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10 Effective Caffeine Alternatives To Revive Your Day

10 Effective Caffeine Alternatives To Revive Your Day

For many of us, caffeine is the fuel for our days. Without caffeine, we stumble, we slump, we sleep, and everything falls apart. Rely on this little trickster of a drug, and you’ll set yourself up for dependency for the rest of your life. Sounds harsh? Perhaps you should have a look at what caffeine does to your brain, blood pressure levels, heart rate, mood, and even your hormones!

Still up for this sucker of a drug? And yes, in case you didn’t already know, it’s defined as a drug!

On the other hand, if you prefer to detox and break free from this costly energy booster, you’ve made the right choice. Next, you’re probably going to be looking for ways to give yourself natural, healthy, and effective energy boosts without giving into that cuppa coffee.

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Is it possible?

Of course it is!

Here are 10 energy-boosting alternatives to caffeine that will fire up your day in no time.

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Drink Warm Lemon Water

Pick up an organic lemon, squeeze it into warm water, and top it off with fresh mint. Any benefits? Many, says Wellness Mama. She refers to her own experience with the routine and says that lemons definitely do have a little bit of magic to them. Drinking warm lemon water every morning re-hydrates the body, improves digestion, and provides a little immune boost. Plus, since Vitamin C can potentially reduce the impact of stress, it works as the perfect detoxer and antidote to our caffeine habits.

Snack on Almonds

Befriending almonds is going to result in a far better and healthier relationship than the one you had with caffeine. It’s no secret that a snack full of nuts and grains works as the perfect energy booster. Almonds, particularly, contain manganese, copper, Riboflavin and other nutrients that increase brain activity and result in new neural pathways. They’re a perfect brain booster!

Turn up the Bass

If you’re already a hip-hop or hard rock fan, you’ve got the perfect solution to your drowsy mornings. According to mic.com, scientists have found that songs with a heavy bass inspire feelings of power, delivering a wave of confidence. While working, they advise it’s best to go with tunes that aren’t normally your favorites so as to reduce the effects of dopamine and increase focus on work (rather than music). Assignment consultants use this technique to get work done fast!

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Buy Menthol Shampoo

If you live in a cold location, you’ll be highly reluctant to start the day with a cold shower. Although we won’t disagree with the fact that cold showers can give you that much-needed jolt of energy, it’s not everyone’s favorite routine if the temperature tends to be a bit low where they live. A methanol shampoo is a great alternative because that tingling sensation can bring you to life!

Eat a Ba-Na-Na

We’ve all wondered what perks up those little minions! Bananas are full of carbohydrates which is the body’s main source of energy. A banana breakfast is a great way to start the day and power up your body without the dreaded crash afterwards.

Try a Quick Workout

If you’re always on the run before you get to work, taking out an extra 20 minutes for yoga or exercise is out of the question. Lucky for you though, mini workouts may work just as well. According to Fitness Magazine, there are plenty of ways you can torch fat and boost your day with 10 minute mini-workouts. Let those endorphins kick in!

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Stretch Your Limbs

Sometimes, muscle stiffness is what keeps us from moving around and feeling energized in the morning. Constantly being in one position while sleeping is usually what causes those muscle and joint aches when you wake up. Do a quick muscle stretch, exercising parts of your neck, shoulders, glutes, and abdomen, while lengthening those limbs.

Find Chit-Chatter

Can you think of that crazy hyper friend or colleague that often jazzes up your day? Studies reveal that being socially connected promotes positive thoughts and productivity. Having a little chit chat with a natural prattler is bound to get you wired up for the day ahead. Dial up a friend and catch up on that gossip you missed out on!

Avoid Heavy Eating

While a heavy breakfast may seem like a good idea to get you powered up, it can actually prevent you from being at your best because your body is suddenly focused on digestion. This causes it to slow down, resulting in what they call the “crash”. Avoid those high-carb, high-fat, and high-sugar foods if you want to feel energetic, according to Scientific American.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

This point can’t be stressed enough! Our daily dose of H2O is what keeps us functioning at a normal speed. Since our brains and bodies are mostly water, lack of water (or dehydration) promotes a lack of oxygen and fatigue. Moreover, caffeine consumed in large doses leads you to produce more urine. This contributes to dehydration, and affects proper body function- not to mention draining our precious time!

Featured photo credit: Flickr via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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