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My mother always used to say “Start as you mean to continue”.

The wonderful gift we receive each morning is a blank canvas on which to paint our day. So, I’m curious, what are the first things you put on that canvas? In short, what is your morning routine?

Some people start with their inbox, others with a favourite book and still others with a morning run! Some people don’t have any. There is clearly no one right routine but there probably are ways of better preparing for whatever a particular day has in store for us.

My morning routine certainly adapts depending on what I have scheduled but the basic building blocks of meditation, written reflection, exercise and a very late breakfast are usually in the mix. Email and news come later. The underlying purpose is to approach the day on my terms before being buffeted by the fates.

If you would like to reflect on this further, I’ve put together a very short self-reflection questionnaire: