Wednesday, January 5, 2011

"The first hour of the morning is the rudder of the day."

You don't have to be a sailor to understand what Henry Ward Beecher was saying. As Benjamin Franklin wrote, "The muses love the morning."  Whether or not you consider yourself to be a "morning person", the quality of a day often depends on how you spend the first one or two precious hours. You have a choice. Focus on important, long-term projects that call for creativity and concentration (good); or read all the emails you were cc'd on (for no good reason), put out fires your boss started, and schedule a bunch of useless meetings (bad). 

The first hour of the day is the best time to read anything that reminds you of your values and helps you focus on your goals. That's where great quotations come into play. A perfect place for a quote is the kitchen or office wall, right where you have your first cup of coffee or tea each day.

However you choose to spend that first hour, resolve to make the majority of your mornings count. You'll be navigating life more effectively in no time. Have a good morning and a great day.

Gary @ Quote Palettes

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