Published on July 26, 2021

30 Good Morning Motivation Quotes To Kickstart Your Day

30 Good Morning Motivation Quotes To Kickstart Your Day

Waking up can be tough. There’s nothing like the exhausted, overwhelmed morning blues holding a person back from their full potential. So, don’t let it hold you back! Embrace good morning motivation to start your day.

Here are 30 good morning motivational quotes to kick your morning off!

Good Morning Motivation Quotes About Getting Up

Often, the biggest hurdle in the morning is getting out of bed. It’s warm and comfy, and it’s safe. The transition from slumber to wakefulness can feel impossible. Knowing that a busy day lies ahead only makes the termination of your hibernation that much more painful.

Here are some respected quotations—both old and new—to inspire you to fearlessly throw off the covers and tackle your day with a smile.

“The sun has not caught me in bed in fifty years.”—Thomas Jefferson

“It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.”—Aristotle

“Lose an hour in the morning, and you will be all day hunting for it.”—Richard Whately

“Success comes to those who have the willpower to win over their snooze buttons.”—Unknown

“Go to bed early and wake up early. The morning hours are good.”—Jeff Bezos

“I never knew a man come to greatness or eminence who lay abed late in the morning.”—Jonathan Swift

Overcoming the sandman is a great start, but getting on the right track doesn’t stop there.

Quotes About Productivity and Focus

The grogginess of a slow morning can derail even the most ambitious personality. If you surrender to the sluggishness, it can be a perilous move that can leave you struggling to gain any traction.

Getting some coffee in your system is a good start. Going through an exercise routine can be another great way to gain some momentum. Here are some inspiring good morning motivation quotes about productivity and focus to wake up your brain, as well.

“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.”—Alexander Graham Bell

“I would have it inscribed on the curtains of your bed and the walls of your chamber: If you do not rise early you can make progress in nothing.”—William Pitt Chatham

“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done. Make at least one definite move daily toward your goal.”—Bruce Lee

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”—Walt Disney

“Wake up early and tackle the day before it tackles you. Be on offense, not defense.”—Evan Carmichael

“It’s not always that we need to do more but rather that we need to focus on less.”—Nathan W. Morris

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”—Will Durant

Firing up your focus and jumpstarting your productivity are good ways to get the day rolling. But it’s important to remember that life is about more than just the sum of your efforts or the number of zeroes on your paycheck.

Quotes About Finding Fulfillment

As you gear up for a positive day and an uplifting week, it’s a good idea to focus on what really matters. Getting things done and managing your responsibilities are wonderful tools and activities. However, they aren’t the end goal.

These quotes can help you recenter yourself as your day starts. Use them to remember why it is that you do what you do each and every day.

“People want riches; they need fulfillment.”—Robert Conklin

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”—Albert Einstein

“Real success means creating a life of meaning through service that fulfills your reason for being here.”—Oprah Winfrey

“Let not your mind run on what you lack as much as on what you have already.”—Marcus Aurelius

“Doing what you like is freedom, liking what you do is happiness.”—Sudha Murty

“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential . . . these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.”—Confucius

“Success without fulfillment is the ultimate failure.”—Tony Robbins

“Occasionally in life, there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment, which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words. Their meanings can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart.”—Martin Luther King, Jr.

“There is no better day than today for us to give up who we’ve been for who we can become, and upgrade the life we’ve been living for the one we really want.”—Hal Elrod

Finding fulfillment in everything that you do is a key point to a well-lived life. As you gear up to head to work, attend class, care for your home, or anything else, remember the deeper reasons that you do these tasks.

Quotes About Work-Life Balance

Morning motivation often revolves around things like productivity, focusing on the positive, and firing up your mind. But it should also take time to check how balanced your life is.

Are you finding the time for what truly matters? Are work, school, or other responsibilities eating into your family time?

Here are some wise recollections that can help you set goals and take the time for what truly matters today.

“Time is really the only capital that any human being has, and the only thing he can’t afford to lose.”—Thomas Edison

“Happiness is not a goal. It’s a by-product of a life well lived.”—Eleanor Roosevelt

“One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.”—Proverbs 11:24

“We think, mistakenly, that success is the result of the amount of time we put in at work, instead of the quality of time we put in.”—Arianna Huffington

“Keep in mind that you’ll have true happiness, true fulfillment, not living to get but living to give.”—Joel Osteen

“Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.”—Dolly Parton

“Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.”—Sydney J. Harris

Final Thoughts

Succeeding at work and excelling in school are great goals. But there’s more to a well-balanced life than habitual tasks and duties. Make sure you’re zeroed in on striking a fulfilling balance between your responsibilities and what gives your life value.

There are many aspects that go into a truly good morning motivational routine. From waking up to focusing and prepping for productivity, there are basic steps that can get you on track for a positive week.

Above all, though, you must keep perspective. Fighting for balance and remembering what gives your life value can allow you to stay positive, no matter what each day may offer.

In the words of the immortal Mother Teresa, “Life is a challenge, meet it… life is love, enjoy it… life is a promise, fulfill it… life is an adventure, dare it… life is too precious, do not destroy it… life is Life, fight for it!”

Now get up, get focused, and get going!

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Published on September 3, 2021

6 Friday Motivation Tips to Help You Stay Motivated

6 Friday Motivation Tips to Help You Stay Motivated

You know the feeling—that “I still have another whole work day to get through” feeling? It sucks. The worst part is knowing that you have to get up, get to work, and be productive when you feel checked out, unmotivated, and would rather go back to bed. The trickiest part about it is that even though you may know intellectually that you’re not the only person who has ever felt that way, at the moment, it can feel very lonely.

If you feel the Friday funk and want to shake it off, try these six tips to lift your Friday motivation.

1. Eat a Solid Breakfast and Plan to Eat Lunch

The first thing you can do to lift your Friday motivation is to eat a solid breakfast. We have all heard the phrase, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” It turns out that it wasn’t just something our parents were telling us to get us to eat before school. Studies have shown that eating breakfast can help with improved memory, recall, mood, and visual-motor functions.[1]

However, researchers have found evidence that the benefits of the micronutrient boost provided by breakfast do wear off after a while. Just like a car with a full tank of gas that runs out after a long journey, the body needs to be refueled. Therefore, planning to eat breakfast and lunch on a day when you are not feeling your best could give you that extra boost you need to get through the day. Skipping meals can lead to low blood sugar, which can leave you feeling weak and tired.[2] If you are already struggling with feeling motivated, not eating is only going to make you feel more sluggish and less inspired to get anything done.

2. Prioritize What’s Urgent

I have always been a fan of the cheat sheet. No, I’m not a cheater, but I love knowing what needs to be done. No one wants to waste any precious energy trying to figure out what should be done when you are already feeling unmotivated.


No matter who you are, there is a high probability that by Friday, on any given week, you have at least one or two items that were supposed to be completed earlier in the week but just didn’t get done. Here is my quick trick for figuring out what’s urgent.

Just ask yourself these three questions:

  • Are there any projects with deadlines that have passed already but are still due?
  • Which of those projects is the most overdue?
  • Of the overdue projects, which will take the least time to make significant progress or complete?

This should help you to easily identify at least one task that you can spend time working on diligently, knowing that you are getting something important done.

3. Tackle the Low-Hanging Fruit

Another way to refresh your Friday motivation is to tackle the low-hanging fruit. There is nothing wrong with doing the easy stuff first. Maybe you are so burned out and the urgent tasks will take too much energy. There is nothing wrong with knocking out the obvious easy things. Emails, filing, data entry, document reconciliation, follow-up calls, editing or revising written work, and research are all low-hanging fruits—these are all straightforward tasks.

Getting these easier tasks done will give you a sense of accomplishment. You can leverage this sense of accomplishment to help you tackle some harder tasks or get all the easy tasks done so the following week, you can dedicate your time to the harder projects.


4. Give Yourself at Least Two Scheduled Breaks

Give yourself at least two scheduled breaks during the workday. Life is stressful. Feeling like you have to work when you don’t feel up to it is stressful. Let’s not compound it by forcing yourself to sit in front of the computer all day with no breaks. The days of believing that “lunch is for punks and working 80 hours a week is what you should be doing” are fading away—if not already a distant memory for some.

In fact, scientists discovered that, although “taking short breaks throughout the working day may not have as obvious an impact as taking a holiday, research has found significant benefits. Studies have found that breaks can reduce or prevent stress, help to maintain performance throughout the day and reduce the need for a long recovery at the end of the day.”[3]

Before you sit down in front of your desk for the workday, set three alarms—two 20-minute breaks and one lunch break. You aren’t proving anything to anyone by forcing yourself to be miserable in front of your computer. You deserve flexibility and compassion. Let these breaks be a radical act of self-care.

5. Listen to Some Upbeat Tunes

Another way to improve your Friday motivation is to listen to some upbeat tunes. Music is medicine. It is not a mystery that the vibrations of sound can affect our mood. Ancient communities knew this and embraced it through practices like chanting, the use of singing bowls, chimes, bells, and other sound instruments as tools for healing. Practices like Kirtan and Bhakti yoga use chanting to heal and shift energy. The Hindu and Buddhist religions use bells and chimes in many of their spiritual healing rituals. Throughout the modern world, we have adopted the use of signing bowls for energetic healing.

Most people could recall at least one moment in their lives when music or sound has helped shift their mood. Music has been shown to have a direct effect on the listener. Studies show that listening to music while you work can lead to an “increase in both mood and quality of work”.[4]


If you are feeling super unmotivated, the solution to your problem may be throwing on your favorite album in the background while you try to get a few things done. If you can’t work while listening to music with words and you do not like classical music or traditional jazz, explore genres like Trip hop, house, ambient, Beach House, JamBand. You may also enjoy artists like Bonobo, Thievery Corporation, and Grammatik.

6. Give Yourself Something to Look Forward To

As a yogi, I’m all about being present in the moment. But sometimes, the present is a little too intense, and being super present is not going to help to improve your mood. In those moments, tapping into the power of positive anticipation can be your secret weapon because “knowing that something good is coming your way pushes you to accomplish those tasks you may not necessarily want to do.”[5]

We all love to be rewarded, especially when we are doing something we don’t want to do. Giving yourself something to look forward to is the way to guarantee that you will be rewarded for the hard work of getting through the day.

The reward doesn’t have to be immense. It can be something small like getting ice cream, going for a walk, spending time with friends, or vegging out with your phone on do not disturb for a few hours. I used to employ this trick a lot when I was in boarding school. The time between semesters in new England would feel so long especially in the winter that my friends and I would let ourselves get excited about little things like drinking lime rickeys at Brigham’s. Believe it or not, it worked.

Try it the next time you get the hit with the Friday funk. Think about something you can look forward to no matter how small, and notice how it shifts your energy.


Final Thoughts

As the adage says, “this too shall pass.”

Friday is just a day like every other day before it will end. One thing you can count on is that time waits for no one, so despite how difficult it may feel to get through, know that the time is on your side.

No matter what, Friday will wind on. The best thing you can do to improve your Friday motivation is to make sure that your body has the micronutrients it needs to power through the day, identify what’s urgent, tackle low hanging fruit, give yourself time away from the desk, throw on your favorite tunes, and think about the fact that you have the entire weekend to look forward to.

You got this!

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