4 Creative ways to Start Your Day

1. A strategy from Hemingway

The Hemingway Bridge*

In order to avoid starting a new day with a cold, blank piece of paper, Ernest Hemingway ended his day by writing the first paragraph of a new chapter. During the evening, he considered where the paragraph might go. In the morning, he was ready to go.

One creative way to start your day is by starting it the day before.

End today by starting tomorrow.

Tomorrow’s great start begins today. End right so you can begin well.

2. Sleep on it

If you are the tenacious type it’s hard to set a problem aside. You just keep banging your head into it until you defeat the “enemy.”  Give yourself a chance to move through a problem by letting go of it for a few hours. Sleeping on it often works.

People ask me how I produce fresh content everyday.

Sometimes I go to bed at night telling my brain to think over the topic for tomorrow’s post while I sleep. I find ending the day with a new beginning in mind jumpstarts productivity.

Start your day with something you put off yesterday.

3. List making

It might be useful if you end your day by creating tomorrow’s to do list.

End today by listing tomorrow’s tasks.

4. Morning Strategy Call

Try calling a friend or colleague first thing in the morning to talk over the day. Share your challenges, opportunities, concerns, frustrations, confusion, and plans. Don’t talk long. Listen to them and have them listen to you. Set a time limit for the call and stick to it.

Start your day by talking through your to do’s.

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What can people do to jumpstart their day?

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*Reference: I first saw The Hemingway Bridge in “Disciplined Dreaming,” by Josh Linkner. He found it in a book by Eric Maisel.