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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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How to Fight Information Overload

How to Fight Information Overload

Information overload is a creature that has been growing on the Internet’s back since its beginnings. The bigger the Internet gets, the more information there is. The more quality information we see, the more we want to consume it. The more we want to consume it, the more overloaded we feel.

This has to stop somewhere. And it can.

As the year comes to a close, there’s no time like the present to make the overloading stop.

What you need to do is focus on these 4 steps:

  1. Set your goals.
  2. Decide whether you really need the information.
  3. Consume only the minimal effective dose.
  4. Don’t procrastinate by consuming too much information.

But before I explain exactly what I mean, let’s discuss information overload in general.

The Nature of the Problem

The sole fact that there’s more and more information published online every single day is not the actual problem. Only the quality information becomes the problem. This sounds kind of strange…but bear with me.

When we see some half-baked blog post we don’t even consider reading it, we just skip to the next thing. But when we see something truly interesting — maybe even epic — we want to consume it. We even feel like we have to consume it. And that’s the real problem.

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No matter what topic we’re interested in, there are always hundreds of quality blogs publishing entries every single day (or every other day). Not to mention all the forums, message boards, social news sites, and so on. The amount of epic content on the Internet these days is so big that it’s virtually impossible for us to digest it all. But we try anyway.

That’s when we feel overloaded. If you’re not careful, one day you’ll find yourself reading the 15th blog post in a row on some nice WordPress tweaking techniques because you feel that for some reason, “you need to know this.”

Information overload is a plague. There’s no vaccine, there’s no cure. The only thing you have is self-control. Luckily, you’re not on your own. There are some tips you can follow to protect yourself from information overload and, ultimately, fight it. But first…

Why information overload is bad

It stops you from taking action. That’s the biggest problem here. When you try to consume more and more information every day, you start to notice that even though you’ve been reading tons of articles, watching tons of videos and listening to tons of podcasts, the stream of incoming information seems to be infinite.

Therefore, you convince yourself that you need to be on a constant lookout for new information if you want to be able to accomplish anything in your life, work and/or passion. The final result is that you are consuming way too much information, and taking way too little action because you don’t have enough time for it.

The belief that you need to be on this constant lookout for information is just not true.

You don’t need every piece of advice possible to live your life, do your work, or enjoy your passion.

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So how to recognize the portion of information that you really need? Start with your goals.

1. Set your goals

If you don’t have your goals put in place you’ll be just running around grabbing every possible advice and thinking that it’s “just what you’ve been looking for.”

Setting goals is a much more profound task than just a way to get rid of information overload. Now by “goals” I don’t mean things like “get rich, have kids, and live a good life”. I mean something much more within your immediate grasp. Something that can be achieved in the near future — like within a month (or a year) at most.

Basically, something that you want to attract to your life, and you already have some plan on how you’re going to make it happen. So no hopes and dreams, just actionable, precise goals.

Then once you have your goals, they become a set of strategies and tactics you need to act upon.

2. What to do when facing new information

Once you have your goals, plans, strategies and tasks you can use them to decide what information is really crucial.

First of all, if the information you’re about to read has nothing to do with your current goals and plans then skip it. You don’t need it.

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If it does then it’s time for another question. Will you be able to put this information into action immediately? Does it have the potential to maybe alter your nearest actions/tasks? Or is it so incredible that you absolutely need to take action on it right away? If the information is not actionable in a day or two (!) then skip it. (You’ll forget about it anyway.)

And that’s basically it. Digest only what can be used immediately. If you have a task that you need to do, consume only the information necessary for getting this one task done, nothing more.

You need to be focused in order to have clear judgment, and be able to decide whether some piece of information is mandatory or redundant. Self-control comes handy too … it’s quite easy to convince yourself that you really need something just because of poor self-control. Try to fight this temptation, and be as ruthless about it as possible – if the information is not matching your goals and plans, and you can’t take action on it in the near future then SKIP IT.

3. Minimal Effective Dose

There’s a thing called the MED – Minimal Effective Dose. I was first introduced to this idea by Tim Ferriss. In his book The 4-Hour Body,Tim illustrates the minimal effective dose by talking about medical drugs. Everybody knows that every pill has a MED, and after that specific dose no other positive effects occur, only some negative side effects if you overdose big.

Consuming information is somewhat similar. You need just a precise amount of it to help you to achieve your goals and put your plans into life. Everything more than that amount won’t improve your results any further. And if you try to consume too much of it, it will eventually stop you from taking any action altogether.

4. Don’t procrastinate by consuming more information

Probably one of the most common causes of consuming ridiculous amounts of information is the need to procrastinate. By reading yet another article we often feel that we are indeed working, and that we’re doing something good – we’re learning, which in result will make us a more complete and educated person.

This is just self-deception. The truth is we’re simply procrastinating. We don’t feel like doing what really needs to be done – the important stuff – so instead we find something else, and convince ourselves that “that thing” is equally important. Which is just not true.

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Don’t consume information just for the sake of it. It gets you nowhere.

In Closing

As you can see, information overload can be a real problem and it can have a sever impact on your productivity and overall performance. I know I have had my share of problems with it (and probably still have from time to time). But creating this simple set of rules helps me to fight it, and to keep my lizard brain from taking over. I hope it helps you too, especially as we head into a new year with a new chance at setting ourselves up for success.

Feel free to shoot me a comment below and share your own story of fighting information overload. What are you doing to keep it from sabotaging your life?

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