your Motivation in The Morning


Set an Intention

When you awake, set an intention for your day. This is not really a goal, but a feeling. Picture how you want to feel at the end of the day, what you want to get out of the day ahead of you. Much like in yoga, an intention will help keep you grounded and focused when you become distracted and start to lose motivation. When you feel overwhelmed and unmotivated, bring yourself back to your intention and think of a small action you can take, or something from the present moment you can use, to get closer to that intention.


A few of my favorites include an intention to;

Go forward with confidence

Accept myself without judgement

Live fearlessly

Lift up others


Create an Actionable, Realistic To-Do List

For a to-do list to be actionable, and therefore useful, each item needs to be a specific thing you can reasonably do. If you’re going on a 10-day tropical vacation which includes renting a car, booking a hotel and securing scuba-diving lessons, writing “plan vacation” on your list is not reasonable. It won’t get done in one day and there are so many things to do you’ll be overwhelmed with where to start. Instead, write, “get rental car and plane ticket quotes”. This is specific and can be accomplished that day.


Either write your to-do list before you go to bed, or first thing when you get up. Here’s the kicker, only write – or star – 3 items. This serves two purposes; you have instant clarity on what you should be working on and if you have a packed day and can only do 3 small things, you’ll feel accomplished because you got the pre-determined most important tasks done.

With that said, these 3 tasks should be things you can actually accomplish that day. Set yourself up for success by truly accounting for the time they will take. It’s unmotivating to not completely finish something and unsure where to start or what you should be working towards.


Move in a way you love

According to the Mayo Clinic, exercise has been shown to decrease stress in a number of ways, from increasing self-confidence to bumping the feel-good neurotransmitters, or, endorphins. Sounds like a great way to start your morning with motivation to me!


It’s understandable if you don’t have time to go to BodyPump or get a run in before your day really gets going, but don’t think of this advice only in terms of traditional heart-pumping exercise. Instead, find a way to move at the start of your day that you truly enjoy. A half hour walk with the dog or 15 minutes of yoga can boost your endorphins, get your creative juices flowing and leave you motivated to take on the rest of the day!


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