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5 Morning Motivational Hacks You Absolutely Have to Try

5 Morning Motivational Hacks You Absolutely Have to Try

If you struggle to wake up in the morning, we have news for you: you’re not alone.

Millions of people every day wrestle with the prospect of getting out of bed in a morning, and find it hard to get the motivation to follow through with it. They get there in the end, but it’s a rushed and sloppy process, leaving them unorganized and unprepared for the day ahead — until now.

For those who hate leaving the hay, here are five top tips for getting motivated in a morning. Getting out of bed, getting up and around, and everything after are all covered in this article.

1. Streamline your morning.
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    One of the main reasons we can feel so unmotivated before getting up in the morning is the amount of things we have to do before stepping out the door. You need to make that process as painless as possible — and the best way to do that is to streamline the process.

    Prepare everything the night before: breakfast, packed lunches, clothes, shower towels — everything. Have it all set out and ready the night before.

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    That way, the second you wake up, all the hard work has been done for you. Taking the effort out of your morning gives you more of a chance to plan your day ahead. This is a classic productivity technique and really give you an edge on your day.

    2. Take L-Theanine with your coffee.
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      If you need an early morning caffeine fix to perk you up before work, you may want to invest in some L-Theanine. One of the best natural nootropics on the market, L-Theanine has been seen to work in synergy with caffeine and delivers some incredible results when it comes to brain power and motivation.

      Whereas caffeine can leave you feeling a little over-powered and jittery, L-Theanine deals with that problem completely. Found in small amounts in green tea, L-Theanine promotes the relaxation hormones in your body such as Dopamine, Serotonin, and GABA — all without causing fatigue.

      In doing so, the L-Theanine and the caffeine synergize, which combines the calmness and relaxation benefits from the L-Theanine with the energy and focus from the caffeine. The result being a long lasting sense of clarity that gets you more than ready for the day ahead. You should be looking to take around 100–200 milligrams with caffeine for the best results.

      3. Exercise.
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        One of the best ways to get motivated for the day ahead is to start off with exercise. Working out is great for your mornings in so many ways — physically, practically, and mentally. It’s a strategy that keeps on giving and giving.

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        Exercise helps you physically.

        From a physical point of view, it’s an instant win. Think about how you feel when you wake up, you’re groggy, you’re unfocused, and you sure as hell aren’t motivated. But if you drag yourself down to the gym, or outside for a run, your body will start pumping you full of adrenaline and motivation.

        By the time you get to work, you’ll be all warmed up and ready to go — and definitely not sleepy.

        Exercise helps you mentally.

        Another great fact about exercise is that it releases endorphins. These are feel-good hormones that stimulate your body’s opiate receptors making your feel pleasure and euphoria. This is your body’s way of trying to help you cope with the physical stress from your workout. But they also have a dramatic effect on improving mood, and even your mental sharpness.

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        This helps perk you up for the rest of the day, giving you a positive outlook at anything the world may throw at you.

        Exercise helps you practically.

        In a nutshell, it’s one less thing to think about. How many times to plan to go the gym later in the day, and end up blowing it off, or rushing it? It weighs on your mind as another thing you need to do, before you can have some “me” time.

        Getting it out of the way early solves that problem. Working out first thing it the morning takes a load off your mind, and allows you to concentrate more on what else you need to do that day. If you’re a person who likes to get a lot done, this is the best way to go about it.

        4.Drink more water before bed.
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          One of the oldest tricks in the book, but it’s still incredibly effective. Drinking more water before you go to bed is not only a good way to fight dehydration, but it also helps you get out of bed in the morning.

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          Why? Because the first thing you’ll want to do when you wake up is urinate. From the second you wake up, you’re uncomfortable, and have to get out of bed.

          This is perfect — now you’re standing up and doing things; all that’s left to do is get started on your routine, and face the day ahead.

          5. Sync your morning routine to music.
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            Another way to get yourself motivated in the morning is by using music. Not only is a great way to pump you up for the day, it’s also a good timing mechanism. A simple lifehack that you can use here is to sync your routine up to a playlist.

            Simply go through your favorite songs, and found out how long each one is, and then run that past what you need to do before you leave the house. For example, if your shower is only four minutes long, pick a four-minute song. If you know the song well, you’ll know how close it is to finishing -—and how far you should be done with your shower.

            Start the playlist as soon as you wake up, and by the time it’s finished you’ll be up ready for the day ahead. Plus it’ll do wonders for getting you hyped up, as music has been proven to influence mood.

            Featured photo credit: Viktor Hanacek via picjumbo.com

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            7 Natural (And Highly Effective) Ways to Improve Memory

            7 Natural (And Highly Effective) Ways to Improve Memory

            How is your memory? Is your cognitive function as strong as you’d like it to be?

            If not, then you’re definitely going to be interested in the memory improvement tips I’ll be sharing with you in this article.

            Despite what you might think – or have been told – improving your ability to recall information is certainly possible. You just need to know the right ways to do it. (Don’t worry, as you won’t need to make any significant lifestyle changes.)

            So how to improve memory? Let’s dive straight into the first of seven easy ways to improve your memory significantly.

            1. Meditate

            We live in a world of non-stop, 24/7 information. It’s like a waterfall that’s endlessly pouring news, data, facts and figures into our conscious minds.

            Unfortunately, our brains are not designed to absorb this tremendous amount of information. It’s no wonder then, that most people struggle to remember information and recall things.

            Even if you believe you have a good memory and are comfortable with multi-tasking, you’ll also be aware that there’s only so much information your brain can process at one time. And research suggests that the more information and distractions, the harder it is for you to transfer information to your long-term memory.[1]

            Fortunately, meditation can help you out.

            Even if you just meditate for 10 minutes per day, you’ll boost your ability to focus, which in turn, will make it easier for you to remember important facts.

            If you need help in shifting into a meditative state, I recommend trying an app like Headspace – which can assist you to achieve this in a convenient and structured way.

            And don’t forget, meditation doesn’t just have to be closing your eyes and sitting in a lotus position. Some people prefer to simply take a short walk in nature. This clears and calms their mind, and still provides the all-important boost to their focus.

            2. Get plenty of sleep

            If you’re sleep deprived or have not been sleeping well, then I’m guessing you’re not remembering well either. This is because sleep and memory are intimately connected.

            If you have a busy life and regularly find yourself not getting enough sleep, then this will negatively impact your cognitive abilities – including your memory.

            How much sleep should you be getting?

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            Well, according to the National Sleep Foundation, you need a minimum of seven to nine hours of sleep per night. If you get this amount of sleep regularly, then within just a few days, you’ll see a tangible improvement to your ability to remember and recall things.

            Now, I’ll be honest with you, maintaining a proper sleep cycle is not always easy (especially when the latest Netflix series has just been released!). But if you care about improving your short-term and long-term ability to remember things, then it’s critical that you try to get at least the recommended amount of sleep every night.

            Are there ways to hack the sleep cycle?

            Yes, there are.

            Try these three things:

            • Have a fixed bedtime (preferably before 10pm)
            • Don’t eat too late
            • Make sure your bedroom is as dark as possible

            Sleeping is a precious activity. It regenerates your body, clears your mind, and helps with the storing and retrieval of information.

            However, don’t sleep just yet, as I want to tell you about another great way to increase memory…

            3. Challenge your brain

            When was the last time you challenged your brain?

            I don’t mean challenged in the sense of overeating or undersleeping. I’m referring to stretching your mental capabilities through things like crossword puzzles, Sudoku and memory games.

            To expand your memory bank, and to make your recall razor-sharp, you need to continually challenge your brain.

            Feedback from Lifehack readers such as yourself, has suggested that brain training apps are a super-effective way of doing this. Used regularly, these apps can enhance your focus, attention span, problem-thinking ability and memory.

            There are hundreds of these apps available (most of them for free), but I recommend starting out with one of the big three:

            • Peak (Android/iOS, free, 10 million+ downloads)
            • Lumosity (Android/iOS, free, 10 million+ downloads)
            • Elevate (Android/iOS, free, 5 million+ downloads)

            If you normally spend a chunk of your week playing computer games, then instead of shooting and killing your enemies, why not let some of them live – while you put your attention into boosting your brain power!

            Challenging your brain will strengthen your neural pathways and enhance your mental abilities. But don’t just take my word for it, try one of the apps above and see the positive benefits for yourself.

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            4. Take more breaks

            When I think back to my days as a budding entrepreneur, I distinctively remember working all the hours under the sun – and many under the moon too!

            At that time, I believed that breaks were for the weak, and to become wealthy and successful, I needed to shed blood, sweat and tears.

            However, I was wrong.

            Taking regular breaks is the best way to keep yourself productive, creative and alive to opportunities. It’s also the best way to learn new information.

            Let me explain.

            Typically, when studying lots of new information, most people will spend hours reading it – in an attempt to learn and remember the content as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, they’ve overlooked something.

            Namely, extended study sessions are rarely a good thing, as your ability to retain information naturally declines after a certain period of time.

            It’s similar to physical exercise. You wouldn’t attempt to train vigorously for four hours in a row. Instead, you’d take regular breaks to give your lungs, heart and muscles adequate time to recover. Failing to do this will result in muscle cramps and overexertion.

            It’s the same with your brain. If you overload it with information, you’ll suffer from mental fatigue.

            What’s the answer?

            Make sure you take regular breaks when learning new information. I recommend at least a 10-minute break every hour. (You may also want to take a look at the Pomodoro Method.)

            If you don’t want to be as regimented as that, then take breaks as soon as you find yourself losing the ability to focus on the new material. Your brain will thank you – and your learning aptitude will move up a level.

            5. Learn a new skill

            I love this quote, as it’s 100% true – but frequently overlooked:

            “Learning never exhausts the mind.” – Leonardo da Vinci

            From my experience of helping to develop the careers of dozens of Lifehack employees, I can definitively say that participating in meaningful and purposeful activities stimulates the mind. It also reduces stress and enhances health and well-being.

            Let me give you an example of this:

            Imagine you work for a global financial institution in one of their call centers. You take over 100 calls a day – many of them complaints. When you started the job a few months back, you were excited to be in full-time employment and working for a household name.

            Unfortunately, your initial enthusiasm quickly turned into frustration.

            The endless complaint calls began to take their toll on you. And the supervisors irritated you too, as they were far too interested in micro-managing you – rather than letting you work in your own way.

            Now, in the story above, the ending could be that you put up with a job you didn’t like, and led a dull and frustrated working life for years and years. However, an alternative ending is this: you channeled your dissatisfaction in to learning a new skill (computer coding). It took you a year or two to get up to speed, but it allowed you to successfully upgrade your career – and the ongoing learning made the call centre job much more bearable.

            Clearly, learning new skills gives you impetus, focus and something to aim for. Your brain loves to learn, and you should tap into this by always seeking our new information. And when learning becomes a habit, you’ll find your ability to remember and recall things effortlessly, becomes a habit too.

            6. Start working out

            If you’re not already working out regularly, then here’s another reason to do so:

            Exercising for 20-30 minutes three times a week will improve your long-term memory.

            Regular exercise increases blood flow in your body and supplies the brain with extra oxygen and nutrients. And a well-nourished brain is a well-functioning brain!

            “But I just don’t have the time?,” I hear you say.

            Not a problem.

            A research has shown that a daily burst of 60 seconds of high-intensity exercise, offered many of the benefits of the longer exercise routines.[2] So, if you’re short on time – now you know what to do.

            Interested in getting started?

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            Here are five different ways that will help you work out:

            • Join a gym
            • Join a sports team
            • Buy a bike
            • Take up hiking
            • Dance to your favorite music

            7. Eat healthier foods

            I’m sure you’ve heard the expression: “You are what you eat.”

            This applies to your brain too.

            The food that you eat helps determine your brain’s capacity to store and recall information. A poor diet (think junk food + soda!) harms not just your physical health, but your mental health too.

            Fortunately, there are several foods that are especially good for your brain and your memory. These include: blueberries, celery and dark chocolate. But anything high in antioxidants will have a positive effect on your brain and memory.

            Conversely, highly-processed foods and those loaded with sugar will have a negative impact on your memory. This is due to them providing insufficient nutrients for your brain – leading you to easily suffer from mental fatigue.

            Want to be mentally healthy? Then eat and drink an abundance of these for brain health:

            • Turmeric – helps new brain cells grown
            • Broccoli – protects the brain against damage
            • Nuts – improves memory
            • Green tea – enhances brain performance, memory and focus[3]
            • Fish oilfish oil supplements can increase your brain power

            Here’re more brain food options that improve memory!

            Final thoughts

            I sincerely hope these seven memory boosting ways that I’ve covered in this article will be of help to you.

            You don’t need to implement them all. I suggest just trying the ones that appeal to you.

            But, if you’re serious about dramatically improving your memory, then make a start right now on adopting one or more of the ways I’ve suggested. I’m confident you won’t regret it.

            Featured photo credit: Eric Ward via unsplash.com

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