Why mornings matter
How to assess your typical morning
How to leave reality behind and dream big
How to do breakfast better
Getting in the mood
How to design your morning
Top tips and quick fixes
Your viable morning blueprint
Trying it out for real
Closing the gap between viable and ultimate
Wrapping up and reporting back

How to leave reality behind and dream big

Dreaming about how we’d like things to be seems like it should be the easy bit. But surprisingly often, long before difficulties with making dreams come true, the problem is that we forbid ourselves from even articulating the dream. Here’s why and how to do it properly.

Mastering the skill of dreaming


Workbook activities

The workbook materials for this lesson include your step-by-step guide to preparing to dream, doing it, then aligning what you dreamt just the right amount with reality, and then a template for seeing how your tracked reality compared with your viable ideal.

journaling quill

Journaling prompts

  1. Yesterday: Write a few sentences about yesterday, and see where else that takes you.
  2. Other people’s morning routines: Think about what you know of other people’s morning routines—whether it’s snippets you’ve gleaned from staying with friends or family, or “day in the life” celebrity articles online, or anything else that has stayed with you. Write about at least one thing that appeals in someone else’s way of doing mornings, and one thing that you think sounded awful—or at least less nice than how you do things. Then ask yourself what appeals or turns you off about these specific elements and what that tells you about yourself.
quick-win challenge timer

Quick-win challenge

Habit stacking and bundling

Bundle something you want to do (maybe something that came up in your dreaming, maybe not) with something you need to do tomorrow morning, e.g. wear earphones with nice music for putting the laundry on, do the frothed milk for the coffee you have while you’re doing the kids’ lunches, do your checking-email session outdoors or by a window with a view…

Make a note of your plan in your journal, and reflect on its effects there too if you like.