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Today we learn about the importance of having daily morning and evening routines.

34 Morning Daily Routine Habits for a Healthy Start to Your Day

Are you having trouble sticking to (or building) a morning and evening routines?

It’s easy to forget about your morning and evening routines when your day is full of dozens of tasks and personal obligations.

Fortunately, there’s a simple solution to this problem.
If you add good habits that directly relate to your personal goals, then it's easy to create a daily schedule (that's under 30 minutes), which can dramatically improve your life.
Use the power of healthy habits in your morning and evening routines to improve your life.
The trick here is knowing which success and health habits to include in your morning routine.

In this post, we’ll go over 34 ideas that only require 5 to 10 minutes of your time.  Simply review this list and you'll discover a plethora of ideas for morning and evening routines.

Let’s get to it.
The Importance of Morning and Evening Routines
Before we jump into the habits, let's take a moment and talk about the benefits of morning and evening routines.

For starters, people are the most productive when they wake up, and setting up a routine ensures that they maintain that level of productivity for longer periods of time.

Following a system first thing in the morning, means you’ll have more time to reflect in a quiet atmosphere (less hustle and bustle) and it gives you the opportunity to be organized for the rest of the day.

More importantly, this daily habit helps you create energy and the right “mindset” to tackle the challenges of a busy day.

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Waking up early is a success habit that nearly all leaders follow, notes Sujan Patel in his blog post on the routines of fortune 500 leaders. Noting how early many high powered leaders start their work days.

The good news?

Everything in the following list can be accomplished in as little as five minutes. Morning and evening routines do not necessarily mean you need to be up at 4:00 am. It only means you need to set aside a little bit of extra time every day.

These quick routines mean you can stack one habit on top of another and complete a lot of important things in a single block of 30 minutes.

Simply look at the following list and choose the habits that make the most sense for your lifestyle.

Career Morning and Evening Routines

1. Schedule Your Day
5 min. Required Time
Without a schedule, it’s frighteningly easy to get to the end of the day and realize you’ve achieved nothing of importance.
Schedule your day and make a list of tasks you want to complete.
At the very least, you should make a list of the tasks you want to accomplish during the day and decide where your priorities lie.
Make a list of the tasks you want to complete by the end of the day. Try to be realistic about your efficiency instead of creating a lengthy list of tasks that will be impossible to complete.

Use the Eisenhower Decision Matrix to rate the importance of each task: 1 (important and urgent), 2 (important, but not urgent), 3 (not important, but urgent), or 4 (not important, not urgent).

2. Chunk Down a Project (or Task) into Manageable Steps
4 min. Required Time
Sometimes a project is so overwhelming that you simply don’t know where to get started. But if you set aside time during a stack to create a step-by-step plan, you can improve your productivity because you’ll know where to get started.

For each of your major projects, take a few minutes to chunk it down into simple-to-complete steps. By breaking a task into specific actions, you’ll have a better understanding of what needs to be done and how to schedule the work into your day.

3. Research One “Side Hustle”
5 min. Required Time
A side hustle is another way to describe a part-time activity that could turn into a full-time income. But there are too many choices out there, which makes it hard to pick one and stick with it.

To research a side hustle, the best starting points are Nick Loper’s Side Hustle Nation and his book Buy Buttons. Both provide a great overview of the different income-generating opportunities and what you need to do to create a similar business.

Ask yourself a few key questions like:
Do I have time to work on this side hustle?
What equipment is required to get started?
How much money do I need to invest in it?
Does the type of business match my personality?
Can this business scale into a full-time income?

4. Make One Business Connection
5 min. Required Time
You’ve probably heard the expression, “It’s not what you know. It’s who you know.” Well, it’s true for every area of life, but this is especially true when it comes to your career.
Making one new business connection a day can make a big difference in your career.
There are many ways to improve your business network. Here are five resources you can use to get started:

1. LinkedIn: The best social media site for making business connections and profiling your skills, knowledge, and areas of expertise.

2. Beyond: Another social media site for professionals, with over 50 million registered members.

3. Meetup: The preferred site for finding specific groups in the area and connecting with people who are interested in your career field.

4. Facebook Groups: One of the best resources for finding people who share a mutual interest. There are millions of groups here, so it’s not hard to find a few that specialize in your industry.

5. Google Plus: While the use of Google’s social site has diminished, it’s still embraced by folks in the business and technology fields. So if have a job like that, then this is a great place to look.

5. Review Your Goals
5 min. Required Time
Everybody has goals. Whether they are big or small, we all have things that we want to accomplish. Sadly, the daily hustle and bustle of life can make us get off track.

You need to review your goals so that you can:
Create plans to reach those goals
Put your day in perspective
Know what’s important to accomplish
You can set goals for the day or the year, but you can't just aimlessly wander around on a day-to-day basis. Make sure you use every minute for what it's worth and accomplish what you set out for.

Suggested Reading: Change Your Habits Change Your Life

6. Track Your Expenses (from the Day Before)
5 min. Required Time
Get started by keeping all the receipts, credit card statements, and notes (in an emergency) for each expenditure. Then, at the end of the day, jot down a description of the purchase and the amount. (This should be a daily habit because it’s easy to forget those small purchases that you make throughout the day.)

From there, input this information into one of the following tools:
A notebook (yes, this is a low-tech approach, but some folks like having a string of notebooks that they can use to maintain their records).
A spreadsheet program, like Microsoft Excel.
A Cloud-based software program and app like Mint.

7. Review Your Budget
3 min. Required Time
There are two budgeting habits that you can build. The first is the daily checkup that neatly fits into any regular stack. Here, you’ll look at your budget as a reminder of what you’re allowed to spend on each category.
When it comes to monitoring your budget, it's important to have a quick daily checkup and a weekly budget review.
The second habit is the weekly budget review. This thirty-minute routine is important because it gives you a complete picture of where you’re spending your money and if you’re sticking to the plan.

During this weekly analysis, look at each category and ask questions like:

“Are my expenditures under what I’ve allotted for that category?”

“Should I increase or decrease the cap for a particular category?”

“Is there a type of spending that I can completely eliminate?”

“Why did I purchase each item? Is it because it’s a need or a want?”

“Are there substitute habits or purchases that can minimize what I’m spending?”

“Can I find any additional ‘financial holes’ that can be plugged?”

“Is my money being spent on the things that truly matter to me?”

“What was the last item I regretted purchasing?”

“What’s holding me back from taking action?”

“How would my budget look without debt payments?”

“What’s my true hourly wage?”

“What can I do to increase my income?”

“If I died today, would my family be okay?”

“Am I setting a good example for my children?”

“Where do I want to be financially one year from now?”

“Do I have enough of an emergency fund?”

“How much am I spending (and saving) each month?”

8. Conserve Your Utilities
5 min. Required Time
Turning off the lights and appliances in your home, office, or apartment can save you a significant amount of money when it comes to your monthly utilities. Not only is it simple to do, but it also helps the environment.

To supercharge your efforts, you can add a series of tiny actions into your daily routine:
Turn off lights whenever you leave a room.
Power down electronics when they’re not being used. (Many electronics will often go into “standby” mode that still uses some electricity.)
Open windows and use fans for cooling in the summertime, saving the air conditioning for those oppressively hot days.
Open the blinds and shades in the winter, which lets the sunshine in and warms your home without expending additional energy.
Match your pot size to the properly sized burner. Using a small pot or pan on a larger electric coil means you expend more energy to get the same result.
Use cold water to do loads of laundry. The results are nearly as good, but it costs about 40 cents less for each load of laundry than washing clothes with hot water.
Turn off the water heater if you are going to leave your home for a few days. It takes an hour to get a water heater to reheat the water and saves quite a bit of energy over the days you are gone.

9. Pack a Meal, Snack, and Coffee
5 min. Required Time
Preparing and packing the food items you consume every day is both a healthy choice and a wise financial decision.
Packing your own lunch and coffee can save you a lot of money in the long run.
Author David Bach often talks about what he calls The Latte Factor, where a simple way to save money is to eliminate those small, recurring purchases that add up to a substantial amount of cash.

You can put his advice into action by preparing your, coffee (or tea), and a snack before leaving your home in the morning.

Check your kitchen for what you could bring as a snack or for lunch. Place it with your purse or car keys so you don’t forget it when you leave. Or make coffee at home and use a travel mug to take it with you.

10. Read a Personal Finance Article
5 min. Required Time
You can never be overeducated, especially when it comes to personal finance. In fact, I recommend building a self-education habit where you read books, listen to podcasts, and scan personal finance articles. If you don’t have time for these activities, then I’d recommend checking out at least one personal finance article a day.

Develop Healthy Morning and Evening Routines

11. Weigh Yourself Every Day
1 min. Required Time
I know, this isn't something that you want to hear. But, weighing yourself on a regular basis can help you establish clear health and fitness goals. Also, it's important to know that your weight will fluctuate on a daily basis, so you don't have to be bummed if your weight goes up for a day or two. Finally, be sure you weigh yourself at the same time for the most accurate results.

12. Practice Rebounding
3 min. Required Time
Rebounding is a trendy new exercise routine that is changing how people start their day. You need a small trampoline (here’s one that I have personally used).

There are numerous benefits to rebounding:
Cleared sinuses
Toned muscles
Stronger lymphatic system
Increased creativity

One of the best things about rebounding is that it doesn't take up a lot of space. Whether you live in an apartment or a home of your own, you can start rebounding right away.

13. Have a Glass of Cold Water with Lemon
2 min. Required Time
Start your day by drinking a 16-ounce glass of lemon water. (Make sure your drinking water is clean and safe by using a quality water filter pitcher).
Start your day by drinking a 16-ounce glass of lemon water to wake you up faster.
We’re not talking about putting in a whole lemon and juicing it. Instead, it’s better to do just a few drops.
This habit helps you:
Wake up faster
Freshen your breath
Get large amounts of vitamins
Reduce the feeling of hunger
Aid your digestive system
This is a lot easier to do than it seems, and it's a great way to start your day. All you need to do is pour some water into a glass and add a couple drops of lemon juice. Easy, right?

14. Take Daily Vitamins
2 min. Required Time
Daily vitamins are a must for anyone, and you'll feel better about your day if you take them on a consistent basis.

Vitamins are essential because they:
Help build a stronger immune system
Increase awareness
Ensures your body gets essential nutrients
Build stronger bone
Vitamins can give your body the boost it needs to get started and help your mind stay focused throughout the day. Be sure to read the directions on specific vitamins so that you are taking them properly.

Suggested Reading: Achieve More By Modeling The Morning Routines of Highly Successful People

15. Maintain a Food Journal
5 min. Required Time
This is another aspect of your morning and evening routines that you probably don't want to do, but need to do if you want to lose weight.

Maintaining a food journal helps you see exactly what you’re putting into your body and how much you’re eating. You'd be surprised at just how much you consume in a given day.
Food journals are effective because they:
Make you responsible for what you eat
Give you a physical representation of your daily habits
Encourage you to avoid little “snacks”
Help you meet your health goals
Food journals might seem like a negative thing at first, but you'll soon be able to take pride in recording what you eat.

16. Use the Coach.me App
5 min. Required Time
The Coach.me app is a great tool for maintaining and sticking to new habits. It's like having a coach in your pocket, for better and worse. You'll be held accountable for your activities and goals through Lift.do.

This app will help you:
Visualize your progress
Receive step-by-step coaching (on specific habits or goals)
Develop winning habits
Get encouragement from friends and strangers
Did I mention that Coach.me is free? It's supported on both Apple's Store and the Android store, so be sure to download it now and get back on track!

17. Let the Natural Light In
1 min. Required Time
Remember when your parents would come into your room and open the blinds? While it may not be fun to wake up to, natural light does help you get started on the right foot.

Natural light has a number of different advantages, including:
Aiding in mood and perception
Enabling the performance of tasks
Controlling the body's Circadian system
This tip is only helpful if the sun is up, but it's an essential one that you should turn into a regular habit. At the very least, it helps you lower your bills because you're not using as much light during the day.
Some natural light in the morning helps you get started on the right foot.
Learn more about the benefit of natural light here: Benefits of Natural Light

18. Make an Antioxidant Smoothie
3 min. Required Time
If you need a quick pick-me-up, you should try making an antioxidant smoothie. They help you get the necessary nutrients and vitamins in a simple and tasty form.

My personal favorite consists of:
1 cup of frozen berry mix (usually containing strawberries, cherries, pomegranate, raspberries, and blueberries)
4 ounces of plain, nonfat Greek yogurt
1 cup of almond milk
2 tbsp of milled flax
Just blend all of the ingredients together until they are smooth and take your smoothie on the go. Make it as thick or smooth as you want by adding or subtracting water. It tastes great and will satisfy even the pickiest in the family.

An alternative to this idea is to make preparing a green juice drink part of your morning and evening routines.

19. Eat Other Nutritious Foods
5 min. Required Time
Of course, you can't just live off of smoothies for the rest of your life. There are plenty of other foods that you can have for breakfast that are really beneficial to your performance.

Some suggestions that I recommend are:
Having a small bowl of berries
Eating a breakfast bar
Sprinkling granola or nuts on yogurt
Putting an egg on a high-fiber English muffin
All of these options are healthy for you and you can mix things up to your liking. Never stick with the same thing because your body can get used to it. It pays to try new things!

20. Have a Mint
2 min. Required Time
Mints can do more than just freshen your breath. You can suck on an Altoid, chew some strong mint-flavored gum, brush your teeth with mint toothpaste, or dab some peppermint essential oil under your nostrils if you want; the choice is up to you.

The reason you want to do something with mint is because it:
Increases mental alertness
Is a natural stimulant
Helps with memory loss
Mint can be used in a number of different ways, and how you choose to use it will change what it does. It can be ingested (when directed) or applied to the skin for other benefits.

21. Wear a Step-Tracking Device
1 min. Required Time
Wearing a step-tracking device can have an amazing impact on your physical fitness. If you’re not familiar with them, step trackers are small devices or watches that track your total steps and floors climbed every day.

At first glance, “putting on a step-tracking device” might seem like an inconsequential habit. But there are a surprising number of people who buy these devices and never wear them.
Wearing a step-tracking device is the crucial first step to building the exercise habit.
If you start each day by clipping on this device, you’ll take that crucial first step to building the exercise habit. And when you constantly wear this device, you’ll find reasons to get more movement throughout the day.

22. Complete a 7-Minute Workout
7 min. Required Time
A great way to start or end your day is to use an app like 7 Minute Workout, which acts like a personal trainer that guides you through a 12-exercise total-body workout.

Just fire up the app and complete the recommended exercises. (You might have to buy a few pieces of equipment ahead of time to get the real value from this app.)

Also, you should consider upgrading to their “All the Things” level, which gives you a few different program options:
If you alternate between these options with each stack, you’ll get a decent amount of exercise that’s better than what most people do during their day.
Leisure Morning Routine Habits

23. Practice Self-Education
5 min. Required Time
In my book Novice to Expert, I talk about a lot of ways to efficiently learn new skills. Two of the strategies that I discuss are to schedule time for deliberate practice and to research what you need to learn.
Practicing self-education 5 minutes a day can help you build a skill slowly but surely.
Odds are, five minutes isn’t enough time for deliberate practice—but it’s perfectly adequate for researching one skill-related topic or a challenge that you’re currently facing.

Practicing self-education is a perfect task for those longer breaks during the day, like on a drive, at lunchtime, or in the evening. This is the time when you can listen to podcasts, scan through blogs, or read books that focus on one specific, interest-related challenge.

24. Watch an Inspiring Video
10 min. Required Time
Motivation is fleeting. You might feel excited one moment but then experience a crash in emotion when something negative happens. One habit that can be used to “reset” your motivation is to watch an inspiring video.

You have a few options with watching inspirational videos.

TED Talks are inspiring lectures from the most visionary leaders of our time. They tend to be ten to twenty minutes in length, so you might need to commit to a long habit, or watch a single video over a few days. You can access these videos directly through the TED website, but they are also accessible on a mobile app (iTunes & Android) and through a video streaming service like Roku.

If TED Talks aren’t your thing, then you can also find inspirational videos on Upworthy or your favorite YouTube channel.

I recommend limiting your viewing time. It’s far too easy to turn a five-minute break into several hours of passively watching videos. My suggestion: Stick to one video per break.

25. Add to Your “Soon List”
5 min. Required Time
Make a list of twenty fun and enjoyable things you want in the next three months. This is not a goals list.

Instead, it’s a list of fun or even odd things you can enjoy by yourself or with others. The only requirement is that each item needs to be something that makes you happy.
Your “Soon List” is a list of twenty fun and enjoyable things you want in the next three months.
Here are a few ideas:
Sleep until noon on one of your off days.
Have a movie/game night with your family.
See a play.
Go for a daylong hike.
Play baseball with your son.
Buy a new grill.
Enjoy a date night with your spouse, away from your kids.
Next, you have to make time to do these things. You’ll sleep in late one day. You’ll go buy that new grill. And you’ll schedule time to play baseball with your son. It’s too easy to fall into the trap of spending your days working, running errands, and doing household chores. But if you keep an ongoing list of fun activities, then you’ll proactively create opportunities to enjoy life a little more.

26. Fix Your Broken Windows
2 min. Required Time
No, you don’t have any actual broken windows, but you probably have a number of small things that add to your stress levels if you don't address them early on.

Some common broken windows include:
Unmade beds
Cluttered mail
Unsorted laundry
Messy kitchen
Trash that needs to be taken out
Most of these can be fixed in a matter of minutes, yet we allow ourselves to ignore them and let them sit in the back of our minds for the rest of the day. Take care of your broken windows and then you'll see a dramatic decrease in your levels of stress.

27. Make Your Bed
3 min. Required Time
In life, sometimes the smallest of actions can have a powerful impact on your daily success.

In a commencement speech at the University of Texas, US Navy Admiral William H. McCraven said the following to the graduating class:

If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed. If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. And by the end of the day that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed.
Making your bed is a small action that can have a powerful impact on your daily success.
I won’t tell you “how to make your bed” because I’m sure this is a skill that we’ve all learned at some point in our lives. But if you get stuck, I recommend watching this video, courtesy of Howcast.

28. Follow a “Getting Out the Door” Routine
5 min. Required Time
There are few things worse (from a psychological standpoint) than starting the day feeling rushed and disorganized. If you’re running around in the morning like a headless chicken, then these feelings will create unnecessary stress that can negatively impact your workday.

Fortunately, there’s a simple solution. In the evening, compile all the items you’ll need for the next day and put them in a central location. Then, when you wake up in the morning, every item you need will be in this predesignated spot waiting for you to leave.

In the hour before going to bed, think of the items that you’ll need for the next day and then spend five minutes putting them together.

These can include:
Briefcase or backpack
Laptop or tablet
Personal items like your wallet, keys, purse, or cell phone
Lunch, snacks, water bottle, and travel mug
Gym clothes
Items for your children (toys, clothes, formula or stored breast milk)
Start by reviewing your calendar for the next day, then think about what you’ll need for each activity and appointment, and finally put these items in the same location where you put other items, like your wallet, purse, and car keys.

If you can commit to building these morning and evening routines, then you’ll eliminate the stress that many feel in the morning as they get ready for work.

Relationship Morning and Evening Routines

29. Research a Fun Activity
10 min. Required Time
Set aside time each week to come up with a few interesting events you can share with people in your life.

I recommend using a mix of nine resources to find fun events in your area.

1. Eventful is a great website for anyone who lives in or near a big city.

2. Narrow down your search to your local area, which can be found in region or town specific newspapers, magazines, and websites.

3. Simply go to Google.com and type in the name of your city or town, plus one of the following terms:
Event listings
Cooking lessons
Softball leagues
Running clubs
Volunteer opportunities
Concert venues
Set aside time each week to come up with a few interesting events you can share with people in your life.
4. Map out a Walking Tour

5. Only In Your State has a massive collection of articles that feature interesting, state-specific attractions.

6. Try Geocaching.

7. Bulletin Board Flyers

8. Craigslist is a useful resource to find listings for fun activities, interest-specific groups, volunteering opportunities, local events, and classes.

9. Meetup.com is a great place to find groups based on your personal interests and make new friends as you enjoy one of your favorite activities.
Spirituality Morning Routine Habits

30. Meditate for 5 Minutes
5 min. Required Time
Meditation is about maintaining focus on one thing (such as your breathing or the sounds of the ocean) and blocking out any other distractions.

Meditation has been proven to have numerous benefits, including:
Less stress
More creativity
Better focus
Increased memory
Some people meditate for hours on end while others just take a few minutes out of their mornings. I suggest you start by meditating for a few minutes, so it fits into your morning routine. And if you like it, you can increase the length of time that you do it.

31. Yoga for 10 Minutes
10 min. Required Time
Still not buying into the idea of meditation? That's okay, you can give yoga a try instead. Some of the core ideas are the same, but yoga has a more active approach than pure meditation.

Yoga is great for you because it can:
Increase your lung capacity
Help with memory
Lower the risk of heart disease
Relieve anxiety
Yoga has been practiced for years, and it's not like other exercises that are just fads or trends. It's easy to get started and can have a huge impact on how your body reacts for the rest of the day.

32. Practice Deep Breathing
5 min. Required Time
Deep breathing is a quick habit that takes less than five minutes to complete. It can be part of a regular stack or a single habit that you do whenever you feel stressed.
Doing deep breathing exercises can help you start the day stress-free.
Simply follow this nine-step process to get started:

1. Schedule uninterrupted time where you ignore your cell phone or other types of technology.

2. Pick a specific time each day (or a specific stack) where you’ll practice deep breathing.

3. Set an alarm for a specific time (like three to five minutes).

4. Sit on a pillow on the floor, in a comfortable chair, or on your couch. Find a comfortable position with your feet on the floor, straighten your back, and rest your hands at your sides.

5. Inhale slowly through your nose until your lungs are filled to capacity.

6. After inhaling as much as possible, hold your breath for a full two seconds.

7. Slowly exhale, in a steady and even manner. If you desire, envision exhaling all your negative emotions.

8. Take a two-second pause.

9. Return to step 5 to repeat this cycle until the alarm signals the end of the session.

33. Shower Meditation
10 min. Required Time
For most people, a shower is already a part of the morning routine. But when you add a quick meditation session to this ritual, you can focus on deep thinking and creating positive thoughts for the day.

The calming effect of warm water puts your mind on autopilot, which frees it up to come up with inspirational ideas. (There’s even research that shows we often get our best ideas while engaging in mindless tasks, like showering, driving, and doing chores.)

Shower meditation can easily be attached to your existing “getting ready” routine. This means you only need to add a few minutes to your shower time to get the full benefit of this habit.

Get started by letting the warm water of the shower wash over your body. Visualize all the stress, anxiety, and worries in your life as being tangible things sticking to your skin.

Next, visualize the water and soap scrubbing the stress off your body.

Third, envision all the metaphysical “dirt” of your body—your fears, regrets, anxiety, anger, and stress washing free and swirling down the drain.

Finally, realize that you are clean, fresh, and ready to start your day free of distractions.

34. Drink a Calming Beverage (Like Tea)
5 min. Required Time
Drinking a calming beverage, like a cup of hot tea, has both physical and mental benefits.

When it comes to your health, drinking tea (specifically green tea) has many detoxifying effects on the body. It has been shown to lower blood pressure, assist hydration (despite the caffeine), and reduce stress hormones.

When it comes to spirituality, a daily tea break gives you “me time,” which can be a few spare minutes to think on what has happened during the day and what you plan to do for the next few hours.
Drinking a calming beverage, like a cup of hot tea, helps lower blood pressure, assist hydration, and reduce stress hormones.
Start a teakettle right after you wake up as part of your morning habit stack. You can also repeat this habit during the afternoon or at the end of your day.

While the water is boiling, focus on completing two to three tasks in your stack, and then enjoy a few minutes of reflection while you’re enjoying a cup of tea.

Best Results = Habit Stacking
As you can see, there are 34 different small habits that can be added to any morning routine. While you don’t have to do them all, I do suggest following a simple strategy that I call “habit stacking.”

With habit stacking you create a process flow where you put everything in a logical order where you go from room to room and complete one task after another. (Example: Start the day by making your bed and opening the curtains.)

The idea here is to establish a routine where you complete a number of positive habits without even thinking about it. You can even write down this routine and follow it as a daily checklist every morning.

Find out all about Habit Stacking by clicking here.

How to Build Perfect Morning and Evening Routines
In 30 minutes a day, you can be on your way to a happier, healthier life. There is no suggestion that one small habit is important than the other. Instead, it’s up to you to find the ones that best work for your situation.

The hardest part of starting morning and evening routines is getting started. My advice is to create the habit of following this process. Sign up for it using the Lift app, then check in on a daily basis. And once you’ve established that habit, play around with the different quick habits until finding the ones that best fit your lifestyle.

This article first appeared on developgoodhabits.com

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We are all different we don’t all like everything others like. Listen to a few find your opinion this is so easy because it is only 7 minutes it brings me to be a better person. Everyone reading this should want the same thing or Idk why you are here. This is aimed for betterment. It inspires a spark that can change you. Welcome and let’s grow. START WITH January 27 2021 EPISODE very good and who hates Kobe Bryant.

Klas the claws - from Canada


Absolutely love Oprah and her teachings. Thank you so much for this episode!

xywilliams - from United States of America

Excellent POD cast

LOVE IT!! Quick and to the point

Mporterzn - from South Africa

Love your podcast!

Thank you for adding light to my days with each and every 7 good minutes Of extremely valuable content that enriched our lives.

janessaar - from Canada

Always Positive, High-quality content

The compilations of different speaker are always top-tier and varied from around the internet.

cabandor - from the United States of America

So good!

I love this podcast! It’s my go-to when I need deep insight and only have a small amount of time to listen! I love that Clyde gives access to the full length audios/videos. Great podcast!!

Blovelyy - from United States of America

Perfect day starter!

I look forward to my daily motivation.

Shadenpar - from United States of America

Make my morning, every morning

Always something insightful and motivating in every podcast! I have listened to many more and none come close to the value I get when listening to 7 good minutes!

Amber Romulus - from United Kingdom

Simplistic and thought provoking

This podcast stays on point with its model. Not one episode over seven minutes so it's easy to take in and use. Topics are clear and concise. Also if there's more to the topic outside of what's put into the episode the source materal is given in the show notes so that the listener can dive further into the topic.

Acematrix0 - from United States of America

A good feeling!

Listened the latest episode just now. Feeling good. Looking for more goodness! Thank you :)

hardikpshah25 - from India

I needed this

Ever have one of those middle of the day meltdowns? But you still have hours of stuff to do and you can’t leave the office and medicate for two hours. Breathe. Headphones. 7 minutes. It works for me every time.

Great start to the day

I’m always pumped to listen to this podcast every morning! Such a great inspiration right away in the morning

Great motivation podcast

I listen to a few of these 7 min pods casts every morning whilst I’m getting ready for work. I feel like it really motivates me for the day and keeps me thinking positively. Definitely worth a try!

coconut_claire - from United Kingdom

Great show, super helpful and informative

I love starting my days by listening to this show. I’ve been listening to it every day for six months now and every episode has helped me improve and become better. It’s super inspiring and motivating. I love how every episode starts with a thought of the day and is packed with the most incredible information you could possibly get for the day. Absolutely wonderful show I highly recommend everyone listen to it. They’re truly the best seven minutes of the day.

sarael99 - from Italy

Succinct and concise

No nonsense, just 7 minutes of pure inspiration

melcheesy - from Vietnam

Strong Personality

5 signs you have a strong personality hit hard this Sunday morning. The advice, hit even harder. Thank you! I love your podcast show. great way to begin your day.

AdesuwasGarden - from United States of America

Truly inspirational

I listen to this podcast time and time again. I find them so helpful, so inspirational.

Pashminakimba - from Australia

Great podcast

This is awesome. Is exactly what they say it is.

Kena161975 - from Australia

Freddy fry is life changing

The Freddy fry episodes are honestly life changing and have help me during soooooo many low points. The messages are uplifting and are my go-to when I’m feeling down or overwhelmed

Who CDs - from United States of America

I was surprised...

I was surprised that 7 minutes of excepts of speeches could have anything new to tell me about personal development. But the value is in the curation, something that is highly undervalued. The host has a knack for picking something of value for me. My next step is choose a little 7 min job every day to do while listening ... maybe even sort out my garage ! Now THAT will be a triumph

KitKat4130 - from United Kingdom

Definetly 7 enriching minutes of the day😁


Yay_B - from India

Positive impact on my life

Thank you! These are helpful and empowering.

Good thoughts

I love this positive energy thoughts

yanamcafee - from United States of America

My new breakfast or supper

Food for the mind!

Kihi28 - from Australia

Must Listen

Everyone needs this podcast. No matter who you are, how old you are, or where you are in your life, these are principles that everybody needs to be reminded of and it is a perfect way to start your day off and set that positive vibe. This is easily my favorite podcast for self-development.

airamat - from United States of America


Focused, helpful and succinct. I always LEARN something new and FEEL calm and positive after listening. I’m a teacher and play these to my class to start the day. They love them too. Thankyou!

msladdison - from Great Britain

I love Freddy Fri Day

I enjoy Freddy I love his motivational message. He sounds like a nice guy. I will Oder his book I’d like to support him.

peacebirdNov - from United States of America

Full of positive vibes

Hey! So I’ve been listening to your podcast for about 6 months now and I totally love it!!

235tyhfd - From India

WOW!!! Love the inspiration!!

I just discovered this podcast and let me tell you...it is off the charts awesome! So grateful I found you and I will be listening a lot!! Thank you!!

favourite podcasts

I could listen to this every day and I would be better for it. This has helped me a lot in areas in my life. The only negative I would say about it is 7min is not long enough.

MadMonkeyKiller - from United Kingdom

Love your podcast!

I came upon your podcast by accident and cannot stop listening.

Your daily podcast is now the first thing I sit and listen to ever morning and it motivates my day! I especially love the Les Brown sessions.

I have downloaded many episodes to listen to in my car on long drives, as they are way more uplifting than the radio!

Keep up the great work and thank you!

Adele - from Canada

You have to listen to this

These 7 min make my day! Thank you!

yulia2368 - from China

Succinct and Info-packed!

Succinct and sweet... not to mention information-packed and very motivational episodes. Sometimes I don’t have an hour to listen and watch to motivational audio or videos, this podcast is all I need. Big thanks and more success, Clyde et al.!

B3curly - from Philippines


Perfect addition to my everyday. Builds motivation.

Zewso - From Norway


Thank you this helps me feel positive and happy in the morning I hear it as soon as I wake up and it really helps me

jaybunny1010 - from United States of America


I love listening to the podcast every morning on my way to work. Help me start off the day with good and positive guidelines toward life. Keep this up guys.

Martinez2288 - from United States of America


Fantastic Podcast short and direct great for anyone who want to achieve things in life Keep up the good work


Great way to start the morning. Look forward to it every day.

Sets the tone for my day

Just when I need a booster - it’s just what I need thank you!! Life saver

KJ12345611 - from Australia

Morning Motivation

Look forward to waking up every morning and listening to 7 Great minutes! Thank you

LovelyTren - from United States of America


Best of the Best

Narges m - from Australia

Short & Sweet

I love getting a short boost of motivation and positivity in the morning. This podcast is the perfect length and I love the variety of speakers.

Houseoflegendspodcast - from United Kingdom

...blown away, they really speak to me in a huge way

Hello Clyde, I came across your podcasts and I'm in my second day of listening. I blown away, they really speak to me in a huge way. Thank you very much for taking the time to do something that is without a doubt helping people through their day and their life, including me!! Take care. Shawn

ShawnE - from United States of America

Love it

I love this podcast. I had been looking for a good motivational podcast to listen to every morning when I found this one; it’s short enough to fit into my morning routine and provides great insight to start my day!

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