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How important are the first 20 minutes of your day

Posted by | April 17, 2015 | Career, Career Planning Process, Job Search

Via LinkedIn : Wake up and attack the day with a positive mind.

During the first 20 minutes of your day, from the moment you wake, your brain is operating at 10.5 wave cycles per second, strictly a unconscious mind zone.

What this means to you is that the first 15-20 minutes of ‘brain food’ (what you put into your brain) can affect your whole day, so the trick is to start your day positive and with focus, motivation and desire.

Here are three do’s and don’ts to give you an idea:


  1. Get up on the first alarm.
  2. Write down your goals, both short term and long term.
  3. Listen to something self-development related, Audible provides some great material.

Getting up on your first alarm will help out more than you realise, hitting the snooze button will only make you feel more lethargic when you eventually come to getting up.

Writing down your goals as soon as you wake will programme your mind into a “go getting, active” mind-set. Finally listening to a motivational clip or self-development book will cement the positive mind-set you have just built with the previous two steps.


  • Check your phone as soon as you wake.
  • Have an annoying alarm tone.
  • Worry about the day, finances, or any other black cloud hanging over you.

Checking your phone as soon as you wake will bring some form of negativity, whether it be an email from a client leaving you to immediately think “dam Iv not done that” or scrolling through Facebook or Twitter – I guarantee as least one of your connections will be spewing negativity all over their feed. “Grrrrr I hate mornings”

Worrying about the black clouds of life will again bring nothing but negativity to your day, you will find yourself brushing your teeth thinking about them, traveling to work thinking further about them, im not saying brush them aside but follow the 3 Do’s and it will become easier to turn those black clouds into glorious rays of accomplished sunshine.

Remember – A postive mind leads to a positive life.

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