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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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            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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