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A 20 Minute Morning Routine to Boost Your Moral for the Day

A 20 Minute Morning Routine to Boost Your Moral for the Day

The modern lifestyle of an ordinary person has become quite stressful. We all live fast-paced lives and the fact that we can now do more things in less time hasn’t made us less busy. This is because the average person living in the 21st century wants it all, and everybody has the right to want it all. We all want to be able to work, make money, have a hobby, focus on our relationships, and many other things in life.

There are so many things to be done and it is often difficult to finish all the things that we planned for a certain day. This is why we try and do as much as we can to make each of our days as productive as possible. One of the most important things for achieving daily success is waking up in the morning and motivating ourselves to be as good as possible during the rest of the upcoming day.

With a good morning routine you can set the stage for a productive and satisfying day and you don’t even have to put in a lot of effort. With this 20 minute morning routine you can start off every day feeling fresh and positive, but you should first make sure that you get enough sleep and establish healthy sleeping patterns.

Drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up (1 minute)

Refreshing Ice Cold Water with Lemon

    You might already know that it’s good to drink around two liters of water every day to keep yourself hydrated and give the body the necessary fluids needed for all functions and chemical reactions to keep running smoothly. However, did you know that drinking a cold glass of water in the morning has a lot of positive benefits as well?

    When you drink water on an empty stomach right after you get up in the morning you will purify your system. Water makes our skin healthier as it removes toxins that we have in our blood and it can make our skin look younger and glowing. By having this morning ritual you can also balance out your lymph system, which helps us fight off infections. Additionally, the lymph glands also regulate fluids in our body.

    It’s even better if you squeeze a couple of drops of fresh lemon juice into your water, as you will get the necessary vitamin C our body craves in the morning. Drinking a glass of cold water with a bit of lemon juice is a much better option than drinking lots of coffee on an empty stomach; save coffee for after breakfast.

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    Turn some music on (1 minute)

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      As soon as you’ve had your refreshing cold water with a lemon twist, turn on some music you enjoy and get your blood to start flowing through your body. Music is a powerful tool, and if used right it can motivate you and give you the necessary energy boost you need at the very start of your day. It can wake you up almost instantaneously. You should consider setting your alarm to be your favorite song, so that you can wake up with a smile on your face.

      Even if you are in a bad mood, listening to music can immediately make you break the negative chain of thought and forget about the difficulties that bother you. It is good to follow up your whole morning ritual with music and simply make the whole thing seem more natural and less of an obligation that “must be done”. If you are that kind of person, you can even sing along with your favorite music and enjoy a little morning dance.

      Open your windows (2 minutes)

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        One of the best ways of telling yourself that sleep time is over and that you need to focus on your daily goals is by smelling some fresh air and gazing at the sun through your wide open windows. Our body and mind have a positive natural reaction to sunlight, so you will feel refreshed and get the necessary energy you need to start your day like a boss.

        Just stand on your window and simply soak in the freshness of the air and the warmth of the sun no matter if it’s winter or summer; in fact, it’s even better during winter, as you probably won’t be seeing the sun as much the rest of the day, and the air will be even fresher. Sit still for a couple of minutes and don’t think about anything really, just gaze into the new morning and you will get all the motivation you really need.

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        Make your bed (1 minute)

        For a lot of us the moments after we get up from bed are usually followed by negativity and laziness. But with this simple ritual you can immediately change these things. A lot of us don’t make our beds when we get up because we feel like it’s not that important and there is no real reason for doing it right away. Oh, but there is a good reason.

        You need to start your every day with a small victory and no matter how small it may seem, making your room look good as soon as you get up can set the ground for other, bigger victories during the rest of your day.

        Do some quick stretches (2 minutes)

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          You might think that this is a quite obvious morning routine everybody knows about, and although this might be true, only a small number of people really do some stretches when they get up from bed. If it’s difficult for you to do them when you get up, you can even do some simple leg and arm stretches while you are still lying in bed.

          On the other hand you can twist your body on the floor or do whatever stretch exercises you like. There are no real rules how you should do this, as long the point of your exercise is stretching. Your body has been in slumber for the past seven or eight hours and you also need to make an effort to wake it up and tell it, it’s show time.

          This will only take a couple of minutes of your time, but it will mean a lot. If this is really boring to you try doing stretches as a part of the dance you like to do when listening to music in the morning.

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          Bathroom time (4 minutes)

          Once you’ve done some stretches and warmed up your body, it’s time to splash your face with some cold water and brush your teeth. I think that we all understand the benefits of these things; not only are they important for our hygiene and health, but they can also make us feel better about ourselves and get the necessary confidence boost at the start of the day.

          Make sure that you wash your face with cold water, as you will instantly feel more awake and ready to tackle all the challenges that come your way. Additionally, take care of your biological needs to get rid of all the toxins your body has processed and accumulated during the night.

          Take a minute to make yourself look good (5 minutes)

          Man in bathroom applying cosmetics on his face

            As a guy, I know that we also do care about how we look and that women are not the only ones who take some time in the morning to make themselves look better. Of course, we don’t take as much time but still, it is important that you go out of your home feeling pretty. Like it or not, we all want others to like our appearance and this is only natural.

            There are numerous studies that show how our confidence is boosted when we take at least 5 minutes in the morning to take care of our grooming. Do these simple things like groom your beard if you have one, take care of your hair, wash your face with apple cider vinegar to treat acne or anything else that doesn’t take a lot of your time.

            Remember, if you are going to work you don’t have to look like a model, but you do need to look presentable and somewhat fashionable.

            Set your goals for the day (4 minutes)

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              There are a lot of small rituals and habits you can create In order to help you overcome procrastination and become consciously active on doing important tasks and achieving daily goals regularly. Don’t overdo it, just create a simple list of the most important goals you have to achieve during that day.

              The goal with this habit is to create a small list of a few simple and actionable tasks that will have a great long-term impact on achieving your more complex goals and changing your life for the better, no matter if it’s work related, education or health related, or relationship goals.

              If you feel more comfortable, write those goals before you go to bed and reflect on them in the morning, which can give you a bit more time for grooming. Think about what needs to be done, how to do it, and motivate yourself to finish what you’ve started. Look at the things you wrote and focus on them before heading out of your home.

              These are the short morning rituals I like to do every day. They’ve helped me motivate myself and now I find it easier to deal with all the issues life throws at me on a daily basis. With a bit of effort you can also create short morning rituals that suit you. If you have some of your own rituals that work, feel free to share your techniques and experiences and help others motivate themselves to the fullest!

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              6 Effective Negotiation Skills to Master

              6 Effective Negotiation Skills to Master

              I don’t know about you, but many times when I hear the word negotiate I think of lawyers working out a business deal or having to do battle with a car salesman to try to get a lower price. Since I am in recruiting, the term “negotiation” comes up when someone is attempting to get a higher compensation package.

              If we think about it, we tend to negotiate almost every day in a wide variety of things we do. Getting a handle on the important negotiation skills can be incredibly beneficial in many parts of our lives. Let’s take a look at 6 effective negotiation skills to master.

              What is Negotiation?

              First, let’s take a look at what negotiation is. Put simply, negotiation is a method by which people settle their differences. It is a process in which compromise or agreement can be reached without argument or dispute.

              Anytime two people or sides disagree on something, they are almost always looking for the best possible outcome for their side. This could be from an individual’s perspective or someone representing an organization.

              In reality, it’s rare that one side gets everything they want and the other side gets nothing that they are seeking. Seeking to reach a common ground of sorts where both sides feel like they are getting most of what they want is the key to being successful and maintaining the relationship.

              Places We Negotiate

              I’ve mentioned that we negotiate in just about all phases of our life. For those of you who are shaking your head no, I invite you to think about the following:

              1. Work/Business

              This one is the most obvious and it’s what naturally comes to mind when we think of the word “negotiate”.

              When you first started at your current job, you might have asked for a higher salary. It could be that you delivered a huge new client to your company and used this as leverage in your most recent evaluation for more compensation. If you work with vendors (and just about every company does), maybe you worked them to a lower price or better contract terms.

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              In recruiting, I negotiate with candidates and hiring managers all the time to land the best talent I can find. It’s very common to accept additional work with the (sometimes spoken, sometimes unspoken) agreement that it will benefit your career in the future.

              Recently, I took over a project that was my boss was working on so that I would be able to attend a conference later in the year. And so it goes, we do this all day long at work.

              2. Personal

              I don’t know about you, but I negotiate with my spouse all the time. I’ll cook dinner with the understanding that she does the dishes. Who wants to mow the lawn and who wants to vacuum and dust the house?

              I think we should save 10% for retirement, but she thinks 5% is plenty. Therefore, we save 8%. And don’t even get me started with my kids. My older daughter can borrow my car as soon as she finishes her chores. My younger daughter can go hang out with her friends when her homework is done.

              Then, there are all those interactions in our personal lives outside our homes. The carpenter wants to charge me $12,000 to build a new deck. I think $10,000 is plenty so we agree on $11,000. I ask my neighbor if I can borrow his snowblower in the winter if I invite him over the next time I grill steak. And so on.

              3. Ourselves

              You didn’t expect this one, did you? We negotiate with ourselves all day long.

              I’ll make sure I don’t skip my workout tomorrow since I’m going to have that extra piece of pizza. My spouse has been quiet the last few days, is it worth me asking her about, or should I leave it alone? I think the car place charged me for some repairs that weren’t needed, should I say something or just let it go? I know my friend has been having some personal challenges, should I check in with him? We’ve been friends for a long time, I’m sure he’d come to me if he needed help. I’ve got the #4 pick in this year’s Fantasy Football draft, should I choose a running back or a wide receiver?

              Think about that non-stop voice inside your head. It always seems to be chattering away about something and many times, it’s us negotiating with ourselves. I’ll finish up that report that the boss needs before I turn on the football game.

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              Why Negotiation Skills Are So Important

              Put simply, negotiation skills are important because we all interact with other people, and not only other people but other organizations and groups of people as well.

              We all rarely want the same thing or outcome. Most of the time a vendor is looking at getting you to pay a higher price for something than you want to spend. Therefore, it’s important to negotiate to some middle ground that works well for both sides.

              My wife and I disagree on how much to save for retirement. If we weren’t married it wouldn’t be an issue. We’d each contribute how much we wanted to on our retirement funds. We choose to be married, so we have to come to some agreement that we both feel comfortable with. We have to compromise. Therefore, we have to negotiate.

              If we each lived on a planet by ourselves, we would be free to do just about anything we wanted to. We wouldn’t have to compromise with anyone because we wouldn’t interact with anyone. We would make every choice unilaterally the way we wanted to.

              As we all know, this isn’t how things are. We are constantly interacting with other people and organizations, each one with their own agenda’s, viewpoints, and opinions. Therefore, we have to be able to work together.

              6 Negotiation Skills to Master

              Having strong negotiation skills helps us create win-win situations with others, allowing us to get most of what we want in conjunction with others around us.

              Now, let’s look at 6 effective negotiation skills to master.

              1. Preparation

              Preparation is a key place to start with when getting ready to negotiate. Being prepared means having a clear vision of what you want and how you’d go about achieving it. It means knowing what the end goal looks like and also what you are willing to give to get it.

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              It also means knowing who you are negotiating with and what areas they might be willing to compromise on. You should also know what your “bottom line” is. By “bottom line” I mean what is the most you are willing to give up to get what you want.

              For instance, several years ago, I decided it was time to get a newer car. I say newer because I wanted a “new to me” car, not a brand new car. I did my research and figured out what type of car I wanted. I decided on what must-have items on the car I wanted, the highest amount of miles that would already be on it, the colors I was willing to get it in, and the highest amount of money I was willing to pay.

              After visiting numerous car dealerships I was able to negotiate buying a car. I knew what I was willing to give up (amount of money) and what I was willing to accept, things like the color, amount of miles, etc. I came prepared. This is critical.

              2. Clear Communication

              The next key skill you need to be an effective negotiator is clear communication. You have to be able to clearly articulate what you want to the other party. This means both clear verbal and written communication.

              If you can’t clearly tell the other person what you want, how do you expect to get it? Have you ever worked through something with a vendor or someone else only to learn of a surprise right at the end that wasn’t talked about before? This is not what you would call clear communication. It’s essential to be able to share a coherent and logical vision with the person you are working with.

              3. Active Listening

              Let’s do a quick review of active listening. This is when you are completely focused on the speaker, understand their message, comprehend the information, and respond appropriately. This is a necessary ingredient to be able to negotiate successfully. You must be able to fully focus on the other person’s wants to completely understand them.

              If you aren’t giving them your full attention, you may miss some major points or details. This leads to frustration down the road on both sides. Ensure you are employing your active listening skills when in arbitration mode.

              4. Teamwork and Collaboration

              To be able to get to a place of common ground and a win-win scenario, you have to have a sense of teamwork and collaboration.

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              If you are only thinking about yourself and what you want without giving much care to what the other person is wanting, you are bound to wind up without a solution. The other person may get frustrated and give up if they see you are unwilling to meet them halfway or care little for what they want.

              When you collaborate, you are working together to help each other get what is most important to you. The other upside to negotiating with a sense of teamwork and collaboration is that it helps create a sense of trust, which, in turn, helps provide positive energy for working to a successful conclusion.

              5. Problem Solving

              Problem-solving is another key negotiation skill. When you are working with the other person to get the deal done many times you’ll face new challenges along the way.

              Maybe you want a new vendor to provide training on the software they are selling you but they say it’s going to cost an additional $20,000 to provide this service. If you don’t have the additional $20,000 in the budget to spend on the software but you feel the training is critical, how are you going to solve that problem?

              From what I’ve seen, most vendors aren’t willing to provide additional services without getting paid for them. This is where problem-solving skills will help continue the discussions. You might suggest to the vendor that your company will also be looking to replace their financial software next year, and you’d be happy to ensure they get one of the first seats at the table when the time comes if they could perhaps lower the pricing on their training.

              There’s a solution to most challenges, but it takes problem-solving skills to work through them effectively.

              6. Decision-Making Ability

              Finally, having strong decision-making ability will help you seal the deal when you get to a place where everyone feels like they are getting what works for them. Each step of the way you can cross off the list when you get what you are looking for and decide to move onto the next item. Then, once you have all of your must-have boxes checked and the other side feels good about things, it’s time to shake hands and sign on the dotted line. Powerful decision-making ability will help you get to the finish line together.

              Conclusion

              There you have it, 6 effective negotiation skills to master to lead a more fulfilling life. Once we realize that we negotiate in one form or another almost every day in every phase of our lives, we realize how critical a skill it is.

              Possessing strong negotiation skills will help you in nearly every one of your relationships at both the workplace and in your personal life. If you feel your arbitration tools could use some sharpening, try some of the 6 effective negotiation skills to master that we’ve talked about.

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