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Monday Morning Motivation – Ritual

(Sharing Resources to Help You Grow Personally, Professionally & Financially)

Sometimes it helps to get a little dose of encouragement — along with a good cup of coffee! — to start the day.

Hopefully the message below will help you get off to a good start for the week.  Please feel free to forward the newsletter on to others that you think would benefit from the content.


A great question to think about is:

  • In the ideal world, what do the first sixty minutes of your day look like?

While it is a simple question, it raises so many other questions, including:

  • Do you have a set routine to start your day?
  • What is important to you / what do you include in this routine?
  • Do you stick to the routine?
  • Does it help when you stick to the routine?
For me, the ideal first sixty minute looks like the following:
  • Journal my thoughts with a focus on gratitude and self-improvement
  • Quick glance at the calendar to identify the day’s meetings
  • Quick glance at the emails from overnight to ensure there are no crises
  • Schedule the day in ½ hour blocks.  Include time for personal development, exercise, reading, writing, and relaxation
  • Log my activities from the previous day (reading, writing, contacts with people, food, exercise, etc.)
  • Spend a few minutes with Leo, our tuxedo cat
  • Stretch
  • Read a couple of Bible verses

While I am not able to perform the routine every day, I do so on a fairly consistent basis.  What I’ve found is that if I start my day with this routine, the rest of the day seems to fall in place.

With that in mind, I’m going to pose the same question as earlier:

  • In the ideal world, what do the first sixty minutes of your day look like?

Thanks for sharing a bit of your time with me this Monday morning and I wish you all the best for the week.


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Curt Stowers

Curt Stowers

Curtis Stowers helps individuals and families across the United States grow their financial assets, particularly in the Naperville, IL region. He is a Certified Financial Planner, holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois, and is the founder of F5 Financial.