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8 Effective Ways To Make Your Morning Much More Energetic

8 Effective Ways To Make Your Morning Much More Energetic

You’re a robust individual, pumped up and ready to start the day with a huge smile on your face. Your boundless energy is contagious, causing other people to become just as bouncy and vigorous as you.

…If only.

Yeah, let’s end the pretend game and snap back to reality. I’m no morning lover and chances are, neither are you (that’s probably why you’re reading this). Even if you prefer nighttime, you can’t hope to gain as much from being boundlessly energetic then, because our system favors being energetic during daylight hours. For some of us, this can be quite challenging.

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If you’ve tried many techniques already, and have so far miserably failed at enjoying fruitful mornings- always ending up with only a quick shower and a half-done blow dry before you run off to work- you need to try these techniques.

Here are eight actionable and effective ways that you can make your mornings much more energetic:

1. Get Up Early

This is a no-brainer—and you might be thinking ‘Oh, Lord! Not this one again!’ But believe it or not, this is the real secret behind having a morning full of useful and rewarding activities. According to Inc and this Fast Business Canada infographic, early birds are more proactive, productive and tend to do most of their health-boosting activities between 6am to 7am. For many of us, a bit of hustle and bustle gets our blood pumping. If you start these kinds of morning habits, you should be ready for more work in no time.

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2. Do Something You Love

What could be a great endorphin-booster for some of us may not be a favorite activity for another. For example, I enjoy shopping and would love to wake up for a shopping trip every morning- even if it’s just the same groceries I’m buying every day. For others, reading, playing a video game, trying a new dish, dressing up, taking a bubble bath, gardening, or chatting with a friend can be an easy and stimulating way to wake up.

3. Write a To-Do List

Think about a few chores you can pack into your early morning schedule the very next day. Make a to-do list that is well-timed and calculated. (I.e., breakfast at 7am, jog at 7:15am, shower at 7:45am, dissertation writing at 8:00am…). Also, make sure you stick to your schedule.

4. Combine Activities

Push your mind and body to fully wake up by combining several activities. For example, fast-paced music is a great way to get your mind moving. According to a study done by Nicole M. Harmon and Len Kravitz, the intensity of music effects how fast (or slow) a bicyclist goes on a treadmill. So, you can get pumped up for the morning ahead through exercising, and thanks to the boost of endorphins and serotonin, you’ll feel great. Watching TV while exercising is another activity that requires both mental and physical exertion,and amplifies your energy levels.

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5. Wake Up to Pleasantness

What irritates you most the moment you open your eyes to an early morning? For many, the answer would be one object: the alarm clock. Your alarm clock doesn’t have to sound threatening, ear-piercing, or dreadful. By changing the alarm tone to something more pleasant, perhaps the sound of birds chirping or your favorite song, you’re more likely to wake up relaxed and happier.

6. Eat or Drink Several Hours Before Going to Bed

Eating heavy meals before bed is not only unhealthy – since it’s hard for your body to digest the food, but it’s also a potential cause of obesity and insomnia. Eat or drink at least 2-3 hours before going to bed (and that includes snacks, alcohol, and caffeinated drinks). Plus, experiencing hunger pangs in the morning will compel you to get up and make yourself a healthy breakfast!

7. Love Your Work

Perhaps, you don’t enjoy morning at all and tend to dilly-dally during the day because you’re not too fond of your work. Maybe, it’s not suited to your personality type. Possibly, you don’t find the work challenging. Or perhaps, it is overwhelming and you would like something less demanding. Losing passion for your work is a major red flag. Either find ways to reignite the passion, or if need be, change your career direction entirely.

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8. Take Breaks

You don’t have to be running around at top speed to keep your mornings highly productive. In fact, doing so will only lead to an inevitable crash, after which a long break from work will be required. Instead, try taking a short 5-10 minute break after every 90 minutes (or every hour) to cut yourself loose from the monotony of mundane tasks. Go for a walk and get some fresh air. Or just chill for a while until you feel like you’re ready to get back on track.

Featured photo credit: Flickr via flickr.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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