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Make your day easy – tackle your morning routine!

Make your day easy – tackle your morning routine!

It wasn’t long ago that I was a teenager with very few responsibilities: school and cleaning, my room were pretty much it. This gave me plenty of time to sleep-in and ignore all advice for how much sleep was necessary for brain development and drag myself out of bed at the very last minute. However, the older I get, the more I understand the value of a good morning routine. Having a good morning routine can really propel me into having a productive and successful day.

Here are my tips for helping you to do the same!

Get a decent amount of sleep the night before

You should try your hardest to get the right amount of sleep that you body needs. For adults, the recommended amount of sleep is 7-9 hours, but try your best to get 9. Sleep is crucial for concentration, focus and helping you to perform your best – both physically and mentally.

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Try to be aware of sleep-debt, and make sure that you account for it when scheduling your precious hours of Z’s. There’s nothing better than waking up rejuvenated and charged instead of feeling like a zombie.

Don’t set your alarm next to your bed

The reasons for this are simple. If you have to physically get out of bed to turn off your alarm, you’re going to be less likely to hit that snooze button and sleep in. You’ll also be less likely to do my cheeky favourite of re-setting your alarm to go off 15 minutes later. Be realistic when setting your alarm, and stick to it. C’mon mate, don’t be lazy.

Make sure your alarm goes off early

Set your alarm for as early as possible. This also means ensuring you go to bed early enough so that you get the right amount of sleep.

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There are a number of reasons to do this. You’ll have plenty of time to be productive, include some exercise, get your routine in the bag and head out the door feeling like you’ve already achieved something.

Drink warm water when you wake up

There’s a great Lifehack article written by Tegan Jones about the benefits of drinking warm water, but to sum it up: Drinking warm water (preferably with lemon) in the morning assists in kick-starts your immune system, assists in body detoxification and helps with hair health and a whole range of other health benefits. (who knew!?)

Exercise!

You should do your best to make sure you do some form of exercise in the morning. Whatever your preference, taking a walk, running, doing yoga (a personal favourite of a number of my friends), just try to do something.

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Making sure you exercise in the morning helps get your blood flowing, gives you energy and releases a whole range of endorphins to really give your day an awesome start. Plus, it’s crucial to take care of your physical health, which has its own benefits!

Practice mindfulness

Mindfulness is a great way to take care for your mind and mental health. The practice of mindfulness, being aware of how you’re feeling or how you’re behaving, can really be beneficial in understanding yourself. By practicing mindfulness, it can really aid in helping you achieve a sense of alertness and calm to challenge all your tasks throughout the day – and the best thing is it’s super easy to practice! My personal favourite is Smiling Mind, an app that guides you along the way, but there are a bunch of other great mindfulness practices you can do.

I hope that including some of these super simple tips into your morning routine will help you to have the best start to your day!

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Featured photo credit: Johan Larsson via flickr.com

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The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

    Why You Need a Vision

    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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    How to Create Your Life Vision

    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

    What Do You Want?

    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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    Some tips to guide you:

    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
    • Give yourself permission to dream.
    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

    Some questions to start your exploration:

    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
    • What qualities would you like to develop?
    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
    • What would you most like to accomplish?
    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

    A few prompts to get you started:

    • What will you have accomplished already?
    • How will you feel about yourself?
    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
    • What does your ideal day look like?
    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
    • What would you be doing?
    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
    • How are you dressed?
    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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    Plan Backwards

    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
    • What important actions would you have had to take?
    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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