Do you have morning rituals?  Most people do, but you may want to design one that will lead to great effectiveness and creativity.  Keith Ferrazzi, one of the foremost experts in professional development, introduces the concept of “day-righting” — a process and daily commitment to start your day off right.  Ferrazzi offers the benefits with a set of actions to be less stressed, more relaxed, more focused and more productive throughout the day.

Here are some ideas:

Exercise:  You may not have time for a three mile jog or an hour in the gym, but even ten minutes of movement, like stretching or yoga can clear your brain.

Journaling:  After a friend gave me the book, “The Artist Way” by Julia Cameron, I started journaling every morning, and it’s had a profound impact on my creativity.  Just five minutes of journaling can clear your brain.  Just start by jotting down your expectations of the day. 

Meditation:  Mediation is a powerful routine — but many of us struggle to work it into our routine.  One of my friends, pours a cup of coffee and sits near a window and takes a few minutes to meditate.  She couldn’t start a day without it.

Breathing:  Breathe in for the count of five, hold for the count of three, breathe out for the count of seven. Fit five minutes of this into your morning routine and you’ll feel the impact as you rush out the door.

What is your routine for “day-righting?”

For more ideas from Ferrazzi and his premise that generosity in relationships is the cornerstone of success, check out his books, “Never Eat Alone” and “Who’s Got Your Back.”