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9 Ways To Boost Productivity Of Your Morning Routine

9 Ways To Boost Productivity Of Your Morning Routine
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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 July 21, 2021

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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Reference

[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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