Do you jump out of bed in the morning, ready to start your day?


Do you hit the snooze button and hide under the covers dreading a new day?

You don’t have to be a morning person to start your day with purpose. I’m not asking you to wake up at 4AM or to have a lengthy conversation before 10AM.

I’m suggesting you begin your day knowing what you want to accomplish – start your day with purpose.

It’s easy to begin. Identify something you want to accomplish.

Find something beyond your normal routine. I’m not referencing running regular errands or going to work.

I’m referencing tasks you’ve been meaning to accomplish but haven’t gotten around to doing yet.

Here are some examples.

It could be a task you’ve been postponing, such as finding an estate planning attorney to update your will.

It could be time for self-improvement, such as dedicating time daily to strengthen your Spanish speaking skills.

It could be work-related, such as expanding your professional network.

There’s no limit to what you can accomplish beyond your normal activity. Pick anything you can think of and target achieving it.

So how do you achieve this task in your already overbooked schedule?

Break your task into 15-minute segments. If you have more time available, then increase the time segment.

By only giving yourself 15 minutes daily to focus on this task, eventually, you’ll get it done.

Yes, using this method will take longer to accomplish your task, but it’s better than not starting.

Once you start, you’ll build momentum.

You may surprise yourself by finding more time to complete this task. Your 15 minutes daily may increase to 30 minutes.

How you start your day can impact the rest of your day … so why not start your day with purpose?

Try it for a month and see what you can accomplish.

Stay PEF (positive, enthusiastic, and focused) and make 2023 your best year ever!

(Update to original post from May 27, 2017)


Niv Persaud, CFP®, CDFA®, RICP®, is a Managing Director at Transition Planning & Guidance, LLC. Life is more than money. It’s about living the lifestyle you want and can afford. For that reason, Niv consults with clients on money, life, and work. Her approach capitalizes on techniques she learned throughout her career, including as a management consultant, executive recruiter, and financial advisor. Her services include developing  comprehensive financial plans, divorce financial reviews, and retirement plans. Niv actively gives back to her community through her volunteer efforts. She believes in living life to the fullest by cherishing friendships, enjoying the beauty of nature and laughing often — even at herself. Her favorite quote is by Erma Bombeck, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say ‘I used everything you gave me.’”