Developing a Morning Ritual to Increase Productivity

Can getting up earlier help you become more productive?

What should you do during your first hours of the day?

What if you aren’t a “morning person.”


I have decided to include some posts on productivity in the next several months. This is a happy, healthy, healing blog, and I firmly believe being more productive can increase happiness. Through my new business ventures, I have learned many new things that I would like to pass on to you.  

I have always been an early riser but never created extra time in the morning for a ritual, until recently!

The more I read about successful people’s habits, the more I realize that most of them follow some routine. If you are a business owner or thinking of starting a business, this post will increase your chances of success.  

Drink Water First Thing in the Morning

We wake up each morning, dehydrated. The best practice is to drink water as soon as you arise. This serves several purposes:

  • Increases energy levels: Increased hydration boosts the oxygen received by the brain. This will make you more alert and increase energy.  
  • Helps eliminate toxins: Increasing water intake will result in more urine output, which flushes toxins from the body while we sleep; our immune system goes into repair and recovery mode, including removing toxins. Many people begin the day with a cup of coffee that has some beneficial effects, but this can cause more dehydration.
  • Helps improve skin health: Drinking water on an empty stomach hydrates the skin and increases elasticity. This helps to reduce wrinkles and keeps your skin looking healthy. Water can also help to clear up acne and other skin blemishes.
  • Decreases headache frequency: Many headaches occur as a result of dehydration.  

Enjoy Some Quiet Time

This is a new revelation for me. I have always rushed to get things done and rarely took the time to stop and reflect on other aspects of my life. Spiritual health and gratitude are critical. Here are some activities to calm your mind. This doesn’t have to take more than a few minutes, but it is time well spent.

  • Pray: If you believe in a superior power, the morning is an ideal time to pray. If you wake up before others in your house, this can be a very peaceful practice.
  • Meditate:  Meditation has many benefits.  
    1. It can reduce stress.1

         2. Meditation has also been shown to help decrease symptoms of various anxiety disorders.2

Another study concluded that mindfulness meditation can have long-term beneficial effects in patients diagnosed with anxiety disorders.3

       3. Meditation has been shown to relieve pain through several brain mechanisms.4

Our state of mind affects our perception of pain.

      4. Meditation can improve sleep.  Sleep is a vital part of the productivity equation.

We all need an adequate amount of sleep to function at a high level. Meditation has been shown to help people fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.5

  • Recite self-affirmations: This can train you to think positively about important things in your life. You can either find some that fit your personality on the internet or create your own. Here are some of the self-affirmations I recite.

          I trust that I am on the right path.

          I use my experience and talents to help others become healthier.

          My drive and ambition allow me to reach my goals.

          I am confident in my ability to create a stable source of residual income that will allow me to retire comfortably.

         I am grateful to have people in my life who love and support me.

This process will help your subconscious mind begin to create more positive thoughts.  

Visualize yourself where you want to be: Spend some time with your eyes closed, imagining you in your successful future. 

  • Visualization is used by athletes and business people to install positive images into the subconscious mind.  Picture yourself in the place you would like to be in the future.  This can be a powerful tool.  If you are able to visualize and accept something, you have a much better chance of acheiving it.



We all know the benefits of exercise. To be happy and healthy, you must exercise. 

Moving gets your blood circulating and improves mood. Exercise helps with weight loss, sleep, energy level, and so much more.  

I try to do another activity while exercising. My next goal is to purchase an exercise bike to do my prospecting while I pedal. I spend at least 30-45 minutes prospecting in the morning each day.  

Another idea is to listen to a book or motivational talk while exercising. Whatever you do, be sure to get this in. If you would prefer to exercise later in the day, that is fine; just be sure it gets done.

Read Books on Self Improvement

Many people have written books on how they became successful. These books are available for a few dollars in most cases. There is no reason to develop a new way of doing things if you can learn from someone who has already figured it out.

Spend a few minutes each morning reading self-help or inspirational books. If you aren’t a reader, start by reading a few pages each day. If you do this consistently, you will be able to read many books per year.  

Books are available on your phone as well. I listen to books on audible every single day. 

I do this while driving to and from work. I have learned a great deal by making this simple change.


Journaling has many benefits. It helps you become a better writer, solve problems, and set goals. 

Writing down your successes and failures can lead you in the right direction. Journaling also improves memory and mood.  

We have all heard of mindfulness. Journaling gets you there. It forces you to examine your thoughts and feelings.

There are many tools to help with journaling. I use the Five Minute Journal iPhone app, which I purchased for only $4.99. This app helps me focus on the positive aspects of my life.  

Five minutes in the morning and evening is all it takes with this simple tool.

Work on Income Producing Activities (IPA)

If you own your own business, the morning is a great time to complete tasks that lead to revenue. As mentioned above, I spend 30-45 minutes each morning prospecting for new team members. This gets one thing crossed off of my task list for the day. I suggest working on the most critical items on your “to-do list” as early as possible. This gives you a jump start on your productive day.

Mornings don’t have to be a drag! You can learn to love this time of your day. Develop a routine that works for you using the elements listed above. I strongly suggest drinking two 16 ounce glasses of water shortly after you wake up. 

Getting up earlier can increase productivity. You can train yourself to be a morning person. If you do things often enough, they become habits. Trade your bad habits for good ones.

Resist hitting the snooze button. If necessary, move your alarm clock across the room, so you have to get out of bed to shut it off. Immediately brush your teeth and drink your first glass of water. This should give you the energy you need to move to the next task.

The rest is up to you. If this isn’t your thing, start small. Get up 45 minutes earlier and try it out. I think you will find this very beneficial.  

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me anytime.

Have a great week, and stay safe!

Michael Brown in Lab Coat with arms crossed

Michael J. Brown, RPh, BCPS, BCPP

Mr. Brown is a Clinical Pharmacist specializing in pharmacotherapy and psychiatry.

Read Michael’s story here.

Feel free to send Michael a message using this link.



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Gratitude Unlocks the Fullness of Life

The COVID-19 virus has changed our way of living. People are tired of being cooped up in their houses. Most of us are used to being able to socialize, go out to dinner, ship our kids off to school and visit friends and family. During this time, I believe it is important to stop, take a deep breath, and think about the positive things we enjoy daily.

This post is about gratitude. One of the keys to happiness. Any situation can be looked at in different ways. Remember, your glass can be half full or half empty. I am going to share some techniques I use to help change my mindset. These are just a few examples. Find what works best for you. The key is to train your mind to look at the positive aspects of a situation rather than concentrating on the negative. It takes work but it is time well spent.


The Gratitude Journal

It is easy to forget all the great things about our lives. One of the best ways to keep positive thoughts alive in your mind is to create a gratitude journal. This is a very simple process that anyone can do in just a few minutes per day.

I recommend journaling when you first wake up, right before falling asleep, or both. Starting your day off by counting your blessings will allow you to begin your day on a positive note. This doesn’t have to take a lot of time. Just list different things you are grateful for each day.

Journaling just prior to sleeping helps to calm your mind. It can lead to a better night of sleep. Just write down the things that made you happy during the day. What did you do well? List accomplishments. Review your day and jot the positive aspects down on paper.


Take a Break to Appreciate Nature

This has become my number one tool for decreasing anxiety and feeling better about the world we all live in. With everything going on lately, it is very easy to focus on negatives. Please give this a try.

Take a break to go outside and look around at what nature has to offer. Feel the suns warmth on your skin. Listen to birds sing. Actually study a flower or leaf. Pay attention to the details of their beauty.

No matter how your day is going, realizing how spectacular our world is can change your perspective. If you visit nature on a consistent basis, you can actually change how you feel. This is one of the reasons people enjoy hiking so much. The world we live in is truly a beautiful place.

Take pictures of flowers and trees. The photos posted at the beginning of this segment are just a few of the beautiful aspects of nature I have observed this year.


Don’t Forget the Gratitude Quotes

I have made a habit of reading positive quotes daily. This started as a strategy to find content for Instagram posts. I learned that this habit changed my perspective on life. It is another way to place positive information in your mind. These quotes can be found on the internet in seconds. You can also find them at least every other day on my Instagram feed @sunshineNTC.

I often share them with my wife and coworkers. It has helped my mindset. Sometimes it is the simplest things that cause the most impact.


The Power of Prayer

Do not underestimate the power of prayer. Connecting with your creator on a daily basis can change your life for the better. Take this time to thank God for the life you live and the world you live in. Instead of praying for a better life, consider being thankful for what you have. Your family, friends, job, house and everything you own can bring you joy if you think about things in the right way. If you are not a religious person, this can also be accomplished with meditation.

It is about spending some quiet time to collect your thoughts.

There are many ways to meditate and I plan to write an entire blog post on this subject in the near future. Clearing your mind with meditation has many positive effects on both the mind and body.


Celebrate Thanksgiving Everyday

One of our family’s Thanksgiving traditions is to go around the table and explain to the group what we are thankful for.

What if you did this each night at the dinner table?   Start with the youngest and ask them what they enjoyed about their day?

What things made them feel good?

Did they learn anything new?

What are they thankful for?

We like to begin our dinner with a prayer usually spoken by our youngest. This is another way to celebrate the blessing we enjoy every day.



One of the best things to remember is that smiling makes you happy. This is true even if it is forced. It is also true that smiling at others makes them feel good as well. It is a win-win. You also feel good knowing you made someone else happy even if it were for only a short time.

I like to start each day by looking in the mirror, smiling and telling myself it is going to be a great day. It is quick, easy and it works.

Make it a practice to smile at everyone you walk by. Pay attention to how this makes you feel. I believe you will see a big difference.


Living each day with gratitude is not difficult. It doesn’t take much time. It won’t disrupt your schedule. What it will do is make you feel better about your life. It will increase happiness. The people you associate with will be able to detect a difference in your mood.

If you commit to trying the simple techniques outlined in this post, you will become a more likeable person. You will look forward to each day, have more energy and sleep better. Being grateful is one of the keys to happiness. Give it a try, you will be glad you did.

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Michael Brown in Lab Coat with arms crossed

Michael J. Brown, RPh, BCPS, BCPP

Mr. Brown is a Clinical Pharmacist specializing in pharmacotherapy and psychiatry.

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