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9 Ways To Boost Productivity Of Your Morning Routine

9 Ways To Boost Productivity Of Your Morning Routine

There is every reason to take advantage of your morning routines. Because we are always more productive after we wake up, taking advantage of the morning will prove beneficial in the short and long term. Waking up feeling successful is the best way to start your day. Following a system of taking charge of yourself and your early hours will make you structured, organized, and prepared to tackle the remaining part of the day.

1. Drink a glass of cold water with lemon

It is more tempting to take a cup of coffee and get your day started. However, it is more beneficial to start your day by drinking a glass of lemon water. Drinking this healthier beverage instead helps you wake up faster, reduces the feeling of hunger, aids your digestive system, gives you a large amount of vitamins, and it freshens your breath of course.

2. Set and review your goals

We all have goals. These could be big or small. There are things we all want to accomplish, but our daily struggles could derail us from where we are headed. This is why it is best to review your progress towards your goals at the start of the day. Create plans to reach your goals, visualize what your day would be like and determine which task has to be accomplished.

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3. Use technology to improve your routine

Technology can also be helpful in improving your daily routine. There are plenty of apps that can make your early hours smarter. Coach.me is an app that could help you stick to and maintain new habits during your early hours of the day. There are other apps that do everything from tracking your sleep cycle, to one that offers you different breakfast recipes. Let technology improve your morning routine.

4. Exercise

Every successful person out there exercises. Working out in the morning makes you healthier and stronger. It also increases your longevity. It is difficult to excuse yourself from working out if you want to have a more productive day. Remind yourself that doctors, mental health experts, and gurus all advocate that exercise makes your day better.

5. Embrace the morning light

Don’t stay in the dark. Embrace the natural light that starts the day. Once the sun is up, it can brighten your mood, heighten your perception, improve your performance of tasks, and regulate your body’s Circadian system.

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6. Eat healthy

Be careful with what you eat during the early hours of the day. While cereal is a popular breakfast for many of us, it will not serve you best for the morning hours. Protein may be a better choice for you in the morning.

7. Meditate

A five minute meditation could be helpful against stress. It also improves your creativity, gives you a sharper focus, and an increased memory. The more you meditate, the more you are in tune with the process, and the more time you will allot to this relaxing activity.

8. Retain a positive mindset

Look in the mirror and tell yourself that you are ready to take on the world and win! Rather than focusing on negative things that could drain your energy, focus on what you can do to build your self-esteem and confidence. Tell yourself things like:

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I am a kind and successful person.” And,“I will add value to the world around me today.”

You can accomplish so much when you boost your confidence through reciting such affirmations. Getting your day started with the positive mindset attracts goodness and positivity to you.

9. Have a list

Create a list of the most important tasks you want to accomplish during the day. Having a list or a schedule will keep you aware and prepare you for the challenges of the day. Besides, it makes you better structured and less anxious about how the day will turn out.

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Start improving your day today. Use these tips to get the best out of your morning!

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Casey Imafidon

Specialized in motivation and personal growth, providing advice to make readers fulfilled and spurred on to achieve all that they desire in life.

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Last Updated on March 25, 2020

How Do You Change a Habit (According to Psychology)

How Do You Change a Habit (According to Psychology)

Habits are hard to kill, and rightly so. They are a part and parcel of your personality traits and mold your character.

However, habits are not always something over-the-top and quirky enough to get noticed. Think of subtle habits like tapping fingers when you are nervous and humming songs while you drive. These are nothing but ingrained habits that you may not realize easily.

Just take a few minutes and think of something specific that you do all the time. You will notice how it has become a habit for you without any explicit realization. Everything you do on a daily basis starting with your morning routine, lunch preferences to exercise routines are all habits.

Habits mostly form from life experiences and certain observed behaviors, not all of them are healthy. Habitual smoking can be dangerous to your health. Similarly, a habit could also make you lose out on enjoying something to its best – like how some people just cannot stop swaying their bodies when delivering a speech.

Thus, there could be a few habits that you would want to change about yourself. But changing habits is not as easy as it seems.

In this article, you will learn why it isn’t easy to build new habits, and how to change habits.

What Makes It Hard To Change A Habit?

To want to change a particular habit means to change something very fundamental about your behavior.[1] Hence, it’s necessary to understand how habits actually form and why they are so difficult to actually get out of.

The Biology

Habits form in a place what we call the subconscious mind in our brain.[2]

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Our brains have two modes of operation. The first one is an automatic pilot kind of system that is fast and works on reflexes often. It is what we call the subconscious part. This is the part that is associated with everything that comes naturally to you.

The second mode is the conscious mode where every action and decision is well thought out and follows a controlled way of thinking.

A fine example to distinguish both would be to consider yourself learning to drive or play an instrument. For the first time you try learning, you think before every movement you make. But once you have got the hang of it, you might drive without applying much thought into it.

Both systems work together in our brains at all times. When a habit is formed, it moves from the conscious part to the subconscious making it difficult to control.

So, the key idea in deconstructing a habit is to go from the subconscious to the conscious.

Another thing you have to understand about habits is that they can be conscious or hidden.

Conscious habits are those that require active input from your side. For instance, if you stop setting your alarm in the morning, you will stop waking up at the same time.

Hidden habits, on the other hand, are habits that we do without realizing. These make up the majority of our habits and we wouldn’t even know them until someone pointed them out. So the first difficulty in breaking these habits is to actually identify them. As they are internalized, they need a lot of attention to detail for self-identification. That’s not all.

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Habits can be physical, social, and mental, energy-based and even be particular to productivity. Understanding them is necessary to know why they are difficult to break and what can be done about them.

The Psychology

Habits get engraved into our memories depending on the way we think, feel and act over a particular period of time. The procedural part of memory deals with habit formation and studies have observed that various types of conditioning of behavior could affect your habit formations.

Classical conditioning or pavlovian conditioning is when you start associating a memory with reality.[3] A dog that associates ringing bell to food will start salivating. The same external stimuli such as the sound of church bells can make a person want to pray.

Operant conditioning is when experience and the feelings associated with it form a habit.[4] By encouraging or discouraging an act, individuals could either make it a habit or stop doing it.

Observational learning is another way habits could take form. A child may start walking the same way their parent does.

What Can You Do To Change a Habit?

Sure, habits are hard to control but it is not impossible. With a few tips and hard-driven dedication, you can surely get over your nasty habits.

Here are some ways that make use of psychological findings to help you:

1. Identify Your Habits

As mentioned earlier, habits can be quite subtle and hidden from your view. You have to bring your subconscious habits to an aware state of mind. You could do it by self-observation or by asking your friends or family to point out the habit for your sake.

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2. Find out the Impact of Your Habit

Every habit produces an effect – either physical or mental. Find out what exactly it is doing to you. Does it help you relieve stress or does it give you some pain relief?

It could be anything simple. Sometimes biting your nails could be calming your nerves. Understanding the effect of a habit is necessary to control it.

3. Apply Logic

You don’t need to be force-fed with wisdom and advice to know what an unhealthy habit could do to you.

Late-night binge-watching just before an important presentation is not going to help you. Take a moment and apply your own wisdom and logic to control your seemingly nastily habits.

4. Choose an Alternative

As I said, every habit induces some feeling. So, it could be quite difficult to get over it unless you find something else that can replace it. It can be a simple non-harming new habit that you can cultivate to get over a bad habit.

Say you have the habit of banging your head hard when you are angry. That’s going to be bad for you. Instead, the next time you are angry, just take a deep breath and count to 10. Or maybe start imagining yourself on a luxury yacht. Just think of something that will work for you.

5. Remove Triggers

Get rid of items and situations that can trigger your bad habit.

Stay away from smoke breaks if you are trying to quit it. Remove all those candy bars from the fridge if you want to control your sweet cravings.

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6. Visualize Change

Our brains can be trained to forget a habit if we start visualizing the change. Serious visualization is retained and helps as a motivator in breaking the habit loop.

For instance, to replace your habit of waking up late, visualize yourself waking up early and enjoying the early morning jog every day. By continuing this, you would naturally feel better to wake up early and do your new hobby.

7. Avoid Negative Talks and Thinking

Just as how our brain is trained to accept a change in habit, continuous negative talk and thinking could hamper your efforts put into breaking a habit.

Believe you can get out of it and assert yourself the same.

Final Thoughts

Changing habits isn’t easy, so do not expect an overnight change!

Habits took a long time to form. It could take a while to completely break out of it. You will have to accept that sometimes you may falter in your efforts. Don’t let negativity seep in when it seems hard. Keep going at it slowly and steadily.

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