Did the quiet, noise, or book help you formulate a better day? If you genuinely tried one or all three of these ideas, share what you found helpful!
Since choosing from three options won't work for every person, here are three more things to try.
1. Start with sitting
I am no meditator. I have dabbled, poorly, but thus far, have been unable to find a way to make it stick. So this is the one thing I've tried and failed at which I'm recommending based on hearsay. But the hearsay comes from numerous sources: meditation is one of those things, apparently, which is best done first thing in the day. Better access to the ether, or just the good part of your brain.
2. Start with movement
When I was running, the simplest way to ensure I did it every day was to do it first, before everything. Ditto walking. Any sort of physical activity done at the beginning of your day has a great chemical effect for your mental stability and flexibility, too -- it releases endorphins, which make you feel more euphoria and approach problems more positively!
3. Start with making your bed
Because once you're up and that bed is made, it's a lot less tempting to get back in it. Being a self-starter is hard enough, but the talent who uses their time wisely and put's a full day's effort into their craft is the talent who ends up booking the job and having a prosperous career! Once that bed is made, make a list of things you want to accomplish and cross each task off the list as it's completed! There's nothing better than seeing your accomlishments and knowing you're one day closer to your dreams!
Warmed up muscles are always more productive than cold muscles! What sort of physical activities do you commit to in the morning?